Supervisor Listings for Applicants

The following listings indicate Supervisors who will are potentially seeking students for Fall 2023 admission. This page is to be used as a resource when completing an admission application using Western’s online application portal. A completed online application is required to be considered for admission.

On the application, candidates will select up to three potential supervisors, and indicate 3-5 keywords indicating their research interests. Applicants are welcome to reach out to potential supervisors at the time of applying but are not required to secure a supervisor in order to be admitted to the program.

Important! Applicants are encouraged to review the Student Finances page for detailed information about student funding sources and the minimum funding amounts for MSc and PhD graduate students.

MSc Epidemiology Field of Study

Ali, Shehzad

Research areas include: Health inequalities in access and utilization of care; Equity-efficiency trade-offs; Economic evaluation (cost-effectiveness analysis)

Contact: shehzad.ali@uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: No

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Anderson, Kelly

Projects available on epidemiology and health services utilization for first onset mental disorders, particularly psychotic disorders, with a focus on social determinants. Students will gain experience with systematic reviews, and thesis projects involve the use of health administrative data (via ICES) or other large complex datasets.

Contact: kelly.anderson@schulich.uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Yes

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: Yes


Barra, Lillian

Research interests include understanding the pathogenesis and impact of autoimmune vascular diseases, in particular rheumatoid arthritis-associated cardiovascular disease and systemic vasculitis. Projects involve observational cohorts, biomarker studies, evidence synthesis, patient-driven surveys and administrative databases.

Contact: Lillian.barra@sjhc.london.on.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Potentially

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: Potentially


Blanchette, Phillip

Research areas include: Health Outcomes and Cancer.

Contact: phillip.blanchette@lhsc.on.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: No

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Campbell, M. Karen

I will be taking on a student to work on a project pertaining to prenatal health care utilization in Ontario. Secondary data sources will be available for the project. There will be some opportunity for the student to customize their specific questions within a broader scope of objectives.

Contact: mcampbel@uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: No

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Castellani, Christina

Positions are available to explore the association of mitochondrial DNA variation and nuclear DNA ‘omics in complex disease and related phenotypes. Our goal is to uncover molecular mechanisms and pathways that may modify risk for disease via bioinformatic analysis of large scale genomic, methylomic, metabolomic, and transcriptomic data from human prospective cohorts. Interest in genetic epidemiology and command line coding (R, Unix) is essential.

Contact: christina.castellani@schulich.uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Yes

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Dermirkaya, Erkan 

I am mainly working on Rare or Ultra rae rheumatic / genetic disorders. Development of outcome instrument and their validation is one of aspects. Working with large scale registries related to the same subject is another option.

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Potentially

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Elsayed, Sameer

Research areas include: Antimicrobial Resistance; Antimicrobial Stewardship; Healthcare Quality improvement; Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases; Diagnostic Microbiology

Contact: selsayed@uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Potentially

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: Potentially


Garcia-Bournissen, Facundo

My research is centered on medications for children and pregnant women, and involves studying the mechanisms behind drug resistance and drug-averse events in children, as well as how to improve the use of pediatric medications so that they can be more effective and less toxic. I am particularly interested in medications for neglected and for rare diseases. This includes studying new medications but also old ones that may have potential for being used in new diseases. I also study the risks and benefits of using medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding, using epidemiological and translational research

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Potentially

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: Potentially


Garg, Amit

I have several large, active research grants with opportunities in areas of: drug safety; living kidney donation; population-based management of kidney disease; large scale pragmatic trials

Contact: agargadmin@lhsc.on.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Yes

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: Yes


Gilliland, Jason

Projects are available for students who are interested in studying social and environmental (natural and built) influences on health-related behaviours and outcomes (e.g., mental health, physical activity, active school travel, healthy eating), particular in Canada. Students will become active members of Western’s Human Environments Analysis Lab (theheal.ca) and gain experience in geospatial analysis, health geography, environmental epidemiology, community-based research, systematic reviews and more.

