Paul RicciPaul Ricci is an MSc student in Physiology in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology working under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Watson. Paul met Dr. Watson during his search for a supervisor for his fourth year thesis project while an undergraduate at the University of Western Ontario. His year-long experience studying and researching the molecular mechanisms governing preimplantation development of the embryo compelled him to continue graduate studies under the supervision of Dr. Watson.

Paul is in the first year of his Masters degree after completion of his undergraduate degree in Biology (BSc). His research project focuses preservation of female fertility. Cancer patients undergoing radiation therapies are at risk of becoming infertile and young patients are at increased risk of gonadotoxic effects. Research innovations in the field Paul Ricciassisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) have facilitated development of methods that enable the preservation of female reproductive capacity. One such method is the preservation of oocytes in liquid nitrogen, also known as oocyte vitrification. Paul's primary research objective is to examine the embryonic development of vitrified oocytes that then undergo in vitro fertilization. This is being conducted through an examination of numerous genes of interest using mice as an experimental model. Paul's ultimate goal is to develop modifications to the currently existing ART protocols in order to enhance their efficiency and safety to enable further clinical applications of oocyte vitrification.

1) Have you lived in London all your life?

I was born and raised in Markham, Ontario. I moved to London in September 2005 to complete my undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario.

Paul Ricci2) Do you have any hobbies?

I am an avid skier and golfer, I enjoy reading, and I also play piano and drums when I have time.

3) What was the last movie you saw?

 I saw Paranormal Activity; an incredibly well-made (and scary) movie.

4) Where would you like your next vacation to be?

Anywhere with ski resorts and tons of fresh powder.

5) What is your idea of the perfect lazy day?

My idea of the perfect lazy day would be to sleep in until noon, play a round of golf, a bit of video gaming, watch a Toronto Raptors game, and settle in with a hot cup of coffee and a good book on my couch.

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