Alumni Profiles

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.

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)

Emergency Doctor

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

After completing his undergraduate degree in health sciences (University of Ontario Institute of Technology, 2010) Jeffrey went on to complete his Masters in Kinesiology and Health Science at York University. Upon completing his Masters, Jeffrey moved to Australia to study medicine at the University of Queensland.
Currently, Jeffrey works as an Emergency Doctor at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Sana 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.


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