Research Trainees

Adalberto Loyola-Sánchez

Adalberto Loyola-Sánchez

MD, MSc, PhD

Cummings School of Medicine, University of Calgary

About

Adalberto Loyola-Sánchez is a post-doctoral trainee, who completed his PhD with Julie Richardson at the School of Rehabilitation Science in McMaster University. His PhD research developed a program of research to design, implement and evaluate Community Based Rehabilitation programs for people living with arthritis in Mexican underserved communities. He is currently working with a Mayan community in Yucatán, SouthEast Mexico.Adalberto brings excellent skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods. He will be supervised by Cheryl Barnabe and will work with the Siksika First Nation developing a case manager model for people living with arthritis and other chronic co-morbidities.
Alix St-Aubin

Alix St-Aubin

BSc, MSc Candidate

Faculty of Medicine, University Laval

About

Alix is pursuing a Master of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences degree in the Faculty of Medicine at University Laval (UL) under the supervision of Dr. Paul R. Fortin. Alix received a bachelor degree in Kinesiology and after specialized in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. Her main research interests involve the role of exercise in the standard care of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Alix also works on the predictive value of the fitness level of patients suffering from systematic lupus erythematosus (SLE).  
Clayon Hamilton

Clayon Hamilton

BSc, MSc, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

About

Clayon completed his PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, with emphasis on Measurement and Methods in Musculoskeletal Health Research, from Western University. In his PhD dissertation, he took a transdisciplinary look at the measurement of illness perception and behavior across a continuum of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis.

 

 

As a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Knowledge Translation at Arthritis Research Canada and UBC, Clayon is focused on building research projects around ‘patient as partners’ in research.

Rashedul Hoque

Rashedul Hoque

BS, MS, M.Sc , PhD Student

Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

About

Rashedul Hoque started his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Xie in 2018 at Simon Fraser University. He is working as a biostatistician on the PRECISION project with Dr. Xie. He obtained his M.Sc in Statistics (biostatistics specialization) from the University of British Columbia in 2017. Before that, he obtained a BS and MS in Applied Statistics from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He worked in a Microsoft funded “Data Science for Social Goods” summer fellowship program during his M.Sc at the University of British Columbia. He worked as a faculty at the University of Dhaka and statistical officer at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b). His research focuses on development and application of the diverse statistical methodologies in the broader spectrum of medical research.
Elena Lopatina

Elena Lopatina

MD, MSc, PhD Candidate

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences, Health Economics Stream
University of Calgary

About

Elena Lopatina is a physician by training, and a graduate in Business Management. Currently, Elena is undertaking her PhD in Health Economics under the supervision of Dr. Deborah Marshall at the University of Calgary.

Elena has a deep interest in evaluation of complex healthcare interventions such as models of care and clinical pathways. She is currently evaluating an alternate nurse-led model of care for patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and its impact on quality of care and the health care system performance. Innovative models of care, such as nurse-led clinics, have a potential to provide holistic care with assessment and management of comorbidities for established patients, while increasing capacity of rheumatologists to assess new and urgent patients in the timely fashion.

Flora To-Miles

Flora To-Miles

MSc, PhD Candidate

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

About

Flora To-Miles is a practicing occupation therapist and a doctoral student in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia, under the supervision of Dr. Catherine Backman. Flora received her Masters of Science degree (Occupational Therapy) at Western University and her Bachelor of Arts Honors degree (Psychology) at Queen’s University.

Flora has been involved with various research projects and laboratories with the above universities, focusing on rehabilitation, work, and psychology. Her current research interests involve applying a classification method on daily activities based on the characteristics of those activities. The goal is to explore the association between activity patterns and well-being in adults with inflammatory arthritis, focusing on biomarkers as indications. This would ultimately inform activity guidelines for those living with arthritis, enhancing quality of life.