Contact: jgillila@uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Yes

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Gomaa, Noha

The Society to Cell Oral Health Research Lab (S2CL) seeks graduate students who are interested in working on the epidemiology of multimorbidity and oral health and the impact of access to dental care on both health outcomes, through a social determinants of health lens. Candidates will train in methods from epidemiology and data linkage, and will work in an interdisciplinary and collaborative research environment while receiving team-based mentorship. For more information on our research in our lab, please visit: https://www.schulich.uwo.ca/societytocell/index.html.

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Potentially

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Hackam, Dan

My area of expertise is in systematic reviews and meta-analyses in the field of cardiovascular medicine, including all aspects such as drug safety, drug efficacy, prognosis and health care utilization.

Contact: dhackam@uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: No

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Heisel, Marnin

My research program focuses primarily on promoting psychological resiliency and well-being and reducing the risk for suicide among older adults and other at-risk groups. My current funded studies include delivery and evaluation of a meaning-centered psychological intervention group for older adults struggling with loneliness, social isolation, and/or psychological distress, a meaning-centered group for male veterans and first-responders, and a project to evaluate the prevalence of and train healthcare providers to sensitively assess and respond to suicide risk among older Long-Term Care residents.

Contact: marnin.heisel@lhsc.on.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Yes

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: Yes


Jairath, Vipul

Clinical trial methodology, development of clinical outcomes measures, clinical prediction models. All related to the field of gastrointestinal diseases, specifically crohns disease and ulcerative colitis.

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Yes

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Jessani, Abbas Ali

Healthcare and oral health disparities among equity-seeking community members such as those living with HIV, high-risk youth, low SES, LBGT+; Experiences of stigma and discrimination by minority sub-population, global health and oral health disparities in Rwanda and Uganda, education and pedagogical research including the impact of community service learning and development of minority curriculum.

Contact: ajessani@uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: No

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


John-Baptiste, Ava

Dr. John-Baptiste's research includes economic evaluation of public health and community-based interventions and modeling to inform policy decisions, to improve social determinants of health and to promote health equity.

Potential student projects include:

- Development of geographical information system-based estimates of the cost of obstetric evacuation for persons in First Nations communities
- Use of health and administrative databases to examine the health outcomes and costs of obstetric evacuation and Indigenous midwifery
- Methods for incorporating social factors into economic evaluation models

Contact: ajohnbap@uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Yes

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Karp, Igor

Research areas include: cancer epidemiology; theory of epidemiological research; prognostic modelling.

Contact: ikarp@uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: No

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Katsivo, Melanie Nyambura

Global Health; Marginalized Populations and Social Determinants of Health.

My research interests focus on: Climate change, sustainable Livelihoods and health; Racial determinants of health and wellbeing; Issues related to access to biomedical technologies in local and global resource poor communities; and the Global public health challenge of Road Safety. All projects have local and global perspectives and/or implications.

Contact: mkatsivo@uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: No

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Lazo Langner, Alejandro

Research areas include: Venous thromboembolic disease; hematology.

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: No

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Lohmann, Ana Elisa

Research areas include: Association between Body Mass Index, Tumor Markers, Host Factors and Liquid Biopsy in Newly Diagnosed Metastatic Breast Cancer.

Contact: ana.lohmann@lhsc.on.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Potentially

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Luginaah, Isaac

My broad area of research interest includes environment and health, population health and GIS applications in health. I am specifically interested in the human health impacts of environmental exposure. I am also interested in climate change impacts on food security and in global health.

Contact: iluginaa@uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: No

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: Potentially


Martin, Janet

Students are invited to contribute to research focusing on the following areas of activity in partnership with the MEDICI Centre: Global Surgery, Anesthesia and Critical Care (MEDICI/WHO collaboration):

- Global studies to inform epidemiologic trends in access to safe, timely, affordable surgery, anesthesia and perioperative care.
- Health technology and policy analyses to explore innovations to improve surgery, anesthesia and critical care outcomes in global settings.
- COVID-19 global surgical backlog recovery and system resilience monitoring.

