• We are a group of scientists and clinicians researching how damage to our DNA drives the aging process and diseases like cancer.
  • We are a group of scientists and clinicians researching how damage to our DNA drives the aging process and diseases like cancer.
  • We are a group of scientists and clinicians researching how damage to our DNA drives the aging process and diseases like cancer.

Our Core Research Team

We are twelve independent laboratories working together to find new ways to prevent cancers, better treat cancers and understand how they arise.

Dr. Aaron Goodarzi

Dr. Aaron Goodarzi

Understanding oxidative DNA damage after radiation exposure

Short Bio Summary

Dr. Goodarzi is the Canada Research Chair for Radiation Exposure Disease. He obtained his PhD from University of Calgary in 2005 and trained as a post-doctoral scholar at the Genome Damage and Stability Centre at the University of Sussex (UK) until 2010. In 2011, he opened his own laboratory at the University of Calgary’s School of Medicine. In 2015, he was named one of Calgary's Top 40 Under 40; 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 and, in 2019, received one of the School of Medicine’s Education Awards for innovation in graduate training. Dr. Goodarzi is the founder and leader of Evict Radon, a new Canadian non-profit organization whose goal is to solve Canada’s substantial and worsening radon-gas exposure problem through interdisciplinary research for the benefit of all Canadians.

Research Interests

From the moment of our conception, our DNA is subject to damage, the most serious form being a break in both strands of the DNA double helix. Unless these breaks are resealed correctly, whole segments of our genome can be lost or irrevocably mutated to fuel a self-propagating process of volatility that underlies cancer formation, radiation poisoning and/or premature cellular aging. Our research focuses on slow-repairing DNA double strand breaks induced within densely compacted heterochromatin and/or by high linear energy transfer ionizing radiation such as alpha particles emitted by radon gas. We are especially curious about DNA double-strand break repair processes involving nucleosome remodeling enzymes. We are taking forward our discoveries into the community, conducting wide-scale radon gas exposure testing and aiming to understand how the radiation emitted by radon impacts our bodies and who, based on our genetics, may be the most sensitive to cancer following radon exposure. Discoveries in these areas are improving our knowledge of cancer formation, human ageing and radiation protection.

Laboratory Members

Lab Manager:
Shilpa Salgia
Senior Communications Strategist:
Weston Jacques
Lab Technician:
Carin Pihl
Lab Technician:
Shujuan Fang
Post Doctoral Fellow:
Wilson Nartey
Post Doctoral Fellow:
Selim Khan
Post Doctoral Fellow:
Peter Brownlee
PhD Student:
Dustin Pearson
PhD/MD Student:
Daniel Berger
MSc Student:
Luc Provencher
PhD Student:
John Danforth
Summer Student:
Yousif Al-Noorachi
Data Analyst:
Jesse Irvine

Productivity & Funding

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