Previous Members

InstitutionResearch TraineePeriodLevelProgram/ProjectCurrent PositionInstitutional Affiliation
Queen's UniversityJasmine Lee05/2016-04/2017UndergraduateCraig Jury Memorial Summer & 499 Undergrad Special ResearchClinical Research Project Assistant - Hematology & OncologyThe Hospital for Sick Children
Queen's UniversityMihaela Gaqollari09/2016-04/2017Undergraduate 499 Undergrad Special Research Financial Policy AnalystOntario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Queen's UniversityRachel Dunn09/2015-04/2016Co-op Student (Undergrad)PRONTO Training AwardGraduate StudentUniversity of British Columbia
Queen's UniversityTanja Sack09/2015-12/2015Co-op Student (Undergrad)PRONTO Training AwardGraduate StudentUniversity of Toronto
Queen's UniversitySuzanne Boursalie01/2015-08/2015Co-op Student (Undergrad)PRONTO Training AwardMedical StudentMcMaster University
Queen's UniversityNathan How09/2013-08/2015UndergraduateCraig Jury/PRONTO Training AwardsSurgery ResidentHamilton Health Sciences
Queen's UniversityAtsunari Kawashima, MD, PhD07/2012-06/2014Postdoctoral FellowProstate and bladder cancer biomarker discoveryAssistant ProfessorOsaka University, Japan
Queen's UniversityCarmen Chan05/2013-05/2014Undergraduate499 student, Life Sciences programSenior AnalystCanadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)
Johns Hopkins UniversityWilliam Brandt, PhD8/2009-12/2013Postdoctoral FellowPostdoctoral Fellowhip (Co-mentored with Professor Charles Eberhart)Assistant EditorAmerican Chemical Society Journals
Queen's UniversityLydia Feng Yu07/2013-09/2013UndergraduateMITACS Globalink InternshipVeterinary Student (DVM program)University of California Davis
Johns Hopkins UniversityFilipe Carvalho07/2010-12/2013Graduate StudentPhD dissertation Student from University of Porto, PortugalUrology ResidentGeorgetown University
Johns Hopkins UniversityZhenhua Huang, PhD8/2006-04/2012Postdoctoral FellowPostdoctoral Fellowhip (Co-mentored with Dr. Edward Schaeffer)Research CoordinatorKennedy Krieger Institute
Johns Hopkins UniversityShizhang Ling, PhD07/2006-10/2010Postdoctoral FellowPostdoctoral FellowhipResearch AssociateJohns Hopkins University, USA
Johns Hopkins UniversityHema Manjunath06/2010-08/2010UndergraduateSummer studies from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, IndiaConsultantBoston Consulting
Johns Hopkins UniversityXiaobing He, PhD08/2004-12/2009Postdoctoral FellowPostdoctoral FellowhipResearch AssociateUniversity of Michigan, USA
Johns Hopkins UniversityHiu Yeung Lau01/2007-05/2009UndergraduateUndergraduate studiesPathology ResidentSingHealth Singapore
Johns Hopkins UniversityJacqueline Brosnan09/2008-12/2008Graduate StudentPathobiology rotationScientific EditorClinical Cancer Research (AACR Journals)
Johns Hopkins UniversityBrian Simons, DVM07/2006-05/2012Graduate StudentPh.D. Dissertation student (co-mentored by Edward Schaeffer)Veterinary PathologistBaylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Johns Hopkins UniversityGurcan Gunaydin06/2008-08/2008Medical StudentMD/PhD Summer Student from Hacettepe University, TurkeyResearcherHacettepe University, Turkey
Johns Hopkins UniversityAnna Miglioretti06/2008-07/2008UndergraduateNIDDK Step Up programResearch AssistantKennedy Krieger Institute
Johns Hopkins UniversityAkshay Sood06/2008-07/2008Medical StudentMedical rotation from All India InstituteUrology ResidentHenry Ford Hospital in Detroit, USA
Johns Hopkins UniversityWolfram Kleeberger, MD12/2003-10/2007Postdoctoral FellowPostdoctoral FellowhipAttending PathologistAmberg, Germany
Johns Hopkins UniversityAkiko Doi06/2007-07/2007Graduate StudentGraduate rotationPosdoctoral FellowMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Johns Hopkins UniversityKailee Yap03/2007-06/2007Graduate StudentPathobiology rotationDirector of Molecular DiagnosticsChildren's Hospital of Chicago
Johns Hopkins UniversityWorawan Limpitikul06/2006-12/2006UndergraduateJHU BiophysicsMD, PhD CandidateJohns Hopkins University, USA
Johns Hopkins UniversitySunil S. Karhadkar, PhD08/2000-06/2005Postdoctoral FellowCo-mentored with Dr. Philip BeachyTransplant Surgeon and Asst. ProfessorTemple University, Philiadelphia, PA
Johns Hopkins UniversityEdward M. Schaeffer, MD07/2004-12/2005Resident PhysicianMedical Residency in UrologyProfessor and Chair of UrologyNorthwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
Queen's UniversityZanobia Khan, MD06/2013-PresentResident PhysicianMedical Residency in Anatomic PathologyPathologistUniversity Health Network, Toronto

