Curriculum Vitae

SUMMARY:

  • 5+ years of experience writing, reviewing, and editing scientific manuscripts, developing research grant proposals, performing literature reviews and statistical analyses, preparing abstracts and presentations for scientific conferences
  • 2+ years of experience writing for medical blogs, newspapers, and other media
  • Capable of communicating science to an academic as well as a lay audience

EDUCATION:

Ph.D., School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University, 2010
Thesis: Investigating the Heterogeneity in Regional Body Fat Distribution, Metabolic Risk, and Response to Weight Loss Among Obese Men and Women

M.Sc., School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University, 2006
Thesis: Regional Adiposity, Ectopic Fat Deposition, and Cardiovascular Risk in Young Adult Survivors of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

B.A. Honours, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Western Ontario, 2004
Thesis: Obesity: The condition of great proportions and great misconceptions

EXPERIENCE:

Editor/Expert Scientific Reviewer, Edanz Group, 2009-present

  • Edit scientific manuscripts written by non-native English speaking researchers for scientific content, grammar, and clarity
  • Select appropriate target journals for submission

PhD Candidate, Queen’s University, 2006-2010

  • First-authored 1 book chapter, 6 original studies, 3 reviews, 1 commentary, and 9 abstracts in highly-ranked medical journals (Please see Publications for details)
  • Co-authored 6 additional publications
  • Developed and wrote a clinical research grant proposal which was funded for +$300K
  • Presented at national and international scientific conferences in oral/poster formats (Please see Presentations for examples)

Health/Clinical Research Editor, www.ResearchBlogging.org, SEED media, 2010 – present

  • Select and highlight the top blog posts discussing peer-reviewed medical research

Science Blogger and Podcaster, www.ObesityPanacea.com, 2008-present

  • Co-created and contribute to Obesity Panacea, a medical blog and podcast with +1000 current subscribers (hosted on www.ScienceBlogs.com network, SEED media, in 2010)

New Media Consultant, 2008-present

  • Experienced user of multiple blogging platforms (Blogger, WordPress, Moveable Type)
  • Early adopter of various online social networks, such as, Twitter (~1000 followers), Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, MySpace, Flickr, etc.

Medical Website Content Developer, www.Cardiometabolic-Risk.org, 2007

  • Developed content modules including text and illustrations

University Lecturer, Queen’s University 2005-2010

  • Lectured junior and senior university courses with class sizes of 20-120 students (Please see Lectures for sample)
  • Instructed laboratory sessions

Founder and Co-Chair, Canadian Obesity Network Students/New Professionals Group (CON-SNP) 2006-2007

  • Along with colleague Lindsay Eller, developed and chaired the Students/New Professionals group of the Canadian Obesity Network
  • Acted as the student representative on the Canadian Obesity Network Board of Directors

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

  • The Skinny on Fat. TEDxQueen’s. March, 2010. Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
  • Weight loss for metabolically healthy obese adults: harmful or beneficial? Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology 2009 Conference. November 11-14. Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Breast Volume is an Independent Predictor of Visceral and Ectopic Fat in Premenopausal Women. The Obesity Society 2009 Annual Meeting. October 24-28. Washington, D.C.
  • Physical activity predicts erectile dysfunction independent of total and abdominal obesity. The Obesity Society 2008 Annual Meeting. October 3-7. Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Lower-body fat loss is not associated with elevations in diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk factors. Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology 2008 Conference. October 15-19. Banff, Alberta.
  • Waist circumference predicts diabetes risk beyond cardiometabolic risk factors and body mass index. Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology 2007 Conference. November 14-17. London, Ontario.
  • Does waist circumference predict disease risk beyond metabolic risk factors and body mass index? 2007 Annual North American Society for the Study of Obesity (NAASO) Scientific Conference. October 20-24. New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • The health-protective effect of a large hip circumference for a given waist circumference: Is visceral fat a mediator? Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology 2006 Conference, November 1-4, 2006, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • Is reduction in lower body fat associated with exacerbation in cardio-metabolic risk? 2006 Annual NAASO Scientific Conference. October 20-24, 2006. Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Regional Fat Deposition, Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Insulin Resistance in Adult Survivors of Childhood Leukemia 2006 American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference, May 31st, 2006, Denver, Colorado.
  • Sexual Dimorphism In Abdominal Obesity And Metabolic Risk In Adult Survivors Of Childhood Leukemia: Role Of Cranial Radiotherapy. Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology 2005 Conference. November 11th, 2005, Gatineau, Quebec.
  • Project ALLIFE: Abdominal Obesity and Cardiovascular Risk Factors Project ALLIFE (Acute Leukemia Lifestyle Intervention For Everyday) Preliminary Meeting, May 23rd, 2005, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, Texas.
  • Abdominal Obesity and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Survivors of Childhood Leukemia.2005 School of Physical Health and Education Research Day, April 29th, 2005. Kingston, Ontario.

JOURNAL PEER REVIEW

  • The International Journal of Obesity

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • American Medical Writer’s Association, 2010-present
  • Canadian Obesity Network, 2006-present
  • The Obesity Society, 2006-2010
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, 2005-2010