MSc Student, Radiation Biology
Office: Tandem Accelerator Building 104/A
Phone: (905) 525-9140 ext. 21607
With the goal of eventually contributing towards the design of more comprehensive evacuation decision-making tools for nuclear accidents, I am investigating the risks of non-cancer health effects, and non-radiation effects of accidental nuclear release. This includes consideration of how such effects can be effectively combined to define composite risk ratings for citizens residing around nuclear power plants such that in the event of a meltdown, decisions can be made to ensure that the event does not cause a permanent imprint on the surrounding population.
My current research includes investigating serotonin transport in irradiated T98G human glioblastoma cells to determine if radiation damage can interfere with the positive feedback loop that regulates the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis), which could indicate a role in chronic fatigue. I am also investigating the role of "social capital" in populations surrounding nuclear power plants. Social capital has been identified in disaster management research to be a good indicator of compliance and resilience to evacuation and quarantine procedures, and so it would be interesting to see its application in nuclear safety.
Synthesis Symposium 2016 - Developing a conceptual framework for COmposite Nuclear Evacuation Systems [CONES] (Oral Presentation)
Synthesis Symposium 2015 - The feasibility for neutron tomography in the McMaster Nuclear Reactor (Oral Presentation)
Synthesis Symposium 2014 - The Elusive "Calorie" - Assessing nutritional labels with a Thermodynamics perspective (Poster Presentation)
- Life Sci 3M03: Cellular Dynamics