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Dr. Rulan Parekh, MD

Dr. Rulan Parekh is a Clinician Scientist and Professor of Medicine and Paediatrics at the University of Toronto, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and University Health Network. The focus of Parekh’s research is to study risk factors both clinical and genetic leading to progression of chronic kidney and cardiovascular disease. Parekh has recently been inducted into the American Society of Clinical Investigation and Society for Paediatric Research.

Current Trainees:


Dr. Ana Catalina Alvarez Elias, MD, PhD Candidate

Research Team Members:


Jovanka Vasilevska-Ristovska

Clinical Research Project Manager

Jessica Fitzpatrick, MPH PhD

Research Analyst I

Tonny Banh, B.Sc.

Clinical Research Project Coordinator

Jordan Browne, M.Sc.

Clinical Research Project Coordinator

Nowrin Aman

Clinical Research Assistant

Isabel de Verteuil

Clinical Research Project Assistant

Tasha Jawa, MSc

Clinical Research Project Manager

Krish Bilimoria

Research Student

Senthujan Senkaiahliyan

Volunteer Student

Aleksandra Strojanova

Volunteer Student

Nandita Manoj

Volunteer Student

Administrative Support:


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Andrea Verdugo

Administrative Coordinator

Former Research Team Members:


Dr. Shilan Mistry – PhD

Dr. Simon Carter – MBBS FRACP

Dr. Mohit Kehar – MBBS DNB

Mikaeel Ghany – B.Sc.

Bianca Bondi – MA/PhD Student, York University

Shawn Khullar – Medical Student, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Natalia Konstantelos – Undergraduate Student, University of Toronto

Kirtiga Naguleswaran – Medical Student, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Douglas Yeung – Medical Student, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Marissa Myers – B.Sc.

Harry Lo – Dentistry Student, University of Toronto

Hassan Alibhai – Undergraduate Student

Maryam Khan – Graduate Student, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Zaid Al Azzawi – Undergraduate Student, University of Toronto

Alexandra Gaglione – Undergraduate Student, University of Toronto

Christine Byrd – Undergraduate Student, University of Toronto

Karlota Borges – Law Student, University of Toronto

Aisha Yousef – Resident, University of Wisconsin

Rahul Chanchlani – Staff Nephrologist, McMaster Children’s Hospital

Rawan Rumman – Medical Student, University of Toronto

Esther Kim – PhD Student, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Cathryn Sibbald – Dermatologist, Applewood Shopping Centre

Dr. Deborah Lipszyc – Family Doctor, 51 Gerry Fitzgerald Drive

Anastasia Zello – Medical Student, University of Saskatoon

Shivraj Riar – Resident, University of Saskatchewan, Department of Internal Medicine

Tamara Gimons – Resident, University of Calgary, Department of General Surgery

Dr. Curtis Williams – Resident, St. Michael’s Hospital, Division of Adult Cardiology

Aliya Szpindel – Medical Student, McGill University

Nathan Rodricks – Graduate Student, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Viral Patel – MBA Student, University of Toronto

Neesha Hussain – PhD Student, University of Toronto

Dr. Ji Hyeon Choi – Family Doctor, Medical Associates of Port Perry

Gauri Anand – Master Studnet, University of Michigan

Janae Knott – MBA Student, University of Toronto

Natasha Jawa – MD/PhD Student, Queen’s University

Parekh Lab Photos:


Parekh Lab Research Team, 2015. Top to Bottom: Dr. Rulan Parekh, Jovanka Vasilevska-Ristovska, Andrea Verdugo, Rawan Rumman, Esther Kim, Aliya Szpindel, Bianca Bondi, Karlota Borges, Mikaeel Ghany, Shawn Khullar, Tonny Banh. Parekh Lab Research Team, 2015. Top to Bottom: Dr. Rulan Parekh, Andrea Verdugo, Jovanka Vasilevska-Ristovska, Karlota Borges, Aliya Szpindel, Bianca Bondi, Rawan Rumman, Esther Kim, Mikaeel Ghany, Tonny Banh, Shawn Khullar.