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Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University
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Hey, I’m Tara!

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada · Member since September 2011
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I was born and raised in Cape Breton, but have been living in Halifax all of my adult life. The fact that I have been grounded in Nova Scotia does not preclude me from enjoying travel. I have recently discovered that the further away I am from home the more I enjoy the destination. This year I have had the privilege of visiting both Germany and Argentina.

The great thing about my job is that it provides opportunities for travel and networking with people from many different countries and cultures. I am currently engaged in post doctoral research at Dalhousie, where I use the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as a model to better understand the mechanisms of neurotransmitter recycling and the types of interactions that take place between the main classes of cells in the brain: neurons and glia.

I think I am a scientist by heart. I am curious, meticulous, and have always taken great interest in the natural world. If my mini amphibian zoo does not provide clues to my nerdy nature, then the fact that I have scientific illustrations and ultrastructural micrographs as "art" on my walls will definitely hammer the message home.

I sometimes think I secretly loathe science.

I enjoy cooking, eating and exercise... but perhaps the first two necessitate the last. Thus, if you need a restaurant recommendation I can most likely provide you with delicious options at any price range.

...then there is hockey. I like it a lot. I could never say I loathe hockey, even if it sometimes makes me throw fits. Hockey also goes really well with beer. It's a winning combination.