Graham Macdonald

Graham Macdonald

BA, MA, PhD Candidate

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

About

Graham Macdonald is a PhD student in UBC Medicine’s Rehabilitation Science program, co-supervised by Drs. Linda Li and Laura Nimmon. Graham is a qualitative researcher, trained in social science theory and methodology. Formerly, Graham was employed as a research assistant at Arthritis Research Canada, and a research coordinator at UBC’s department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Graham’s interests include patient and public engagement in research and healthcare, medical anthropology and sociology, political economy of health, chronic illness, and disability. 
Jean-Francois Esculier

Jean-Francois Esculier

MSc, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

University of British Columbia

About

Jean-Francois Esculier completed his bachelor of physiotherapy at the University of Ottawa and his Masters and PhD at Laval University. Over the past few years, he has conducted studies on running-related knee pain (treatment approaches, biomechanics, footwear), and shows particular interest for clinical research. He is currently doing his post-doctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia with Dr Michael Hunt. Their team is investigating the association between running and knee joint health in people with and without knee osteoarthritis. Jean-Francois is also an active clinician practicing as a physiotherapist at the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Clinic at UBC.

Jenny Leese

Jenny Leese

MA, PhD Candidate

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

About

Jenny Leese is a doctoral student in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia, under the supervision of Dr. Linda Li. Jenny received her Masters of Arts degree and her Joint Honours Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Leeds, U.K.

Jenny has been involved in multiple research studies at ARC, focusing on evaluating new approaches in knowledge translation that will support self-management in musculoskeletal care. Her current research interests involve ethics, patient engagement, and e-health.

Jesse Charlton

Jesse Charlton

BPEC, MSc, MPT/PhD Student

Graduate Programs in Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

About

Jesse Charlton completed his Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching at Douglas College where he focused on athletic development and coaching science. Thereafter, he completed his MSc in the Rehabilitations Sciences program at UBC. He is now a dual program MPT & PhD student in the same program, supervised by Dr. Michael Hunt. Over the last 4 years Jesse’s research has spanned many subject areas including exercise biomechanics, lung mechanics during cycling, and gait modification for knee osteoarthritis. Today, Jesse primarily focuses on conservative treatment strategies for knee osteoarthritis. Through clinical and biomechanical examinations of gait and gait modification, Jesse’s work aims to better understand the mechanisms underlying gait modification and how patients with knee osteoarthritis adhere to and retain these treatments. In addition to his current work, Jesse has interests in sport biomechanics, healthy aging, and masters athletics.

Kelsey Chomistek

Kelsey Chomistek

BA, MSc Candidate

Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

About

Kelsey is pursuing a Master of Science in Medical Science in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Heinrike Schmeling and Dr. Cheryl Barnabe. Kelsey received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Culture with a minor in Health and Society at the University of Calgary. Kelsey has been actively involved in pediatric rheumatology research at the Alberta Children’s Hospital for the past four years. In her thesis, she will be developing a juvenile idiopathic arthritis education model and performing an evaluation using patient-reported outcome measures.

Kiana Yazdani

Kiana Yazdani

BSc, MSc Candidate

University of British Columbia

About

Kiana Yazdani is pursuing her Masters of Science in Experimental Medicine at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Dr. Diane Lacaille. Kiana completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Shiraz University in Iran. She was the core member of the Central Council of the Scientific Association of Biology Students and Managing Editor of the Biotechnology Journal of Shiraz University. Kiana has a deep interest in medical and clinical research and for her MSc thesis, she will be looking at secular trends in the risk of cardiovascular diseases in rheumatoid arthritis relative to the general population.

Luiza Grazziotin

Luiza Grazziotin

MSc, PhD candidate

University of Calgary

About

Luiza Grazziotin is a pharmacist by training, and completed a MSc in Cardiovascular Sciences. Currently, Luiza is pursuing her PhD in Health Economics at the University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Deborah Marshall.

Luiza is passionate about different health economics modelling approaches and their applicability in describing complex health processes, evaluating new interventions, and ultimately, informing decision making. Luiza’s PhD project is focused on juvenile idiopathic arthritis personalized care using simulation modeling and cost-effectiveness analysis.

