Graduate Students

Afzal Baasil

MSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Research Interests / Specializations: Developing, analyzing, and testing the therapeutic efficacy of bioengineered scaffolds for human use to regenerate chronic skin wounds.
Teaching: ANATCELL 3200 - Fall 2022, ANATCELL 2200 - Winter 2023
Biography: Bachelors of Health Sciences (Honours)
Flynn Lab
bafzal@uwo.ca

Mo Al-Youzbaki

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology. Grad Council Position: Co-Mentorship Coordinator

Research Interests / Specializations: Interested in the neural basis of auditory and multisensory processing and perception
Teaching: ANATCELL 3309 - Fall 2022/ Winter 2023
Biography: Bachelor of Medical Sciences, Interdisciplinary Medical Science, Western University Masters of Science, Anatomy & Cell Biology, Western University.

Harjot Athwal

MSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Research Interests / Specializations: Understanding mechanisms of radioresistance in breast cancer, radiation with chemotherapy in breast cancer, translational research
Biography: Bachelor of Medical Sciences, Honours Specialization in Biochemistry and Cancer Biology
Parsyan/Allan Lab
hathwal3@uwo.ca

Lohiny Balendran

MSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Rajakumar Lab
lbalend@uwo.ca

Afrin Bari

Phd in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Lajoie Lab
abari6@uwo.ca

Bryn Bhalerao

MSc in Clinical Anatomy

Research Interests / Specializations: effects of a note resource on test anxiety, enhanced learning, and study habits to inform teaching and learning practices.
Teaching: ANATCELL 9501- Fall 2022, ANATCELL 2200 - Winter 2023
Biography: Bachelor of Science (Honours), Biomedical Science, University of Guelph. "My favourite part about ACB is the sense of community and how it embraces all the diversity of research that happens within the department!"

Erin Biggar

MSc in Clinical Anatomy

Matthew Borrelli

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Shepherd Lab
mborrel2@uwo.ca

Julia Brott

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Research Interests / Specializations: My research interests focus on investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying various neurodevelopmental disorders. Currently, my research focuses on identifying the microRNA and messenger RNA networks that are altered in forebrain excitatory neurons when the chromatin remodeling protein ATRX is deleted. Additionally, I hope to understand how these altered microRNA-mRNA networks contribute to the severe intellectual disability observed in pediatric patients diagnosed with ATRX syndrome.
Biography: Bachelor of Science (Honours), Toxicology, University of Guelph, Masters of Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph
Berube Lab
jbrott@uwo.ca

Erinn Brown

MSc in Clinical Anatomy

Research Interests / Specializations: My research focuses on assessing bone and muscle morphology in the spinopelvic region, using both 3D modelling of MRI and CT images and cadaveric dissection.
Teaching: ANATCELL 9560 - Fall 2022/ Winter 2023, MEDICINE 1137 - Fall 2022/ Winter 2023
Biography: Bachelor of Science (Honours), Biomedical Science, University of Guelph. "My favourite part about our department is how the positive and family-like atmosphere has made for a memorable grad school experience! I would be happy to answer any questions about the MSc Clinical Anatomy Program!"
Ng Lab
Grad Council Position: Virtual Communications
ebrow227@uwo.ca

Justin Carmichael

MSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Hamilton Lab
jcarmi25@uwo.ca

Anastasios Catanzaro

MSc in Clinical Anatomy

Mathiang Chot

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Allman Lab
mchot@uwo.ca

Diba Chowdhury

MSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Research Interests / Specializations: Understanding the role of the unfolded protein response (UPR) pathway in trophoblast differentiation and during pregnancy complications.
Teaching: PHYSPHARM 3000E
Biography: Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours)
Renaud/Lajoie Lab
Grad Council Position: Secretary
dchowdh@uwo.ca

Eden Demis

MSc in Clinical Anatomy

Research Interests / Specializations: I am working on the entrance of parasympathetic nerves of the urinary bladder in relation to ureterovesical junction; to inform nerve sparing ureteral re-implantation surgeries. Applying fundamental understanding of human anatomy in clinical situations is one of my research interests.
Teaching: MEDICINE 1137 - Fall 2022/ Winter 2023, DENTS 5186/5185/5160 - Fall 2022/ Winter 2023
Biography: Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy, Masters of Science in Human Anatomy
Beveridge Lab
edemis@uwo.ca

Emily Dietrich

MSc in Clinical Anatomy

Biography: Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Honours Specialization in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences, Minor in Dance), Western University
Supervisor: Dr. Sean McWatt
edietri5@uwo.ca

Amrutha Elanko

MSc in Clinical Anatomy

Research Interests / Specializations: Interests include 'ungrading' or alternative assessment strategies and whether implementation of these strategies can decrease perceived levels and physiologically markers of stress in graduate students.
Teaching: ANATCELL 3200 - Fall 2022 , BIOPHYS 9076 - Fall 2022/Winter 2023 , ANATCELL 2200 - Winter 2023

Rebecca Elgie

MSc in Clinical Anatomy

Research Interests / Specializations: I'm currently investigating Matrin3 pathology in ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases. Matrin3 is an RNA-binding protein typically localized within the nucleus. Previous research has suggested that this protein in mislocalizating in individuals with ALS. I'm using IHC to investigate the location and distribution of Matrin3 in spinal cord and brain tissue specimens taken from individuals who passed from ALS and comparing them to neurologically unaffected specimens.
Teaching: ANATCELL 9560 - Fall 2022/ Winter 2023, MEDICINE 1137 - Fall 2022/ Winter 2023
Biography: Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology, Western University
Duennwald Lab
Grad Council Position: Co-Chair
relgie2@uwo.ca

