Research Team


Petros Pechlivanoglou, PhD, is a senior Scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children’s Research Institute and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. After studying economics in his native Greece, he received both a Master’s in econometrics and a PhD in health econometrics from the University of Groningen. His research interests include: the use of health decision analysis in economic evaluation; bridging evidence synthesis, administrative data and decision analysis; and the application and extension of predictive models in health economics. In his spare time, he enjoys playing and performing traditional Greek music and explaining to people how to pronounce his last name.

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Alan Yang, Biostatistical Analyst

Alan Yang holds a Master of Science in Biostatistics and a Honours Bachelor of Science in Statistics from the University of Toronto. He is currently working as a Biostatistical Analyst in Child Health Evaluative Sciences at The Hospital for Sick Children, focusing on implementations of decision analysis in the R software and statistical applications for health economics. During his graduate studies, he worked at St. Michael’s Hospital, where he conducted statistical analyses on observational studies. Outside of work, he enjoys playing basketball, swimming and trying out different cuisines.

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Asma Ahmed, Research Fellow

Asma Ahmed is a pediatric/perinatal epidemiologist with a medical degree from Al-Margeb University, Libya, and an MPH from the University of Saskatchewan. She recently finished her PhD in epidemiology at McGill University, where she studied the burden and etiology of cerebral palsy. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Child Health and Evaluative Sciences Program at the Hospital for Sick Children, studying the socioeconomic impact of preterm birth on individuals and families using national administrative data. Her research interests include applying causal inference methods and mediation analysis to investigate complex research questions about perinatal and child health. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.

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Jasper Zhang, Research Analyst

Jasper Zhang holds a Master’s of Science in Biostatistics from the University of Toronto. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo with an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics degree in Computer Science and Statistics. He is currently working as a Research Analyst at the Hospital for Sick Children focusing on COVID-19 related projects, including predictive models and simulations. He worked at the Biostatistics Department at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre on his master’s thesis on cancer genomics survival predictions during his graduate studies. He is a tenor in the UofT allegro choir in his spare time. He enjoys playing soccer, and badminton, cooking fusion cuisines and reading interesting papers.

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Chaoran Dong, Research Assistant

Chaoran Dong is a PhD student in Health Services Research (Health Technology Assessment Emphasis) at the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation. Her research interests primarily focus on economic evaluations in serving vulnerable populations, particularly with respect to priority setting and resource allocation in the healthcare system. Chaoran’s work involves diverse topics such as tuberculosis case finding, cancer screening, and long-term care. She previously earned her bachelor’s degree in Health Service Administration at Fudan University and her Master of Science in Public health at Johns Hopkins University. In her spare time, Chaoran enjoys baking, playing video games, and coffee hopping.

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Alex Moskalewicz, Research Analyst

Alexandra Moskalewicz is a Research Analyst, supporting pediatric oncology-related projects. She holds a Master of Science in Health Services Research from the University of Toronto. For her Masters thesis she used microsimulation modeling to project the prevalence of childhood cancer in Ontario across future decades. Prior to her MSc. she completed a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies at the University of Waterloo and gained experience through Waterloo’s co-operative education program as a clinical research assistant in the oncology departments at St. Michael’s Hospital and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Outside of work Alex loves to cook, travel and play with her two cats.

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Roaa Shoukry, Research Assistant

Roaa Shoukry is a Project Assistant at CHES and her work is shaped by her service experience in children and youth mental health. Her research project, on evaluating the effectiveness of interventions for children, is an extension of her interest in assessing the quality and cost of care that is grounded in the lived experiences of children and their families. She hopes to conduct research rooted in active partnerships to optimize health. Roaa holds an honour bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and physiology from the University of Toronto and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in health economics at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. In her free time, she is typically tending to her plants and thinking about which plants to buy next.

Graduate Students

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Vincent Shen, PhD Candidate

Vincent Shen is currently a flex-time PhD student in the Health Economics program at IHPME at University of Toronto. He completed his Bachelor of Science (Honored) degree from the University of Hong Kong and Master of Mathematics (Biostatistics) from the University of Waterloo. He works full time as a chief product owner at Hoffmann-La Roche, where he oversees and manages product NEST, an open-source R-based toolkit for comprehensive clinical insights generation used by 1000+ data scientists across Roche. Prior to that, he worked at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre as a biostatistician focusing on supporting research in lung and head & neck cancer. Vincent’s research interests include innovative drug pricing and economic evaluation of pharmaceutical pricing policies. In his spare time, Vincent enjoys building LEGOs, playing piano and watching soccer games of Manchester United.

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Jaclyn Beca, PhD Candidate

Jaclyn Beca is a Health Economist and Manager of the Pharmacoeconomics Research Unit at Cancer Care Ontario, where she helps assess and interpret cost-effectiveness of new therapies. Her interests include economic evaluations, health services research, and real-world evidence in oncology, and in enhancing the role of pharmacoeconomic evidence in reimbursement decision-making. She is pursuing her PhD in Health Services Research at the University of Toronto. Outside of work, she is a huge Raptors fan.

Previous Graduate Students

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Eline Krijkamp, PhD Candidate
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Frances Simbulan, MSc Candidate

Previous Staff Members

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Adrian Rohit Dass
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Anna Heath
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David Rios
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Dominika Bhatia
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Elizabeth Bond
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Emmanuelle Arpin
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Grigorios Kagias
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Jill Furzer
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Kimberly Caswell
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Linda Luu
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Russanthy Valummailum
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Sabrina Jancsi