Yanmin Zhang, PhD

Post-Doctoral Researcher

The effect of hemodialysis on T cell immunomodulation during sepsis.

Sepsis survivors often experience long-term negative effects and have greater risk of long-term mortality. There is increasing recognition that a state of impaired immunity (late immunosuppressive stage) follows the initial hyperinflammatory phase of sepsis. The focus is to further develop a preclinical in-vivo hemodialysis research model that allows us to directly assess the effects of the dialysis procedure on microcirculatory function during sepsis and how this affects T-cell immunity often seen following a severe inflammatory response.


Jarrin Penny, RN

PhD Candidate

Improving the tolerability of HD through novel intervention and monitoring technologies

Kidney Foundation of Canada Allied Heath Doctoral Fellowship (2020)

Baxter Healthcare Young Investigator (2020)

Satellite Healthcare Applied Pragmatic Clinical Research Collaborative (2016)

Amgen Novice Investigator Award (2016)


Fabio Salerno, MD

PhD Candidate

Application of Quantitative Medical Imaging to Kidney Failure and Kidney Replacement Therapy

  • Application of multiple medical imaging techniques to several aspects associated with kidney failure requiring dialysis

  • Magnetic resonance imaging to measure tissue sodium deposits

  • investigation of lung disease with inhaled hyperpolarized xenon-129 magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography in patients with kidney failure on hemodialysis

Dean's Research Scholarship 2020


Lisa Hur, MSc

PhD Candidate

Microcirculatory dysfunction as a target for optimizing hemodialysis patient-care

  • Cardiac, Computed Tomography, Echocardiography, Arrhythmia, Intravital microscopy, Syndecan-1


Janice Gomes, BSc

PhD Candidate

Development of an Extracellular Vesicle-based biomarker of hemodialysis induced vascular injury

  • Developing a standard operating procedure for Extracellular Vesicle(EV) enumeration with nanoscale Flow Cytometry

  • Utilizing in vitro, in vivo, and observational/interventional clinical studies to understand whether EVs can be used as an indicator of hemodialysis induced microcirculatory stress

Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (2020-2021)
Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (2019-2020)
Dr. Cameron Wallace Graduate Student Award in Pathology (2019)


Taylor Marcus, BMSc

MSc Candidate

Sodium Assessment of the Cardiac Tissue Using Sodium Magnetic Resonance Imaging

  • Cardiac Sodium MRI

Western Graduate Research Scholarship


Mehrshad Moradshahi, BAS

MSc Candidate

Preclinical Investigation of the Effects of Hemodialysis on Microvascular Perfusion 

  • The Evaluation of Microvascular Dysfunction (MD) Related to Hemodialysis in CKD Rats

Western Graduate Research Scholarship

Applied Health Sciences Entrance Scholarship (2017)

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Tim Hunter, BMSc

MSc Candidate

Image-based computational modelling of cerebral aneurysms for improved therapeutic decision-making

  • Developed a 0D lumped parameter model of the whole-body circulatory system with functional dialysis unit and baroreflex control mechanism.

  • Implemented a 0D lumped parameter model of cerebral circulation with autoregulation mechanism and imposed atrial fibrillation.

  • Investigating the impacts of atrial fibrillation on cerebral circulation, with consideration for multiple Circle of Willis variants.

  • Implemented 1D whole body blood flow models with image-based cerebral vasculatures. 

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Jeremiah Joseph



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Madelaine Darcy




Previous Graduate Students

Marat Slessarev, PhD, MD

Raanan Marants, PhD

Jen Chen, MSc

Elena Qirjazi, MSc