Lab Members

Frodo Baggins-Ospina

PhD in Quantic Cuteness

Frodo is the newest member of DMETRE Lab. He specializes in cuteness, biting, chewing and nipping other lab members' hands. Frodo was born in Barrhead, Alberta; he is a handsome and "woof" boy.

Maryam Adesunkanmi

MSc Graduate Student (University of Alberta)

Maryam is currently completing a Master in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Alberta. She previously completed a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences a (graduated Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Florida (USA). Maryam's research focuses on maternal and early childhood outcomes. Specifically, she is interested in evaluating the influence of perceived racism and discrimination on trajectories of maternal and perinatal health outcomes. Her research utilizes an approach that cuts across social, clinical and biomedical sciences to examine the intersection of the social determinants and various maternal outcomes and markers of adverse birth outcomes. Maryam is recipient of the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry 75th Anniversary Award.

Jesus Serrano-Lomelin, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Jesus Serrano-Lomelin has a PhD. in epidemiology from the School of Public Health, University of Alberta (2017). Previous academic background includes: BSc in Biology, Data Base Manager (ORACLE) certification, Master in Data Mining and Statistical learning, and Specialization in Applied Statistics. The doctoral thesis was about the effects of hazardous industrial mixtures, emitted into the air by industrial facilities, on adverse birth outcomes. Currently, I am working as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Maria Ospina in the areas of women and children health and social determinants of health. I am interested in the application of modern/novel statistical, spatial, and data mining methods in epidemiology, and in environmental and biological sciences.

Ashton James

MSc trainee (University of Alberta)

Ashton is a graduate student in the Master of Science, Epidemiology program at the University of Alberta School of Public Health. In 2013, Ashton graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology. Since completing her undergraduate degree, Ashton has worked with various community-driven initiatives to support health and well-being in Canada, Ethiopia, and Uganda. In addition to completing graduate studies, Ashton is the Senior Manager of Health at the Métis Nation of Alberta, where she works to offer culturally meaningful, self-determined health and wellness opportunities that address the unique health profile of Métis Albertans. Ashton is excited to join Dr. Maria Ospina and the DMETRE lab to learn more about designing and implementing epidemiological studies in partnership with the Métis Nation of Alberta to create knowledge that is meaningful, responsive, and actionable. Ashton is recipient of several awards supporting her MSc research, including the Sir Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship, Walter H. Johns Graduate Fellowship, WCHRI graduate studentship award and the Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship.

Mansi More

Undergraduate Student (University of Alberta)

Mansi is a second year undergraduate student at the University of Alberta. She is currently obtaining her degree in Bachelors of Science, majoring in Biological Science and minoring in Psychology. As a recipient of the AP Capstone Research Diploma, Mansi studied how the use of positive body language affects the cognitive skill set of working memory of adolescents in high school. As a member of the DMETRE Lab, Mansi is excited to explore the research field of epidemiology and she is keen about using her previous research experience to assist in research studies conducted in the DMETRE Lab

Shez Kassam

Resident physician - Collaborator

Shez Kassam is currently completing his medical residency in both Family Medicine and Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Alberta. Previously, he did his B.Sc. in Psychology and medical school training in Edmonton as well. Shez anticipates that his work with our team will strengthen his foundation in epidemiology and research methodology, and help develop skills to explore the intersections of clinical medicine and population health.

Past Trainees

Omolara Sanni

Postdoctoral Fellow (2018 – 2020)

Britt Voaklander

MSc Epidemiology (2017-2020)

Sana Amjad

MSc Global Health (2017-2019)

Rachel Livergant

Undergraduate Medical Student (2020)

Natalie Czuczman

Undergraduate Medical Student (2020)

Vidhi Desai

Undergraduate Medical Student (2019)

Safia Marani

Undergraduate Medical Student (2019)

Jason (Jia) Li

Undergraduate Summer Student (2018)

Isaiah MacDonald

Undergraduate Medical Student (2017)

Zahra Karkhaneh

Undergraduate Summer Student (2017)

Stewart Rowe

Undergraduate Summer Student (2017)

Linn Moore

Postdoctoral Fellow (2020 - 2022

Stuart Lau

MSc Medical Sciences (Obstetrics & Gynecology) (2020 - 2022)

Sarah Almas

Undergraduate Medical Student (2021)

Courtney Tromburg

Undergraduate Medical Student (2021)

Tona Pitt

PhD Medical Sciences (2022)

Sana Amjad

PhD (Medical Sciences)


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