Team Leads

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Graham Dellaire is an internationally renowned cancer cell biologist and expert in DNA repair and CRISPR gene editing. Since 2014, he has received ~$3.4M in peer-reviewed funding as a principal applicant (CFI, CIHR, NSERC, etc.) and ~$34M as a co-applicant. He is a member of the editorial board of Chromosome Research, has guested edited Current Gene Therapy and was the Co-Chair of the Cancer Research Training Program at the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute (BHCRI) from 2010-2018. He holds patents that formed the technology platform of Procrea Biosciences and the current CFI project, and has developed a CRISPR-based technology to identifying small molecule DNA repair modifiers, which has been transferred to >20 universities including Oxford (UK), Stanford (USA) and Tokyo (Japan). He has authored cancer and cell biology text books (including “Cancer Genomics” downloaded 17,000 times), a dozen book chapters, and 93 peer-review papers on cancer biology and DNA repair.

Team Leader

GRAHAM DELLAIRE

Director of Research and Professor in Dept. of Pathology, Dalhousie University;
 
Senior Scientist of the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute (BHCRI).
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Aaron Goodarzi is a globally recognized radiation biologist, and has published 49 peer-reviewed studies in journals such as Nat. Comms., Nat. Cell Biol. and Mol. Cell on the topic of IR-induced DNA damage repair, oxidative stress biology, and radon science. He serves as the Director of the multiuser Charbonneau Microscopy Facility, within which he has successfully been awarded and sustained CFI-funded infrastructure since 2012. He is a public advocate for residential testing of radon, and is currently leading a campaign to test all Canadian homes for radon via the non-profit organization Evict Radon, of which he is a founder and the current Chairperson . In 2015, he was named one of  Calgary's Top 40 Under 40 for achievements in science and education; in 2016, he was made a University of Calgary “Peak Scholar” for innovation in radon gas and lung cancer knowledge engagement; in 2018, he was selected as a TEDx speaker to speak on radon.

Team Co-Leader

AARON GOODARZI

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) for Radiation Exposure Disease,
 
Assistant Professor, Charbonneau Cancer Institute, Cumming School of Medicine, U of Calgary.
 
Founder and Chair of Evict Radon (non-profit organization).

Core Research Team

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Wan Lam is an internationally renowned lung cancer researcher and was an early pioneer in gene expression and transcriptome studies. His team has developed whole-genome technologies, bioinformatics, imaging and computational biology tools for tracking genetic, epigenetic, and gene expression events critical to cancer development, progression and treatment responses in lung cancer. Over his career, Dr. Lam has received over $50 million in research funding and produced nearly 300 peer reviewed scientific articles. He is an Editor of the journal Frontiers in Oncology, and is on the editorial board of the journal Thoracic Cancer. He was the Chair of the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (CCSRI) Innovation Grant Panel for many years, and has been a member of grant panels for multiple Canadian (NCIC, CCSRI, CIHR, Alberta Heritage, Michael Smith) and US agencies (National Institutes of Health, US Dept. of Defense). 

WAN LAM

Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia (UBC)
 
Director, Integrative Oncology Program, UBC Deputy Head and Distinguished Scientist, Integrative Oncology, BC Cancer (BCCA).
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Morgan Langille has expertise in microbial genomics and bioinformatics, and is focused on novel computational methods to analyze clinical and population based data. He has published 48 peer-reviewed publications, including a highly (>2,700) cited Nature Biotechnology article on PICRUSt, a software program for microbiome analysis used extensively in that field. Dr. Langille is the director of the Integrated Microbiome Resource, which provides sequencing and bioinformatics for microbiome projects from hundreds of research projects in 22 countries. He has taught over 300 trainees via international microbiome bioinformatic workshops, and served on the Council of Microbial Sciences for the American Society of Microbiology from 2015-2018. He is an editor at journals including Microbiome, mSystems, and PLoS Computational Biology. Dr. Langille leads an interdisciplinary research team incorporating computer science, statistics, sequencing and microbiology, and has several ongoing human microbiome projects including studies that demonstrating the prediction of treatment outcome in pediatric Crohn’s disease58 and identifying risk factors for infection complications in pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia. 

MORGAN LANGILLE

Tier 2 CRC in Human Microbiomics and Associate Professor in the Dept. of Pharmacology at Dalhousie University.
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Anne-Marie Nicol holds a Ph.D. in Health Care and Epidemiology from UBC, and has published extensively on environmental exposures in cancer with a total of 23 peer-reviewed publications in health journals. Dr. Nicol is currently an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Simon Fraser University where she teaches toxicology, environmental health and risk assessment in the Master’s of Public Health program. She is a lead investigator of the Health Canada-funded “Take Action on Radon" Program, where she leads community level initiatives to reduce radon levels. Dr. Nicol also works in the area of environmental knowledge translation for public health professionals through the PHAC funded National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health (NCCEH). She is on the board of the Canadian Association for Radon Scientists and Technologists (CARST) and, as such, is integral to Canada’s radon testing standards, certification and industry association. 

