Graduate Students

Rebecca Benjamin

B.Sc., M.Sc Candidate


Rebecca received her M.Sc. in 2022 from in the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. She joined Archie’s Cochlear Implant Lab in 2019 after graduating from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, and a Minor in Music.

Rebecca’s research focused on studying a device that aims to provide children who have both hearing and balance impairment with balance information through their cochlear implants. In her spare time, Rebecca likes to play the saxophone, listen to music, and participate in intramural sports.


Robel Alemu

H.B.Sc., M.Sc. Candidate


Robel is a M.Sc. Candidate at the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. He joined the Cochlear Implant Lab in 2017 and graduated from the University of Toronto in 2016 where he completed his Honours Bachelor of Science with a Neuroscience Specialist and Psychology Minor.

Robel’s current research interests include binaural hearing in children with hearing prosthetics using behavioural and electrophysiological measures of hearing.


Angela Fung

H.B.Sc., M.Sc. Candidate


Angela is an M.Sc. candidate in the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto, joining Archie’s Cochlear Implant Lab in 2021. Angela has an Honours BSc. in Physiology from the University of Alberta. She completed her honours thesis on animal models of social cognition.
Angela’s current project focuses on improving spatial hearing in children with bilateral cochlear implants, with the use of EEG/behavioural measures.


Melissa Hazen

H.B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD Candidate


Melissa is a full-time PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Medical Science since 2021 who completed her HBSc at the University of Toronto, and her MSc in Audiological Science at University College London (UCL), UK. Melissa currently works as a Clinical Audiologist in the SickKids Department of Communication Disorders, specializing in vestibular & balance testing and clinical assessments of patients enrolled in Ontario’s Infant Hearing Program. Melissa also holds an appointment as a lecturer in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine.

Since arriving at SickKids in 2019, Melissa has worked with Dr. Sharon Cushing to develop and expand the Vertigo Clinic, which is a part of the ENT Clinic dedicated to the ‘dizzy’ patient. By joining the team, she helped to establish the first interdisciplinary paediatric vestibular program in Ontario. Wanting to continue the growth of the program, she joined Archie’s Cochlear Implant Laboratory as a Clinical Research Assistant in 2020 alongside her clinical designation to further understand the impact of vestibular function and dysfunction in children and its association with hearing loss and development.