I am an NSERC postdoctoral fellow in the Comparative Biosciences Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research with Drs. Hannah Carey and Fariba Assadi-Porter focuses on the metabolic mechanisms of hibernation in the 13-lined ground squirrel, an extreme hibernating mammal, and I am currently exploring how the gut microbiome influences the squirrel’s metabolism throughout the hibernation cycle. My PhD research with Dr. Jeff Richards at the University of British Columbia investigated the physiology and biochemistry that allow certain animals—fishes in particular—to survive with little or no oxygen.

Though first a biologist, I am a musician and songwriter with numerous music projects. I am also passionate about aircraft, spacecraft, history, and vintage sports cars. And pasta.

e: mdregan at wisc.edu