Ryland T. Giebelhaus

About Ryland

I am currently a PhD student in chemistry at the University of Alberta (UofA) in Dr. James Harynuk's group and The Metabolomics Innovation Centre (TMIC). I am primarily interested in using mass spectrometry-based metabolomics to explore physiology. I am interested in combining bench top analysis with novel computational approaches to better use metabolomics to understand human interactions with our envrionment. Additionally, in April 2021 I was awarded the NSERC Canadian Graduate Scholarship - Masters (CGS-M), and in April 2023 I was awarded the CIHR CGS-D to support my doctoral work at the University of Alberta.

Prior to starting my graduate work at UofA, I completed my undergrad, BSc (Hons.) at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan (UBC-O) campus in 2021. My interest in metabolomics was first sparked during my undergrad while researching in Dr. Susan Murch's plantSMART laboratory. I worked on targeted and untargeted LC-MS-based metabolomics approaches specifically for the analysis of phytohormones. In April 2020 I defended my Honors thesis in Chemistry at UBC-O. While at UBC-O I was awarded two NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) and an Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science Undergraduate Research Award (URA). I was also the president of the Chemistry Course Union. During my tenure we hosted the 2019 Western Canadian Undergraduate Chemistry Conference (WCUCC) and received a national accolade from the Canadian Society of Chemistry (CSC).

In my spare time I enjoy hiking, cycling, camping, fishing, skiing, or playing a round of golf.

My goal after I obtain my PhD is to start an independent research career in academia where I can explore my own research interests in metabolomics and mentor early career researchers.


If you want to chat about my research or are interesting in collaborating please feel free to reach out to me at rgiebelh@ualberta.ca

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