Our Group

Todd Harris, Research Scientist

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Research Scientist


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



Risha completed her B.Sc. Honours in Chemistry at Mount Allison University. Her research consisted of synthesizing platinum compounds for possible anti-cancer applications. Her interest in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology was sparked through this project where she learned the effect chemicals, like heavy metals and organic pollutants, can have on the environment. Through various analytical techniques, such as high-resolution mass spec, she is excited to learn more about this field by exploring the mechanism of action by which fluorinated pollutant metabolites lead to toxicity.



Graduate Student

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. 



Sierra completed her B.Sc (honours) in Forensic Science and Chemistry at Laurentian University and is currently working towards her M.Sc. in Chemistry specializing in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology. She is fascinated by the intersection between nutrition and toxicology. Sierra is excited to study this relationship in Dr. Rand’s lab, where she will explore the effect of nutrition on the metabolism of environmental toxicants. In her spare time, Sierra enjoys spending time outside, reading, cooking and traveling. 

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Amanda is a fourth year student working towards her B.Sc honours in Biochemistry. Following her undergraduate studies, Amanda hopes to complete a masters in toxicology and ultimately aspires to become a forensic toxicologist. Amanda is passionate about gaining hands on experience in toxicology and to learn how toxins can effect organisms and their pathways. Outside of the lab, Amanda spends her free time dancing or playing her clarinet, cooking, and hiking. 

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Erin is currently working towards her B.Sc. in Honours Chemistry at Carleton and is a recipient of an NSERC USRA. This summer, She is undertaking an online literature search to examine emerging contaminant metabolism by polymorphic CYP enzymes. Her hobbies include dance, and she loves to travel. 




Morgan is in her third year and is working towards a B.Sc. in Neuroscience and Mental Health. As a recipient of an I-CUREUS award, 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.