Ryan ShuggRyan Shugg was born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario and has 3 siblings; Jarrod, Kaylee and Justin (all 2 years apart). His friends refer to him as "Shuggy".  He values his family, sports, health and exercise, science and the serenity of up north. Entering fourth year, Ryan landed project supervisor Dr Stephen Sims. On his first day in the lab it was immediately evident that this is was an environment rich in learning opportunity and scientific ingenuity. In September of 2009, he entered graduate studies at the University of Western Ontario to further pursue his interests in skeletal biology in the Sims laboratory. Specifically, he works with osteoclasts (bone resorbing cells) and the importance of the PI3 kinase pathway in bone tumour growth and bone remodeling.

1) Have you lived in London all your life?

No. I grew up in Niagara Falls about 5 blocks from the horseshoe.

2) Do you have any hobbies?

My hobbies consist of training and exercise, I actually love playing all sports (in particular ice hockey and soccer), reading novels, crushing lost and some other shows, and playing guitar.

3) What was the last movie you saw?

The last movie I saw was Star Trek (probably the best movie of 09). Shugg

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

I hope my next vacation is visiting one of my best friends, Derek in London, England.   Anywhere with Cassia would be delightful too.

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

My perfect lazy day would be spent up north at a cottage in April. Ideally, I would spend it with friends and family enjoying the simple things, such as fishing, group cooking, and the calmness of nature. The day would end with a camp fire and the lasting image of the never ending infinite star filled sky.

Top left image: Catching a baby one up north on Deer Lake.
Bottom right image: My father, myself, Justin and Jarrod celebrating the victory with Justin and his team the Windsor Spitfires on winning the Memorial Cup.

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