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Meet our Translational Medicine Graduate Students

2023 Candidates
2024 Candidates
2025 Candidates
2026 Candidates

 2023 Candidates

Sophia Linton, PhD ’23 (Candidate)

Sophia Linton, PhD ’23 (Candidate)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Co-Supervisors: Dr. Michael Rauh and Dr. Matthew Lanktree
Thesis Title: Clonal hematopoiesis in kidney disease

Samantha Ables, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Samantha Ables, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Co-Supervisors: Dr. David Reed and Dr. Alan Lomax
Thesis Title: Antibiotic rifaximin on the gut microbiota and visceral pain signaling in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome

Cassandra Brand, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Cassandra Brand, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Co-Supervisors: Dr. Jacob Rullo and Dr. Alan Lomax
Thesis Title: The role of the ocular microbiome in dry eye disease

Nolan Breault, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Nolan Breault, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Archer
Thesis Title: Preclinical investigation of the efficacy of a mitochondrial fission inhibitor (Drpitor1a) in regressing pulmonary arterial hypertension

Alyssa Burrows, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Alyssa Burrows, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Supervisor: Dr. Anne Ellis
Thesis Title: The impacts of COVID-19 (infectious disease/public health aspects) on immunology and allergy in Health Care Professional students and translate findings into how it can impact public health policies.

Devon Cole, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Devon Cole, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Supervisor: Dr. Mark Ormiston
Thesis Title: Examining the Effects of BMP9 on Angiogenesis in Murine Metastatic Lung Tumours

 

Pierce Colpman, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Pierce Colpman, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Archer
Thesis Title: Peripheral and Midzone Mitochondrial Fission Variability in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension


Emmanuel Fagbola, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Emmanuel Fagbola, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Supervisor: Dr. Mark Ormiston
Thesis Title: Exploring the Impact of Endothelial BMPR2 Loss on Phosphoinositide Dynamics and the Pathobiology of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Georgia Kersche, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Georgia Kersche, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Supervisor: Dr. Amer Johri
Thesis Title: Combining Intraplaque Neovascularization with Risk Stratification by Carotid Stress ECHO


James King, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

James King, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Co-Supervisors: Dr. David Reed and Dr. Alan Lomax
Thesis Title: The role of transient receptor potential (TRP) channels, specifically TRPM3 and TRPC5 in normal visceral sensation and visceral pain

Kiera Liblik, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Kiera Liblik, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Supervisor: Dr. Amer Johri
Thesis Title: Female Risk factors for post-Infarction Depression and Anxiety (FRIDA) 

Katie Lindale, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Katie Lindale, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Co-Supervisors: Dr. Amber Simpson and Dr. David Berman
Thesis Title: Connections Between Histological Features and Clinical Endpoints: A Digital Pathology Approach to Optimizing Risk Thresholds and Care Pathways in Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer

 

Trinity Vey, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Trinity Vey, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Supervisor: Dr. Karen Yeates
Thesis Title: To understand and develop culturally appropriate COVID-19 public health strategies for Indigenous communities of the Mushkegowuk Territory in Northern Ontario

Bethany Wilken, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Bethany Wilken, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Co-Supervisors: Dr. Yuka Asai and Dr. Lynne Postovit
Thesis Title: Implementing a pictorial eczema education tool to improvement management of the disease



 2024 Candidates

Rachel Bentley, PhD ’24 (Candidate)

Rachel Bentley, PhD ’24 (Candidate)

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)

Supervisor: Dr. Mark Ormiston
Thesis Title: A transcriptional analysis of the BMP9-induced hyperproliferation in BMPR2-deficient endothelial cells: Implications for pulmonary arterial hypertension

 

Isaac Emon, MSc ’24 (Candidate)

Isaac Emon, MSc ’24 (Candidate)

Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Archer
Thesis Title: The inflammatory role of DNMT3A mutations and decreased expression in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Abigail Davis, MSc ’24 (Candidate)

Abigail Davis, MSc ’24 (Candidate)

Supervisor: Dr. Anne Ellis
Thesis Title: The open-label use of a monoclonal antibody (Tezepelumab) that targets thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) in the treatment of co-morbid allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma

Samantha Delios, MSc ’24 (Candidate)

Samantha Delios, MSc ’24 (Candidate)

Supervisor: Dr. Donald Maurice 
Thesis title: How targeting mechanisms involving primary cilia-specific cAMP and hedgehog signaling within PVAT-resident adipogenic progenitor cells can promote adipogenesis in expanding PVAT and protect vascular functions. 

