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Volunteers

Volunteers:

  • Afseneh Raissi                                                                                    (February 2017 – Ongoing)

     

    Having a BSc in Psychology (Honours), my interest primarily lies in understanding the psychological, social and biological determinants of health; specifically, identifying risk factors and protective factors from biological and psychosocial perspectives and understanding how these factors interact to influence well being.
    I joined the Mucsi-Novak Kidney Health Education and Research Group in February 2017 to learn more about the psychosocial barriers to kidney transplant in Canada.
     

  • Allen Xu                                                                                                (February 2017 – Ongoing)

     

    As a recent graduate from University of Toronto specializing in Neuroscience and majoring in Psychology, my interests lie predominantly in delineating psychosocial determinants on mental health and physiological wellbeing. To this end, I hope to help contribute towards a tangible and lasting change improving healthcare and public health education. 

     

     

  • Maroof Khalid                                                                                               (May 2017 – Ongoing)

     

    I have recently graduated with a Bachelor’s of Medical Sciences with an HSP in Physiology from Western University. My primary interests lie in learning about the functioning of the human body. I have worked in the past on understanding the mechanisms through which atrial fibrillation develops. Within the Mucsi lab, I am very interested in learning about the barriers that exist within healthcare and to experience research in a clinical setting. I hope to pursue a career in medicine in the future.

     

  • Oladapo Ekundayo                                                                        (February 2017 – Ongoing)

     

    “Learning is its own exceeding great reward.” ―William Hazlitt
    I am a Clinical Research Professional. I was an International Medical Graduate with specialist certification in Orthopaedic Surgery in Nigeria prior to moving to Canada to obtain a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research. My research interests include the effect of chronic diseases on bone health and mineralization, patient reported quality of life indices, research data management and statistical analysis.

    As part of my activities in the Research unit, I participate in preparation of research protocols and submission for institutional approval, statistical analysis of research, database creation and management and medical writing for publication.

    I believe in giving something back to society. This belief has paved my path through life, and is a large part of what defines me. I try to improve the state of orthopaedic surgical research in my home country Nigeria in any way I can, collaborating with colleagues to generate research that adds to the general knowledge of diseases as it affects the Nigerian patient.

    The search for knowledge is a lifelong journey for me. I intend to pursue Graduate Studies in Medical Science with a focus on the use of Epidural Steroids in the management of lumbar spine canal stenosis. I hope that my contribution to knowledge in this field will help make surgical waiting times for back surgery more bearable for patients.

  • Punithan Thiagalingam                                                                (February 2017 – Ongoing)

     

    I am currently pursuing an Honours Bachelor of Science degree, at the University of Waterloo. At the University of Toronto, I am involved in several projects in the areas of biomedical engineering and biochemistry, researching circulating tumour cells and electrochemical sensors for nucleic acid detection. My research interests at the Mucsi – Novak Kidney Health Education and Research Group are to  learn about the barriers individuals face when accessing health care services and how psychosocial factors affect a patient’s overall health. Ultimately, I plan to pursue a career in medicine. 

     

     

  • Sharon Odhiambo                                                                (June 2017 – Ongoing)

     

    I expect to graduate in November with a double major in Statistics and Economics and a minor in African Studies from the University of Toronto. I moved from Kenya to Toronto after being awarded a scholarship with MasterCard Foundation based on my excellent performance in high school, exemplary leadership capabilities and interest in community. I am interested in big data and plan to pursue a masters in Applied statistics in future.

     

     

  • Sumaya Dano                                                                (May 2017 – Ongoing)

     

    I am currently a student at the University of Toronto double majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Immunology and Disease with a minor in French. My research interests include understanding the psychosocial factors involved in kidney transplantation and helping to improve healthcare accessibility through educational resources. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in medicine.

     

     

  • Tian Hong Zhou                                                                (July 2017 – Ongoing)

     

    I am currently a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, double majoring in Sociology and Employment Relations. From my previous sociology studies of mental health, and reproduction and new medical technologies, I realized how social resources, such as the accesses to health care are unevenly distributed among social groups and classes. Joining this research team allows me to identify the socioeconomic, psychosocial and cultural barriers that prevent people, especially Canadian Chinese communities, from participating in kidney transplant or organ donation, and develop an education system to remove them. I hope to become a social worker in the future.

     

     

  • Yuelee (Ben) Khoo                                                               (May 2017 – Ongoing)

     

    I am a fourth-year undergraduate student at Western University specializing in psychology. Broadly speaking, I am interested in the psychosocial determinants of health among the marginalized population within Canada and in low-to-middle income countries. Having lived in China for twelve years before immigrating to Canada, I am also interested in the mental wellbeing of China’s “left behind children”, as well as breaking down the stigma that East Asians may associate to mental disorders. I am very glad to join the Nefros team to help improve the living quality of Kidney patients. Outside of academics, I enjoy being involved in my local Church and following the Spurs on NBA.