Students

Current Students

Nicola Blagrove-Hall

Student

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...

Natalie Troke

Student

Natalie is currently a Master of Public Health (MPH) student specializing in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, within the University of Toronto. Her interest in occupational health research stems from exposure to course material during her graduate degree, including taking classes entitled Occupational Epidemiology, Cancer Epidemiology,...

Sadaf Sanaat

Student

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...

Xiaoke Zeng

Student

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...

Stephanie Ziembicki

Student

Stephanie is a PhD student in Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Toronto. She became interested in cancer epidemiology while working at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre’s Department of Epidemiology on the association between alcohol consumption and breast density, both known risk factors for breast cancer. In her professional...

Student Alumni

Melissa Ramprashad

Melissa completed her Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of Toronto. She first became interested in occupational cancer after taking a 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 Care...

Desiree Latour

Desiree completed a practicum at OCRC while working towards a Master’s degree in Public Health at the University of Toronto. Previously, 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...

Selena Hussain

Selena Hussain completed her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of Toronto in 2019. Selena is passionate about improving population health, with research interests in cancer control and prevention. Prior to joining OCRC, Selena worked at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, where she conducted a microsimulation analysis...

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...

Patricia Liu

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...

Christine Carthew

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

Jeavana Sritharan

Jeavana joined OCRC while completing her PhD in Medical Science at the University of Toronto. She became interested in cancer epidemiology and occupational and environmental risk factors while working at an environmental health clinic and while taking on various health research projects. She completed a Masters degree that explored the...

Maisah Syed

Maisah Syed joined OCRC as a Masters of Public Health student at the University of Toronto. Maisah completed her practicum placement 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, collecting...

Richard Chung

Richard joined OCRC while completing a Masters of Public Health 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...

Roseanna Presutti

Roseanna completed her Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology 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...

Kim Finuliar-Beckford

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 worked on a project on asbestos exposure among custodial workers in...

Christy Bou Fadel

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...

Eliane Kim

Eliane joined OCRC while 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. She previously worked in clinical research and child and family health research at the local public...

Amanda Veglia

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

Trevor Van Ingen

Trevor completed a practicum placement at OCRC as part of his Masters of Public Health degree in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. His interest in the connections between health, the environment, and public policy drew him to OCRC. Previously, he worked at the...

Kate McBride

Kate joined OCRC while completing a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology 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...

Marcella Jones

Marcella joined OCRC while 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...

Michelle Nguyen

Michelle Nguyen graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, with majors in Integrative Biology and Psychology. She joined OCRC while completing her Bachelors of Applied Science in Occupational Health and Safety at Ryerson University. Her passion for research in occupational cancer and public health drew...