Trainees

Ben Wilk

Ben Wilk

PhD Candidate

Biography: Ben Wilk is a PhD candidate in the Department of Medical Biophysics, supervised by Dr. Frank Prato and Dr. Jonathan Thiessen. His research focuses on using hybrid PET/MR imaging to determine the long-term effects of inflammation on infarct healing. Of particular concern is a low-flow region, called the microvascular obstruction, which is present in some infarcts and linked to worse prognosis for patients. His goal is to determine how early inflammation in this region affects the long-term heart function of patients.

TianDuo Wang

TianDuo Wang

PhD Candidate

Biography: TianDuo is currently a PhD student in Medical Biophysics under the supervision of Dr. John Ronald. His research focuses on developing novel reporter gene technologies for cancer detection and therapy. Thus far, he has worked on a reporter gene system for prostate cancer called tumour-activatable minicircles, which can deliver exogenous reporter or therapeutic genes into cancer cells in an efficient and specific manner. These minicircles have shown the ability to reliably identify aggressive prostate cancers in mice using a simple blood or urine test, then attenuate the growth of these aggressive tumours. TianDuo aims to continue refining this technology, while also exploring new approaches for activatable cancer theranostics using reporter genes.