Paul Stewardson graduated with a degree in Microbiology with Co-op and a Minor in Economics from the University of Victoria in 2017. He gained research and technical experience in labs studying cancer genetics, plant virology, fermentation and food microbiology. Currently a PhD student working under Dr. Eszlinger and Dr. Paschke since 2017 to solve the inherent limitations of thyroid fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) by applying molecular markers to a locally optimized diagnostic pathway. Paul works on ThyroSPECTM validation and a project to differentiate benign and malignant ThyroSPECTM negative cytologically indeterminate thyroid tumours using miRNA classifiers. His research has resulted in abstracts accepted for poster or oral presentations at the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism Annual Meeting, the European Thyroid Association Annual Meeting, the American Thyroid Association Annual Meeting, Campus Alberta Student Conference on Health, and the Canadian Cancer Research Conference.