Our Lab Members

Our Principal Investigator

Wolfgang Kuebler, MD

Dr. Kuebler is a lung and cardiovascular physiologist and the Scientific Director of the Critical Illness and Injury Research Centre at the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science of St. Michael’s Hospital. He is a professor at the University of Toronto in both the Department of Surgery and the Department of Physiology, a Professor of Physiology at the Charité-Universitaetsmedizin Berlin with an endowed professorship by the German Heart Institute Berlin, an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ryerson University, and an Adjunct Professor in the College of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Saskatchewan.

His research interest focuses on translational research in pulmonary and microvascular physiology and pathophysiology, with over 120 published peer-reviewed articles.


Diana Zabini


From 2003 – 2009 I worked to complete my BSc in Studies of Molecular Biology and MSc in Studies of Molecular Microbiology with Karl Franzens at the University of Graz, Austria. My MSc thesis, which I worked on from 2008-2009, was entitled Effect of dsRNA on human pulmonary artery endothelial cells was completed with the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the Medical University of Graz, Austria. Upon completion of my MSc thesis I continued in my academic endeavours and transitioned to working on my PhD thesis in Molecular Medicine with the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the Medical University of Graz, Austria. By 2012 I finished my thesis entitled Influence of the microenvironment and the role of cytokines in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. Immediately following I proceeded to work as an Assoc. Junior Researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Lung Vascular Research in Graz, Austria until 2014. Currently, I am researching the role of Smad signaling pathways in pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Sarah Weidenfeld

PhD Candidate

I am currently a PhD Candidate at RWTH University in Aachen, Germany. My current research is focused on the effect of sodium- coupled amino acid transporter in acute lung injury.

Mariana Geralde Carreira

PhD Candidate

I am previously studied at the University of São Paulo and Federal University of São Carlos. Currently I am researching Photodynamic Inactivation for Pneumonia treatment: in vivo model.

Mazharul Maishan

MSc Candidate

As a current MSc Candidate I am researching mesenchymal stromal cell microparticles in acute respiratory distress syndrome. My previous academic accomplishments include the completion of my BSc at the University of Toronto in Physiology and Biochemistry.

Mark McVey

PhD Candidate

My previous education includes the completion of my BSc at Queen’s University in Biochemistry. From there I worked to complete both my MSc at the University of Ottawa in Cellular Molecular Medicine and MD at the University of Toronto. As a current PhD candidate my research focus is on transfusion related acute lung injury (TRALI); extracellular vesicles (microparticles); sphingolipids; platelets.

Adrienn Krauszman

PhD Candidate

I completed both my BSc and MSc at Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Biochemical Engineering within the faculty of Biotechnology. In the past my research was based in fermentation and enzyme kinetics however I have since changed my research to focus on signaling pathways underlying hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction (ion channels, PTEN, Pannexin 1).

Arata Tabuchi


I am a graduate of Kyoto University School of medicine. My current research is focused on in vivo lung imaging, alveolar dynamics in ARDS and protective ventilation, alveolar blood oxygenation, mechanisms of pulmonary hypertension.

Yijie Hu


I attended the Third Military Medical University in China. As a post-doctoral student my research is focused on mechanisms of pulmonary arterial hypertension.


Victoria Srbely

Summer Students

Elise Granton

Summer Students