SFU Undergrad Researcher: Henry Tran

Next up in our series of brilliant SFU researchers, we have Henry Tran!

Name: Kim Hoang (Henry) Tran
Majors: Behavioural Neuroscience and English
Year of Study: Third
Supervisor: Chris Kennedy


Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: Medical Oncologist


Q: How did you get involved in research?
A: Fabiola, my BISC 101 TA talked about the environmental toxicology research she was doing with Dr. Kennedy and I was really fascinated by it, so I asked Dr. Kennedy to volunteer in his lab.


Q: What will you be working on this summer?
A: This summer I will be studying the lethal and sublethal toxicity of four anti-parasitic chemotherapeutants: ivermectin, SLICE®, Salmosan® and Paramove 50® on marine benthic organisms (crustaceans, bivalves, annelids and echinoderms). In doing so, I hope to address the environmental risks and consequences affiliated with them and how to in turn, to properly manage them for the stewardship of Canada’s coastal areas.


Q: What have you been working in your research so far?
A: So far, I’ve been working with Msc. candidate, Kassondra Rhodenizer, on studying the effects of Corexit and bitumen on crustaceans off the coast of B.C. We’ve been analyzing how these shrimp’s feeding behaviour have altered after they have been exposed to these chemicals.


Q: What’s your favourite course that you have taken so far in your degree?
A: BPK 205, Human Physiology with Nadine Wicks!


Q: What is a typical “day in the life “ in the lab for you?
A: Preparing solutions and then exposing the shrimps in to these solutions.


Q: What scares you the most in the lab?
A: The shrimps are extremely jumpy so when you transfer them to different tanks, it’s quite nerve-racking because they can jump out of the net and they thrash a lot.

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