Equity, Diversity, Environment, and Society

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I am a third-year Ph.D. student in Yolanda Hedberg’s lab, studying at the University of Western Ontario.

Basically, I use different instruments including ToF-SIMS, FESEM/STEM, and electrochemical measurements to analyze gold nanoparticles and nanoclusters and their interaction with biomolecules such as Cysteine in the physiological environment. I aim to investigate the possibility of using nanomaterials to increase the efficiency of radiation therapy and improve cancer treatment.

I was one of the awardees in the first round of the CREAT CORRECT program and I aimed to go to the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden for my mobility. The purpose of my travel was to use NanoSIMS which could allow me to image my nanomaterials with a high resolution (down to 50 nm), and an excellent collection efficiency which is combined with sufficient mass resolution. In my research plan, the biggest opportunity for me would have been working with more nano instrumentation, collaborating with more scientists majoring in the same area, and learning new software and its instruments.

In this presentation I talked mostly about the equity principles and how it can be challenging for some of scientists! I shared my experience of being rejected to enter a country in Europe to continue my research for a while. and the fact that how that incident made me interested me in scientists’ obstacles through the history.