Students

PhD students

Name Position Research area

Juan Sanchez-Arias

2015 -

PhD
(Swayne Lab)

The incidence of Neurodevelopmental Disorders has increased all over the globe in the last decade, with perinatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy accounting for at least 21% of them. My research aims to investigate the role of Pannexin-1 during cortical development and brain repair using a conditional knockout mouse model, confocal microscopy and bright field microscopy.

Cristina Pinar

2016 - 

PhD
(Christie Lab)
My research focuses on investigating the effects of repeat mild traumatic brain injury on learning and memory. I am specifically interested on assessing  the effects of concussions on neuronal communication (synaptic plasticity)  and the molecular pathways underlying these effects.

Juan Trivino-Paredes

2015 - 

PhD
(Christie Lab)
 

Geoff deRosenroll

2016 -

PhD
(Awatramani Lab)
My research is focused on dendritic computations in the inner retina, particularly in the direction-selective circuit. I make use of 2-photon functional calcium imaging, whole-cell electrophysiology and compartmental modelling to study how retinal ganglion cells calculate their outputs from the various excitatory and inhibitory inputs they receive on their dendritic arbours. Of particular interest to me is the fine balance of excitatory and inhibitory inputs across space and time required for these cells to exhibit such well-tuned spiking responses to visual stimuli. 

Eslam Mehina

2016 -

PhD
(Brown Lab)

My project aims to decipher the role of microglia in responding to damaged microvessels in the brain, and in contributing to their repair and ultimate fate after hemorrhagic insults. Diabetic patients are at increased risk of suffering from cerebrovascular disease, so I am studying whether microglial dynamics and responses are disturbed in mice with a model of insulin-dependent diabetes. If I find that they are, I will also be investigating means by which these changes can be reversed to prospectively reduce the risk of developing these pathologies. 

Farnoosh Farhoomand

2015 -

PhD
(Delaney Lab)
 

Alicia Meconi

2013 -

PhD
(Christie Lab)
My research aims to investigate how oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfuntion in the hippocampus contribute to learning and memory impairment after a concussion. It will also determine whether antioxidant administration can rescue these learning and memory deficits.

Laura Hanson

2016 -

PhD
(Awatramani Lab)
 

Chad Williams

2018 -


PhD
(Krigolson Lab)

My research interests include learning and decision making in a medical context.  Specifically, I am interested in evaluating the efficacy of using a reinforcement learning approach when teaching medical education, and in assessing the types of decisions (e.g., System I and System II) that are made by physicians when diagnosing clinical cases.

Joshua Allen

2018 -

PhD
(Caruncho Lab)

 

MSc students

Name Position Research area

Mohammad Motaharinia

2016 -

MSc
(Brown Lab)

 

Katie Neale

2017 -

MSc
(Christie Lab)
 

Ben Schager

2017 -

MSc
(Brown Lab)
 

Keyrian LeGratiet

2018 -

MSc
(Nashmi Lab)
 

Gregory Gill

2018 -

MSc
(Krigolson Lab)
 

Carla Sanchez-Lafuente

2018 -

MSc (Caruncho/Kalynchuk Lab)  

Erin Grafe

2018 -

MSc
(Christie Lab)
 

Jenessa Johnston

2018 -

MSc (Caruncho/Kalynchuk Lab)  

 Former graduate students

Christie Lab

Name Award Year
Scott Sawchuk MSc 2015-19
Christine Fontaine PhD 2013-18
Melissa Clarkson MSc 2016-18
Ryan Wortman MSc 2014-17
Emily White MSc 2011-15
Mohamed Ghilan PhD 2010-15
Crystal Bostrom MSc 2010-13
Namat Majaess MSc 2010-13
Anna Patten PhD 2009-13
Jennifer Helfer PhD 2009-12
Timal Kannangara PhD (UBC) 2006-12
Jessica Simpson MSc 2009-11
Fanny Boehme MSc 2008-10
James Shin MSc 2007-09
Ross Peterson MSc 2008-09

Brown Lab

Name Award Year
Patrick Reeson PhD 2012-18
Stephanie Taylor MSc 2014-17
Kelly Tennant PhD 2011-17
Angela Seto MSc 2011-13
Andrew Sweetnam-Holmes MSc 2011-13
Danielle Sweetnam MSc 2010-12

Nahirney Lab

Name

Award

Supervisor(s)/Year
Melissa Clarkson MSc

Patrick Nahirney/
Brian Christie 2016-18

Jessica Bilkey MSc

Patrick Nahirney/
Kerry Delaney 2010-15

Sammy Weiser-Novak MSc

Patrick Nahirney/2012-15

Leslie Reitveld MSc Kerry Delaney/
Patrick Nahirney/2009-12
Matthew Grey MSc Patrick Nahirney/2009-11

Swayne Lab

Name

Award

Year
Catherine Choi MSc 2016-19
Anna Epp MSc 2016-19
Lena Chen MSc 2015-18
Andrew Boyce PhD 2012-17
Leigh Wicki-Stordeur PhD

2011-16

Associated Departments

Name

Award

Supervisor(s)/Year, DEPT
Bridget Ryan PhD Bob Chow/2019-19, BIOL
Gregory Pearcey PhD Paul Zehr/2014-19, EPHE
Chad Williams MSc Paul Zehr/2016-18, EPHE
Chelsea Kaupp MSc Paul Zehr/2013-18, BIOL
Anastasia Litke MSc Bob Chow/2016-18, BIOL
Amanda McLaughlin PhD John Taylor/2012-18, BIOL
Jasem Estakhr MSc

Raad Nashmi/ 2014-17, BIOL

Andrew Agbay MSc Stephanie Willerth/2014-17, MECH
Harvey Howse MSc Olav Krigolson/2015-17, EPHE
Simen Hagen PhD Jim Tanaka/2014-17, PSYC
Steven Noble MSc Paul Zehr/2015-17, EPHE
Geoff deRosenroll MSc

Kerry Delaney/2011-2016, BIOL

Alex Hoggarth MSc

Gautam Awatramani/2012-16, BIOL

Pragya Komal PhD

Raad Nashmi/2011-14, BIOL

Anthony Renda MSc Raad Nashmi/2011-13, BIOL
Kara Ronellenfitch MSc Robert Chow/2011-13, BIOL

Undergraduate research supervision

Currently, undergraduate students are involved in a variety of research opportunities in the Division of Medical Sciences.

Christie Lab

Name Award Year
Mira Wade Directed Studies 2019-20
Natalia Zieniewica Directed Studies 2019-20
Stanley Liang Directed Studies 2019-20
James Choi Honours 2018-19
Erin McDonagh Honours 2018-19
Samantha Perreault Honours 2018-19
Konrad Suesser Honours 2018-19
Aaron Truesdell Honours 2014-15
Karthik Gopalakrishan
JCURA 2014-15
Laila Drabkin
JCURA 2014-15

Brown Lab

Name Award Year
Julia Templeman Honours  2019
Natalie Pollack NSERC USRA 2015

Swayne Lab

Name Program type Year
Nicole York  Workstudy 2019-20
Emma Van Der Slagt Workstudy 2019-20
Adrianna Gunton Honours 2015
Meagan Kelleway Co-op, Volunteer 2014-15
Sarah Henry Directed Studies 2014-15
Natasha Roblesky Workstudy 2015
Anita Weng Workstudy 2015