Masoud Pourrahmat

Masoud Pourrahmat

BSc, MSc candidate

Department of Experimental Medicine, The University of British Columbia

About

Masoud is pursuing a Master of Science in Experimental Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC) under the supervision of Dr. Linda Li. He received his Bachelor of Science at UBC in the Combined Major in Science program (life science, chemistry, and environmental science option). He has extensive experience as a researcher both within academia (BC Children’s Hospital) and the health consulting industry (Redwood Outcomes and Precision Health Economics). His thesis will be focused on sleep quality related outcomes in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus.
May Choi

May Choi

MD

Cumming School of Medicine, The University of Calgary

About

May Choi is a rheumatology fellow at the University of Calgary. Her research interests include autoantibodies and systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus. Dr. Ann Clarke is one of her research supervisors.
Megan Barber

Megan Barber

MD, PhD

Cumming School of Medicine, The University of Calgary

About

Megan completed her PhD at the University of Alberta and her medical degree at the University of Calgary. She is currently completing her internal medicine residency and is starting her rheumatology fellowship in July 2018. Her interests include autoimmune rheumatic diseases, particularly systemic lupus erythematosus. Her research is under the supervision of Dr. Ann Clarke.

Mohammad Atiquzzaman

Mohammad Atiquzzaman

M. Pharm., PhD Student

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia

About

Mohammad is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC under the supervision of Dr. Aslam Anis. Mohammad’s research focus is primarily on Osteoarthritis (OA). He is currently investigating the role of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in the association between OA and increased risk of cardiovascular diseases using population level health administrative data.

Mohammad earned his Master of Pharmacy degree from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2005. Before coming to UBC as a graduate student, Mohammad has worked in the pharmaceutical industries in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Mohammad has also worked as a visiting research scholar at the College of Pharmacy in the University of Kentucky for two years. He was involved in research on complex drug delivery systems and has published a paper on these results.

Currently, Mohammad holds a Teaching Assistant position at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Mohammad is also affiliated with the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHEOS) and Collaboration for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) at UBC.

  

Mohan Stewart

Mohan Stewart

MD

UBC Internal Medicine Program, University of British Columbia

About

Mohan completed her medical degree at the University of British Columbia and is currently a resident in the UBC Internal Medicine Program. She is working on osteoarthritis research under the supervision of Dr. Jacek Kopec. Her research focuses on the efficacy of analgesics in the management of osteoarthritis pain. She hopes that her research will help inform patient decisions regarding osteoarthritis treatment.

  

Natalie McCormick

Natalie McCormick

BSc, MSc, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

About

Natalie is a Research Fellow in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology at Massachusetts General Hospital under the supervision of ARC Research Scientist Dr. Hyon Choi. For her Ph.D., which she completed at The University of British Columbia and Arthritis Research Canada (supervisors Antonio Aviña-Zubieta and Carlo Marra), she examined the little-known economic burden of systemic lupus erythematosus and related systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases (SARDs) on Canadian patients and society. She used administrative data from the BC Ministry of Health to assess the direct medical costs of SARDs and survey data she collected from a sample of BC residents with and without SARDs to assess the costs of time missed from paid and unpaid work activities.

 

In her post-doctoral fellowship, Natalie is building upon her skills in analyzing large data sets to assess the natural history, long-term effects of medications, and contributors to negative outcomes in patients with lupus and other forms of inflammatory arthritis. Natalie held a CIHR Doctoral Research Award during her Ph.D. and has been granted a three-year CIHR Fellowship Award for her post-doctoral research.

Raymond Lee

Raymond Lee

MSc Candidate

University of Calgary

About

Raymond Lee is finishing his masters in community sciences under the supervision of Dr. Deborah Marshall and Dr. Gillian Currie at the University of Calgary.

Raymond is highly interested in the economic evaluations of primary prevention strategies in children. He is currently evaluating the cost effectiveness of body checking policies in youth ice hockey and its impact on preventing musculoskeletal injuries and concussions as well as the potential savings on the healthcare system and on families.

