FALL RADON TESTING: Long-term radon test kits are now available.  

Thank you for your interest in testing with the Evict Radon research initiative.  

Evict Radon is a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to solving Canada’s large and worsening radon-gas exposure problem, a substantial cause of lung cancer even in non-smokers. Evict Radon embraces research strategies across disciplines to gain the information necessary to:

  1. Understand what type of property produces a high or low radon environment, and why
  2. Identify who in society are the most at risk from radon exposure
  3. Make meaningful changes to policy to engineer high radon out of our future buildings.

By testing your home with one of our non-profit, research-grade radon test kits and enrolling in our national, public university-based research study, you are helping Evict Radon aligned researchers from across Canada to understand radon exposure and develop new ways to protect ourselves and loved ones.

Ms. Chrissa Foscolos works within the Goodarzi laboratory as a high school student volunteer and is currently completing Grade 12 at Rundle College in Calgary. She is working under the guidance of Ms. Natasha Cholowsky and studying the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on population-based radon exposure in residential homes.

Chrissa Fodcolos
High School Student

Ms. Chrissa Foscolos works within the Goodarzi laboratory as a high school student volunteer and is currently completing Grade 12 at Rundle College in Calgary. She is working under the guidance of Ms. Natasha Cholowsky and studying the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on population-based radon exposure in residential homes.

Mr. Cortt Piett currently works within the Nagel laboratory at Harvard University, having obtained his MSc from the University of Calgary in 2017. He is an expert in radiation biology and is currently using multiplex flow-cytometric host cell reactivation (FM-HCR) assays to understand how inter-individual differences in DNA repair capacity correlate with outcomes after radon exposure.

Cortt Piett, MSc, BSc
Staff Scientist

Mr. Cortt Piett currently works within the Nagel laboratory at Harvard University, having obtained his MSc from the University of Calgary in 2017. He is an expert in radiation biology and is currently using multiplex flow-cytometric host cell reactivation (FM-HCR) assays to understand how inter-individual differences in DNA repair capacity correlate with outcomes after radon exposure.

Mr. Dustin Pearson is pursuing his Ph.D. in the Goodarzi laboratory and is an expert in radiation biology, chemistry, and radon exposure’s emerging toxicology. His project(s) focus on novel methods of studying alpha particle exposure and the real-time indoor air dynamics of radon. Dustin’s work has been supported by the National Science and Engineering Research Council, the Charbonneau Cancer Institute and the Réjeanne Taylor Research Prize.

Dustin Pearson, MSc, BSc
Doctoral Student

Mr. Dustin Pearson is pursuing his Ph.D. in the Goodarzi laboratory and is an expert in radiation biology, chemistry, and radon exposure’s emerging toxicology. His project(s) focus on novel methods of studying alpha particle exposure and the real-time indoor air dynamics of radon. Dustin’s work has been supported by the National Science and Engineering Research Council, the Charbonneau Cancer Institute and the Réjeanne Taylor Research Prize.

Ms. Evangeline Eldrige is pursuing her MSc in the Ryan laboratory, and having obtained her BSc in Geosciences in 2018. Her projects aim to discern the relationship between surficial sources of radon gas, hydrogeological vectors of radon gas transport (under the ground) and the subsequent entry and accumulation of radon in the human environment.

Evangeline Eldrige, BSc
Masters Student

Ms. Evangeline Eldrige is pursuing her MSc in the Ryan laboratory, and having obtained her BSc in Geosciences in 2018. Her projects aim to discern the relationship between surficial sources of radon gas, hydrogeological vectors of radon gas transport (under the ground) and the subsequent entry and accumulation of radon in the human environment.

Mr. Jesse Irvine works under the Carlson and Goodarzi teams’ guidance, having obtained his BSc in biology with a minor in psychology in 2018. He has contributed to our 2019 study that describes Canadian radon exposure as a function of the built environment and our assessment of short versus long-term radon tests’ reliability. More recently, he developed and helped carry out our psychosocial and behaviour analysis of radon testing and mitigation behaviour in Canada.

