Dr. Stacey Wetmore is the Tier I Board of Governors Research Chair in Origins and Explorations. Dr. Wetmore’s research explores the ways in which DNA is damaged by harmful chemicals, and studies the repair of DNA by enzymes that chemically remove the damaged sections. Through the use of computer calculations, Dr. Wetmore is working on understanding how cells process damaged DNA in an attempt to prevent diseases from appearing.
When asked how the ongoing CRC research is connected with students in her classroom, Dr. Wetmore states, “in my traditional classroom, students actively apply the tools that I use in my research to every day chemical problems. For example, the fourth year students in my computational chemistry course even use my research-grade computing resources… In my non-traditional classroom, namely my research laboratory, undergraduate and graduate students directly participate in all aspects of my BoG research program, with most of these students being included as coauthors on conference presentations and journal publications.” As is evident from Dr. Wetmore’s response, the students become active participants in the research, and gain practical experience and exposure which will help propel them into their academic future.
Dr. Wetmore also strives to integrate her research in the local community through public presentations, and provide guiding information which has been uncovered in her lab. Dr. Wetmore explains, “since my research focuses on understanding how our DNA is damaged by various agents in our environment and the impacts of this damage on our cells, my work has direct implications for understanding how to maintain healthy Canadians by identifying factors that cause the most detriment to the population and providing clues about how to prevent or reverse devastating effects.”
To connect with Dr. Wetmore, and explore a list of recent publications, please follow the link below to the Uniweb profile.