Phylicia Ricketts is a recipient of the 2018 Prime Minister's Youth Award for Excellence in Innovation Science and Technology. She holds a PhD in Applied Physics and is currently a lecturer in the Department of Physics at The University of the West Indies, Mona. Through her research she has demonstrated how nuclear technology can be used to provide scientific solutions to environmental and health problems in Jamaica. She uses handheld XRF analyzer (Niton) and Gamma spectroscopy system (Canberra) to measure essential, toxic and radioactive elements in human placenta samples and fish.
Current research include: the assessment of prenatal mercury exposure using the placenta as a biomarker- Implications for maternal fish consumption in the Caribbean, risk-benefits assessment of fish consumption, mercury exposure from the natural environment, mercury exposure from the using skin lightening products.
Phylicia also plays clarinet in the UWI classical and Jazz wind ensemble.