McMaster University

McMaster University

HRM Current Graduate Students

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Ahmed Al-Jaishi

Ahmed Al-Jaishi

MSc or PhD: PhD Student

Field of Specialization: Classic stream

About Me: I have an MSc in Epidemiology from Western University and worked four years at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. When I grow… I want to lead my own research program focusing on methodology for conducting cluster randomized trials. My doctoral research centers on considerations for using routinely collected administrative data to conduct cluster randomized trials.

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Harsukh Benipal

Harsukh Benipal

Program: MSc

Harsukh Benipal is a MSc student in the Health Research Methodology Program. She has a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) from McMaster University with an Interdisciplinary Minor in Community Engagement. She is completing a thesis-based Masters under the supervision of Dr. Anne Holbrook. Her research interests include evidence-based therapeutics and observational study designs, and her current work focuses on identifying predictors of oral anticoagulant-related safety outcomes among elderly patients during the high-risk post discharge period. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading and hiking.

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Jessica Bogach

Program: MSc

Specialization: Clinical Epidemiology

Interests: Oncology, General Surgery

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Anthony Bozzo

Anthony Bozzo

MSc or PhD: MSc

Field of Specialization: HRM Classic

Anthony Bozzo was born in Montreal and attended medical school at McGill University, where he also completed a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and a minor in Finance. Anthony has just completed his third year of Orthopedic residency at MacOrtho and his subspecialties of interest are Oncology and Reconstruction. His research interests center around using novel data science and machine learning tools to better address questions in the field of Orthopedic Oncology. In his spare time, Anthony enjoys spending time with his family, travelling, cooking, yoga, and running the trails in Dundas.

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Zhiyuan Chen


Stream: MSc - Health Technology Assessment Specialization

About me: I graduated from China Pharmaceutical University. I will be working with Dr. Feng Xie on HTA. My English name is Nora. My research interests include economic evaluation and systematic reviews. I am now learning Stata and R. I love reading, cooking and watching films in spare time.

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Hyosuk Chin

Hyosuk Chin


Stream: MSc – Clinical Epidemiology

About me:  I am a 3rd year plastic surgery resident at McMaster University with an interest in microsurgical reconstruction. My research interests include evaluating the access and quality of oncologic reconstruction and improving the quality of research methodology in the field of plastic surgery.

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Andrea Darzi

Stream:PhD- HRM Classic

About Me:Research interests: Guideline development and adaptation methodology, Knowledge translation and health policy. I enjoy playing sports, doing outdoor activities and playing board games. I also enjoy listening to music, dancing and reading. My PhD supervisor is Dr. Holger Schünemann.

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Tahira Devji

Tahira Devji

Stream: PhD - HRM Classic

About Me: My doctoral research (Dr. Gordon Guyatt) aims to improve how data from patient reported outcome measures are presented and interpreted in randomized trials, meta-analysis and clinical practice guidelines to inform evidence-based decision-making. My other research interests include advancing methodology of meta-analysis, network meta-analysis, guideline development, and knowledge translation. I am also the group lead for the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) Applicability Project group.

Contact: email

 

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Erica Elderhorst

Erica Elderhorst

Stream: MSc - Clinical Epidemiology

About Me: I am a registered Midwife working in Hamilton. I completed my BSc in Psychology with a minor in Biology at University of Waterloo in 2011 and BHSc in Midwifery at McMaster University in 2016. I was awarded the AOM Early Career Midwifery Research Grant and have been working under the mentorship of Dr Eileen Hutton and Dr Liz Darling. My research interests include non-indicated transfers of care and health economics within obstetrical care.

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Joycelyne Efua Ewusie

Stream: PhD- Biostatistics Specialization

About Me:Research Interests: Interrupted Time Series, Network Meta-Analysis, Population & Public Health and Maternal & Child Health. Statistical software I usually use include R, SAS, SPSS and OPENBUGS. For fun, I enjoy watching soccer and basketball. I also love to cook and dance. My thesis supervisor is Dr Jemila S. Hamid.

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Wagdi Elsheikh

Wagdi Elsheikh

Stream: MSc – Population and Public Health

About Me: I previously completed a MSc in Medical Sciences at McMaster University. I researched the chemo-preventative effects of NSAIDs in Colorectal cancer. After completing my previous MSc, I worked for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care focusing on Medical Radiation Device Policy and Regulations. I am working with Dr Samaan researching the health complications of water contaminants.

