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Our Team at St. Michael's Hospital


Dong Ok (Donna) Son

Position: Senior Research Associate. 


Project: Running the lab and investigating the therapeutic potential of mechanically educated mesenchymal stromal cells. 

Education: PhD in Applied Biochemistry, University of Tokyo, Japan.


Rachel Low

Position: Technical Assistant. 


Project: Supporting the lab in fighting fibrosis. 

Education: MSc in Microbiology and Immunology, Western University, London, ON, Canada


Li (Michael) Diao

Position: Senior Post-Doc. 


Project: Circuits of Fibrotic Communication. 

Education: PhD, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto.

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Raquel Benitez Ruiz

Position: Post-Doc. 


Project: The two faces of the myofibroblast. 

Education: PhD in Biomedicine from the Universidad de Granada, Spain


Elham Karimizadeh

Position: Post-Doc. 


Project: Myofibroblast intercellular crosstalk. 

Education: PhD in Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of Tehran, Iran.


Position: Post-Doc. 


Project: Novel myofibroblast mechano-signalling pathways. 

Education: PhD in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto.


Fereshteh Sadat Younesi

Position: PhD Student. 


Project: Myofibroblast mechanical memory. 

Education: MSc from the Universitätsmedizin Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany and the Azarbaijan Shahid Madani University, Tabriz, Iran.


Maya Ezzo

Position: PhD Student. 


Project: Macrophage-Myofibroblast communication. 

Education: MSc from Université de Paris Descartes and the École Nationale Superieure des Arts et Métiers ParisTech, France.


Kyle Lam

Position: MSc Student. 


Project: The myofibroblast secretome. 

Education: BSc (Honors) in Medical Science, Western University.


Justin Cowen

Position: Honorary LTRR member and PhD student of Dr. Robert Rottapel 


Project: Yap, Taz, Rho, GEF, GAP, and other exciting acronyms. 

Education: Coming soon.

Leading the CAMiLoD Team at the Faculty of Dentistry


Dhaarmini Rajshankar

Position:  CAMiLoD manager  (not HinzLab)

Project: The Collaborative Advanced Microscopy Laboratories of Dentistry

Education: MSc University of Toronto

Link to CAMiLoD: click here.

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