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Rina Abramov, Msc

Supervisor, Clinical Genetics

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Ran Antes, PhD

Supervisor, Clinical IVF Genetics Research

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Evelyn Chea, Msc

Administrative Assistant

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Siwei Chen, Msc

Senior Technician, Genetics Lab

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Miranda Defer, BA

Clinical Research Assistant

Miranda Defer received her Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences from Simon Fraser University. She is currently working on a retrospective case-control study that is investigating the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and pregnancy outcomes of gestational carriers in comparison to the general infertile population.

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Alexander Johnston, PhD

Technician, Cardiac Research

Alexander graduated from Dalhousie University (BSc with distinction) and completed his MRes (Exercise Science with distinction) at Glasgow University in 2013, He was then funded by the University of Calgary to further his work on investigating the molecular determinants of physiological cardiac improvements and their exploitation to mitigating the pathophysiological processes that occur after myocardial infarction. He completed a joint PhD (Molecular Medicine) between the University of Goettingen and King’s College London in 2016. There, his work focused on the molecular basis of redox sensing and signalling in the cardiovascular system. Using a variety of techniques including biophysics, cell biology, molecular biology, high-resolution imaging and transgenic models he investigated how alterations in the redox status of canonical inotropic proteins affect calcium handling and cardiac contractile function.

Alexander joined Create in May 2017 where his work centers around the direct application of mesenchymal stem cells to damaged areas of the heart to facilitate its recovery after myocardial infarction.

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Andrew Lee, BSc

Technician, Andrology Clinic

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Karen Lockyear, PhD

Supervisor, Andrology Clinic

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Lianet Lopez, MSc

Lab Manager, Research Technician

Lianet completed a Pharmacology degree at University Ignacio Agramonte in Camaguey, Cuba in 1996 and a Master’s degree in Toxicology at the Center of Epidemiology in 1998. Her employment at the University of Toronto in 2004 led to the development of a particular interest for biomolecular research focusing on proteins interactions at all levels of cellular function and their role in disease. She joined the Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto) in 2010, where she developed an expertise in the use of various primary tissue culture and rodent models to study lung growth, injury and repair. Lianet joined the CReATe team in March 2016. She is conducting experiments using cell culture and in vivo models to study the protective effects of human umbilical cord-derived perivascular cells (HUCPVC) in chemotherapeutic-induced models of testicular and ovarian failure. In addition, she is characterizing the extracellular vesicles released from HUCPVCs in culture to better understand how HUCPVCs promote regeneration in various models and to develop novel cell-free therapies.

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Poonam Mander, MSc

Technician, Cardiac Research

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Karen Menezes, MSc

Technician, Embryology Research

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Trevor Partch, MSc

Technician, Andrology Clinic

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Mugundhine Sangaralingum (Madhu), MSc

Technician, Ovarian Research

Mugundhine completed her Bachelors degree in Engineering in Biotechnology at Anna University, India; following which she came to Canada and obtained an Applied Masters degree in Biotechnology from McGill University. There, she learnt a myriad of proteomic and genomic techniques, and worked under Dr. Jack Antel at the Montreal Neurological Institute to study the expression of microRNAs in differentiating oligodendrocytes found in developing human fetal brain. She has more than 4 years of experience working in the fields of Molecular Biology, Clinical Diagnostics and Product Development in both industrial and academic sectors. Mugundhine joined CReATe in February 2017 and is actively involved in all internal and collaborative projects of the Ovarian Biology group.

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Fyyaz Siddiqui, MSc

Research Associate, Neurovascular

Fyyaz Siddiqui holds Master’s degrees in Medical Biophysics (UWO, Canada) and Organic Chemistry (AMU, India) and a diploma in Pharmaceutical QA/Development (TIPT, Canada). Before joining Create in 2016, he worked in many departments of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. He also served as an honorary Research Fellow at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT, India) and Faculty of Chemistry (Osmania University, India). His research experiences at different academic institutions is augmented by his experience working with various pharma and biotech industries in Canada and USA. Some of his notable research findings include his pioneering work in the discovery of decorin as a novel blood biomarker in preeclampsia (Am J Obstet Gynecol, 2016), mainly involving the development of S35-radioprobes for in situ hybridization on human placental tissues and ELISA on clinical plasma samples; identification of key amino acid residues in C-tail of Cx40, a gap junction protein targeted in sepsis (J Vasc Res, 2015), by employing electrophysiology and adenoviral infection techniques in the assessment of inter-endothelial electrical resistivity; investigation of S100 family of genes implicated in abnormal epidermal differentiation in psoriasis, involving mice epidermis / keratinocyte culture and qPCR; development of inorganic clays as a catalyst for organic conversions applied in petroleum cracking (Tetra Lett, 1997) by using H-montmorillonite in converting alcohols to olefins; etc. Fyyaz joined the Neurovascular Regeneration Research Group at CReaTe in 2016, and while working on multiple stress-related behavior models in animals, his research activities focus on investigating the novel therapeutic effects of human umbilical cord stem cells in various pre-clinical models of neurological disorders.

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Parshvi Vyas, MSc

Project Manager

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Isabel Wiesenfeld, MSc

Technician, Biobank

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Junyan Zhang, MSc

Technician, Andrology Research