B.Sc. in biology, Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts USA. 1964.
M.Sc. in plant cell biology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 1985.
Ph.D. in neuronal cell biology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. 1990.
Post-doctoral studies in molecular biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (Center for Cancer Research), Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. 1990-1992.
Research Assistant in cell biology laboratory at M.I.T., worked with human tissue cultures, polio virus (strain 3) and various pesticides. 1964-1966.
Research Associate in plant cell biology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ont. Did electron microscopy and immunofluorescence microscopy of plant tissue. 1985-1986.
Research scientist for Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 1993-1998.
|Molecular mechanisms to develop disease resistance in animals,
including work with rotavirus.
|Production of valuable pharmaceutical proteins in the milk of
|Leader of scientific team responsible for the two
research projects. 1996-1998.
Formed a biotechnology company, BioSoma, in partnership with 3 other scientists and an accountant. 1998 to 2000.
|Scientist in charge cell biology and animal research 1998-2000.
Retired from active laboratory work. 2000.
Currently researches publications on post-polio syndrome in scientific journals and interprets findings for lay groups. International lecturer on post-polio syndrome. 2000 to present.
|Presented two state-wide symposia on PPS in Sydney, Australia.
|Presented talk at LincsPPN annual general meeting.
|Has given many talks at conferences and PPS groups in Ontario.
|Invited talks in Melbourne, Australia, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.
Has published in numerous scientific journals. Co-author of a chapter on plant cell biology in a book. Also has written free-lance articles for newspapers and magazines. Has published articles on post-polio syndrome including Am. J. Phys. Med. & Rehab.
Non-paralytic polio at age 7 (1949). Quarantined for about 1 month. Symptoms
included fever, leg and back pain, weakness in both legs and right arm, also
generalized weakness for a period of months followed by complete recovery. Led
a very active life swimming, ice-skating and cross country skiing. PPS symptoms
first noticed (in retrospect) in 1985 with fatigue, and leg weakness becoming
severe by 1996. Received a diagnosis of "probable PPS" in 1997. Now retired.
Enjoys playing the Celtic harp, writing fiction, reading science fiction, doing handcrafts of any variety, admiring cats and making new friends.
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