Sara Packull-McCormick

PhD student, Public Health and Health Systems

Sara Packull-McCormick.


PhD, Public Health and Health Systems

Graduate supervisor

Brian Laird

My thesis

Our research team conducts contaminant biomonitoring in Northern Indigenous communities to promote the consumption of traditional foods in a way that maximizes nutrient intake while minimizing the risks posed by exposure to environmental contaminants. My thesis aims to construct, refine, and validate a model of mercury exposure from fish consumption for First Nations communities in the Northwest Territories, Canada. To do this, I am combining data from the analysis of traditional food samples, dietary surveys, and human biological samples. This thesis will contribute to the on-going work being conducted by Professor Laird's research team in northern Canada.

My time in the School of Public Health and Health Systems (SPHHS)

I have been fortunate to be a part of an amazing research team doing important work that has real-world implications for the communities that we work with. Having a chance to meet and work with community members and local researchers in Canada’s north has been an incredible privilege. For me, SPHHS has provided a supportive and welcoming place to develop as a researcher.