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COVID-19 information and screening.

Learn how we’re keeping our campus community safe, healthy and engaged during our gradual return to campus.
Note: The university’s mandatory vaccine directive is now in effect. Learn more about vaccine requirements.

Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Get to know some of our Postdocs!

Beatriz Franco Arellano, PhD

Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. Beatriz Franco Arellano joined as a Postdoctoral Fellow in September 2020. Under the supervision of Dr. Arcand, her research focuses on the development of serious games to support nutrition education among children.

“My experience as a Postdoctoral Fellow has enabled me to work with outstanding people”




Dan (Demi) Wang, PhD

Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. Dan (Demi) Wang completed her undergraduate degree in Preventive Medicine from Southern Medical University in China in 2014 before moving on to her Master's degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in 2015 as well as her PhD in Public Health in 2019 from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Her research explores modifiable factors (e.g. lifestyle, physical and social environment) contributing to funtional wellbeing, frailty and disability. Having joined Ontario Tech in September 2019, she has primarily investigated the health care utilization among Canadians with musculoskeletal disorders and disabilities. 





Golam Islam, PhD

Faculty of Science

Dr. Golam Islam's current post-doc project project involves the environmental disease monitoring of COVID-19 in the region of Durham. He utilizes molecular biology techniques to monitor the presence of SARS-CoV-2 viral signals in wastewater that are collected from several townships from Pickering, Ajax, Oshawa and Clarington. From this analysis, he has the ability to predict the presence of SARS-CoV-2 at a community level and share this useful information with public health partners in Durham, ON. This project is funded by the Province of Ontario and is a collaboration between Ontario Tech University, Durham Region Public Health and Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and one of the first environmental disease monitoring programs in the region of Durham.

"I am very proud to be a part of Ontario Tech University's post-doctoral program. My supervisors provide tremendous support and encouragement that helps me succeed in fulfilling my research goals. To be able to utilize my research experience in developing a novel environmental disease monitoring system that can assist Durham Public Health during this challenging pandemic has provided tremendous motivation and fulfillment in my post-doctoral career thus far. I hope to continue developing these types of novel applications at Ontario Tech University and help demonstrate the tremendous potential of this wonderful institution as a leader in research and development."

Linda R. Jacobo, PhD

Faculty of Science

Dr. Linda Lara-Jacobo is a Postdoctoral researcher at Ontario Tech University, working in the epidemiology surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater. She is a Toxicologist expert in Toxicogenomics, Environmental Epidemiology, Environmental Health, and Sustainability. She is developing liason between health, environment, social inclusion, diversity, and science diplomacy for a sustainable world.

"My experience as a Postdoc at Ontario Tech University It has been wonderful! It has allowed me to learn so much with the continued support of Dr. Denina Simmons and my colleagues on SARS-CoV-2 wastewater surveillance team Ashley, Dr. Golam Islam, Dr. Andrea Kirkwood and Dr. Jean-Paul Desaulniers." 

Sheree Rodney, PhD

Faculty of Education

Dr. Sheree Rodney is an alumnus of Simon Fraser University, where she engaged in research broadly related to technology integration in mathematics education under the supervision of Dr. Nathalie Sinclair. Her primary research explored how curiosity, embodiment and digital tehcnology relate to the construction of mathematical meanings through a process that she calls Embodied Curiosity. This process allowed her to reconceptualize curiosity as a relationship that emerges when there is an interaction with digital tools.

“My postdoc experience aligns well with my research interest and provides opportunities for me to immerse in research that focuses on digital fluency. My postdoc supervisor and the team of researchers that I am interacting with are warm, welcoming and I am excited to develop my research skills with them.”