Lab Members

Brittany Matenchuk

Research Assistant

Brittany is a research assistant at the DMETRE lab. Her research interests lie in studying sleep across the lifespan and how it interacts with lifestyle factors to impact health. Her MSc research explored the factors which mediate the relationship between maternal education and infant sleep duration, and the relationship between infant sleep duration and the composition of the infant gut microbiota.

Omolara Sanni

Postdoctoral Fellow

Omolara Sanni has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Education from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, after which she completed her Masters and PhD in Public Health at Queen’s University Belfast in 2014 and 2018 respectively.

Omolara is currently working on a retrospective population-based study to assess Maternal and Perinatal Health Outcomes among Metis women in Alberta, and the role of proximal, intermediate and distal determinants of health in these outcomes.

Jesus Serrano-Lomelin

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.

Rachel Livergant

MD Student

Rachel is a current medical student at the University of Alberta and has joined Dr. Maria Ospina and her team as a Summer Research Assistant. She previously completed her Masters in Biomedical Technology at the University of Calgary and a Bachelor’s of Science in Life Sciences and World Languages at Queen’s University. Rachel has previous research experience, working in both beachside, translational and clinical labs.With her keen interest in quality and innovative healthcare for all, Rachel aspires to a career that blends public heath initiatives with medical advancements to enhance healthcare practices and delivery.

Holly Sullivan

MSc Student (Clinical Epidemiology)

Holly is currently completing her MSc in Clinical Epidemiology through the School of Public Health. Her research focuses on whether clinical interventions during labour and birth have an effect on postpartum mental health outcomes. She received her BHSc Midwifery in Ontario and has practiced as a Registered Midwife in British Columbia and Alberta. Prior to studying midwifery, Holly received a BA Hons in Gender and Women’s Studies and International Development Studies. In addition to working as a primary health care provider, Holly has also worked as front-line staff in social service organizations. She is particularly interested in ways to address the social determinants of health, the possibilities and limitations of knowledge creation through research, knowledge translation and clinical policy

Past Trainees

Britt Voaklander

MSc (Epidemiology)

MSc student (2017-2020)

Sana Amjad

MSc (Epidemiology)

MSc student (2017-2019)

Vidhi Desai

Medical student (University of Alberta)

Summer student (2019)

Safia Marani

Medical student (University of Calgary)

Summer student (2019)

Jason (Jia) Li

Honors Pharmacology program at the University of Alberta

Summer student (2018)

Zahra Karkhaneh

Pharmacy program at the University of Alberta

Summer student (2017)

Stewart Rowe

Medical student (University of Alberta)

Summer student (2017)


We are located at the Heritage Medical Research Centre at the University of Alberta main campus, which is located in ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Amiskwacîwâskahikan) on Treaty 6 territory, the territory of the Papaschase, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.


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