I am a biologist at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario. I began training in karate as an undergraduate, but stopped before I earned my black belt so that I could focus on my research and studies. Now, about 15 years later, I am back in the gi and starting the process over again. This blog is a catalogue of my thoughts, experiences, and notes as I work my way back up the ranks.

Here is my full academic bio from my lab website:

Dr. T. Ryan Gregory – Associate Professor

Dr. Gregory completed his B.Sc. at McMaster University in 1997 and earned his Ph.D. in evolutionary biology and zoology from the University of Guelph in 2002. He has been the recipient of several prestigious scholarships, fellowships, and awards, including the 2003 NSERC Howard Alper Postdoctoral Prize, which identified him as the top postdoctoral researcher in Canada in any field of science or engineering, a McMaster Alumni Association Arch Award (2005), an American Society of Naturalists Young Investigator Prize (2006), the Canadian Society of Zoologists Bob Boutilier New Investigator Award (2007), and the Genetics Society of Canada Robert H. Haynes Young Scientist Award (2010).  He also received a 2008 University of Guelph Faculty Association Distinguished Professor Award for his teaching.  Dr. Gregory carried out postdoctoral research at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Natural History Museum in London, England, before joining the faculty in the Department of Integrative Biology and the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario at the University of Guelph. Dr. Gregory’s primary research interests include large-scale genome evolution, biodiversity and genomic diversity, and macroevolution. His first book, The Evolution of the Genome, was published in early 2005. He is also Scientific Coordinator of the HealthBOL project targeting vectors, pathogens, and parasites as part of the International Barcode of Life (iBOL) program.

"Dr. Genome" in Okinawa