Samuel Antoine

Samuel Antoine

BSc, MPH, PhD Candidate

School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

About

Samuel Antoine completed his MPH from the Department of Public Health at the St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada. He has spent three years at the Ministry of Health as the Health Information Officer /Epidemiologist before going to UBC to pursue a doctoral degree in Health Care and Epidemiology at the School of Population and Public Health. He is currently working as a research assistant under the supervision of Dr. Jacek Kopec at Arthritis Research Canada (ARC).

 

Samuel’s research mainly focuses on population-based microsimulation models and their application in epidemiology and public health. In Samuel’s thesis, he will use POHEM-OA (Population Health Model of Osteoarthritis), a microsimulation model developed by Kopec et al. and Statistics Canada, to forecast the impact of using painkillers for osteoarthritis (OA) on health-related quality of life in Canada.

Siyi Zhu

Siyi Zhu

PhD Candidate

University of British Columbia and the Sichuan University

About

Siyi Zhu is a PhD Candidate in a joint training program between the University of British Columbia and the Sichuan University (Chengdu, China). His doctoral research in China, supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), focuses on investigating the bio-mechanisms of physical therapies in treating knee osteoarthritis and evaluating these therapies’ clinical efficacy. His current research under the supervision of Dr. Linda Li involves evaluating the effectiveness of a remote physical activity counselling program for people with knee osteoarthritis. Siyi’s training in Canada is funded by a state scholarship for academic PhD students provided by the China Scholarship Council.
Tita Szlachetka

Tita Szlachetka

BSc, MD, MSc Candidate

Department of Experimental Medicine, University of British Columbia

About

Tita Szlachetka is pursuing a Master of Science in Experimental Medicine at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Dr. Diane Lacaille.  Tita completed her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Life Sciences at the University of British Columbia followed by medical school at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.  Her research is focused on rheumatoid arthritis.

For her MSc thesis, Tita will be looking at the relationship between disease activity and cognitive function in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.  Tita is interested in the musculoskeletal system and her research here will be a great asset going into clinical practice in the future.

Elly Park

Elly Park

BSc, MSc, PhD

Mitacs Accelerate in partnership with the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute (ABJHI)

About

Elly Park is a Post-doctoral Fellow with Mitacs Accelerate in partnership with the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute (ABJHI) under the supervision of Dr. Allyson Jones and Dr. Mary Forhan. Her research project focuses on the experiences of people living with osteoarthritis and obesity. As part of her work she plans to collaborate with participants to create digital stories portraying their lived experience to better understand and address their needs.

Elly completed her BSc at the University of British Columbia, and her MSc at the University of Alberta in occupational therapy. She received her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences in 2016. She recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship where she co-created digital stories with people with dementia. Her research interests include narrative inquiry research methods, relational ethics, and digital storytelling in healthcare.

Dylan Kobsar

Dylan Kobsar

BSc, MSc, PhD

University of British Columbia

About

Dylan Kobsar is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia with Dr. Michael Hunt. His research is aimed at making biomechanics and human movement analyses more clinically relevant and accessible to those in need. Specifically, this research focuses on knee osteoarthritis, with the goal of improving the quality of life and long-term outcomes for these individuals. To do so, his research has utilized novel technologies (e.g., motion capture systems, wearable sensors, and depth cameras) and innovative analyses (e.g., machine learning) to uncover the hidden, but clinically important, patterns in human movement data.
Ross Duncan

Ross Duncan

BA, MSc Candidate

University of British Columbia

About

Ross is pursuing a Master’s of Science in Health Economics and Outcomes research at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia under the supervision of Dr. Mark Harrison. He completed a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in statistics at McGill University. Ross’ research involves evaluating the impact of a change to the MSP fee schedule intended to facilitate the expansion of multidisciplinary care for complex rheumatic disease in British Columbia.

