Meet the LCITO Leadership Team
Chantal Rytz is a MD/PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr. Sofia Ahmed and Dr. Paul Ronksley. Her research focuses on the cardiovascular implications of gender-affirming hormone therapy use in transgender women. She is the past president of LCITO.
Jessica Wager is a PhD student in the lab of Dr. Jennifer Thompson. She studies the physiological mechanisms that underlie mesenchymal stem cell recruitment in adipose tissue and the molecular pathway that mediates crosstalk between adipocytes and adipocyte progenitors. She is the president of LCITO.
Carmina Albertine Isidoro
Carmina Albertine Isidoro is a masters student in the lab of Dr. Justin Deniset. Her research explores the role of pericardial macrophages in mesothelial-to-mesenchymal transition - a process believed to be implicated in excessive scar formation after a heart attack. She is the vice-president of the LCITO.
Elise Rougier is a masters student in Dr. Robert Rose’s lab. Her research studies atrial fibrillation in hypertensive heart disease and is currently investigating whether C-type natriuretic peptide protects against this pathology. She is the social and communications lead of LCITO.
Brandon Pattar is a CIHR-funded masters student in the lab of Dr. Sofia Ahmed, MD, and Dr. Tyrone Harrison, MD, PhD. His research focuses on the link between cardiovascular health and the use of gender affirming hormone therapy in the transgender and gender diverse population. Brandon is the LCITO’s Community Outreach Lead.
Rashmin Hira is a master's student in the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences program. She works under the supervision of Dr. Satish Raj where she researches Long-Covid and autonomic nervous system dysfunction. Rashmin is the education lead for LCITO.