Jim StaplesWestern Science

Former Lab Personnel


Leah Hayward (MSc 2018)

BSc (McMaster, 2016)

Research: Effect of anoxia on mitochondrial performance in a mammalian hibernator.

Leah was runner-up in the Helen I. Battle Award competition for best student poster at the 2018 meeting of the Canadian Society of Zoologists. See a copy of Leah's poster here.

Current Position:Health Care Administration


Amanda MacCannell (MSc 2018, co-supervised by Charlie McKenzie).

BSc (UWO, 2016)

Research: Seasonal growth of adipose tissue in an "obligate" hibernator.

See Amanda's awesome poster from the most recent International Symposium on Hibernation Biology here.

Current Position:PhD candidate, Univ. of Leeds


Kate Mathers (PhD 2017)
MSc (Queen's, 2013)

BSc (Queen's, 2011)

Research: Inducing/reversing mitochondrial metabolic suppression.

Current Position: Postdoctoral fellow, UWO Physiology


Sarah McFarlane

MSc 2016

BSc (UWO, 2014)

Research: Brown adipose tissue metabolism in hibernation

Current Position: Product Manager, Scintica Instrumetnation

Sarah McFarlane won the Helen I. Battle Award for best student poster at the 2016 annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Zoologists. Click here to see Sarah's awesome poster!

Jason Brown

Jason Brown

Helen Battle Postdoctoral Fellow (2011-2013)
Ph.D. (UWO 2011)
M.Sc. (UWO 2007)
B.Sc. (Wilfrid Laurier)

Research: Mitochondrial Metabolism and ROS production in daily torpor and hibernation

Current Position: University/College Lecturer

Alex Cooper

Alex Cooper

M.Sc. (2013)
B.Sc. (Guelph, 2010)

Research: Long-chain CoAs and succinate transport

Current Position:Product Manager; Stem Cell Technologies

Dillon Chung

Dillon Chung

M.Sc. (2012)
B.Sc. (UWO 2010)

Research: Post-translational regulation of mitochondrial metabolism in hibernation

Current Position: Postdoctoral fellow, NIH

Katie Belgrave

Katie Belgrave

M.Sc. (2012, co-supervised with Dr. Tim Regnault)
B.Sc. (UWO 2010)

Research: Effect of hypoxia on muscle metabolism

Current Position: Regulatory Coordinator (CCTFA)

Kirsten Gallagher

Kirsten Gallagher

Honors B.Sc. (2012)
Gold Medal in Animal Physiology

Research: Brain mitochondrial metabolism in a hibernator

Current Position: Zookeeper

Chris Armstrong

Chris Armstrong

M.Sc. 2010
B.Sc. (Trent)

Research: Mechanism of mitochondrial respiratory suppression in hibernation

Current Position: teaching technician, University of Toronto Scarborough

Alex Gerson

Alex Gerson

M.Sc. 2007
B.Sc. (Syracuse)

Research: Mitochondrial Metabolism in Hibernation

Current Position: Assistant Professor, U. Mass. (Amherst)

Allison McDonald

Allison McDonald

B.Sc. (Queen's)
M.Sc. (Queen's)
Ph.D. (Toronto, Scarborough)

Research: Alternative Oxidase evolution and function.

Current Position: Associate Professor, Wilfrid Laurier U.