I graduated with a B.Sc.in Biochemistry from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1987. I then did my graduate studies with Dr. Richard Epand in the Department of Biochemistry at McMaster University. My Ph.D. research studied the effects of lipid bilayer stability on membrane fusion of influenza and Sendai viruses with liposomes and cells. I showed that membrane fusion is inhibited by lipids that raised the bilayer to inverted hexagonal phase transition temperature of phosphatidylethanolamines.

I completed my Ph.D in Biochemistry in 1993 and moved to the Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology at The Rockefeller University in New York for a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Paul Greengard (Nobel Laureate 2000). At The Rockefeller University, I was introduced to the world of signal transduction in neurons. I did some work on dopamine signal transduction and Alzheimer's disease, but mainly focussed on the synapsins, which I continue to study. In 1996, after several years in Manhattan, I returned to Canada and accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Carleton University, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In 2000 I was promoted to Associate Professor. In 2001 I completed the Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops, given by the Canadian Genetic Disease Network, and have an increasing interest in bioinformatics research. From 2003 to 2009 I was Chair of the Department of Biology. Currently, I am on sabbatical, working at the Steacie Institute for Molecular Science (SIMS), at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).