Yvonne Bombard

Yvonne.Bombard@UnityHealth.to

Principal Investigator

Dr. Bombard is a genomics health services researcher and Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation.  Her research focuses on evaluating the adoption of new genomic technologies in clinical practice. Dr. Bombard holds a Fellowship from Yale University (Health Policy), a Fellowship from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (Cancer Genomics) and a Fellowship from the University of Toronto (Health Services Research).


Our Current Team Members

Marc Clausen

Marc.Clausen@UnityHealth.to

Research Program Manager

Marc is the Research Program Manager in Genomics Health Services and Policy Research at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. Marc has background in health science research and business. Marc’s previous research has focused on creating computer counselling tools for HIV positive adults, assessing longitudinal risk behaviours in children of refuges and evaluating counselling interventions for homeless adults. He holds Masters degree in Anthropology, with an emphasis on Medical Anthropology.

Salma Shickh

Salma.Shickh@UnityHealth.to

PhD Student/Genetic Counsellor

Salma is a PhD Student/Genetic Counselor in Genomics Health Services and Policy Research at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. She completed her BSc in Life Sciences at the University of Toronto and a Master of Science in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College. She was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2014 and worked as a genetic counselor at London Health Sciences Centre for 2 and a half years in cancer and general genetics. She is currently working in the Bombard Lab on the randomized controlled trial of the decision aid, the public genomics study and the health outcomes study.

Chloe Mighton

Chloe.Mighton@UnityHealth.to

PhD Student

Chloe is a PhD student in Genomics Health Services & Policy Research. Chloe completed her MSc in Health Services Research with a focus on Health Technology assessment at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Previously, she completed her BSc in Biology at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include uncertainty related to genomic sequencing, genomic variant reclassification, and patients’ experiences with genomic sequencing. With the Bombard Lab, she works on the the randomized controlled trial of the decision aid, the Genome Kids! study, the Public Genomics study and the Incidental Genomics study.

Rita Kodida

Rita.Kodida@UnityHealth.to

Genetic Counsellor

Rita is a Genetic Counsellor and Research Coordinator in the Genomics Health Services and Policy Research at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. She completed her Master of Science degree in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, New York). She is certified by the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors and has clinical genetic counselling experience in the areas of cancer, prenatal, and general genetics. Rita is currently the study Genetic Counsellor in the Incidental Genomics Study (The Health Outcomes, Utility, and Costs of Returning Incidental Genomic Findings).

Emma Reble

 Emma.Reble@UnityHealth.to

Genomic Data Specialist

Emma is a Genomic Data Science Specialist in Genomics Health Services & Policy Research at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. She completed her Honours BSc at the University of Western Ontario in Neuroscience with a minor in Genetics, and her MSc with the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto focusing on genetic risk variants for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Emma is currently the lead genomic analyst for the Incidental Genomics and Genomics Adviser 2.0 Study.

Daena Hirjikaka

Daena.Hirjikaka@UnityHealth.to

Research Coordinator

Daena is a Research Coordinator in Genomics Health Services and Policy Research at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. She completed her H.BSc at McMaster University in the Honours Molecular Biology and Genetics program, with a minor in Business. Daena is primarily involved with the recruitment and management of participants for the Incidental Genomics and Genetics Adviser studies.

Vanessa Rokoszak

Vanessa.Rokoszak@UnityHealth.to

Genomics Data Analyst (Practicum Student)

Vanessa is a graduate student pursuing her MHSc in Medical Genomics at the University of Toronto, where she is focused on gaining actionable skills and knowledge in collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating genomic information. Vanessa is pursuing genetic counselling, and hopes to incorporate her interests in variant curation and clinical research into her career. She obtained her HBSc in Life Sciences from Queen’s University, where her undergraduate honours thesis involved investigating genetic determinants of breast cancer metastasis. Vanessa is currently working as a genomics data analyst on the Genetics Adviser project.

Jordan Sam

Jordan.Sam@UnityHealth.to

Research Coordinator & Genomics Data Analyst

Jordan is a Research Coordinator and Data Analyst in Genomics Health Services and Policy Research. He completed his H.BSc and M.HSc at the University of Toronto with high distinctions and specialties in molecular biology and medical genomics. His interests lie in conducting clinical genomics research to guide policy and best practices. Jordan is currently a Data Analyst for the Incidental Genomics and Genetics Adviser studies.

 

Ella Adi-Wauran

Ella.Adi-Wauran@unityhealth.to

MSc Student

Ella is a MSc student in Genomics Health Services and Policy Research at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. Her MSc will be in Health Services Research with a focus on Outcomes and Evaluation through the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Her previous experiences in completing her BSc in Neuroscience and Mental Health at Carleton University and working in healthcare improvement shaped her interests in evaluation, genomics, patient-centred care, and clinical translation. In the Bombard Lab, she primarily works on the circulating tumour DNA study.

Suvetha Krishnapillai

Suvetha.Krishnapillai@UnityHealth.to

MSc Student

Suvetha is a MSc student in Genomics Health Services and Policy Research at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. She is pursuing her MSc in Health Services Research at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation with a focus on health technology assessment. She previously completed her BSc (Honours) at UofT with a specialization in molecular biology and has experience in hereditary cancer and paediatric research. She is interested in equity work surrounding research practices and digital health technology. She is currently working on the decision aid trial at the Bombard lab.

