Kevin C. Hewitt, Dalhousie University

Associate Professor Physics Halifax, Nova Scotia kevin.hewitt@dal.ca Office: (902) 494-2315

Bio/Research

Dr. Hewitt's family has roots in St. Vincent and Grenadines where he grew up before moving to Toronto at 10 years of age. After several years there he journeyed to Vancouver, BC to complete his PhD work at Simon Fraser University before joining the Physics Department at Dalhousie University to t...

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Bio/Research

Dr. Hewitt's family has roots in St. Vincent and Grenadines where he grew up before moving to Toronto at 10 years of age. After several years there he journeyed to Vancouver, BC to complete his PhD work at Simon Fraser University before joining the Physics Department at Dalhousie University to take up a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in February 2000. Prior to the end of his post-doc he was hired in the Physics and Atmospheric Science department at Dalhousie University in September 2001 as an assistant professor, and has recently been promoted to a tenured associate professor position.

By attracting more than one million in research funding, he has established a state-of-the-art lab that uses a laser light scattering technique called Raman spectroscopy to probe the optical properties of materials. Among its many applications, Raman spectroscopy is also used to solve crimes, develop an understanding of the earth's history and monitor chemical reactions. Dr. Hewitt recognizes the need to develop applications of the technique to other fields such as medicine. He has recently embarked on an exciting new area of research: to develop Raman spectroscopy as a clinical diagnostic tool in the rapid and accurate detection of cancers of the skin, lung and breast which have cells that overexpress a membrane protein responsible for cell growth and division, the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor.



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