My enthusiasm for science, particularly physiology, originated during my undergraduate education at Mount Allison University, a small university on the east coast of Canada. There, I had the opportunity to study the stress response in rainbow trout in my research project for the Biology Honours program, which was a component of my Bachelor of Science degree. I received my Master of Science degree from McMaster University in central Canada, where I investigated the whole-body fuel use pattern in mice that were selectively bred for high voluntary exercise, a model of experimental evolution. For my Doctor of Philosophy program at the University of British Columbia (on the west coast of Canada), my research was focused on the effects of reduced insulin gene expression and circulating insulin levels on high fat diet-induced obesity, aging, and lifespan in mice. Through my graduate work on various aspects of energy use and metabolism, I became fascinated by how energy-sensing and metabolic pathways have pronounced effects on aging and longevity. This led to my current research interests in the Murphy lab, where I am exploring mechanisms that influence aging and aging-related processes, such as reproductive decline, in the model organism C. elegans.