LCITO Leadership Team
Chantal Rytz is a doctoral candidate in the lab of Dr. Sofia Ahmed. Her PhD research focuses on the cardiovascular implications of gender-affirming hormone therapy use in transgender women. She leads the LCITO.
Heshini Dalpathadu is a masters trainee in the lab of Dr. Steve Greenway (co-supervised by Dr. Andrew Wade). Dalpathadu's project uses a novel in vitro model of induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes to investigate uremic toxins as a possible risk factor for cardiorenal syndrome, a disease where patients with chronic kidney disease develop cardiac dysfunction. She leads the Basic Science Journal Club.
Jessica Wager is a masters 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 co-leads Basic Journal Club.
Victoria Riehl-Tonn is a doctoral candidate in the lab of Dr. Sofia Ahmed. She leads the Clinical Journal Club. Her research focuses on sex and gender differences in patient outcomes in individuals living with kidney failure undergoing hemodialysis.
Nabilah Gulamhusein is a masters student in the lab of Dr. Sofia Ahmed. Her research focuses on the route of post-menopausal estrogen administration and cardiovascular risk. Nabilah hopes to become a leader in women's cardiovascular health research and improve patient outcomes. She co-leads the Clinical Journal Club.
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 lead for the Research Update Seminar Series (RUSS).
Keila Turino Miranda
Keila Turino Miranda is a masters student in the lab of Dr. Sofia Ahmed. Her research focuses on the validation of kidney estimation equations in transgender individuals. She co-leads the Mock Defense Committee.
Apisha Sri is a second year masters student working under the supervision of Dr. Sonia Butalia, MD. Her research focuses on diabetes and cardiovascular risk in the community. She co-leads the Mock Defense Committee.