Detecting and Mitigating Adversarial Attacks on Covid-19 Monitoring Solutions

COVID-19 outbreak has changed the world and forced majority of the population to lockdown and isolation. With the lockdowns easing, and things returning to the new normal, it is important to follow the isolation protocols such as social distancing and wearing of masks for containing the outbreak. While there is no denying the efficacy of the protocols, there has been some backlash in the public for these policies including a large number of protests against the COVID-19 protocols in the US [1] [2].

Farms of the Future – Evaluating the impacts of regenerative farming practices on soil biodiversity

Complex communities of bacteria, fungi, and invertebrates are known to be involved in the preservation and enhancement of soil fertility, nutrient cycling, crop productivity, and carbon sequestration, but the details have been lacking. This knowledge gap can now be addressed through new methods, such as DNA metabarcoding, which make it possible to monitor the diversity and dynamics of entire soil communities.

Standardization and validation of a point-of-care RT-qPCR test in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is the etiological agent of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic currently affecting 215 countries and territories. With the number of cases increasing exponentially in many nations, molecular diagnostics have become a critical component for informing decisions related to health. However, the availability of molecular diagnostics has suffered a bottleneck.

Genomic studies for fertility, health, and efficiency traits in dairy cattle

The advent of genomic selection in the dairy industry has increased genetic progress; however, new challenges are emerging. Rapid population growth and associated demographic and economic changes are increasing global demand for dairy products. Moreover, the industry must address several societal and consumer issues such as human health, animal health and welfare, and the environmental footprint (e.g., greenhouse gases, antibiotic and hormone use).

Storying Access: Reconciling the Effects of Betterment Discourses in Southern Ontario's Early 20th Century Domestic Science Education - Year two

Building on my recent archival research, my Mitacs project explores the ways early 20th century discourses of betterment and progress, such as eugenics, in southern Ontario were unevenly entwined within rural domestic science educational institutions and connected to cultural histories and legacies of colonialism that diminished and disappeared young women who did not fit the normative middle-class lives of white, able-bodied women who studied, taught, and led in the field of domestic science.

AAV Vectored Immunoprophylaxis for Prevention of SARS-CoV-2 in the Elderly and Immunocompromised

As of May 1st, 2020, over 3.2 million cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, resulting in over 233,000 deaths globally. This project aims to provide an alternative vaccine for the prevention and treatment COVID-19 in high risk individuals, mainly the elderly and immunocompromised, who do not respond well to tranditional vaccination.

Monitoring the sustainability of agricultural system for Ontario’s Greenbelt

This project aims at developing information and knowledge that will promote public and policy support for the long-term sustainability of the agricultural system surrounding the greenbelt. Based on a preliminary research led by the Friends of Greenbelt Foundation, this research will develop a monitoring framework for the viability and protection of the agricultural system in the greenbelt and assess the trends of agricultural viability and protection in Greenbelt during the past 15 years.

Getting to Work: Investigating Labour Market Challenges in Saugeen Shores, Ontario

How do you support the fastest growing municipality in a largely rural region as it works through its growing pains? What happens in a rapidly growing community that’s been recognized as one of the best places to live as it tries to keep up with labour demands, changing demographics, and challenges to the enabling infrastructure that support a strong labour market and economic development? This research focuses on understanding the implications of the unique labour market dynamics of a rural region in transition through a case-study of Saugeen Shores, Ontario.

Using Social Media to Address Misinformation about HPV and Influenza Vaccines: An Intervention on Facebook

Vaccination is a widely accepted public health intervention, yet public confidence in vaccines is affected by misinformation about vaccine safety shared mainly on Facebook. This project aims to increase availability of credible information about HPV vaccines and influenza vaccines on Facebook.

Forced Air Ozone Reactor and Advanced Oxidative Process as an Alternative to Post-harvest Washing for Decontaminating Fresh Produce - Year two

The project will develop aqueous-free systems for decontaminating (i.e. inactivation of human pathogens and spoilage microbes) fresh produce that can be applied individually or sequentially. The first intervention is based on a forced-air ozone reactor that introduces the antimicrobial gas through the bed of produced at a controlled flow rate. The advantage of the method is large batches of produce can be treated and supports a higher log reductions of bacteria compared to when ozone is applied to storage rooms.