The McLaughlin Centre’s activities are supported by a dynamic
group of highly-qualified personnel.
||Mustafa Al-Zoughool, Ph.D.
Mustafa Al-Zoughool is currently working as a cancer
epidemiologist with the Centre. He is involved in several projects
on cancer epidemiology and in risk management of prion disease in Canada.
He completed his B.Sc. in Biology in 1996 from the University of Jordan,
Jordan as well as his Masters degree in Analytical Toxicology in 2000. In
addition, he completed his Ph.D. in Molecular Toxicology from the University
of Cincinnati, Ohio in 2005. He finished one year of postdoctoral
fellowship at the International Agency for Research on Cancer where he
completed research on cancer epidemiology.
||Shalu Darshan, Ph.D.
PrioNet Project Coordinator
Shalu Darshan is a Research
Coordinator at the Centre. Currently she is involved in coordinating
research activities in Networks of Centres Excellence (NCE) funded project "PrioNet".
The main goal of the project is to elaborate the etiology of prion diseases
in Canada along with risk management strategies to deal with the challenges
posed by prions through five research themes and their targeted core
projects. She is directly involved in theme five addressing the prion
disease risk management issue.
Ph.D. Affiliate Scientist & Part-time
Over the past 15 years, Judy McDonald has been a part-time
Human Kinetics Professor at the University of Ottawa, and has served as
a Faculty Council Member in Health Sciences for six years. Original work
with Olympic athletes has become the framework for her discipline in operational
readiness assessments for high-risk workplaces. She has authored books
on mental preparedness strategies for surgery, air traffic control, and
policing. Her academic foundations are combined with extensive municipal
experience in program management and public-private partnerships. Her pursuit
is in applying this cross-disciplinary approach to other high-performance
situations-where the standards of excellence have serious consequences.
Yuanli Shi, M.D.
Yuanli Shi is currently a Research Associate at the McLaughlin Centre.
Prior to joining the Institute of Population Health at the University
of Ottawa in 1998, she was a Biostatistician at the Institute for
Cancer Epidemiology, Danish Cancer Society. Yuanli has been
trained in Applied Statistics at the University of Reading (1993-94)
and University of Salford (1994-97) in England. Yuanli is interested
in cancer, environmental epidemiology and risk assessment.
||Michael Tyshenko, Ph.D.
Michael Tyshenko is a Research Associate at the University of Ottawa.
His academic background includes a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, a MPA
in Public Administration and postdoctoral training in Policy Studies
and Risk Communication. Dr. Tyshenko specializes in interdisciplinary
studies combining Molecular Biology, science policy and risk communication
focusing on emerging issues including: genomics, bioinformatics, zoonotic
diseases and transmissible spongiform encephalopathy prion research.
Margit Westphal, Ph.D.
Margit Westphal is a Risk Analyst at the University of Ottawa. Her academic background includes a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry, and graduate training in Population Health Risk Assessment and Management. Dr. Westphal’s Ph.D. focused on the role that cytokines play on the acute phase response during inflammation. Her postdoctoral work involved the investigation of transcriptional pathways activated during cancer pathogenesis. Dr. Westphal is presently involved in several risk assessment projects at the McLaughlin Centre including the risk management of chronic wasting disease in cervids.
||Nagarajkumar Yenugadhati, MBBS, M.Sc.
Nagarajkumar Yenugadhati is a cancer epidemiologist at the McLaughlin
Center. He obtained Masters Degree in Epidemiology at University of
Ottawa. His master’s thesis focused on identifying the occupational
risk factors for lung cancer based on a British Columbia cancer study.
Nagarajkumar is currently involved in several risk assessment projects
in the fields of occupational cancer and environmental health, and
clinical risk assessment projects at the McLaughlin Center for Population
Health Risk Assessment.