About Dr. Rand
I am currently an Assistant Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry at Carleton University. My research focuses on molecular toxicology, specifically examining the interaction of environmental contaminants with lipid signaling molecules, which play important roles maintaining the physiological status of the cell. Current research studies include developing animal and cell models to study mechanisms of cell stress and angiogenesis, examining the metabolic fate and biological activity of fluorinated contaminants that are used commercially as grease and water-proofing agents, and elucidating how these contaminants act to perturb lipid metabolism and activity.
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 metabolic 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. This research is ongoing, with continuing 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, under the supervision of Prof. Scott Mabury.