CIHR STAGE

Trainees and Alumni

CIHR STAGE Trainees are the graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting faculty enrolled in the program.

Trainees

NOTE: Photos are pending for some trainees in the 2016 cohort.

MentorsAffliliation(s)Project Title
Admitted
Date

PhD Students

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Osvaldo Espin-Garcia
Shellley Bull (primary)
Andrew Paterson
Geoffrey Liu
University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Division of Biostatistics, and
Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital
Integrative methods for design and analysis of genetic association studies
Sept 2016
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Victoria Marshe
James Kennedy (primary)
Anna Goldenberg
Andrew Paterson
University of Toronto, Institute of Medical Sciences, Centre for Addiction and Mental HealthApplying machine learning to genomic data to identify diagnostic subtypes in late-life depression
Sept 2016
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Karl Everett
France Gagnon (primary)
Michael Wilson
University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Division of EpidemiologyGenetic and epigenetic determinants of apolipoproteins B and A1 plasma levels and their associations with hypercoagulability
Sept 2016
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Michael Lerro
France Gagnon (primary)
Michael Wilson
University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Division of EpidemiologyEpistatic mechanisms dictating the thrombotic risk factor endogenous thrombin potential
Sept 2016

Linda Kachuri
Rayjean Hung (primary)
Geoffrey Liu
Lei Sun
University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology, and Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai HospitalComprehensive investigation of telomere length and its genetic determinants in cancer risk and clinical outcomes
Sep 2014

David Soave
Johanna Rommens
Lei Sun (primary)
Lisa Strug
University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Division of BiostatisticsStatistical methods for marker discovery and disease risk prediction amid unobserved genetic interactions
Feb 2013

Nora Zwingerman
France Gagnon (primary)
Zdenka Pausova
Mathieu Lemire
University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Division of EpidemiologyThe association of DNA variants and DNA methylation levels with fibrinolytic protein levels
Jul 2013

Jingxiong (Amelia) Xu
Laurent Briollais (primary)
Rayjean Hung
Stephen Lye
Wei Xu
University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Division of Biostatistics, and
Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital
Analysis of genome·wide G by E Interaction Studies through Bayesian Graphical Modeling
Sep 2014

Postdoctoral Fellows

MentorsAffliliation(s)Project Title
Admitted
Date
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Saira Mirza
Joanne Knight (primary)
Sunnybrook Health Sciences CentreThe association between genetic and imaging markers of neurodegeneration across dementias-A data-driven approach
Sept 2016
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Sareh Keshavarzi
Andrew Paterson (primary)
France Gagnon
Angelo Canty
The Hospital for Sick ChildrenMultivariate meta genome-wide association of cardiovascular disease risk factors in Type 1 diabetes
Sept 2016
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Agnieszka Krol
Laurent Briollais (primary)Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai HospitalDevelopment of multistate models for rare variant analysis in familial cancer studies
July 2017

Delnaz Roshandel
Shelley Bull
Andrew Paterson (primary)
Michael Wilson
The Hospital for Sick ChildrenGenetics of skin fluorescence an indicator of long term diabetes complications
Sep 2014

Visiting Faculty

MentorsAffliliation(s)Project Title
Admitted
Date
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Sara Good
Andrew Paterson (primary)
Angelo Canty
Michael Wilson
The Hospital for Sick ChildrenUsing imputed gene expression values to look for genetic risk factors associated with complications of Type 1 diabetes
Jan 2017
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Alumni

Master's Student

MentorsSTAGE Project Title and AffiliationTraining Dates

Current Position

Tabitha Kung
France Gagnon (primary) and Katherine Siminovitch (ad hoc)Genetic Predictors of Response to Treatment in Early Rheumatoid Arthritis

University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology
May 2011 - Jun 2012Rheumatology fellow at Mount Sinai Hospital

PhD Students

MentorsSTAGE Project Title and AffiliationTraining DatesCurrent Position

Darren Brenner
Shelley B. Bull
Rayjean Hung (primary)
Geoffrey Liu
A histology specific genome-wide investigation of lung cancer

University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology
Jan 2011 - Jun 2012Postdoctoral Fellow/Epidemiologist,
Department of Population Health Research, Alberta Health Services-CancerControl Alberta

Andriy Derkach
Andrew Paterson
Johanna Rommens
Lei Sun (primary)
Jerry Lawless
Statistical methodologies for genetic association studies with rare variants

University of Toronto,
Department of Statistical Sciences
Jan 2011 - Jun 2014Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and
Genetics, NCI, NIH

Laura Faye
Shelley B. Bull (primary)
Lei Sun
Accurate and efficient estimation of genetic effect in genome-wide association and genetic sequencing studies.

