Meet the Team

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Dr. Farid Mahmud, MD, FRCPC
Principal Investigator

Dr. Farid Mahmud is a physician in the Division of Endocrinology, Department of Paediatrics, Associate Professor at the University of Toronto and Associate Scientist at the SickKids Research Institute. Dr. Mahmud is part of the Institute of Medical Science (IMS) at University of Toronto and can supervise graduate students interested in clinical research. As a physician, Dr. Mahmud works with his team in the Diabetes Clinic to help patients with diabetes maintain their health and wellbeing while living with diabetes. His research focuses on diabetes, clinical and translational research relating to co-morbid auto immune conditions, and early evaluation and prevention of related complications.

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Yesmino Elia

Senior Project Manager

Yesmino is a Senior Project Manager in Dr. Farid Mahmud’s Lab (or Diabetes Research Program) since 2011; but joined the program Dec 2007. She completed her Bachelor of Sciences and earned a Master of Science at the University of Toronto. Yesmino is passionate about managing Health Canada regulated clinical trials and observational studies related to diabetes research and other endocrine disorders. Yesmino has been involved in management multi-centered clinical trials. She has vast experience in preparing ethics and regulatory submissions (i.e. research proposals), management of participant recruitment and data collection, and participates in academic manuscripts related to projects she manages. In this role, Yesmino manages projects, budgets and deadlines for various research projects as part of Dr. Mahmud’s Diabetes Research Program.

Michelle Furman

Research Project Manager


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Antoine Clarke

Data Analyst

Antoine joined Dr. Mahmud’s research team as a Data Analyst in December 2014. He completed a B.Sc. (Honours) from the University of Ottawa in Biomedical Sciences in 2011 and earned his Master’s of Public Health from the University of Guelph in 2014. As an analyst, Antoine oversees several data-related components of Dr. Mahmud’s studies including study design, data collection and analysis. Antoine is passionate about interdisciplinary approaches to clinical research, social advocacy through evidence and science, and the integration of geospatial techniques in the analysis of clinic-based data.

Sally Elshennawy

Research Coordinator


Sally graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters of Science. She joined Dr. Mahmud's team in 2023 as a Clinical Research Project Assistant. Sally works to recruit patients, process laboratory samples, collect data and more.

Vanessa Anthonio

Research Project Assistant


Vanessa graduated from Queens University with Bachelor of Science Honours with a major in Life Sciences and a minor in Environmental Studies. She joined Dr. Mahmud's team in 2023 as a Clinical Research Project Assistant. Vanessa works to recruit patients, process laboratory samples, collect data and more.

Emily Peterson

Research and Knowledge Translation Practicum Student

Emily is a Master of Public Health (Social and Behavioural Health Sciences) student at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She joined Dr. Mahmud’s team in 2024 as a Practicum Student. Emily is engaging in Knowledge Translation and Storytelling workshops to help integrate an engaging, patient-centered approach to the recruitment and design of the EVERYONE Screening Study.