Epidemiology of Evidence, Evidence Reversals, Misinformation & Disinformation:

- Methodologic innovations to inform 'sufficiency' of evidence, and likelihood of reversal.
- Methodologic innovations to inform misinformation and disinformation in the era of 'fake' news, 'alternative' facts, and distrust in science.
- Exploration of researchers' contributions to infodemics during epidemics (ie, producing and publishing wasteful research, leading to information overload)

Contact: jmarti83@uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: No

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Mathews, Maria 

I conduct research examining the health care system and health system policies. My research interests are in primary care, health workforce, and rural health care. My research “lab” is currently carrying out projects on family physicians’ roles during the pandemic, the integration of registered nurses into primary care practices, the shared care and coordination of medically complex patients between family physicians and specialists, and evaluating access and care for unattached patients. We do mixed methods research (quantitative and qualitative methods), so while the student’s thesis will be quantitative in nature, students will learn qualitative methods as part of (optional) RA work.

Contact: Maria.Mathews@schulich.uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: No

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: Yes


Raphael, Jacques

Highly interested in health service research in oncology to look at real world data and outcomes of patients treated with move therapies including immunotherapy and targeted therapies

Contact: jacques.raphael@lhsc.on.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: No

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Roshanov, Pavel

I am looking to work with enthusiastic graduate students on randomized trials, cohort studies, and systematic reviews that inform medical care. You would be joining a network of physicians, surgeons, epidemiologists, statisticians, and research staff.

We have a unique opportunity to be involved in the design and conduct of a randomized trial program studying ways to prevent perioperative bleeding and transfusion in people with kidney disease. There will also be exposure to grant writing and numerous opportunities to lead related projects in this research theme.

Contact: pavel.roshanov@lhsc.on.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: No

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: Yes


Ryan, Bridget

My research focuses on patient-centred primary care, patients with multimorbidity, and patient engagement in their health care, especially related to technology such as virtual care. She holds an AMS Fellowship in Compassion and Artificial Intelligence, exploring how best to deliver virtual care that is patient-centred and compassionate and a CIHR grant exploring how best to incorporate virtual care into the patient-family physician relationship. She is Co-principal Investigator on a CIHR grant developing primary-care-based tools to support family physicians and their patients in talking about social isolation.

Contact: Bridget.Ryan@schulich.wo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Potentially

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: Yes


Sarma, Sisira

My research projects are in the areas of primary care, especially investigating the impact of incentives and remuneration on physician behaviour and various patient health outcomes; investigating socio-economic inequalities in the utilization of healthcare services and health outcomes; and cost-effectiveness analysis of potential health interventions. Thesis projects would involve advanced quantitative methods using the longitudinal health administrative data, representative survey data, or linked survey and health administrative data sets.

Contact: sisira.sarma@schulich.uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Yes

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: Yes


Schemitsch, Emil 

Research areas include: Clinical Outcomes, Orthopeadic Surgery

Contact: emil.schemitsch@lhsc.on.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Yes

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: Yes


Shoukri, Mohamed

I am interested in co-supervising students at the MSC level. The main supervisor would be a regular faculty. Since I am adjunct faculty I would like to provide support. An area of interest is using machine learning techniques to estimate the prevalence of rare diseases.

Contact: shoukri.mohamed@gmail.com

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: No

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Smith, Maxwell

Ethical dimensions of epidemiological research and practice, especially pertaining to infectious diseases; ethical underpinnings of epidemiological methods, especially those related to measuring or modeling health inequities.

Contact: maxwell.smith@uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: No

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: Potentially


Stranges, Saverio

Research areas include: Sleep/lifestyles and multimorbidity; cardio-metabolic disease in low-resource settings

Contact: saverio.stranges@uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Potentially

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Suskin, Neville G.

Research areas include: Cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention.

Contact: neville.suskin@lhsc.on.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: No

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: Potentially


Terry, Amanda

Research areas include: Family medicine, primary care and digital health

Contact: aterry4@uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: No

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Thornton, Jane

Research Interests include: Physical activity for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease; Novel uses of technology in physical activity prescription and evaluation; Implementation science and clinical trials; Peer-to-peer healthcare and patient resource co-design; Knowledge Mobilization; Injury and Illness Prevention in Sport; Long term athlete health; Female athlete health; Rowing Injuries; Sports Cardiology

Contact: jsthornt@uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: No

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Tijssen, Janice

Topics: Paediatric out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and Paediatric inter-facility critical care transport using databases (health, sociodemographic, etc) within ICES Western.

Contact: Janice.Tijssen@lhsc.on.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: No

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Welk, Blayne

My interest is in the pharmacoepidemiology of medications used to treat overactive bladder. The proposed project will examine if OAB medications are safe during pregnancy-a topic that has not been studied previously. Administrative data at ICES Western will be used to assess the risk of fetal loss, pregnancy complications and fetal malformations.

Contact: blayne.welk@sjhc.london.on.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: No

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Wells, Samantha

I am seeking an MSc student interested in research on male-to-female sexual harassment and aggression that occurs in drinking situations, with a focus on understanding normative attitudes and beliefs associated with sexual aggression perpetration.

I am also seeking a PhD student interested in community-based participatory research involving First Nations, using strengths-based approaches to developing community wellness strategies.

Contact: swells@uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Yes

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Wilk, Piotr

Our international team (c2hc.ca/about/meet-our-team) conducts population health research on the links between chronic conditions, hospital encounters, and mortality and how they are affected by social determinants of health, health behaviours, and environmental factors. We also conduct studies on the link between climate change and various health outcomes among Canadians residing in urban areas. MSc or PhD students working with our team will apply their substantive knowledge and statistical skills to conduct analysis of high-quality health administrative databases, population surveys and environmental data.

Contact: pwilk3@uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: No

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: Potentially


Zaric, Greg

Research areas include: Health economics; cost-effectiveness analysis; economic evaluation of new drugs and medical technologies.

Contact: gzaric@ivey.uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: No

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: Potentially


Zwarenstein, Merrick

My research is on Randomized trial design, particularly on the determinants of applicability of the findings of a trial outside the participants in the trial itself.

Contact: mzwarens@uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Potentially

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: Potentially

MSc Biostatistics Field of Study

Begen, Mehmet

Research areas include: Health care operations management, scheduling, hospital capacity management, patient flow optimization, data analysis, machine learning, analytics, optimization and simulation.

Contact: mbegen@ivey.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Potentially

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: Potentially


Choi, Yun-Hee

My research interest lies in developing joint models for various types of events—including survival longitudinal outcomes and evaluating their dynamic predictions based on genetic/genomic data arising from families at high genetic risk. I am looking to work with students with strong statistics background and computational skills. Potential student projects would include development and evaluation of statistical methodology for modeling time-to-event data arising from family-based studies in the following areas:

- Joint models and dynamic predictions for various types of events—including survival longitudinal outcomes arising from families at high genetic risk
- Competing risks models with time-dependent covariates/effects
- Model performance and prediction accuracy measures for clustered time-to-event data in the presence of competing events
- Family-based high-throughput sequencing data to be integrated into joint models.

Contact: yun-hee.choi@schulich.uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Potentially

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: Potentially


Espin-Garcia, Osvaldo 

My research focuses on developing statistical, machine learning, and computational methods in statistical genomics, genetic epidemiology and deep phenotyping This work is highly multi- and inter-disciplinary where methods are motivated by and applied on complex diseases particularly osteoarthritis, Crohn's disease, and cancer. Projects are available on the following broad areas:

- Design and analysis of multi-phase multi-omics studies
- Polygenic scores
- Latent class/variable models for longitudinal multivariate trajectories
- Joint modelling of multivariate longitudinal trajectories and time-to-event outcomes

Contact: oespinga@uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Yes

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Hu, Pingzhao

My research program focuses on developing and applying computational and statistical techniques for integrative analysis of big multimodal health data (omics data, imaging data, administrative and electronic medical records) for precision medicine.

  • My research areas include:
  • Algorithms and applications of artificial intelligence (deep learning) for health and medical sciences
  • Algorithms for bioinformatics
  • Algorithms for statistical genetics
  • Integration frameworks of deep learning and statistics

Contact: phu49@uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Potentially

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: Potentially


Jairath, Vipul

Clinical trial methodology, development of clinical outcomes measures, clinical prediction models. All related to the field of gastrointestinal diseases, specifically crohns disease and ulcerative colitis.

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Yes

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Kandala, Ngianga-Bakwin

My research areas of interest are; tropical diseases modelling (Bayesian spatial mapping); global health including HIV/AIDS; Analysis of longitudinal data; survival data; meta-analysis; modelling of large-scale household data (applications include : child mortality and morbidity, childhood malnutrition, obesity, chronic diseases such hypertension, diabetes etc...).

Contact: nkandala@uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: No

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Koval, John

Research areas include: methods of building statistical regression models for use in health research.

Contact: jkoval@biostats.uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: No

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Sarma, Sisira

My research projects are in the areas of primary care, especially investigating the impact of incentives and remuneration on physician behaviour and various patient health outcomes; investigating socio-economic inequalities in the utilization of healthcare services and health outcomes; and cost-effectiveness analysis of potential health interventions. Thesis projects would involve advanced quantitative methods using the longitudinal health administrative data, representative survey data, or linked survey and health administrative data sets.

Contact: sisira.sarma@schulich.uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Yes

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: Yes


Shoukri, Mohamed

For biostatistics I would like to co-supervise students in the area of nonparametric modeling of longitudinal data

Contact: shoukri.mohamed@gmail.com

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: No

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Zou, Guangyong

Research areas include: Rank-based methods for the estimation of treatment effects.

Contact: gy.zou@robartsinc.com

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Yes

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: No


Zwarenstein, Merrick

My research is on Randomized trial design, particularly on the determinants of applicability of the findings of a trial outside the participants in the trial itself.

Contact: mzwarens@uwo.ca

Graduate Fellowship Funding available: Potentially

Graduate Studentship (GSA) Funding available: Potentially

PhD Epidemiology Field of Study

Ali, Shehzad

Research areas include: Health inequalities in access and utilization of care; Equity-efficiency trade-offs; Economic evaluation (cost-effectiveness analysis), Global health.

Contact: shehzad.ali@uwo.ca

Student Funding is guaranteed for PhD students.


Daley, Mark

Research areas include: Natural Computing, Computational Neuroscience & Neuroinformatics, Realtime analysis of biomedical data, Mathematical Modelling of Biological Systems, Music Informatics, Theoretical Computer Science

Contact: mark.daley@uwo.ca

Student Funding is guaranteed for PhD students.


Elsayed, Sameer

Research areas include: Antimicrobial Resistance; Antimicrobial Stewardship; Healthcare Quality improvement; Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases; Diagnostic Microbiology.

Contact: selsayed@uwo.ca

Student Funding is guaranteed for PhD students.


Garg, Amit

I have several large, active research grants with opportunities for PhD student(s), in areas of:

- drug safety
- living kidney donation
- population-based management of kidney disease
- large scale pragmatic trials

Contact: agargadmin@lhsc.on.ca

Student Funding is guaranteed for PhD students.


Gilliland, Jason

Projects are available for students who are interested in studying social and environmental (natural and built) influences on health-related behaviours and outcomes (e.g., mental health, physical activity, active school travel, healthy eating), particular in Canada. Students will become active members of Western’s Human Environments Analysis Lab (theheal.ca) and gain experience in geospatial analysis, health geography, environmental epidemiology, community-based research, systematic reviews and more.

Contact: jgillila@uwo.ca

Student Funding is guaranteed for PhD students.


Gomaa, Noha

The Society to Cell Oral Health Research Lab (S2CL) seeks graduate students who are interested in working on the epidemiology of multimorbidity and oral health and the impact of access to dental care on both health outcomes, through a social determinants of health lens. Candidates will train in methods from epidemiology and data linkage, and will work in an interdisciplinary and collaborative research environment while receiving team-based mentorship. For more information on our research in our lab, please visit: https://www.schulich.uwo.ca/societytocell/index.html.

Contact: noha.gomaa@schulich.uwo.ca

Student Funding is guaranteed for PhD students.


Hackam, Dan

My area of expertise is in systematic reviews and meta-analyses in the field of cardiovascular medicine, including all aspects such as drug safety, drug efficacy, prognosis and health care utilization.

Contact: dhackam@uwo.ca

Student Funding is guaranteed for PhD students.


Jessani, Abbas Ali

Healthcare and oral health disparities among equity-seeking community members such as those living with HIV, high-risk youth, low SES, LBGT+; Experiences of stigma and discrimination by minority sub-population, global health and oral health disparities in Rwanda and Uganda, education and pedagogical research including the impact of community service learning and development of minority curriculum.

Contact: ajessani@uwo.ca

Student Funding is guaranteed for PhD students.


Katsivo, Melanie Nyambura

Research areas include: Climate Change, Food Security, Sustainable Livelihoods and Health.

Contact: mkatsivo@uwo.ca

Student Funding is guaranteed for PhD students.


Lizotte, Dan

My research investigates the development and application of machine learning methodology with a focus on public health and primary care.

Note: this opportunity is contingent on the availability of Supervisory funding, to be determined in early 2023. Contact Dr. Lizotte for more information.

Contact: dlizotte@uwo.ca

Student Funding is guaranteed for PhD students.


Martin, Janet

Students are invited to contribute to research focusing on the following areas of activity in partnership with the MEDICI Centre: Global Surgery, Anesthesia and Critical Care (MEDICI/WHO collaboration):

  1. Global studies to inform epidemiologic trends in access to safe, timely, affordable surgery, anesthesia and perioperative care.
  2. Health technology and policy analyses to explore innovations to improve surgery, anesthesia and critical care outcomes in global settings.
  3. COVID-19 global surgical backlog recovery and system resilience monitoring.

Epidemiology of Evidence, Evidence Reversals, Misinformation & Disinformation:

  1. Methodologic innovations to inform 'sufficiency' of evidence, and likelihood of reversal.
  2. Methodologic innovations to inform misinformation and disinformation in the era of 'fake' news, 'alternative' facts, and distrust in science.
  3. Exploration of researchers' contributions to infodemics during epidemics (ie, producing and publishing wasteful research, leading to information overload)

Contact: jmarti83@uwo.ca

Student Funding is guaranteed for PhD students.


Mathews, Maria

I conduct research examining the health care system and health system policies. My research interests are in primary care, health workforce, and rural health care. My research “lab” is currently carrying out projects on family physicians’ roles during the pandemic, the integration of registered nurses into primary care practices, the shared care and coordination of medically complex patients between family physicians and specialists, and evaluating access and care for unattached patients. We do mixed methods research (quantitative and qualitative methods), so while the student’s thesis will be quantitative in nature, students will learn qualitative methods as part of (optional) RA work.

Contact: maria.mathews@schulich.uwo.ca

Student Funding is guaranteed for PhD students.


Montero Odasso, Manuel

Research areas include: CLSA data analyses in dementia prediction and Interventions with lifestyle approaches to prevent dementia.

Contact: manuel.monteroodasso@sjhc.london.on.ca

Student Funding is guaranteed for PhD students.


Sarma, Sisira

My research projects are in the areas of primary care, especially investigating the impact of incentives and remuneration on physician behaviour and various patient health outcomes; investigating socio-economic inequalities in the utilization of healthcare services and health outcomes; and cost-effectiveness analysis of potential health interventions. Thesis projects would involve advanced quantitative methods using the longitudinal health administrative data, representative survey data, or linked survey and health administrative data sets.

Contact: sisira.sarma@schulich.uwo.ca

Student Funding is guaranteed for PhD students.


Schemitsch, Emil

Management of patients with complex upper and lower extremity fractures, hip and knee reconstruction and computer assisted surgery.

Contact: emil.schemitsch@lhsc.on.ca

Student Funding is guaranteed for PhD students.


