Jay McFarlan Current position, Chair of Rural Nutrition and Exercise Jay was raised in Huron County. He attended the University of Western Ontario where he started his research career as a summer student at Robarts Research Institute. While at Robarts, he worked with a large team to investigate the genetic causes of Type II Diabetes and dysfunctions of fat metabolism. His Master of Science expanded on his interests in fat metabolism to include migratory bird physiology, and he examined the seasonal changes in gene expression that allow birds to become extreme endurance athletes. Jay completed some work towards his PhD (all but dissertation) in Human Health and Nutritional Science at the University of Guelph where he was investigating the molecular mechanisms behind how muscles use fat to perform exercise. He has returned to Huron County to raise his family, and plans to continue research by joining the diverse team at Gateway to find solutions to rural health issues in our community.