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Meet our Translational Medicine Graduate Students

2020 Candidates
2021 Candidates
2022 Candidates
2023 Candidates

 2020/21 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

Bethany Monteith, MSc '21 (Candidate)

Bethany Monteith, MSc '21 (Candidate)

Education: Doctor of Medicine, University of Ottawa, BSc Kinesiology, Honours in Clinical Biomechanics, University of New Brunswick
Co-Supervisors: Dr. Annette Hay and Dr. Joe Pater
Thesis Title: Cost analysis and Characterization of Rare Toxicities associated with Carfilzomib, a Second-generation Proteasome Inhibitor, for the Treatment of Relapsed and Refractory Multiple Myeloma in the MCRN003/MYX1 clinical trial

George Philip, MSc '21 (Candidate)

George Philip, MSc '21 (Candidate)

Educational Background: BScH Medical Sciences, Brock University
Supervisor: Dr. Jennifer Flemming
Thesis Title: Liver transplant waitlist trends among young American adults

Ruaa Qazazi, MSc '20 (Graduate)

Ruaa Qazazi, MSc '20 (Graduate)

Education:  MB ChB, University of Baghdad
Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Archer
Thesis Title: Pulmonary vascular endothelial cell dysfunction in the development of pulmonary arterial hypertension.

 

 

 

 2021 Candidates

Reem Alzafiri, MSc '21 (Candidate)

Reem Alzafiri, MSc '21 (Candidate)

Education:  BScH Neuroscience and Mental Health, Carleton University
Supervisors: Dr. Amer Johri and Dr. Charlie Hindmarch
Thesis Title: Vulnerable Plaque Composition Assessment by Novel 3D-Guided Ultrasound for Atherosclerotic Risk Detection (VANGUARD)

Rachel Bentley, MSc ’21 (Candidate)

Rachel Bentley, MSc ’21 (Candidate)

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

Thalia Hua, MSc ’21 (Candidate)

Thalia Hua, MSc ’21 (Candidate)

Educational Background: BScH Life Sciences, Queen's University
Supervisor: Dr. Damian Redfearn
Thesis Title: Frequency Analysis in Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Patients for Risk Stratification
Publications: 
Hua, T., Vlahos, A., Shariat, M.H., Payne, D., Redfearn, D. (2020). Predicting Adverse Cardiovascular Outcomes in Post-Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Patients Using Novel ECG Frequency Analysis of the QRS Complex. Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology.
Awards: 
Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST), Franklin Bracken Award, Mitacs Research Training Award

Madison MacKinnon, MSc ’21 (Candidate)

Madison MacKinnon, MSc ’21 (Candidate)

Education:  BScH Science and Business Co-op, Specializing in Biology, University of Waterloo
Supervisor: Dr. Diane Lougheed
Thesis Title: Improving Detection of Work-related Asthma: Validation of the Work-related Asthma Screening Questionnaire (WRASQ(L))
Publications: 
MacKinnon, M., To, T., Ramsey, C. Lemiere, C., Lougheed, D. Improving detection of work-related asthma: a review of gaps in awareness, reporting and knowledge translation. Allergy Asthma Clin Immunol 16, 73 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13223-020-00470-w

Katie Monteith, MSc'21 (Candidate)

Katie Monteith, MSc'21 (Candidate)

Education: BScH Life Science, Queen's University
Supervisor:
Dr. Donald Maurice
Thesis Title: 
Effects of Phosphodiesterase Variants on Quiescent and Angiogenic Functions of Vascular Endothelial Cells

 

 

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
Awards:
Young Investigator's Award from sfRBM, Paroian Family PH Research Scholarship from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada 

 

Marty VandenBroek, MSc ’21 (Candidate)

Marty VandenBroek, MSc ’21 (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

 

 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: Evaluating the Implementation Outcomes of Added Patient Navigation Features to the Smartphone-Enhanced Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (SEVIA) Application in Tanzania, in Order to Reduce the Number of Women Lost Due to Follow-up with Cervical Cancer

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
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
Awards: 2016 Loran Scholar

 

 

 

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
Publications: Hossenbaccus L, Linton S, Garvey S, Ellis AK. Towards definitive management of allergic rhinitis: Best use of new and established therapies. Allergy, Asthma Clin Immunol. 2020. doi:10.1186/s13223-020-00436-y
Awards: Mitacs Research Training Award

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
Publications: Pruszynski J.A. *, Kurtzer I.L. *, Nashed J.Y., Omrani M, Brouwer B, Scott S.H. (2011). Primary motor cortex contributes to the internal model used in fast feedback control. Nature, 468:387-390  
Nashed J.Y., Creveceour F., Scott S.H. (2014) Rapid online selection between multiple motor plans. Journal of Neuroscience, 34(5):1769-1780
Standage D., Areshenkoff C.N., Nashed J.Y., Hutchinson R.M., Hutchinson M, Heinke D, Menon R.S., Everling S., Gallivan J.P. (2020) Dynamic reconfiguration, fragmentation and integration of whole-brain modular structure across depths of unconsciousness. Cerebral Cortex (In Press)
Nashed J.Y.,  Diamond J.S., Gallivan J.P., Wolpert D.M., Glanagan J.R., (2017) Grip force when reaching with target uncertainty provides evidence for motor optimization over averaging. Scientific Reports, (7), 11703.

Awards: Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship Science Technology, The Susan Elizabeth Phillips Scholarship, R. Samuel McLaughlin Fellowship, Ontario Graduate Scholarship 

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

Caitlyn Vlasschaert, PhD ’23 (Candidate)

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
Supervisor: Dr. Michael Rauh
Thesis Title: Clonal hematopoiesis in kidney disease
Awards: 
2020 CIHR CGS-D award (Application rated #1 of 418 national applicants)
2021 PSI Research Trainee Fellowship ((https://www.psifoundation.org/funded-research/