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Meet our Translational Medicine Graduate Students

2022 Candidates
2023 Candidates
2024 Candidates
2025 Candidates

 2022 Candidates

Melinda Chelva, MSc '22 (Candidate)

Melinda Chelva, MSc '22 (Candidate)

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

Devon Cole, MSc ’22 (Candidate)

Devon Cole, MSc ’22 (Candidate)

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

Kassandra Coyle, MSc ’22 (Candidate)

Kassandra Coyle, MSc ’22 (Candidate)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Supervisor: Dr. Paula James
Thesis Title: The Canadian Hemophilia Carriers Study – Post-partum

 2023 Candidates

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.

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

 

Kyla Tozer, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Kyla Tozer, MSc ’23 (Candidate)

Supervisor: Dr. Prameet Sheth
Thesis Title: Impacts of LL-37 and 17BIPHE2 on the vaginal microbiota

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



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


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

 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

 

 2025 Candidates

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. 

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