Lab Members

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  • The atmosphere in the laboratory can be likened to a "mini UN" which is represented by members from most of the continents.

  • There is a cordial relationship between members and supervisor and this provides a congenial environment to conduct ground-breaking research in our respective areas.

  • Members of the lab work on a broad spectrum research area: polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), Ovarian cancer (OVCA) chemoresistance, Immunology, Extracellular vesicles, Translational research, Energy metabolism, Natural food compounds and Nanotechnology.

Current Members

current member
Dr. Reza Salehi
Position: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) program Lead
Nationality: Canada
Research Areas: PCOS, Extracellular vesicles, Immunology, miRNAs 
Awards and Honours: Lalor Foundation Fellowship, Mitacs Acceleration Industrial Award
current member
Dr. Meshach Asare-Werehene
Position: Immuno-Oncology program Lead 
Nationality: Ghana 
Research Areas: OVCA, Chemoresistance, Immunotherapy, Immunology, Extracellular vesicles, Nanomedicine.
Clinical Interests: Gynaecological Cancers, Haematology, Pathology, Transfusion Medicine, Clinical Diagnostics
Awards and Honours: 1. Destination 2020 uOttawa-school of medicine award. 2. Matching fund (The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute - OHRI). 3. Mitacs Globalink Research Award. 4. Ovarian Cancer Canada (OCC).
Dr. Toshimichi Onuma
Position: Visiting Professor 
Nationality: Japan
Research Areas: Oncology, pathology, Immunology, extracellular vesicles
Clinical Interests: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oncology, 
Awards and Honours:  Overseas Study Grant
Dr. Toru Hasegawa
Position: Visiting Researcher (Postdoctoral fellow)
Nationality: Japan
Research Areas: PCOS, Immunology
Clinical Interests: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Awards and Honours:  Overseas Study Grant

Past lab members

Name: Dr. Chae-Young Han
Position: PhD 
South Korea
Research Areas: 
OVCA, Chemoresistance, Energy Metabolism, Apoptotic Signaling
Awards and Honours: 
University of Ottawa - Faculty of Medicine Admission Scholarship
Now at: MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Tx, USA

Dr. Yoko Urata, MD, PhD

Visiting Researcher (Postdoctoral fellow)
Research Areas: 
PCOS, Immunology
Clinical Interests: 
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Awards and Honours: 
Kanzawa Medical Research Foundation (Overseas Study Grant)

Dr. Mohammed Reza Abedini, Pharm.D., PhD

Position: Visiting Scientist, Associate Professor
Previous Research Areas: OVCA, Chemoresistance, Cell Signaling, Mitochondria Dynamics

Dr. Patrícia Lima, PhD
Position:Postdoctoral Fellow
Previous Research Areas: PCOS, Immunology, Pregnancy
Awards and Honours: QTNPR scholarship (CIHR-Quebec Training Network in Perinatal Research, 2014 - 2016)
Now at: Adjunct Professor at Queen's University, Kingston - Canada

Dr. Wei-Ting Lee, MSc, PhD
Position: PhD Candidate (Exchange Student)
Nationality: Taiwan
Previous Research Areas: OVCA, Chemoresistance, Nanomedicine
Awards and Honours: Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan (Dragon Gate Research Scholarship)

Dr. Jung Jin Lim, PhD, DVM
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Nationality: Republic of Korea
Previous Research Areas: PCOS, Androgen Receptor Signaling
Awards and Honours: CHA Gangnam Medical Centre & NRF Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dr. Adriana Carbonel, PhD
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Nationality: Brazil
Previous Research Areas: PCOS, Natural Food Compounds, Therapeutics
Awards and Honours: Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dr. Meiying Zhang, MD, PhD
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Nationality: China
Previous Research Areas: OVCA, Chemoresistance, Immunology, Extracellular vesicles
Dr. Hideaki Tsuyoshi, MD, PhD
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Nationality: Japan
Previous Research Areas: OVCA, Chemoresistance, Mitochondria Dynamics, Calcium Signaling, Natural Food Compounds
Awards and Honours: University of Fukui - Kanazawa Medical Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

Hannah Mazier, BSc
Position: MSc Candidate
Nationality: Canada
Research Areas: PCOS, Mitochondria Dynamics.
Awards and Honours: CIHR-REDIH Scholarship

Saeed Mohammed Alzahrani, MSc
Position: PhD Candidate 

Nationality: Saudi Arabia 
Research Areas: PCOS, Natural Food Compounds, Hepatic Metabolism, Therapeutics
Awards and Honours: Al-Baha University via The Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau in Canada