Our Team

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Ronald (Ronni) Cohn, MD, FACMG

President and CEO at SickKids

Education: M.D., University of Essen, Germany

Favourite thing to do outside work: Spending time with family and cooking.

Email: ronald.cohn@sickkids.ca

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Sonia Evagelou

Research Project Coordinator

Education: M.Sc. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph

Favourite thing to do outside work: Attend concerts and travel the world

Email: sonia.evagelou@sickkids.ca

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Kyle Lindsay

Technologist II

Education: M.Sc. in Biology, McMaster University

Favourite thing to do outside work: Staying active.

Email: kyle.lindsay@sickkids.ca

Shagana Visuvanathan

Technologist II

Education:

Favourite thing to do outside of work:

Email: shagana.visuvanathan@sickkids.ca

Teija Bily

Technologist I

Education: HBSc. Biology Specialist, University of Toronto

Favourite thing to do outside work: Watch Survivor.

Email: teija.bily@sickkids.ca

Graduate Students

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Eleonora Maino

PhD Candidate

Education: M.Sc. in Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology, Trento University (Italy)

Favourite thing to do outside work: Gardening and playing with my lovely cat.

Email: eleonora.maino@sickkids.ca

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Ori Scott

PhD Student

Education: M.D, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta

Favourite thing to do outside work: camping and exploring our beautiful country

Email: ori.scott@sickkids.ca

Sina Fatehi Someeh

MSc. Student

Education: HBSc. Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Specialist, University of Toronto Scarborough

Favourite thing to do outside work: professional gamer

Email: sina.fatehisomeeh@sickkids.ca

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Steven Erwood

PhD Candidate

Education: HB.Sc., University of Toronto

Favourite thing to do outside work: Browse the world-wide-web.

Email: steven.erwood@sickkids.ca

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Antonio Mollica

PhD Candidate

Education: M.Sc. in Molecular Biology of the Cell, University of Milan (Italy)

Favourite thing to do outside work: Trying hard not to think about the lab and playing volleyball on the side.

Email: antonio.mollica@sickkids.ca

Matthew Rok

Matthew Rok

PhD Candidate

Education: BMSc. Honours Specialization in Biochemistry & Cell Biology, Western University

Favourite thing to do outside work: Damaging my psyche cheering for the Toronto Maple Leafs, dragon boating, and playing guitar

Email: matthew.rok@sickkids.ca

Samar Rizvi

MSc Student

Education: HBSc. University of Toronto

Favourite thing to do outside work: 

Email: samar.rizvi@sickkids.ca

Undergraduate & Co-op Students

Benno Orr

Thesis Student

Education: HBSc. in progress, University of Toronto

Favourite thing to do outside work: 

Email: benno.orr@mail.utoronto.ca

Nitya Gulati

HMB496Y Project Student

Education: HBSc. Molecular Genetics and Neuroscience in progress, University of Toronto

Favourite thing to do outside the lab: Watching movies

Email: nitya.gulati@mail.utoronto.ca

Joyce Yan

Co-op Student

Education: BHSc. in progress, McMaster University

Favourite thing to do outside work: 

Email: yanj62@mcmaster.ca

Past Members

Zhenya Ivakine

Former Lab Director

Where he is now: Scientist, Department of Genetics and Genome Biology, Hospital for Sick Children & Department of Physiology, University of Toronto

Reid Brewer

HMB 496Y (2018-2019), Assistant Research Technologist (2019-2020)

Where he is now: MSc. Student Ivakine Lab, Department of Physiology, University of Toronto.

Tatianna Wong

PhD Candidate

Education: M.Sc. in Biochemistry, McMaster University

Favourite thing to do outside work: Create my own brand of cheesecake.

Email: tatianna.wong@sickkids.ca

Daria Wojtal

PhD Candidate

Education: HB.Sc. in Biology, McMaster University

Favourite thing to do outside work: Globetrotting and playing with other people’s dogs.

