Sydney completed her B.Sc in Neuroscience at Dalhousie University in 2013. During her undergraduate she worked in Dr. Gadbois’ lab assisting with canine scent detection training. Returning back to Calgary, Sydney began working with Megan Lewis of the Pittman lab examining a potential link between epilepsy and autism. After her great experience in the Pittman lab, she joined Dr. Esser’s lab as a Master’s student in 2014. Her project examines the effects of an early life immune challenge on the outcomes of mild traumatic brain injury. During her work in the lab, Sydney branched out into understanding the link between the GI system and brain and is currently working with Dr. Mychasiuk on a project involving gut microbiota and TBI. She is applying to medicine and hopes to eventually work for Doctors without Borders.
Outside of the lab, Sydney enjoys activities such as running, making sarcastic comments, hiking, and snowboarding. She is an active volunteer in the community, working at the Calgary Distress Center and Southwood Hospice.
“I Seldom End Up Where I Wanted To Go,
But Almost Always End Up Where I Need To Be”