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Patricia Farrugia

Stream: MSc - Clinical Epidemiology

About Me:  I am an Orthopaedic Surgeon working and living in Hamilton. I completed my residency training as well as medical school at McMaster University. I have additional training in Trauma and Foot and Ankle Fellowships at the University of Toronto. My research interests include Trauma, Foot and Ankle and Medical Education. I enjoy reading and travelling as well as spending time with my family. I am looking forward to learning from others and building on my research knowledge and experiences.

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Ivan Florez

Stream: PhD- Health Services Research Specialization

About Me: My research interests include Knowledge translation, Clinical Practice Guidelines, Evidence Implementation, Knowledge Synthesis (Systematic reviews, Network metanalysis), Pediatrics and Child Nutrition.

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Naghmeh Foroutan

Stream: PhD- Health Technology Assessment Specialization

About Me: I am a Pharm.D., with a Master`s degree in International Healthcare Management, Economics and Policy, and a PhD in Pharmacoeconomics. My research interest and focus is mainly developing practical methods and guidelines in pharmaceutical budget impact analyses.

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Federico Germini

Federico Germini

MSc or PhD: MSc student

Field of specialization: HRM Classic

I was born in Perugia, Italy, where I attended medical school and emergency medicine residency.

My research fields include thrombosis, emergency medicine, systematic reviews, and quality of reporting.

I like team sports, reading, hiking, and laying on the couch.

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Saurabh Gupta

Saurabh Gupta

Saurabh is a third-year cardiac surgery resident. His focus is on knowledge translation within cardiac surgery. Under Dr. Richard Whitlock’s supervision, he is working on projects involving peri-operative care of cardiac surgery patients; appropriate use of dual antiplatelet therapy and optimizing anticoagulation for patients with valvular heart disease.

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Brittany Humphries

Brittany Humphries

Stream: PhD

Field of Specialization: Health Technology Assessment

About me: I am interested in studying the use and effects of medications from a social and economic perspective. I have a BA in Anthropology from Dalhousie University and an MSc in Pharmacoepidemiology from Laval University.

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Ayesha Ashraf Javed

Ayesha Javed

Stream: MSc - Population and Public Health

About Me: My research interests include women's health, aging, epidemiology, and genetics. I have a BSc from McMaster University. I'm an avid reader, and enjoy film and writing in my spare time. My thesis supervisor is Dr. Parminder Raina.

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Yanling Jin

Yanling Jin

About Me: My doctoral research is focused on data harmonization including data from various study designs (Supervised by Dr. Lauren Griffith). I graduated in Master of Mathematics and Statistics and studied actuarial science and statistics formy undergrad. My research interests includeany statistical concepts such as modeling, prediction, and analyses by using statistical software such as R, SAS, SQL, and SPSS. In addition, I also have hands-on experiences on meta-analysis, systematic reviews, medicine, nutrition, physical functions, multimorbidity, questionnaire assessment, and health technology assessment. I am one of the academic vice presidents of the HRM student's association and am in charge of scheduling, inviting, and running students' rounds and workshop sessions. In my free time, I like to read, cook, watch movies, volunteer, spend time with my dog and cats, and travel around.

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Sujane Kandasamy

Sujane Kandasamy

MSc or PhD: PhD

Field of Specialization: Population and Public Health

Research interests: My research interests include the following: mixed methods, lifecourse epidemiology, cardiovascular disease prevention, Indigenous health, public/patient/community engagement, integrated knowledge translation (Supervisor: Dr. Sonia Anand)

Something fun about you or personal interests, hobbies, etc: I am the co-founder of a non-profit organization (The Starfish Canada) and a personal business (Chrysalis Scientific Media).

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Alex Koziarz

Stream: MSc

Field of Specialization: HRM Classic

About Me: My research interests include systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and case reports in surgery. Regarding statistics, I am specifically interested in conducting trial sequential analysis for meta-analysis. On my free time I enjoy powerlifting and BMX dirt biking. My MSc supervisor is Dr. Forough Farrokhyar.

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Kevin Kennedy

Kevin Kennedy

Stream: PhD- Health Technology Assessment

About me: I study psychometric validation and health utility valuation of preference-based quality of life measures, supervised by Dr. Feng Xie. I am proficient with R, SAS, VBA, SQL, SPSS, and Python. I like to unwind with walks in the woods and by reading science fiction. I love to run, play guitar, surf, scuba dive and do yoga!

