About Dr. Rand
I am an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department and Institute of Biochemistry at Carleton University. I have broad research interests in exposure science, environmental chemistry, and toxicology. Current research studies include developing animal models to study mechanisms of cell stress and lipid signaling, examining the metabolic fate of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and elucidating the many routes of human and wildlife exposure to environmental pollutants.
Before joining Carleton in 2017, I was a postdoctoral fellow at University of California, Davis, advised by Prof. Bruce Hammock. There, I completed a T32 Fellowship Program in Oncogenic Signals & Chromosome Biology funded by the National Institute of Health to characterize a lipid signaling pathway that enhances angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels. I continued this work using human endothelial cell and animal models to target the angiogenic mechanism and impact on cancer tumor growth, with support from the AACR Judah Folkman Fellowship for Angiogenic Research. Prior to my postdoc, I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in Environmental Chemistry in 2013, studying the transformation and fate of PFAS, under the supervision of Prof. Scott Mabury.