Former DMSC graduate student offically conferred his Ph.D.

A former graduate student with the Division of Medical Sciences at the University of Victoria was recently conferred his Ph.D. in Neuroscience.

In the early afternoon of Wednesday, November 15, Andrew Boyce strode across the stage in the UVic Farquhar Auditorium to receive his graduation certificate. Soon after, he was joined in celebration by his graduate supervisor, Dr. Leigh Anne Swayne, whom he first met during his undergraduate years.

ab“When I started with Leigh Anne, I had virtually no research experience,” said Boyce. “But I soon caught the bug during my directed studies, and Leigh Anne continued to fuel it, as well as challenge me to think critically about the design of my experiments and their results. She’s been an incredible mentor and supervisor.”

Swayne, too, has been impressed with her former student. His enthusiasm for science and discovery, she said, has led to where he is today – a researcher with a tremendous amount of scientific knowledge and a strong transferable skillset, all of which contributed to his many successes with the DMSC.

“Andrew has grown tremendously over the course of his graduate studies. His work on Pannexin 1, a protein in the brain that’s crucial to its functioning, has laid important groundwork in the lab for current and future students, both undergraduate and graduate.”

Boyce successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis back in July, 2017. He’s since been doing a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary, where, under Dr. Roger Thompson of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, he’s studying the underlying molecular mechanisms that regulate communication between neurons in the healthy and diseased brain.


We did a profile on Andrew Boyce earlier this year, in June. Read it here.