Contact: Linkedin email

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Jayneel Limbachia

Jayneel Limbachia

Stream: MSc - HRM classic

About me: I am a medical science graduate from Western University, starting my masters this fall. I will be working with Dr. Sonia Anand on maternal nutrition and its effect on cardiovascular illness in the South Asian population. When I am not thinking about science, I like to play sports outdoors, play the guitar, dance to some music and go on some hikes. I wish to pursue use my HRM knowledge as a clinician scientist in the future.

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Lyubov Lytvyn

Lyubox Lytvyn

About me: My thesis is on patient and public partnership in the development of clinical practice guidelines, supervised by Dr. Gordon Guyatt. My interests are systematic reviews and meta-analyses of both quantitative and qualitative data, engaging stakeholders in research, patient values and preferences, clinical practice guidelines, shared decision-making, and health communication. I also am part of MAGICapp, a guideline authoring and publication platform, where I help guideline authors to develop trustworthy recommendations and digitize their guidelines. In my spare time, I like meeting new people, exploring different cultures, good food and coffee, hiking/being outdoors, and reading (especially acquiring knowledge I will likely never use).

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Kim Madden

Stream: PhD- Health Research Methodology

About Me: I work in the MacOrtho research group focusing on orthopaedic injuries, large clinical trial management, prevention and epidemiology of intimate partner violence, and trial methodology. I am the HRM Ambassador so please feel free to contact me if you have questions about the program or grad school in general.

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Alexandra Mayhew

Stream: PhD- Population and Public Health Specialization

About Me: My research interests include nutrition and sarcopenia. My thesis (Supervisor: Dr. Parminder Raina) is evaluating sarcopenia definitions to discriminate between those with and without functional limitations in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA). I am also a co-investigator on a CLSA sub study investigating scoring algorithms to improve dietary estimates.

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Arjuna Maharaj

Arjuna Maharaj

Stream: MSc

About Me: I completed my undergraduate degree in life sciences at McMaster and I am excited to now be a course-based MSc student in the HRM program. Pursuing clinical and health related research has been something that I have been passionate about throughout undergrad. For the past 3 years, I have been a research student on the Paediatric Brain Tumour Study Group (PBTSG). Under the supervision of Dr Sheila Singh, our group investigates various oncological and surgical questions on the outcomes of brain tumour patients. I have also been able to work in the field of clinical ophthalmology where I have been studying the effectiveness of laser therapy on dry eye disease. Finally, and most recently, I have been able to work with HTM professor Dr David Meyre in studying the consequences of SNPs on obesity and related traits. Outside of academia, I enjoy playing and following sports such as basketball and soccer. I have also been a lifeguard and swimming instructor for the city of Hamilton for the past 5 years.

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Victoria Miller

Stream: PhD- Population and Public Health Specialization

About Me: My doctoral research interests focus on nutritional epidemiology and non-communicable disease prevention, in particular food security, food policy and the food environment. I transferred from the HRM MSc to the PhD program in 2015 (supervisor: Andrew Mente). I am involved in the Population Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study.

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Courtney Moore

Stream: MSc - Health Technology Assessment

About Me: After graduating with a double major (Honours BSc Life Science and BA Economics) from McMaster, I am eager to begin the Masters of Science in Health Research Methodologies program. I look forward to building on my undergraduate knowledge, especially pursuing courses and research in the Health Economic field. I have previously worked at The Hospital for sick Children as a research student in the Department of Respiratory Medicine, as well as the Department of Rheumatology. I completed my undergraduate thesis in maternal health at McMaster Children’s Hospital. On a more personal note, I am passionate about my volunteer commitments, I love to travel, and am proud to captain the McMaster Varsity Golf team.

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Ryo Naito

Ryo Naito

Stream: MSc

About me: Hello everyone! I’ve been a medical doctor in Japan for over 12 years. My major is a cardiovascular field. I’ll engage in preventing cardiovascular diseases worldwide in the future. Hopefully, I can share knowledge and experiences with all of you through the HRM courses!

