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Abhinand Thaivalappil

PhD Candidate | BSc, BASc, MSc


Coming from a molecular biology background, I slowly developed a passion for tackling public health issues with applicable solutions which led me to switch streams in 2015. Since then, I have completed a degree in Occupational and Public Health from Ryerson University and a masters degree in Epidemiology from the University of Guelph. Additionally, I have collaborated on numerous public health and epidemiology-based projects at Ryerson University, the University of Guelph, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Between 2020-2022, I was also involved in multiple COVID-19 research projects evaluating health outcomes, health communication, and health behaviours related to the pandemic. Currently, I am a PhD Candidate where I am investigating how societal-level factors influence health behaviours among the public and healthcare workers. I also intermittently work as as a teaching assistant for undergraduate and graduate-level epidemiology and resarch methods courses here at Guelph. In my free time, I volunteer with STEM Fellowship as a managing editor of the STEM Fellowship Journal and as a student mentor.

Research Interests

My research expertise is in systematic reviews, meta-analyses, qualitative research methods, food safety, and behaviour change. Moreover, I also have some work experience with zoonotic diseases and high-risk populations. I always welcome invitations to collaborate and potential opportunities to work with others, so please send me an email if you have any ideas or wish to get involved in our research.