Ridhi Gopalakrishnan

Ridhi.Gopalakrishnan@unityhealth.to

Research Assistant

Ridhi is an undergraduate Honours Health Sciences student at McMaster University. She is interested in interdisciplinary research involving science, particularly biology, and its crossover with other fields like economics and public policy. In the Bombard Lab, Ridhi is working on the variations in care for hereditary cancer syndrome families study as a research volunteer and incoming Keenan Research Program summer student.

Sonya Grewal

Sonya.Grewal@UnityHealth.to

Research Assistant

Sonya is a Research Assistant in Genomics Health Services and Policy Research at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. She completed her B.Sc. at McMaster University in the Honours Integrated Science program, majoring in Biology and minoring in Geography and Earth Sciences. Sonya is interested in pursuing a career that combines her interests in molecular biology, patient-centered care, knowledge translation, and health policy.

Vernie Aguda

AgudaV@cardiff.ac.uk

Research Assistant

Vernie is a MSc student in Genetic and Genomic Counselling at Cardiff University. She completed her Honours BSc and her MSc at the University of Toronto, focusing on neuroscience and molecular biology. Vernie is interested in health equity and public health. In the Bombard lab, she is working on identifying and characterizing disparities within accessing and utilizing cancer genetic services.

Safa Majeed

safa.majeed@mail.utoronto.ca

MD/PhD Student

Safa is an MD/PhD student co-supervised by Dr. David Malkin and Dr. Yvonne Bombard. During her PhD, she is pursuing an interdisciplinary project which a) uses computational tools to characterize the landscape of genomic secondary findings across pediatric cancer patients and b) evaluates health policy relating to genomic secondary findings to develop a methodological framework for their identification, analysis and management across medical disciplines. Safa previously completed a BSc in Life Sciences at Queen’s University and an MSc in Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto. She is also an advocate for student mental health and has been actively involved in advising and evaluating mental health policy in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Ilham Abbasi

Ilham.Abbasi@unityhealth.to

Research Assistant

Ilham is a Research Assistant in Genomics Health Services and Policy Research at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. She recently completed her BSc (Spec. Hons) at York University where she majored in Biochemistry. Her research and volunteer experiences have sparked her interests in increasing health service accessibility for marginalized communities and minority ethnic groups. She hopes to pursue a career in genomics and genetic counselling.

Vedika Jha

Vedika.Jha@unityhealth.to

Research Volunteer

Vedika is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto studying Molecular Genetics and Evolutionary Biology. She is interested in genetics research and exploring how the field of genetics can be more equitable and accessible. Vedika a currently Research Volunteer at the lab funded by the Laidlaw Scholarship, and is an incoming Keenan Research Summer Student. In the lab, she is is analyzing data from the Genetics Navigator study and is reviewing literature on equity in genomic studies for a new project.

Guylaine D’Amours

damours.guylaine@gmail.com

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Guylaine is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Genomics Health Services & Policy Research at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. She completed a MSc in Biomedical Sciences (Université de Montréal), before obtaining her MD at McGill University and completing her residency in Medical Genetics (Université de Montréal). She is finishing a MA in Bioethics (Université de Montréal School of Public Health) and is enrolled in the Dissemination and Implementation Science Graduate Certificate Program at University of Colorado. She is interested in implementation of emerging genomics technologies in clinical practice, and joined the Bombard Lab to work on the development of a digital platform supporting patient recontact and return of updated genomic results.

Our Former Team Members

Angela Shaw – Research Coordinator Medical Genomics Practicum Student

Agnes Sebastian – MSc Student

Aishwarya Raguraman – Co-op Student

Clarissa Chan – Medical Genomics Practicum Student

Christina Di Carlo – Research Volunteer

Leslie Oldfield – Research Volunteer

Esha Joshi – Research Volunteer

Lindsay Carlsson – Research Volunteer

Theresa Kim – Research Collaborator

Laura McCuaig – Keenan Research Program Summer Student

Mariana Gutierrez Salazar – Research Coordinator & Genomics Data Specialist

Ruhi Kiflen – Research Coordinator

Selina Casalino – Co-op Student

Devangna Sharma – Undergraduate Research Student

Aarushi Gupta – Undergraduate Research Student

Sarah Muir – Co-op Student; Keenan Research Program Summer Student

Jessica Ho – Research Volunteer

Alessia Calvo – Co-op Student

Siddhi Manjrekar – Research Analyst

Join Our Team

We are currently accepting applications from PhD students. Each year, I admit MSc and PhD students for interdisciplinary research investigating the impacts of adopting new genomic technologies in clinical care. This research calls on the following methods: qualitative interviewing, surveys, clinical trials, behavioural and psychological outcomes, health technology assessment, health economics, patient engagement, deliberative democracy, mixed methods analysis. Interested candidates should email a CV, unofficial transcripts, and a brief research proposal (max 1 page). Candidates are strongly encouraged to google advice for effective proposal drafting. A strong introductory email is a great first step towards graduate school admission. Due to a high volume of emails, I only respond to emails that include the requested attachments. If you are interested in working with us, please contact Marc Clausen at marc.clausen@unityhealth.to.