Jill Greenlaw, MSc ’24 (Candidate)

Jill Greenlaw, MSc ’24 (Candidate)

Supervisor: Dr. Prameet Sheth
Thesis Title: Evlauating the Protective Capacity of Bacteroides species against Clostridioides difficile infection

Noah James, MSc ’24 (Candidate)

Noah James, MSc ’24 (Candidate)

Supervisor: Dr. Mark Ormiston
Thesis Title: Targeting BMP9 receptor utilization in the growth and vascularization of lung metastases in metastatic breast cancer

Maria Korovina, MSc ’24 (Candidate)

Maria Korovina, MSc ’24 (Candidate)

Supervisor: Dr. Diane Lougheed
Thesis Title: Examining sensory-mechanical responses to eucapneic voluntary hyperventilation, hypertonic saline, and mannitol in individuals with cough variant asthma and chronic cough

Jana Livingston, MSc ’24 (Candidate)

Jana Livingston, MSc ’24 (Candidate)

Supervisor: Dr. Jacob Rullo 
Thesis Title: Characterizing the role of the eye in inducing systemic immunity by looking at the immunological profile of the eye and associated lymphoid tissues throughout the course of infection and finally as a potential site for topical immunization against coronaviruses.

Matti McFarlane, MSc ’24 (Candidate)

Matti McFarlane, MSc ’24 (Candidate)

Supervisor: Dr. Diane Lougheed
Thesis Title:
Promoting Evidence-based Asthma Care using Digital Knowledge Translation Tools: Impact of Provider Assessment Form and Severe Asthma Algorithm (PEACKT-PAAF)

Abby Mocherniak, MSc ’24 (Candidate)

Abby Mocherniak, MSc ’24 (Candidate)

Supervisor: Dr. David Reed and Dr. Alan Lomax
Thesis Title: 
Investigating nanoparticle delivery of a PAR-2 antagonist for treating abdominal pain in IBD

 

 

 

Nicole Morris, MSc ’24 (Candidate)

Nicole Morris, MSc ’24 (Candidate)

Supervisor: Dr. Kerstin de Wit 
Thesis Title: A pilot study to assess feasibility of evaluating the safety and efficiency of a simplified diagnostic approach for pulmonary embolism

Martha Ortega Santos, MSc ’24 (Candidate)

Martha Ortega Santos, MSc ’24 (Candidate)

Supervisor: Dr. Jacob Rullo
Thesis Title: Regulating local intraocular ergothioneine within the retina and optic nerve as a therapeutic target for global neuro-retinal disease

Hailey Schincariol, MSc ’24 (Candidate)

Hailey Schincariol, MSc ’24 (Candidate)

Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Vanner and Dr. David Reed 
Thesis Title: Investigation of a novel pH sensitive opioid analgesic for the treatment of colitis-induced pain

Abhishek Shastry, MSc ’24 (Candidate)

Abhishek Shastry, MSc ’24 (Candidate)

Supervisor: Dr. Kimberly Dunham-Snary and Dr. Charles Hindmarch
Thesis Title: 
Mitochondrial bioenergetic and metabolomic fingerprinting in cardiometabolic disease

 2025 Candidates

Melinda Chelva, PhD '25 (Candidate)

Melinda Chelva, PhD '25 (Candidate)

Supervisor: Dr. Karen Yeates
Thesis Title: Assessing the Implementation of Patient Navigation to the Smartphone-Enhanced Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (SEVIA) Program.

Lubnaa Hossenbaccus, PhD ’25 (Candidate)

Lubnaa Hossenbaccus, PhD ’25 (Candidate)

Supervisor: Dr. Anne Ellis
Thesis Title: The evaluation of cat allergen-induced allergic rhinitis using experimental models

Kyla Tozer, PhD ’25 (Candidate)

Kyla Tozer, PhD ’25 (Candidate)

Supervisor: Dr. Prameet Sheth
Thesis Title: Impacts of 17BIPHE2 on the female genital tract - A potential multipurpose technology to prevent HIV transmission in women

Dilakshan Srikanthan, PhD ’25 (Candidate)

Dilakshan Srikanthan, PhD ’25 (Candidate)

Co-Supervisors: Dr. John Rudan and Dr. Parvin Mousavi
Thesis Title: Improving oncosurgical care in glioblastoma using a multiparametric machine learning platform. 

 2026 Candidates

Tarrah Ethier, PhD ’26 (Candidate)

Tarrah Ethier, PhD ’26 (Candidate)

Co-Supervisors: Dr. Mark Ormiston
Thesis Title: Exploring sex differences in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension