Alumni Profiles

Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology

photo of Abdikarim AbdullahiAbdikarim Abdullahi (MSc 2011)

Doctoral Student

Thesis title: mRNA translation inhibitor PDCD4 is down regulated during L6 myoblast differentiation

Following Abdikarim’s master’s degree, he moved into the world of translational research at Sunnybrook Research Institute. As a PhD student in the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto, he studies the Endoplasmic Reticulum stress and the unfolded protein response-mediated pathological alterations of the liver following a burn injury.

 

 

 


photo of Ayesha SaleemAyesha Saleem (PhD 2013)

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dissertation title: Mechanisms of p53-induced mitochondrial biogenesis in skeletal muscle.

After completing BSc Hon (2005, Kinesiology, York University) Ayesha did her MSc (2008) and PhD (2013) at York University with Dr. David Hood.

Ayesha’s work focused on deciphering the importance of p53, a protein famous for suppressing cancer, to exercise-induced adaptations in skeletal muscle. She is currently a PDF at McMaster University, investigating novel treatment modalities for obesity/diabetes, as well as utilizing gene editing & RNA therapeutics approach to treat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.


Cassandra Uchida (PhD 2013)

Medical Writer

Dissertation title: Dissertation title: Investigating molecular mechanisms by which shear stress regulates endothelial cell function in skeletal muscle

Cassandra completed her BSc, MSc, and PhD in Kinesiology and Health Science at York, under the supervision of Dr. Tara Haas. Cassandra currently works as a medical writer at Sage Medica, a medical communications company in Toronto.


photo of Sara ZargarSana Zargar (MSc 2011)

Lead Program Lecturer/Instructor and Employment Specialist

Thesis title: mRNA translation inhibitor PDCD4 is down regulated during L6 myoblast differentiation

Sana teaches at the College level as Lead Lecturer of the Medical Office Administrative Program at CDI College. She also takes on a significant role as Employment Specialist in the department of Career Services. Her role involves close collaboration with stakeholders of a wide range of business areas; focused on developing, monitoring, and implementing relationships and partnerships, in order to employ CDI graduates.


Neuroscience & Biomechanics

Ravindra Baldeo (MSc 2011)

Articling (Law) Student

Thesis title: Dual adaptation to opposing visuomotor rotations with similar hand movement trajectories

Ravindra is currently an articling student at a law firm in Toronto. He also recently worked for an international pharmaceutical manufacturer in Toronto. His graduate and legal training enables him to better understand and resolve novel issues at the intersection of health science and law.

He previously completed his law degree at the University of Ottawa.


photo of Jeff BrownJeffrey Brown (MSc 2012)

Medical Student

Thesis title: The Detrimental Effects of Concussion on Cognitive-Motor Integration

After completing an undergraduate degree in health sciences (University of Ontario Institute of Technology, 2010) Jeff went on to complete a Masters in Kinesiology and Health Science at York University, looking at the effects of concussion on cognitive-motor integration in athletes. Jeff is currently studying medicine at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.


photo of Josh Granek, PhDJosh Granek (PhD 2013)

Defence Scientist

Disseration title: The role of the posterior parietal cortex in cognitive-motor integration

Josh’s current employment involves the validation of alternative delivery methods for learning and training using mobile technologies for Defence Research and Development Canada Toronto Research Centre, Canadian Armed Forces.

 

 


Health & Fitness Behaviours

photo of Shilpa DograShilpa Dogra (PhD 2010)

Assistant Professor

Shilpa is faculty member at the University of Ontario IT in the Kinesiology program. Her research expertise includes asthma and exercise and active aging. Shilpa teaches Exercise Physiology, Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription, and Exercise for Chronic Disease courses. She is also a Certified Exercise Physiologist with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP).


Brad_MeisnerBrad Meisner(PhD 2011)

Assistant Professor

Dissertation title: : Aging expectations and health-related behaviours among adults aged 40 years and better

Brad is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University. He is the Director of the ‘Research and Education on Aging and Community Health Unit’ (REACH-U) as well as a Research Scholar at the Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre. Brad’s research focuses on the promotion of health throughout the life course by challenging the common misconception that ‘normal’ aging is associated with inevitable, universal, and multi-dimensional decline.


photo of Vivian PoonVivian Poon (MSc 2010)

Law Student

Thesis title: Characteristics of Young Adults at High Risk for Metabolic Syndrome: A Trajectory-Based Approach

Vivian is currently a second year law student at Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. She hopes to practice in the field of information technology and intellectual property law. Prior to pursuing her legal education, Vivian worked as an epidemiologist for the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and as a health analyst with the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

 


Bahar_TajrobehkarBahar Tajrobehkar (MSc 2014)

Doctoral Student

Thesis title: Subverting the Ideal? Canadian Female Bodybuilders’ Resistance of Idealized Femininity

Bahar is currently a doctoral student at the University of Toronto. Her research explores the experiences of Iranian female adolescent newcomers in the Canadian physical education system, and the ways in which these experiences facilitate or hinder their involvement in and enjoyment of the program.


 

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