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Pat Gormley

Where is he now:
MSc student, MacCormack and Westcott Labs (co-supervised), Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mount Allison University

Bio:
Patrick Thomas Gormley is an Honours Chemistry graduate of Mount Allison University. Originally from Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Canada, Patrick began his studies at Mount Allison in the Fall 2010 semester. In that time, Pat has been highly involved in his academics and assisting the academics of others, as well as a plethora of extra-curricular activities.

Coming into his undergraduate studies with Advanced Placement Programme standing in courses such as Cell Biology, Introductory Chemistry I and II, and Multivariable Calculus, among others, and has remained in good academic standing in his entire time at Mount Allison. In the summer of 2013, Patrick embarked on a summer research program funded by Chris’ President’s Research and Creative Activity award. He then continued towards a successfully-completed undergraduate honours thesis over the 2013-2014 academic year. The overall scope of Patrick’s work was to study the mechanisms of nanoparticle toxicity in blood, and differentiate the toxic responses of non-living plasma components from living cellular components. From May to June 2014, Patrick worked as a research assistant with the Dieni Research Group, and thereafter in collaborative projects operated between the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Department of Biology at Mount Allison University.

Patrick also served as a replacement (maternity leave) laboratory coordinator for undergraduate lab courses in inorganic and organic chemistry at Mount Allison. As of January 2016, he began working under the co-supervision of Tyson MacCormack and Steve Westcott towards graduate research at Mount Allison.

In addition to being focused on his own academics, Patrick has helped many other students in his capacity as a teaching assistant for the laboratory components of: 1) Introductory Chemistry I (CHEM 1001) and 2) Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 2111). Patrick also volunteered as a tutor for both of these courses. Outside of the classroom, Patrick also contributed to the Mount Allison Community in a number of other ways. He was an instrumental member of the Mount Allison Health Care Outreach group, and helped organize the Terry Fox Trek, the Mount Allison F*** Cancer campaign, and other fundraising events, donating proceeds towards cancer research. He also participated in an MCAT preparation and application information session for prospective medical students, and recruited external speakers to deliver presentations of health-related interest to students. In addition, Patrick also avidly participated in university club men’s rugby.

Some of Patrick’s accomplishments while a member of the Dieni Research Group (most recent to least recent):
Metal oxide nanomaterials in blood plasma
Our 2014 Honours Students convocate!
“Physiological hepatic response to zinc oxide nanoparticle exposure…” is now online
Manuscript receives final acceptance by Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology – Part C: Toxicology and Pharmacology
Neal and Pat present at ARCP 2013
Neal and Pat present at the Mount Allison Summer Undergraduate Research Fair

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