I was trained as a synthetic chemist with a focus on inorganic compounds as hypoxic radiosensitizers. In subsequent research positions, I worked on developing new PET imaging agents, sustained delivery of Pt-drugs to potentiate radiation effects in hypoxic cells and identifying anti-malarial agents from natural products. My past training makes me interested in integrating different technologies and scientific concepts to develop innovative solutions for clinical and scientific problems. At BC Cancer, I take a collaborative approach and work with other Scientists from BC Cancer and other institutions on a variety of projects. In the past, I have used non-invasive imaging technologies to better understand tumour physiology during tumour progression and treatment, and more recently have been examining nanoparticle platforms for on-command drug delivery. My technical skills include: synthetic and analytical chemistry, non-invasive imaging (PET-CT and MRI), radiobiology, tumour metabolism, hypoxia and angiogenesis, drug delivery and tumour mapping.
Research Scientist, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, BC Cancer
Adjunct Professor, Division of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC
Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1993
B.S. in Chemistry, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, 1987