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Salmi Noor

Salmi

Stream: MSc-Population and Public Health


About Me: My research interests include pediatric health and psychology, pediatric surgery and its relationship to developmental outcomes, qualitative analyses, community engagement and food & nutrition. My thesis supervisor is Dr. Magdalena Janus. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, dancing, travelling, photography and watching shows on Netflix!

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Atefeh Noori

Atefeh Noori

Stream: PhD- Clinical Epidemiology specialization

About me: I graduated in Master of Epidemiology and I have a clinical background in nursing. My PhD research (supervised by Dr. Jason Busse) will be focusing on the area of pain management and medical cannabis. My research interests include evidence based-medicine, systematic review methodology, meta-analysis, and randomized clinical trials. In my spare time I really enjoy spending time with my family, travelling, watching movies, walking, cooking and swimming.

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Lisa Nussey


Stream: MSc - Health Service Research


About Me: I am a Registered Midwife, currently on leave from active practice to pursue a Masters in the HRM Health Service Research stream.  My research interest is in barriers and facilitators to access to prenatal care specifically and access to high quality patient centred health care more generally.  I currently coordinate the Shelter Health Network Maternity Care Team, a group of midwives providing ad hoc, on call prenatal care to pregnant people accessing the shelter systems in Hamilton.  I also sit on the Council and the Investigations Complaints and Reports Committee of the College of Midwives of Ontario

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Anna Parackal

Stream: MSc - HTA Specialization

About Me: I completed my BSc at McMaster specializing in Biology & Pharmacology. In the face of limited healthcare resources, my research interest is to investigate the clinical and cost effectiveness of new and existing drugs and medical devices. In my free time, I like to travel, spend time with friends and family, I enjoy swimming and dancing as well.

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Julia Pemberton

Stream: PhD- Health Research Methodology

About Me: My doctoral research aims to develop new ways to think about global health research governance using a qualitative interpretive description framework to construct an understanding of how global health research governance is understood, developed and currently used in the Canadian health research system. My study will also evaluate the reflexivity of the Canadian governance model in a current global health research partnership in Zambia, Africa.

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Tea Rosic

Stream: MSc

About Me: I am a third-year Psychiatry resident at McMaster University where I also completed my medical degree. My clinical and research interests are in addictions psychiatry and concurrent disorders, with a focus on outcomes in the treatment of opioid use disorder, as well as cannabis use. My research supervisor in Dr. Zena Samaan.

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Behnam Sadeghirad

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Stream: PhD- Clinical Epidemiology Specialization

About Me: I am a pharmacy doctor and hold a Master's degree in Public Health. My PhD research (supervisor: Dr. Guyatt) is on the applications of GRADE (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation) in nutrition with a focus on child health. My research interests include methodology of systematic review and meta-analysis, network meta-analysis, and evidence based medicine.

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Jhalok Ronjan Talukdar

Jhalok

Program: MSc - Health Research Methodology

About me: My research interests include global health ethics, research ethics, clinical trial, systematic reviews and mixed methods study design. I like photography, chess, table tennis, football and cricket. My thesis supervisors are Professor Lisa Schwartz and Dr. Melissa J Parker.

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Vitheya Thanabaian

Vitheya Thanabaian

Stream: MSc

About me: I currently work in infectious disease research as a research coordinator in the department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine. My interests are in health and disease research, particularly in the field of infectious diseases and epidemiology. My long-term objective is to lead research initiatives that will improve medical practice, strengthen the clinical healthcare system and allow for more informed decision-making so that resources and services are delivered efficiently.

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Priya Thomas


Field of Specialization: MSc


Research interests: Hello! I am currently pursuing my course based MSc in Health Research Methodology, under the supervision of Dr Hanna in the Division of Thoracic Surgery. In particular, I am interested in patient outcomes following lung cancer surgery, and the validation of current standards of patient care and follow up procedures using imaging techniques post-operatively. I am a recent graduate from McMaster’s Life Sciences program (undergraduate). I hope to use the research skills and techniques I learn from this program to further develop my career aspiration of an academic physician.


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Nidhi Kumar Tyagi


Field of Specialization: HRM classic - Masters in Health Research Methodology


Research interests: breast cancer, cardio-oncology, quality improvement of treatments, improving survivorship for oncology patients. The effects of socio-economic status on oncological outcomes. For fun- I enjoy hiking and enjoying the beautiful outdoor in Hamilton region. My thesis supervisor is Dr. Mark Levine.


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