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Meet our Translational Medicine Graduate Students

2021 Candidates
2022 Candidates
2023 Candidates
2024 Candidates
2025 Candidates

 2021 Candidates

Devon Cole, MSc ’21 (Candidate)

Devon Cole, MSc ’21 (Candidate)

Educational Background: BScH Life Sciences Specialization in Cardiorespiratory Science, Queen’s University
Supervisor: Dr. Mark Ormiston
Thesis Title: Examining the Effects of BMP9 on Angiogenesis in Murine Metastatic Lung Tumours

Austin Read, MSc '21 (Candidate)

Austin Read, MSc '21 (Candidate)

Educational Background: BScH Chemical Biology, McMaster University
Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Archer
Thesis Title: Mechanisms of oxygen sensing in the transition between the fetal and newborn heart

 2022 Candidates

Melinda Chelva, MSc '22 (Candidate)

Melinda Chelva, MSc '22 (Candidate)

Education: BScH Life Sciences, Specialization in Cancer Research, Queen's University
Supervisor: Dr. Karen Yeates
Thesis Title: Assessing the Implementation of Patient Navigation to the Smartphone-Enhanced Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (SEVIA) Program.

Kassandra Coyle, MSc ’22 (Candidate)

Kassandra Coyle, MSc ’22 (Candidate)

Educational Background: BSc Life Sciences, Queen's University 
Supervisor: Dr. Mark Ormiston
Thesis Title: Examining the Impact of a Natural Killer Cell Specific Transforming Growth Factor Beta Deletion on the Development of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Jordan Harry, MSc ’22 (Candidate)

Jordan Harry, MSc ’22 (Candidate)

Educational Background: BScH Life Science, Specialization in Cardiorespiratory Science, Queen's University
Supervisor: Dr. Mark Ormiston
Thesis Title: Examining the impact of endothelial BMPR2 loss on BMP9-associated angiogenesis in a mouse model of metastatic breast cancer

Matthew James, PhD ’22 (Candidate)

Matthew James, PhD ’22 (Candidate)

Education:  BScH Life Sciences, Queen's University
Supervisor: Dr. Denis O'Donnell and Dr. Alberto Neder
Thesis Title: Mechanisms of exertional dyspnea in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Max Moloney, MSc ’22 (Candidate)

Max Moloney, MSc ’22 (Candidate)

Education: BScH Life Sciences, Queen's University
Supervisor:
Dr. Diane Lougheed
Thesis Title: Promoting Evidence-based Asthma Care: Use of Sentinel Surveillance for Quality Improvement

Jummy Oladipo, MSc ’22 (Candidate)

Jummy Oladipo, MSc ’22 (Candidate)

Educational Background: BScH Life Sciences, Specialization in Biomedical Sciences, Queen's University
Co-Supervisors: Dr. Prameet Sheth and Dr. Stephen Vanner
Thesis Title: Investigating the Potential Protective Effects of Disialyllactose-N-tetraose (DSLNT) Against Dysbiosis in a Neonatal Chemostat Model

Charmi Shah, MSc ’22 (Candidate)

Charmi Shah, MSc ’22 (Candidate)

Educational Background: BSc Medical Sciences, Brock University
Supervisor: Dr. Donald Maurice
Thesis Title: Examining the Effects of FGD1 on Podosome Rosette Formation in Angiogenic Cells using Physiologically Relevant Models

Michaela Spence, MSc ’22 (Candidate)

Michaela Spence, MSc ’22 (Candidate)

Educational Background: BScH Life Sciences, Queen's University
Supervisor: Dr. Paula James
Thesis Title: The Canadian Hemophilia Carriers Study – Post-partum

 2023 Candidates

Sophia Linton, PhD ’23 (Candidate)

Sophia Linton, PhD ’23 (Candidate)

Education: BSc Microbiology and Immunology, McGill University
Supervisors: Dr. Anne Ellis
Thesis Title: Investigating the role of the local microbiome in allergic rhinitis

Joe Nashed, PhD ’23 (Candidate)

Joe Nashed, PhD ’23 (Candidate)

Education: B.Sc H. Eng. (Electrical Engineering), MSc Rehabilitation Science, PhD, Neuroscience, Queen's University
Supervisor: Dr. DJ Cook
Thesis Title: Understanding and facilitating recovery in a non-human primate model of stroke

Edwin Ocran, PhD ’23 (Candidate)

Edwin Ocran, PhD ’23 (Candidate)

Educational Background: BSc Human Biology & MBChB, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, MSc. Anatomical Sciences, Queen's University
Supervisor: Dr. Paula James
Thesis Title: Understanding the Role of von Willebrand Factor in Angiodysplasia

Quentin Tsang, PhD ’23 (Candidate)

Quentin Tsang, PhD ’23 (Candidate)

Educational Background: BScH Kinesiology, Mini-MSc Translational Medicine, Queen’s University
Supervisors: Drs. Stephen Vanner, David Reed and Prameet Sheth
Thesis Title: The effects and mechanism of cannabinoids and opioids on nociception in inflammatory bowel disease

Dr. Caitlyn Vlasschaert, PhD ’23 (Candidate)

Dr. Caitlyn Vlasschaert, PhD ’23 (Candidate)

Education:  MSc. Biochemistry and Bioinformatics, University of Ottawa, MD Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Internal Medicine Resident Queen's University
Co-Supervisors: Dr. Michael Rauh and Dr. Matthew Lanktree
Thesis Title: Clonal hematopoiesis in kidney disease

 2024 Candidates

Rachel Bentley, PhD ’24 (Candidate)

Rachel Bentley, PhD ’24 (Candidate)

Educational Background: BScH Life Sciences Specialization in Biomedical Sciences, Queen's University
Co-Supervisors: Dr. Stephen Archer and Dr. Charlie Hindmarch
Thesis Title: Exploring the mechanism of impaired oxygen responsiveness in patent ductus arteriosus using transcriptomics

Marty VandenBroek, PhD’24 (Candidate)

Marty VandenBroek, PhD’24 (Candidate)

Educational Background: BScH Biomedical Sciences, University of Ottawa
Supervisor: Dr. Mark Ormiston
Thesis Title: A transcriptional analysis of the BMP9-induced hyperproliferation in BMPR2-deficient endothelial cells: Implications for pulmonary arterial hypertension