Students

Current Students

Jeavana Sritharan

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Jeavana is a PhD Medical Science student at the University of Toronto. She became interested in cancer epidemiology and occupational/environmental risk factors while working at an environmental health clinic and while taking on various health research projects. She completed a Master’s degree that explored the relationship between environmental factors and...

Nicola Blagrove-Hall

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Nicola became interested in research after completing a professional masters in Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health, with an interest in cancer research in general. Her interest in occupational exposures and cancer stems from her previous work in the cement industry, which operated quarries where silica exposure was of concern...

Sadaf Sanaat

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Sadaf is a Master of Public Health (MPH) student currently completing her degree in Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Toronto. Her interest in the field sparked when she took an environmental health course in her undergraduate degree; upon completion of her degree she went on to work...

Chloe Logar-Henderson

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Chloe is a Master of Public Health student in Epidemiology at the University of Toronto with an interest in environmental determinants of health. Her recent projects and work experiences have focused on the built environment as well as surveillance systems. She is excited to explore a new research area and...

Xiaoke Zeng

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Xiaoke Zeng is a PhD Public Health Science student at the University of Toronto. Xiaoke first became interested in exposures from the occupational and environmental sources and its related diseases from her undergraduate research experience of investigating lung functions among Chinese miners as well as evaluating indoor and outdoor particulate...

Sharara Shakik

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Sharara is a Master of Public Health (MPH) – Epidemiology student at Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She is interested in cancer and other chronic disease epidemiology, health equity and public health policy for disease prevention. She is particularly interested in occupational health research as it...

Avinash Ramkissoon

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Avinash is a practicum student at the OCRC, and is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (University of Toronto). During his undergraduate degree, he studied the biological effects of chemical and radiologic exposures, which most commonly occur among occupational...

Student Alumni

Maisah Syed

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Maisah Syed is a Masters of Public Health student at the University of Toronto. Maisah completed her practicum placement at the OCRC working on the Occupational Disease Surveillance System (ODSS) project. During her placement, Maisah developed an evaluation plan for the 3-year project including identifying indicators, developing data collection tools,...

Marcella Jones

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Marcella is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) designation in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She is interested in chronic disease prevention, healthy public policies, and health equity. Marcella is attracted to occupational cancer research since it identifies risk factors that...

Christine Carthew

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Christine is a Master of Public Health student in Health Promotion at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Christine completed a practicum placement at OCRC working on two qualitative research projects: Sun Safety at Work Canada and Completing the Picture. In health promotion practice, it is...

Trevor Van Ingen

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Trevor is a Master of Public Health student currently completing his degree in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Interested in studying the connections between health, the environment, and public policy, Trevor was excited to complete his practicum at the OCRC. His past experience...

Roseanna Presutti

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Roseanna is a Master of Public Health (Epidemiology) student at the University of Toronto. She first became interested in cancer epidemiology while working as a clinical research assistant at the Odette Cancer Centre in Toronto as an undergraduate co-op student. She is particularly interested in risk factors for cancer and...

Madar Talibov

Madar became interested in epidemiological research while doing his Master’s in Public Health at Umeå University in Sweden. He joined the OCRC as a visiting researcher in 2014, while pursuing his PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Tampere in Finland. As part of his PhD, he was involved in...

Melissa Ramprashad

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Melissa is a Masters of Public Health Epidemiology Student at the University of Toronto. She first became interested in occupational cancer after taking an undergraduate course while completing her undergraduate degree in Health Studies and Gerontology at the University of Waterloo. She has also completed a screening report for Cancer...

Patricia Liu

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Patricia completed her Ph.D. in May of 2011 at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University Toronto. She specializes in the history of twentieth-century biology and medicine. Patricia was at the OCRC from January to May of 2011, where she worked on a...

Kate McBride

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Kate is a Master of Public Health (Epidemiology) student at the University of Toronto. Kate’s interest in occupation cancer epidemiology arose from her years living in Northern Alberta in oil sand country where exposures were not limited to only workers. She is particularly interested in environmental cancers and ecosystem health....

Amanda Veglia

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Amanda is a Master of Public Health student at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, studying Occupational and Environmental Health and Public Health Policy. She is also a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellow in Public Health Policy. Amanda completed her research practicum at the OCRC,...

Desiree Latour

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Desiree is working towards a Master’s degree in Public Health at the University of Toronto. For her summer practicum, she had the opportunity to work at the Public Health Agency of Canada, in the area of chronic disease surveillance. During the first semester of her second year she decided to...

Christy Bou Fadel

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Christy completed her research practicum at the OCRC in 2016, as part of her Master of Public Health degree in Occupational and Environmental Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Christy first became interested in cancer prevention research after completing her undergraduate thesis project at...

Kim Finuliar-Beckford

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Kim completed her student practicum at the OCRC in 2016, as part of her Master of Public Health degree in Occupational and Environmental Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. At the OCRC, Kim is worked on a project on asbestos exposure among custodial workers...

Richard Chung

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Richard is a Masters of Public Health student in Occupational and Environmental Health at the Dalla Lana school of Public Health, University of Toronto. His interest in occupational cancer research developed during his undergraduate studies in biomechanics at the University of Waterloo, where he gained work experience at federal, provincial,...

Eliane Kim

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Eliane is currently completing her Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She is interested in knowledge translation and healthy public policy. Her past experiences are in clinical research and child and family health research at the local public...

Michelle Nguyen

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Michelle Nguyen graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, with majors in Integrative Biology and Psychology. She is currently completing her Bachelors of Applied Science in Occupational Health and Safety (for University Graduates) at Ryerson University. Since her time studying and her involvement with research...