Research and teaching
- Molecular Biology and Disease
- Genomics Proteomics and Bioinformatics
We are interested in the pathogenic strategies of the Lyme disease spirochete. Specifically, we study mechanisms involved in hematogenous dissemination by which the bacteria spread to a variety of tissue types to cause different types of symptoms. We also study antigenic variation, the process by which a major surface protein changes sequence to avoid the host immune system.
- Jul 2007-Jun 2014 AHFMR Scientist Award (salary support)
- Oct 2003 – Sep 2010 Canada Research Chair in the Molecular Biology of Lyme Borreliosis
- Oct 2010 – Sep 2017 Canada Research Chair in the Molecular Biology of Lyme Borreliosis
- Dec 2010 Schultz Award for General Excellence (SAGE) Award, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Calgary
- June 2011 CSM Murray Award for Career Achievement, June 2011.