Palak Patel (Postdoctoral Fellow) did his undergrad work at the University of Toronto. Then, he moved to Winnipeg for his MSc degree at the University of Manitoba where he helped work out the molecular basis of Legionella pneumophila pathogenesis. After experiencing two long years of cold weather in Winnipeg, he moved back to Ontario. Here at Queen’s Berman Lab, Palak earned his PhD deriving novel biomarker assays for prostate cancer. He is a big fan of genetics and loves planning and carrying out experiments. Chocolates and movies are his two weaknesses but try not to exploit them.
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Isabelle Caven is a Life Sciences student at Queen’s University. With a passion for cancer research, Isabelle excitedly joined the Berman Lab as a volunteer, and is learning new skills in analyzing cancer pathology images, statistics, and computational biology. When not at the lab or the library, Isabelle can be found playing Rockband or crossing the street to pet a dog. Isabelle is also a coordinator with the Queen’s University Blood Team, and enjoys volunteering with the Campus Observation Room.
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Joh BA Okello (Research Associate) earned his PhD from Makerere University and the University of Copenhagen. His graduate work focused on molecular population and evolutionary genetics. He then completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Ancient DNA Centre at McMaster University researching the origins and evolution of HIV-1 using archival pathological samples. John is currently works as a Research Associate at the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research Cardiac Genome Clinic, Clinical & Metabolic Genetics service at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.
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Nicole Morse completed her undergraduate Life Science degree program at Queen’s University. In the Berman Lab, Nicole completed an undergraduate research thesis and MSc degree applying desorption electrospray ionization (DESI) mass spectrometry on clinical frozen sections with malignant and benign tissue to identify unique lipid profiles between these tissue types. Her work was published in 2019 in Laboratory Investigation. Nicole currently works as an HTA and Clinical Evaluation Analyst at PDCI Market Access Ottawa She enjoys playing basketball, volleyball, exploring the outdoors and experimenting with new recipes.
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Nathan Fergusson Nathan joined the lab in 2017 under a Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP) contract, and is continued on to perform a 499 special research project in the lab focusing on novel epigenetic biomarkers for early prostate cancer biomarkers. He has a passion for all things science and enjoys learning about new discoveries. On the weekends Nathan likes barbequing and watching his favorite sports teams. He is currently a medical student at Western University.

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Rachel Livergant worked in the Berman lab as an undergraduate SWEP and independent study student in Life Sciences program at Queen’s University. Her work focused on correlates of outcome in men treated with radiation for prostate cancer. She is currently a medical student at the University of Calgary in Alberta. Her home town. Rachel and has a great love for the Canadian Rockies and also enjoys yoga, running, badminton and soccer.
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