Manisha Pahwa

Research Associate

Manisha Pahwa was OCRC’s first student. She completed her M.P.H. major project at the Centre, examining occupational pesticide exposure and cancer risk. Manisha recently received the 2010-2011 Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund Institute for Work and Health (IWH) Graduate Fellowship to help support her graduate studies.

Manisha spent a year and a half developing occupational cancer policies and programs as part of the workers’ health team at the Pan American Health Organization/Americas Regional Office of the World Health Organization in 2008/2009. It was this experience that inspired her interest in under-researched populations, as she aims to address the adage ‘no data, no problem’ by conducting research that meets workers’ health needs in the workplace and at the policy level in the future.


  • B.Sc. (Toxicology) University of Toronto (2006)
  • M.P.H. (Occupational and Environmental Health) University of Toronto (2011)