Email: daria.wojtal@sickkids.ca

Zahra Baghestani

Lab Technician (2016-2019)

Where is she now: Technician at Deep Genomics

 

Ella Hyatt

Lab Manager (2012-2019)

Where is she now: Senior Manager of Research Operations at Ryerson University

 

Dr. Dwi U. Kemaladewi

Post-doc (2012-2017), Research Associate (2017-2019)

Where she is now: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Medical Genetics, University of Pittsburgh, USA. Visit her lab website here!

 

Prabhpreet Bassi

Master Student (2015-2017), Summer Student (2018)

Where he is now: MD candidate, Wayne State University School of Medicine

 

Rebekah Jobling

Clinical Fellow (2014)

Where she is now: Co-director of the Ted Rogers Centre Cardiac Genome Clinic

 

Zeenat Malam

Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2014)

Where is she now: full-time mom

Past Undergraduate Students

Liangchi Zhou

Undergraduate Summer Student (Summer 2019)

 

Nicole Wong

Undergraduate Summer Student (Summer 2019)

 

Samar Rizvi

Project Student (September 2018- April 2019) and Undergraduate Summer Student (Summer 2019)

Where is she now: Master’s Candidate in Molecular Genetic’s, University of Toronto

 

Grace Yang

Co-op Student (Sept 2018- Dec 2018, June 2019- Aug 2019)

Where is she now: OD Candidate, Illinois College of Optometry

 

Sydney Steiman

Co-op Student (Jan 2019- April 2019)

 

Vanessa Gomes

Project Student (Sept 2018-April 2019)

 

Sahar Alimirzaie

Project Student (Sept 2018-April 2019)

 

Aditya Chawla

Project Student (Sept 2018-April 2019)

 

Raul Suarez

Intern Student (Fall 2017)

Where he is now: Technologist II, Tayler lab, The Hospital for Sick Children

 

Ema Dreseris

Lab Technician (2016/2017)

Where she is now: Technologist II, Campos lab, The Hospital for Sick Children

 

Gugulethu Mpofu

Intern Student (Fall 2016)

 

Roseanne Nguyen

Project Student (Sept 2017- Apr 2018)

 

Amanda Chiodo

Project Student (Sept 2017- Apr 2018)

 

Ido Nofech-Mozes

Undergraduate Summer Student (Summers of 2016, 2017, 2018)

 

Seth Kibel

Undergraduate Summer Student (Summers of 2017, 2018)

 

Rebekah Kember

Undergraduate Summer Student (Summers of 2017, 2018)

 

Gina Desatnik

Undergraduate Summer Student (Summer 2018)

 

Georgia Besant

Undergraduate Summer Student (Summer 2017)

Where she is now: MD candidate, University of Ottawa

 

Malli Zworth

Undergraduate Summer Student (Summer 2017)

Where is she now: BscN Candidate, University of Toronto

 

Madhav Sankhyan

Undergraduate Student Volunteer (2016)

Where he is now: MD candidate, Saint Louis University 

 

Ryan Marks

Undergraduate Summer Student (Summers of 2015, 2016, 2017)

Where he is now: M.Sc. candidate, Queen’s University 

 

Kara Place

Undergraduate Student Volunteer  (2015, 2016, 2017)

Where she is now: MD candidate, The University of Sydney

 

Nicolle Maikawa

Undergraduate Student Volunteer (2014, 2015)

Where she is now: MD candidate, Saint James School of Medicine

 

Maylynn Ding

Undergraduate Summer Student (Summer 2015)

Where she is now: Medical Resident, McMaster University

 

Aron Weingarten

Undergraduate Summer Student (Summer 2015)

 

Benjamin Weingarten

Undergraduate Summer Student (Summer 2015)

 

Xinyi Zhu

Undergraduate Student Volunteer (2014, 2015)

 

Sarah Abdullah

Undergraduate Student Volunteer (2014)

Where she is now: MD candidate, Queen’s University

 

Victoria Huang

Undergraduate Summer Student (Summer 2014)