University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Division of Biostatistics
Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital
Jan 2011 - Jul 2013Acting Manager, Joint Replacement and Multiple Sclerosis Studies, Canadian Institute for Health Information

Jessica Dennis
France Gagnon (primary)
Zdenka Pausova
Lisa Strug
Genetic and epigenetic factors in the regulation of tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI) plasma levels and role in venous thromboembolism


University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology
Oct 2011 - Jan 2016Postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University

Sarah Gagliano
Jo Knight (primary)
Andrew Paterson
Cathy Barr
Identification of risk variants in genome-wide association studies using functional characteristics

University of Toronto Institute of Medical Science, and
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Neuroscience Research Department
Sept 2014 - Nov 2015Postdoctoral fellow at University of Michigan School of Public Health

Weili Li
Lisa Strug (primary)
Johanna Rommens
Rayjean Hung
Developing novel statistical methods under the evidential framework with a focus on analyzing sequence data

University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Division of Biostatistics
Oct 2011 - Aug 2015Manager of The Centre for Applied Genomics (TCAG) statistical genetics facility

Postdoctoral Fellows

MentorsSTAGE Project Title and AffiliationTraining DatesCurrent Position

Zhijian (Charlie) Chen
Shelley B. Bull (primary)
Radu Craiu
Andrew Paterson
Design and analysis of genome-wide studies of complex diseases and traits.

Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital
Jan 2011 - Aug 2013Manager, Model Validation and Approval, Bank of Nova Scotia

Gord Fehringer
Laurent Briollais
Rayjean Hung (primary)
Geoffrey Liu
Genome-wide and post genome-wide studies of lung cancer and head and neck cancerJan 2011 - Jan 2012Scientific Associate, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute

Martin Ladouceur
France Gagnon (primary)
Mathieu Lemire
Arturas Petronis
Statistical models to characterize genome-wide DNA methylation from multigenerational families

University of Toronto
Nov 2012 - Dec 2013Lead biostatistician, Centre de Recherche du Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal

Melissa Miller
France Gagnon
Lisa Strug (primary)
Johanna Rommens
Identifying Genetic Modifiers of Immunoreactive Trypsinogen Levels in a NBS Population in Cystic Fibrosis

The Hospital for Sick Children
Mar 2011-Feb 2014Manager, Applied Human Genetics, Pfizer

Vanessa Oliveira
James L. Kennedy (primary)
Andrew Paterson
Lei Sun
Variability of the DRD4 gene in behavioural phenotypes

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Sep 2011 - Aug 2013Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health


Yan Yan Wu
Laurent Briollais (primary)
Julia Knight
Stephen J. Lye
Development of statistical methods for BMI growth curves estimation and analysis on longitudinal GWAS data in relation to metabolic traits in children

Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital
Aug 2012 - Aug 2014Assistant Professor,
Department of Public Health Sciences
University of Hawaii at Manoa


Lizhen Xu
Wei Xu (primary)
Andrew Paterson
Latent variable modeling of longitudinal family microbiome data

University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Jul 2013 - Oct 2014Biostatistician,
The Center for
Applied Genomics
The Hospital for Sick Children

Yildiz Yilmaz
Irene L. Andrulis
Shelley B. Bull (primary)
Julia Knight
Statistical methods for molecular genetic analysis of breast cancer

Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital
Jan 2011 - May 2013Assistant Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Linda Hiraki
Shelley Bull
Andrew Paterson (primary)
Zdenka Pausova
Identification of genetic variants associated with renal function in type 1 diabetes.

The Hospital for Sick Children
Jul 2013 - June 2015Clinician scientist in the Division of Rheumatology, Department of Pediatrics, Sick Kids

Alejandra E. Medina Rivera
France Gagnon
Jo Knight
Michael Wilson (primary)
Leveraging functional genomics data to enhance GWAS analyses and causal variant identification

The Hospital for Sick Children
Sept 2014 - Mar 2015Research associate at the International Laboraroty for Human Genomics, National University of Mexico

Yue (Cindy) Jiang
Jayne Danska (primary)
Andrew Paterson
Lisa Strug
A systems based analytical framework for metatranscriptomic studies of type 1 diabetes

The Hospital for Sick Children
Sept 2012 - Aug 2015

Christie Burton
Paul Arnold
Andrew Paterson
Lisa Strug (primary)
Examining the possible role of dopamine and glutamate gene networks in response to inhibition to understand the genetics of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

The Hospital for Sick Children
Feb 2013 - Jan 2015

Visiting Faculty

MentorsSTAGE Project Title and AffiliationTraining DatesCurrent Position

Marc Woodbury-Smith
Andrew Paterson (primary)
Stephen Scherer
Lei Sun
Identifying functional rare variants in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) families

McMaster University
Jan 2012 - Dec 2013Assistant Professor, McMaster University

Hance Clarke
Jo Knight (primary)
Andrew Paterson
Michael Wilson
Chronic post surgical pain - A pilot genome-wide association study.

University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and University Health Network
Jul 2013 - July 2014Staff anesthesiologist and the Medical Director of the Pain Research Unit at the Toronto General Hospital
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