ANNE-MARIE NICOL 

Associate Professor of Professional Practice at SFU’s Faculty of Health Sciences
 
Co-Principal Investigator of CAREX Canada.
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Jong Sung Kim is focused on toxicology and human health risk assessment, and has published 30 peer-reviewed papers on this topic. Dr. Kim has served on the Technical Committee for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Working Group on nanotechnology. He has been recognized by the Society of Toxicology as the recipient of “MB Research Award for Distinction in Practical In Vitro & Alternative Toxicology Methods” and the American Public Health Association for “Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health’s Best Paper Award”. His work responds to needs identified by end-users, including regulatory agencies and clinical professionals.  Currently, Dr. Kim is collaborating with other team members on the correlation between arsenic and other metals in toenails with chronic diseases including cancer. 

JONG SUNG KIM

irector of Health and Environment Research Centre (HERC) Laboratory,
 
Associate Professor, Depts. of Community Health & Epidemiology and Microbiology & Immunology, Faculty of Medicine.
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Trevor Dummer is an environmental epidemiologist and population health scientist with training in geographic information science (GIS). He is focused on how the environment influences health and has published 80 peer-reviewed papers in this field. His current work involves cancer prevention through community knowledge translation, especially related to environmental exposures. He is a member of the Centre of Excellence in Cancer Prevention, a unique collaboration between University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Canadian Cancer Society focused on vertical integration of researchers and practitioners to conduct scientific research that informs policy and practice for cancer control. Dr. Dummer had led several arsenic studies, including quantifying cancer risk in relation to arsenic levels around current maximum acceptable concentration levels and knowledge-to-action research identifying barriers to testing and remediation of arsenic in private wells. Current funded research connects population health, epigenomics, environmental exposures and risk assessment and communication. 

TREVOR DUMMER

Associate Professor, School of Population and Public Health (SPPH), University of British Columbia.
 
Affiliated Scientist, BC Cancer, National Co-Scientific Director the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP), Co-Scientific Director BC Generations.
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Paola Marcato is an expert on understanding the role of CSLCs and epigenetic factors (i.e. DNA methylation, histone modifications, and long non-coding RNA; lncRNA) in cancer progression and response to therapy. She has published 50 peer-reviewed publications, with highlights including discoveries from 2011-2019 on the CSLC marker ALDH1A3, its role in cancer progression and regulation of a pro-cancer stem survival lncRNA NRAD. Her team are now investigating the potential of ALDH1A3 as a target for anti-cancer drugs, which has garnered international interest from top-30 pharmaceutical company Eisai (who have awarded Dr. Marcato multiple research contracts). Specifically related to the effects of arsenic on DNA methylation and treatment, Dr. Marcato’s lab has demonstrated that effective treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia requires sustained demethylation of target genes by arsenic. This research was initiated by Dr. Marcato’s growing interest in studying the long-term epigenetic effects of arsenic and how it affects the tumour microenvironment and CSLC population. 

PAOLA MARCATO

Associate Professor in the Dept. of Pathology at Dalhousie University.
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Natalie Saint-Jacques is an early career investigator with expertise in environmental health. She has published 15 peer-reviewed papers in this area, and holds funding from CIHR, NSHRF and CCS. Her program is focused on urinary tract cancer risk attributable to low-level arsenic exposure in Nova Scotia well drinking water, using epidemiology, health, physical geography and geospatial statistics. Dr. Saint-Jacques has funding to develop a platform to assess the joint distribution of cancers and how they relate to neighborhood socioeconomic profiles, built environments and prevalent risk factors including environmental carcinogens such as arsenic and radon. 

NATHALIE SAINT-JACQUES

Senior Epidemiologist at Nova Scotia Health Authority Cancer Care program,
 
Adjunct Professor in Medicine, Affiliate Scientist with the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit, Healthy Population Institute and Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute.
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Michael Wieser’s research is driven by the challenge to develop advanced and reliable analytical technologies with real-world applications to the relationship between our environment, our health and Earth systems. Dr. Wieser has published 51 peer-reviewed papers on the distribution and abundance of isotopes of importance in biogeochemical processes using mass spectrometry. He is a member of TITAN collaboration (TRIUMF Ion Trap for Atomic and Nuclear Science) at the TRIUMF particle accelerator laboratory in BC, which works at the frontiers of nuclear physics. Dr. Wieser is actively involved with the Commission on Isotopic Abundances and Atomic Weights, a commission under the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry responsible for the evaluation and dissemination of atomic weight and isotope abundance data in education, research and industry. 

MICHAEL WIESER

Associate Professor, Physics & Astronomy, Faculty of Science, U of Calgary.

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