Elnaz Farahani

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Whitehead Lab
efaraha3@uwo.ca

Malisa Fernando

MSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Lajoie Lab
wfernan2@uwo.ca

Kaitlyn Flondra

MSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Whitehead Lab
kflondra@uwo.ca

Meaghan Frank

MSc in Clinical Anatomy

Research Interests / Specializations: I am currently assisting in VBL lab to develop histological protocols to understand the pathological lipid changes within white-matter hyper-intensities in ALSP patients using post-mortem brain samples.
Teaching: ANATCELL 9501- Fall 2022 , ANAT CELL 3200- Fall 2022 , ANATCELL 2200- Winter 2023
Biography: Bachelor of Science (honours) in Life Sciences, Queen's University. "My favourite part about ACB are my supportive team members and mentors, who continue to shape me into a better scientist."
Whitehead Lab
Grad Council Position: Co-Social Committee Chair
mfrank8@uwo.ca

Cassidy Fu

MSc in Clinical Anatomy

Sairam Gajavelli

MSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Whitehead/Pasternak Lab
sgajavel@uwo.ca

Livianna Gallone

MSc in Clinical Anatomy

Alireza Ghahramani

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Berube/Shooshtari Lab
aghahram@uwo.ca

Michael Grynyshyn

MSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Hamilton Lab
mgrynysh@uwo.ca

Jennifer Guo

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Hamilton Lab
cguo83@uwo.ca

Jacob Haagsma

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Shepherd Lab
jhaagsma@uwo.ca

Vivienne Hang

MSc in Clinical Anatomy

Gargi Jaju

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Renaud Lab
gjaju2@uwo.ca

Victoria Jaremek

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Whitehead Lab
vjaremek@uwo.ca

Mariyan Jeyarajah

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Renaud Lab
mjeyaraj@uwo.ca

Tiffany Johnston

MSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Shepherd Lab
tjohn63@uwo.ca

Charlotte Jones-Whitehead

MSc in Clinical Anatomy

Erica Kane

MSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Whitehead Lab
ekane4@uwo.ca

Navroop Kaur

MSc in Clinical Anatomy

Leah Killing

MSc in Clinical Anatomy

Stephanie Leighton

MSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Kasha Mansour

MSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Berube Lab
kmansou@uwo.ca

Pedro Marinho

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Khokhar Lab
pmarinh@uwo.ca

Hannah Martin

MSc in Clinical Anatomy

Ethan McQueen

MSc in Clinical Anatomy

Braeden Medeiros

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Jorge-Alberto Mejia-Lopez

MSc in Clinical Anatomy

Alyssa Moore

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Willmore Lab
amoor66@uwo.ca

Sarah Myers

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Whitehead/Sposato Lab
smyers33@uwo.ca

Hien Nguyen

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Sepideh Nikfarjam

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Amna Noor

MSc in Clinical Anatomy

Brooke O'Donnell

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Penuela Lab
bodonne3@uwo.ca

Nikita Ollen-Brittle

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Whitehead Lab
nollenbi@uwo.ca

Urvi Patel

MSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Salonee Patel

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Allman/Whitehead Lab
spate382@uwo.ca

Violet Patterson

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Renaud Lab
vpatter8@uwo.ca

Angela Pecyna

MSc in Clinical Anatomy

Amy Pietrantonio

MSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Willmore/Hardy Lab
apietra6@uwo.ca

Katherine Quesnel

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Berube Lab
kthom7@uwo.ca

Amanda Rampersaud

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Renaud Lab
arampe2@uwo.ca

Berk Rasheed

MSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Austyn Roseborough

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Whitehead Lab
arosebor@uwo.ca

Marina Sertsis

MSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Lajoie Lab
msertsis@uwo.ca

Supreet Singh

MSc in Clinical Anatomy

Samuel Stack-Couture

MSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Lajoie Lab
astackco@uwo.ca

David Susman

MSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Justin Tang

MSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Penuela Lab
jtang377@uwo.ca

Dylan Tinney-Dickinson

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Hamilton/Dubois Lab
dtinneyd@uwo.ca

Emily Tomas

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Shepherd Lab
etomas3@uwo.ca

Raluca Urian

MSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Willmore/Hardy Lab
rurian2@uwo.ca

Carlijn Van Kessel

MSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Penuela Lab
cvankess@uwo.ca

Kayla Vieno

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Rogers/Campbell Lab
kvieno@uwo.ca

Brent Wakefield

Brent Wakefield

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Penuela/Beier Lab
bwakefi@uwo.ca

Ray Wang

MSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Dumeaux Lab
qwang774@uwo.ca

Wenxuan Wang

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Whitehead Lab
wwang484@uwo.ca

Jack Webb

MSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Shepherd Lab
jwebb47@uwo.ca

Oleksiy Zaika

PhD in Anatomy & Cell Biology

deRibaupierre/Eagleson Lab
ozaika@uwo.ca

Michael Zheng

MSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Lala/Renaud Lab
mzheng69@uwo.ca

Brittany Zurkan

MSc in Clinical Anatomy