 

 

 

Sharan Rai

Sharan Rai

MSc, PhD Student

Harvard University

About

Sharan Rai is a second-year PhD student in Population Health Sciences focusing on nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University (supervisors: Dr. Qi Sun and Dr. Hyon Choi). Sharan is a recipient of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Doctoral Foreign Study Award, of which only ten are awarded to Canadians pursuing doctoral studies outside of Canada, as well as a full tuition scholarship for her studies at Harvard University. Her research aims to understand the risk of complications from gout (e.g., diabetes and heart disease) and investigate the role of diet in reducing these risks.  Sharan earned her Master of Science in Experimental Medicine at the University of British Columbia in 2016, for which her thesis provided contemporary evidence of the rising and substantial burden of gout among Canadians.  ​ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jasmin Ma

Jasmin Ma

MSc, PhD

University of British Columbia

About

As a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Knowledge Translation at Arthritis Research Canada and UBC with Dr. Linda Li, Jasmin is focused on supporting strength training behaviour change and developing methods for tailored physical activity interventions among people with rheumatoid arthritis.

 

Jasmin completed her PhD in Health and Exercises Sciences, with emphasis on behaviour change science and integrated knowledge translation, from the University of British Columbia- Okanagan. Her PhD work focused on systematic, co-created, and theory-based physical activity intervention development for people with spinal cord injury. She has a strong passion for bridging health care and recreation sectors to provide tailored community physical activity participation opportunities for people with disabilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

André Luiz Luquini Pereira

André Luiz Luquini Pereira

MD, PhD Student

Department of Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

About

 André is a Rheumatologist who completed his medical degree and residencies in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology in State University of Campinas in Brazil. He is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine degree at the University of British Columbia and working as a Research Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Diane Lacaille. André has been involved with qualitative research and expert judicial examinations in occupational medicine. He is dedicated to writing in a plain language about rheumatic diseases on his professional website, blog and social media profiles.

For his PhD thesis, André will be looking at the relationships between rheumatic diseases and occupational outcomes, such as work disability, presenteeism and absenteeism. He will evaluate data obtained from “Making it Work”, a study designed to understand the effectiveness and cost-utility of a multidisciplinary e-learning program at preventing work cessation and improving at-work productivity. The research project resources were granted by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR).

Kai Zhao

Kai Zhao

MSc Student

Simon Fraser University

About

Kai Zhao is a MSc student in biostatistics at Simon Fraser University under the Supervision of Dr. Hui Xie. Before joining Arthritis Research Canada, Kai spent four years at Kestrel Forestry as the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst. He is interested in developing statistical methods and will be working on evaluating arthritis lab values in Vancouver.            
Darren Mazzei

Darren Mazzei

BSc Kin, MPT, PhD Student

University of Calgary

About

Darren is a physiotherapist with five years of clinical experience. Currently, Darren is undertaking his PhD in Health Economics under the supervision of Dr. Deborah Marshall at the University of Calgary.

 

Darren wants to investigate the socioeconomic impacts of osteoarthritis management with the goal of improving patients’ access to evidence-based services. Darren’s thesis is centered around the cost-effectiveness analysis and budget impact assessment of the Good Life with Osteoarthritis Denmark (GLA:D) program that is being offered at community rehabilitation clinics in Alberta. GLA:D is an eight-week standardized education and exercise program internationally recognized as an evidence-based clinical pathway and early intervention to manage osteoarthritis.

Lulu Guo

Lulu Guo

BSc, MSc, PhD Student

Simon Fraser University

About

Lulu Guo is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Science at Simon Fraser University under the supervision of Dr. Hui Xie. Her co-supervisor is Dr. Joan Hu. She received a Master’s degree from Shandong University. Her research topic for her master’s was focused on stochastic processes and statistical inference.

Her current project focuses on developing statistical approaches to study data from rheumatoid arthritis patients. She is committed to applying diverse statistical methods to the field of arthritis in order to evaluate the efficacy of treatment, which could in turn help rheumatoid arthritis patients get better treatment and improve health outcomes.