Stranges, Saverio

Research areas include: Chronic disease epidemiology, Global Health, social determinants of health.

Contact: saverio.stranges@uwo.ca

Student Funding is guaranteed for PhD students.


Wilk, Piotr

Our international team (c2hc.ca/about/meet-our-team) conducts population health research on the links between chronic conditions, hospital encounters, and mortality and how they are affected by social determinants of health, health behaviours, and environmental factors. We also conduct studies on the link between climate change and various health outcomes among Canadians residing in urban areas. MSc or PhD students working with our team will apply their substantive knowledge and statistical skills to conduct analysis of high-quality health administrative databases, population surveys and environmental data.

Contact: pwilk3@uwo.ca
Student Funding is guaranteed for PhD students.

PhD Biostatistics Field of Study

Begen, Mehmet

Research areas include: Health care operations management, scheduling, hospital capacity management, patient flow optimization, data analysis, machine learning, analytics, optimization and simulation.

Contact: mbegen@ivey.ca

Student Funding is guaranteed for PhD students.


Choi, Yun-Hee

My research interest lies in developing joint models for various types of events—including survival longitudinal outcomes and evaluating their dynamic predictions based on genetic/genomic data arising from families at high genetic risk. I am looking to work with students with strong statistics background and computational skills. Potential student projects would include development and evaluation of statistical methodology for modeling time-to-event data arising from family-based studies in the following areas:

- Joint models and dynamic predictions for various types of events—including survival longitudinal outcomes arising from families at high genetic risk.
- Competing risks models with time-dependent covariates/effects
- Model performance and prediction accuracy measures for clustered time-to-event data in the presence of competing events
- Family-based high-throughput sequencing data to be integrated into joint models

Contact: yun-hee.choi@schulich.uwo.ca

Student Funding is guaranteed for PhD students.


Daley, Mark

Research areas include: Applications of machine learning to epidemiology and biostatistics

Contact: mark.daley@uwo.ca

Student Funding is guaranteed for PhD students.


Espin-Garcia, Osvaldo

My research focuses on developing statistical, machine learning, and computational methods in statistical genomics, genetic epidemiology and deep phenotyping This work is highly multi- and inter-disciplinary where methods are motivated by and applied on complex diseases particularly osteoarthritis, Crohn's disease, and cancer. Projects are available on the following broad areas:

- Design and analysis of multi-phase multi-omics studies
- Polygenic scores
- Latent class/variable models for longitudinal multivariate trajectories
- Joint modelling of multivariate longitudinal trajectories and time-to-event outcomes

Contact: oespinga@uwo.ca

Student Funding is guaranteed for PhD students.


Hu, Pingzhao

My research program focuses on developing and applying computational and statistical techniques for integrative analysis of big multimodal health data (omics data, imaging data, administrative and electronic medical records) for precision medicine.

  • My research areas include:
  • Algorithms and applications of artificial intelligence (deep learning) for health and medical sciences
  • Algorithms for bioinformatics
  • Algorithms for statistical genetics
  • Integration frameworks of deep learning and statistics

Contact: phu49@uwo.ca

Student Funding is guaranteed for PhD students.


Kandala, Ngianga-Bakwin

My research areas of interest are; tropical diseases modelling (Bayesian spatial mapping); global health including HIV/AIDS; Analysis of longitudinal data; survival data; meta-analysis; modelling of large-scale household data (applications include : child mortality and morbidity, childhood malnutrition, obesity, chronic diseases such hypertension, diabetes etc...).

Contact: nkandala@uwo.ca

Student Funding is guaranteed for PhD students.


Lizotte, Dan

My research investigates the development and application of machine learning methodology with a focus on public health and primary care.

Note: this opportunity is contingent on the availability of Supervisory funding, to be determined in early 2023. Contact Dr. Lizotte for more information.

Contact: dlizotte@uwo.ca

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Zou, Guangyong

Research area includes: Nonparametric methods for the estimation (not hypothesis testing) of treatment effects.

Contact: gy.zou@robartsinc.com

Student Funding is guaranteed for PhD students.

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