Louisa Matela

Administrative Assistant

Louisa was the administrative assistant to the Director of the U of T Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine and Keenan Chair of Critical Care & Respiratory Medicine. With more than ten years of experience as an administrative professional, she is responsible for event logistics, reports, newsletter and administration of the day to day operations of the office. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communications Arts.

Jenny Gu

Research Assistant

Jenny completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Ryerson University. Her main research interest is the physiology behind Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome as well as the relationship between the patient and mechanical ventilation during the weaning phase.

Apoorva Madapu

Research Assistant

Dr. Apoorva Madapu is a medical graduate from Windsor University School of Medicine.  She is currently in the process of completing the Canadian and U.S Medical licensing examinations and is looking forward to match into a residency program. She believes working as a research assistant in Dr. Brochard’s lab helps her to learn and explore various aspects of medical research. Her research interests are Preventive Medicine, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Hyper-oxygenation and its consequences, Mechanical Ventilation and Women’s health.

Audrey Kim

Keenan Research Summer Student

Audery is currently a Keenan Research Summer Student under the supervision of Dr. Laurent Brochard. Audery will be entering her final year in the Bachelor of Nursing Science program at Queen’s University. Her research interests include non-invasive ventilation, acute respiratory distress syndrome and critical care medicine.

François Beloncle

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Nuttapol Rittayamai

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Guangqiang Chen

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Michela Rauseo

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Michela Rauseo is completing her residency in Anesthesia and Intensive Care in the University Hospital of Foggia, Italy, where she comes from. She graduated in 2011 in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Foggia. She is actually a PhD student in translational medicine and food with a project on the impact of the protein intake on weaning from mechanical ventilation. She attended the Lab as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow during the year 2015. Her main field of interest is weaning from mechanical ventilation and mechanical ventilation during laparoscopic surgery.

Ibrahim Soliman

Post-Doctoral Clinical Fellow

Dr. Ibrahim Soliman finished his MD and Critical Care Residency at Alexandria University, Egypt followed by a fellowship of Royal College of Physicians of United Kingdom, he joined Dr. Brochard Lab during his Critical Care fellowship at St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto (2014-2016).His research interests include Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist (NAVA), Diaphragm and Lung Ultrasound.

Domenico Luca Grieco

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Domenico Luca Grieco was born and raised in Rome, Italy where he completed his Medicine and Surgery Degree in 2012 at the Catholic University of The Sacred Heart, ‘A. Gemelli’ University Hospital. His residency in Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine is in progress. He is particularly interested in high-flow oxygen therapy, helmet non-invasive ventilation, and mechanical ventilation during abdominal surgery.

Detajin Junhasavasdikul

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Detajin Junhasavasdikul completed his medical study from the Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University (Bangkok, Thailand) in 2006. After being an intern for 1 year at Sena hospital, Ayutthaya province, he continued to study Internal Medicine with a subspecialty of Pulmonary Critical Care at the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital. After graduation, Detajin worked as an attending and a lecturer in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Ramathibodi Hospital. At St. Michael’s Hospital, Dr. Junhasavasdikul’s main research interests are in mechanical ventilation and respiratory physiology.

Martin Dres

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Martin Dres is a French intensivist and researcher working in La Pitié Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris. He joined Dr. Brochard’s Research lab in November 2015 as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow.

Dr. Martin Dres obtained his MD from Paris XI University and completed his medical training with a specialty in Critical Care Medicine and Pneumology. He also graduated in Medical Pedagogy and developed “Breaking Bad News” – an educational training program dedicated to teacmedical students. He is currently pursuing graduate studies in the INSERM UMR_S 1158 department at the University of Paris VI. His research program focuses broadly on the clinical impact of physiological interactions between the respiratory muscles and the mechanical ventilator. In particular, he is actively investigating the mechanisms and determinants of the liberation from mechanical ventilation process in ICU patients.

Ricard Mellado Artigas

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Ricard Mellado Artigas graduated from medical school in 2010 at Universitat de Barcelona and completed his training in Anesthesia in 2015 at Hospital Clínic in Barcelona. He moved to Toronto to undertake both an Adult Critical Care Fellowship and a Research Fellowship at Dr. Laurent Brochard’s Laboratory.

His main areas of interest are the effect of sedatives on consciousness and respiratory drive and the interplay between sedation and liberation of mechanical ventilation.


César Santis

Visiting Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Dr. César Santis graduated in 2012  from medical school with specialty in Internal Medicine in 2016 , both at Universidad de Chile,  Hospital Barros Luco Trudeau.

Currently, he is finishing his Critical Care Fellowship at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.  He also has a diploma in Mechanical Ventilation and Critical Care from the same university.

His research interests are weaning process, delirium, and mechanical ventilation in neurocritical care patient.

Luana Melo

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Luana Melo (PT, PhD) is an international trained physiotherapist with specialty in critical care and PhD in physical therapy. She has a strong background in rehabilitation, respiratory muscle training, critical care assistance and mechanical ventilation. She is currently working as a postdoctoral with Dr. Brochard at St. Michael’s Hospital and with Dr. Reid at University of Toronto conducting studies to assess respiratory muscle function and oxygenation using electromyographic (EMG), near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and ultrasound.

Fabiana Madotto


Dr. Fabiana Madotto was born and raised in Milan, Italy, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Biostatistics and Experimental Statistics and her PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She works for the Department of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Milano-Bicocca and since 2015 she has been collaborating with Dr. Laurent Brochard’s group for the data management and statistical analysis of the LUNG SAFE (Large observational study to UNderstand the Global impact of Severe Acute respiartory FailurE) study. She is currently spending a six-month post-doctoral research fellowship at Dr. Laurent Brochard’s lab. Her main field of interest is the public health and in particular, the epidemiological aspects of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

Vanessa Paz-Barreiras

Keenan Research Summer Student

Vanessa was a Keenan Research Summer Student under the supervision of Dr. Brochard. She was completing her final year at Ryerson University, earning her Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology, with a minor in Psychology. Her research interests include acute respiratory distress syndrome and mechanical ventilation.

Fahad Rashid

Keenan Research Summer Student