Dr. Moondust

My B.Sc. was taken in Biochemistry from the University of London. My Ph.D. was completed in Applied Sciences from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby (my research conducted at the BC Cancer Research Centre) and I did a Post-doctoral fellowship in the Biochemistry Department at the Medical College of Wisconsin. I chose cancer as my subject of specialization and started with research on Ataxia-telangiectasia (AT) patients, who are genetically prone to lymphomas.

Since then, I have focussed mainly on mechanisms of carcinogenesis in various models including the AT disease state and ionizing radiation-induced cancer, mycotoxin-induced and chemically-induced cancers, and ultraviolet radiation-induced skin cancer. Currently, my research activity includes the formulation of a novel sunscreen to combat apoptotic sunburn that has been associated with skin cancer and other products for the repair of skin damage related to sun exposure. I am the President and Primary Biochemist of my own company and have been invited to present my research papers at conferences around the world.

Following the death of a cousin in California from melanoma, I started my own investigations into this subject. After using many different sunscreens I found that no sunscreen was working on me and I kept peeling even while wearing them. This was rather surprising to me as a cancer biologist and I started studying the scientific basis of sunscreens. I found that most sunscreens are not formulated to prevent all stages of sunburn, so my aim was to come up with a new formula that would work to protect people against every stage of sunburn.  SPF {Sun Protection Factor} is a method for evaluating the efficacy of a sunscreen for one stage of sunburn. However, my colleagues and I came up with our own special new test for measuring the effectiveness of sunscreens based on providing protection for all three stages of sunburn.

Even when I was playing tennis, this sunscreen did not stream into my eyes like other brands.

I am allergic to perfume, so I like it because there is hardly any scent.

I love the consistency - it is not oily or greasy like so many other sunscreens.