My research into dietary lipids, nutrition and health began with an interest in an enzyme that metabolizes oxidized lipids, soluble epoxide hydrolase. My Ph.D. project (Bruce Hammock, UC Davis) investigated the catalytic activity of this enzyme using a biochemical approach that combined analytical chemistry and enzymology. I then joined the laboratory of Dr. Chiamvimonvat in the UC Davis Medical School as a postdoctoral fellow, where I studied the effect of omega-3 dietary lipids on cardiac inflammation and hypertrophy disease. Since my postdoc I’ve been employed as a project scientist at UC Davis, where I researched liver fibrosis and lipid signaling, as well as a scientist at the pharmaceutical startup, Eicosis, LLC, which is moving an inhibitor of soluble epoxide hydrolase into Phase I trials for the treatment of neuropathic pain. My research in Amy's lab will continue to explore the impact of diet-derived lipids on cellular processes.
Colleen is working toward her MSc in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology. Spending lots of her free time outside, she has always had a strong concern for preserving nature. While interning at Health Canada, she worked toward this goal through studying the impact of everyday chemicals on human health and the environment. Thoroughly fascinated by this field, she is eager to continue with similar research in Dr. Rand’s lab, where she will focus on developing the nematode C. elegans as a tool to study mechanisms of oxidative and endoplasmic reticulum stress.
Dami completed his B.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Manitoba. His primary focus was on the identification and separation of polycyclic hydrocarbons in aquatic environments. He is embarking on his M.Sc. in Chemistry with a specialization in Chemistry and Environmental Toxicology. While working in an oil and gas research centre based out of the University of Manitoba, he became familiar with gas chromatography, HPLC and other analytical techniques. He is excited and eager to begin a new journey in Dr Rand's group, with a plan to further expand his knowledge in Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology. In his spare time, he occasionally plays Footy and is an avid player of English team Chelsea FC
Sampson completed his B.Sc. Honours in Biomedical Toxicology at the University of Guelph and currently is working towards his M.Sc in Chemistry, specializing in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology. He is interested in environmental and analytical toxicology, especially using analytical techniques to detect and identify environmental contaminants. He previously had the opportunity to work in an environmental waste treatment laboratory which complemented his current field of interest. Sampson is very excited to be working in Amy’s lab during his time at Carleton. He hopes to further explore the metabolism of environmental toxicants via various analytical techniques in addition to identifying the effects these toxicants have in the human body and the environment.
Keegan completed his BScH in Chemistry at Carleton University. Prior to starting his degree, he worked in the mining industry in northwestern Ontario and the Yukon. Deciding on a career change, he came to Carleton to study chemistry. He's now interested in environmental chemistry and looks forward to working with Dr. Rand’s research group. His MSc project is to chemically synthesize fluorinated surfactants used in food packaging material to assess their contribution towards human exposure and toxicity.
Aleen is working towards her B.Sc. in Health Sciences (biomedical science concentration). As a recipient of an I-CUREUS, Aleen is excited to be exposed to hands-on lab experience where she can develop a diverse skillset. Through this internship, Aleen’s goal is to gain a better understanding of exposure to environmental factors (e.g. nutrients and environmental chemicals) and their impact on human health. Outside the lab, Aleen takes part in many pastimes including Tae Kwon Do and baking.
Nikhil is in his final year of his B.Sc. Honours in Chemistry. Following his undergraduate studies, he aspires to become a Patent Lawyer with a specialization in Chemistry. He's very excited to be working in Dr. Rand's environmental and biochemistry lab. His project is to synthesize two metabolites of a fluorinated pollutant to serve as analytical standards for detecting unknown levels of these metabolites in human samples.
Kali is working towards completing her BScH in Chemistry. Her honours project involves comparing the product formation from the metabolism of omega-6 fatty acids in the presence and absence of certain pain relieving medications. Kali is excited to be in the lab and expanding her skill set in her first research project at Carleton. Outside of the lab, Kali loves to spend her time at the dance studio staying active and teaching classes.
Morgan is in her second year and is working towards a B.Sc. in Neuroscience and Mental Health. As a volunteer, Morgan looks to develop hands-on experience needed for current academic and future laboratory work. She is also excited to learn more about how the biochemical components of our surroundings can affect human health and disease while participating in Dr. Rand’s lab.