Olivia Piccolo

oliviapiccolo@hotmail.com

BSc, Dbl Major Biology & International Development with Honours & Co op

Dalhousie University

Olivia is originally from Hamilton, Ontario, and moved to Halifax to complete her Bachelor of Science in Biology and International Development at Dalhousie University.  Olivia joined the Berman lab in 2016 as a Co op Student in the zebrafish core facility, and became an Honours student in the fourth year of her undergraduate degree.  She has been part of an interdisciplinary research project with the medical physics department at the Nova Scotia Health authority, working to develop and characterize a novel radiation target beam.  Olivia has been exploring the efficacy of the beam in conjunction with high atomic number nanoparticles to elucidate a more targeted radiation therapy for difficult to treat tumours and pediatric cancers.  Olivia is currently a junior technician with the lab, and is part of a group studying cancer and rare disorders as part of the Scientific and Clinical Hub for Orphan Drug Development of the PROFYLE project, which includes developing preclinical drug screening platforms. Aside from her research in the Berman lab, she enjoys running, painting, and cooking, as well as volunteering with children at the IWK Hospital.  Olivia has plans to continue research, and also hopes to explore other fields including medicine, global health, and international development- and eventually plans to return home to Hamilton.

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