Ben Hansson

Pronouns: he/him

Affiliation: PhD Student at Dalhousie University





Welcome to my corner of the SAC webpage! I’m currently doing a PhD in Medical Physics at Dalhousie University, funded by an NSERC CGS-D under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Hewitt. My research is on the fusion of two powerful optical techniques: stimulated Raman scattering and holographic microscopy, which we call molecular holography. You can read more about it here. I graduated from Carleton University with a BSc in Physics, Minor in Mathematics, in 2019. During my undergrad, I worked with Dr. Sangeeta Murugkar for over two years on Raman spectroscopy of blood and nonlinear optical microscopy with silicon photomultipliers.

Academics and research aside, I enjoy being involved with the physics and scientific communities. In the past, I was a Student Senator on the Dalhousie University Senate, Co-Chair for the 53rd Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference, and President of the Carleton Science Student Society – among other things. I am currently focused on my responsibilities as Graduate Chair of the SAC and Graduate Student Representative for the CAP. Both of these roles are extremely fulfilling for me, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve physics students in Canada.

Please reach out to me with your ideas, concerns, thoughts, comments, etc.!

Best cat ever. Ben’s best friend. Physics genius. 100% alive and adorable.

Believe it or not, there’s also a Ben outside of academia and student involvement! I value my work-life balance and always make time for the things I enjoy doing, such as yoga, badminton, playing guitar, listening to weird music, reading, and creative writing. Send me your sci-fi book recommendations! My favourite book of the past couple years is This Is How You Lose the Time War – I can’t recommend it enough. Other books I particularly enjoyed are The Fifth Season, The Long Way to a Small and Angry Planet, Ancillary Justice, and the Dark Forest.