- Mike Inskip is a biologist who previously worked at Health Canada for 25 years and whose research focuses on heavy metals like lead, mercury and bone seeking elements. He uses stable isotope tracers to help understand the toxicokinetics of metals during physiological processes like pregnancy, menopause and also during disease states like osteoporosis. Another focus is working with archaeologists at McMaster to examine lead in tissues like teeth and hair. This can help identify sources of past lead exposures by looking at their stable isotope 'signatures' and by linking these to historic geological sources of the metal. Mike's Class 100 clean room facility and bone dissection laboratory is made available for use by RadGrad students in their ongoing research projects.
- Recently had research featured on McMaster's Brighter World webseries: https://brighterworld.mcmaster.ca/articles/strands-of-hair-provide-clues-into-mystery-surrounding-doomed-voyage/