Lab of Dr. Gordon S. Mitchell
Department: Physical Therapy
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Year I became a Gator: 2016
Research focus: Understanding the mechanisms of glia-neuron interactions within the spinal cord in giving rise to spinal respiratory motor plasticity during health, as well as in disease states characterized by neuroinflammation.
What drives me: I’m motivated by helping others and a desire to make a difference in the lives of others for a better future of the world.
Quote: “A postdoctoral fellowship itself is not a career. As a postdoctoral fellow, you are ultimately the chief architect of your future career. UF is an excellent institution that will provide you with all the necessary resources so that you can carve out your ideal career path.”
What I love about Gainesville: What I love about Gainesville the most is that the city is situated close to a high density of natural, freshwater springs. It offers scenic, natural beauty and crystal-clear waters you can swim in at year-round with temperatures of 70 degrees.
Something few people know about me: I played chess competitively back in Toronto for many years and I went on to win the Metro Toronto Chess Championships two years in a row.
My favorite food: Low and slow hickory smoked beef brisket.
In my free time, I like to: Spend time with my beautiful wife and our three lovely dogs in the outdoors.
This post was published as part of a larger article on postdoctoral researchers. At UF’s McKnight Brain Institute, postdocs come from across the globe, attracted by access to renowned neuroscientists and pioneers in their fields who serve as mentors and by a wide array of leading scientific programs ranging from cognitive aging and brain tumors to Alzheimer’s disease and respiratory physiology.