Who am I?
I'm from North Vancouver, BC, Canada. I graduated from Simon Fraser University (SFU) with a degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, a Minor in Cultural Anthropology, and a Certificate in Liberal Arts.
In 2000, I started at
Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre
as a Cancer Genomics Researcher.
I’m first author on 2 publications in scientific journals and co-author on 54 other refereed articles including 5 on brain cancer.
I love to hike, play ice hockey and practice taekwondo, mindful meditation and yoga. I am an acrylic painter of portraits, landscape and surreal scenes. And a father to an amazing beautiful girl who brings more joy and energy to my life than I could ever have imagined.
In 2016, I graduated from SFU's 2016 Writer's Studio with a
Certificate in Creative Writing.
I am also a long-term survivor of a devastating form of brain cancer. I volunteer in a number of capacities in health care and the brain cancer community.
I am writing my memoir of my incredible experience.
All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.
Yaffa Ben-Nahum Butterfield z'l 1945-2022