SFU Undergrad Researcher: Donyanaz Divsalar

Introducing Donya Naz Divsalar of the Faculty of Health Sciences!

Name: Donya Naz Divsalar
Major: Health Sciences
Year of Study: Third
Supervisor: Dr. Chris Kennedy of the Department of Biology

Q: What have you been working on in your research so far?
A: We are currently studying the biological effects of an anti-sea lice pesticide, Salmosan, on the
Pacific spot prawn.
What is a typical “day in the life” in the lab for you?
There are different sets of procedures done in the lab daily. For me, it usually includes recording
the changes in the organisms, preparing solutions, measuring different qualities of water, such as
PH, temperature, salinity and dissolved oxygen, and changing water if need be.

Q: What do you wanna be when you grow up?
A: Growing up, I have definitely always been fascinated by various branches of sciences. I was
extremely fortunate to be given an opportunity to attend Medical school in Europe, and that
made me realize my passion for helping others, through clinical Medicine. I hope to pursue a
career in healthcare, with a focus on mental health.

Q: How did you get involved in research?
A: I have always been seeking diversity in my area of knowledge. I got involved with
Environmental Toxicology lab in spring, and even though it seemed to be very different from my
major of choice, I was totally mesmerized by the research focus and the different procedures that
were done in the lab. For me, research is a way to expand my knowledge of different areas of
science, get to have a hands-on experience in a dynamic environment, and being a part of an
awesome team with passionate individuals who share similar interests and goals.

Q: Whats your favourite course that you have taken so far in your degree?
A: HSCI 130, Foundations of Health Sciences. An absolutely fascinating course that challenged my
critical thinking about epidemiology and population health, and made me realize my passion for
global health and disease prevention.

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