Jesse Irvine, BSc
Medical Student

Mr. Jesse Irvine works under the Carlson and Goodarzi teams’ guidance, having obtained his BSc in biology with a minor in psychology in 2018. He has contributed to our 2019 study that describes Canadian radon exposure as a function of the built environment and our assessment of short versus long-term radon tests’ reliability. More recently, he developed and helped carry out our psychosocial and behaviour analysis of radon testing and mitigation behaviour in Canada.

Mr. John Danforth is pursuing his Ph.D. in the Goodarzi laboratory, having obtained his MSc from the University of Oulu (Finland) in 2018 studying genetic changes in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone rodents. His project uses human and yeast model systems to learn how long term, repetitive, low doses of alpha particle radiation impacts genetic integrity, intending to discern the alpha particle (i.e. radon gas) induced cancer gene signature.

John Danforth, MSc
Doctoral Student

Mr. John Danforth is pursuing his Ph.D. in the Goodarzi laboratory, having obtained his MSc from the University of Oulu (Finland) in 2018 studying genetic changes in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone rodents. His project uses human and yeast model systems to learn how long term, repetitive, low doses of alpha particle radiation impacts genetic integrity, intending to discern the alpha particle (i.e. radon gas) induced cancer gene signature.

Dr. Justin Simms is a physician and biologist with a background in the biology of DNA damage repair, multiple myeloma, and psychology. Based at the University of Saskatchewan (SK), he is interested in how different people, based on their demographics, psychology and behaviour, make decisions based on radon test outcomes. He is also leading a real-time radon testing study in the city of Regina, Saskatchewan.

Justin Simms, MD, MSc
Physician Researcher

Dr. Justin Simms is a physician and biologist with a background in the biology of DNA damage repair, multiple myeloma, and psychology. Based at the University of Saskatchewan (SK), he is interested in how different people, based on their demographics, psychology and behaviour, make decisions based on radon test outcomes. He is also leading a real-time radon testing study in the city of Regina, Saskatchewan.

Dr. Kerri Miller works within the Wieser laboratory at the University of Calgary and is an expert in metal radioisotope physics, particularly as it relates to human health. Dr. Miller is currently focussing her efforts on developing a novel biodosimetric method of calculating lifetime radon exposure using mass spectrometry and readily available human specimens in a collaboration between the Wieser-Goodarzi-Brenner teams.

Kerri Miller, PhD
Post-Doctoral Scholar

Dr. Kerri Miller works within the Wieser laboratory at the University of Calgary and is an expert in metal radioisotope physics, particularly as it relates to human health. Dr. Miller is currently focussing her efforts on developing a novel biodosimetric method of calculating lifetime radon exposure using mass spectrometry and readily available human specimens in a collaboration between the Wieser-Goodarzi-Brenner teams.

Ms. Natasha Cholowsky works within the Goodarzi laboratory and has expertise in biomedical health as well as anthropology. Her projects focus on: (i) studying the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on population-based radon exposure in residential homes and (ii) they psychology of radon awareness and testing. Natasha’s work is supported by the Alberta Real Estate Foundation and the Bachelor of Health Science program at the University of Calgary.

Natasha Cholowsky, BHSc, BA
Undergraduate Research Student

Ms. Natasha Cholowsky works within the Goodarzi laboratory and has expertise in biomedical health as well as anthropology. Her projects focus on: (i) studying the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on population-based radon exposure in residential homes and (ii) they psychology of radon awareness and testing. Natasha’s work is supported by the Alberta Real Estate Foundation and the Bachelor of Health Science program at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Selim Khan is a physician and population health researcher whose work from the University of Ottawa examined Canadian perceptions of radon health risks. He now works in the Taron and Goodarzi laboratories. He uses artificial intelligence-based approaches to understand how innate radon risks in new houses have evolved from the 20th-21st century in both Canada and Sweden. He is supported by an Eyes High Postdoctoral Scholar fellowship award.

Selim Khan, MD, PhD
Post-Doctoral Scholar

Dr. Selim Khan is a physician and population health researcher whose work from the University of Ottawa examined Canadian perceptions of radon health risks. He now works in the Taron and Goodarzi laboratories. He uses artificial intelligence-based approaches to understand how innate radon risks in new houses have evolved from the 20th-21st century in both Canada and Sweden. He is supported by an Eyes High Postdoctoral Scholar fellowship award.

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