Imaging Scientist, Lawson Health Research Institute
Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Western Ontario
Donna E. Goldhawk obtained her BSc in Biochemistry and Biophysics from the University of California Davis in 1982, and her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario in 1996. She undertook postdoctoral training at the Robarts Research Institute from 1998-2003, receiving a Research Fellowship from the National Cancer Institute of Canada. Dr. Goldhawk joined the Imaging Program at the Lawson as a Research Associate in 2006 to provide molecular biology support for molecular imaging. Her research involves an interdisciplinary collaboration to develop reporter gene expression for molecular MRI. Dr. Goldhawk has taken an active role in patent protection of this emerging technology and in funding (Cancer Imaging Network of Ontario) a preclinical study to non-invasively image human cancer cell growth in the mouse. With additional funding from the Ontario Research Fund - Imaging for Cardiovascular Therapeutics, Dr. Goldhawk accepted an Associate Scientist position in 2009 and will extend her study of gene-based cellular contrast to an established, canine model of ischemia/reperfusion.