Graduate Students

Christa Marlène Girincuti

MSc Candidate (Sept 2021 – Present)
OMNI Co-Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Corsi

Christa Marlène Girincuti is a master’s student in epidemiology at the University of Ottawa from Burundi a country in East Africa. She is under the co-direction of Dr. Corsi and her project is to study the association of e-cigarette and the prevalence of cannabis vaping among high school students in Canada.

Romina Fakhraei

PhD Candidate (Sept 2021 – Present)
OMNI Co-Supervisor: Dr. Darine El-Chaâr

Romina Fakhraei is an Epidemiology PhD candidate under the supervision of Drs. Deshayne Fell and Darine El-Chaâr. She has been working with the OMNI Group since 2014 and most recently was the lead coordinator for The COPE Network study and the UNIVERSE-OB study. Ms. Fakhraei’s research primarily focuses on infection and immunization during pregnancy. As part of her Master’s thesis, she established a large provincial investigation of over 600,000 births in Ontario to investigate the safety of pertussis vaccination in pregnancy. She was the recipient of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine’s “Epidemiology Program Award of Excellence” acknowledging exceptional performance as an MSc candidate, and “Best Thesis Award” for the most outstanding thesis in the Epidemiology program.  The overarching aim of her doctoral thesis is to determine the optimal strategy for preventing Group B Streptococcus (GBS) disease in Ontario infants. Specifically, she will be evaluating the extent of infant GBS disease in Ontario and the likely benefits of maternal vaccination over the current strategy of screening and intrapartum antibiotics to prevent infant infection.

Arum Han

MSc Candidate (Sept 2021 – Present)
OMNI Co-Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Corsi

Arum Han is from Victoria, BC, and is currently an MSc Epidemiology student at the University of Ottawa. Under the co-supervision of Dr. Corsi, her project focuses on long-term healthcare utilization and health outcomes in children with fetal opioid exposure.

Na Zeng

PhD Candidate (Sept 2019 – Present)
OMNI Co-Supervisor: Dr. Shi Wu Wen; Dr. Daniel Corsi

Na Zeng is a PhD student in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa supervised by Drs. Shi Wu Wen and Daniel Corsi and research assistant in the Clinical Epidemiology Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. She used to be a nurse educator and nurse anesthesiologist in Shanghai Renji Hospital in Shanghai, China. Her research interests are in the long-term maternal outcomes relative to gestational diabetes as well as other perinatal exposures. 

Rong (Rita) Luo

PhD Candidate (May 2019 – Present)
OMNI Supervisors: Dr. Mark Walker, Dr. Shi Wu Wen

Rita Luo is originally from China and obtained Bachelor of Medicine and Master of Public Health. She is currently in her third year of her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa’s School of Epidemiology and Public Health where is supervised by Dr. Mark Walker and Dr. Shi Wu Wen. Her research interests centre around maternal and perinatal outcomes, particularly investigating adverse outcomes related to exposure in pregnancy to gestational diabetes, obesity, and gestational weight change. Her thesis work focuses on delivery time and potential consequences for women with diabetes during pregnancy.