Morgan Wyatt is a former
PhD student from Chemical
Biology who worked in
Magarvey’s Lab from 2008-
2014 and has now subsequently
developed a new product called
The Greenlid, the first fully
compostable compost bin, that
was featured on February 4,
2015 on CBC’s Dragons’ Den.
It’s aimed at eliminating the
mess and smell from composting in the kitchen. Instead of
using leaking compostable bag liners or no bag liners at all
in your kitchen bin, you can just use the Greenlid to collect
your organic waste, but once it’s full the entire thing can
be composted in your municipal collection bin or your home
compost pile. It’s made from 100% end-of-life recycled
paper and is made leak resistant for up to 10 days with a
formulation he developed, so it won’t leak like the plastic
The Dragons’ Den
judges all offered
various deals for
and he accepted the
Please watch an
excerpt from the
Dragons Den episode
to see Morgan in
action and hear the
deal he accepted.
Visit The Greenlid’s
website to learn more.
Former PhD Supervisor, Dr. Nathan Magarvey stated
“I hope our BDC program produces some of this type of
entrepreneurial spirit. Aubrey Bailey Morgan Wyatt is a
shining example of the alternative career path with a higher
degree – and the critical thinking skills that are gained within
How would you describe the culture or ‘feel’ of the
Collaborative. I believe this is one of the strengths of this
What would you say about how you were motivated?
I really enjoy research. I think this is one of my biggest
motivations. It is also really easy to be motivated when you look
around the department. The success among the scientists in this
department is impressive and inspires me to be the best I can be.
Tell us where you will be doing your postdoc and what
you will be focusing on?
In September, I will begin my postdoctoral studies with Dr.
Robin Stanley at the National Institute of Environmental Health
Sciences (NIEHS) in North Carolina. Dr. Stanley’s group focusses
on understanding regulatory mechanisms that support eukaryotic
ribosome biogenesis. There are over 200 non-ribosomal biogenesis
factors in eukaryotes, many of which are unregulated in cancer cell
lines. I am really excited to start my postdoctoral work because it
gives me the opportunity to hone in on the skills I acquired here at
McMaster University while also expanding my skill set.
What is your ultimate career goal and did McMaster
prepare you for the next stage towards your goal?
At the beginning of my graduate studies I wanted to pursue
a career in industry. However, half way into my graduate work I
started to question myself. It took almost four years of graduate
studies before I realized what I wanted to do. By the time of my
comprehensive examination, I knew I wanted to pursue an academic
position. The Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences program has a
great training environment and I feel ready to tackle my postdoctoral
studies. While I still have a lot to learn, I am grateful for my time at
Despite Monica’s many honours in her young career
she is a thoughtful, gracious and humble individual. We
are very grateful to have known and worked with her for
so many years. We wish her every success as her career
unfolds and are privileged to call her one of our alumni.
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Morgan Wyatt, PhD ’ 14
Jackson Wyatt, above left, with brother
Morgan as seen presenting their pitch on
Dragon’s Den on CBC.
Click the image to play the video.