Graduate Students

Anchal Chopra

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

Anchal Chopra is from Ottawa, Ontario and is a recent graduate from the Honors Bachelors in Health Sciences program in French Immersion at the University of Ottawa. Anchal will be beginning her Masters in Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa this upcoming fall. Her current OMNI PI is Dr. Darine El-Chaâr and together, they will be collaborating on the CONNECT project.  

Sheryll Dimanlig-Cruz

MSc Candidate (Sept 2019 – Present)
OMNI Co-Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Corsi

Sheryll is originally from the Philippines and holds a BHS Spec. Hons. in Health Informatics from York University.  She is currently completing her MSc in Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa. Under the co-supervision of Dr. Corsi, Sheryll’s research focuses on assessing the relationship between assisted reproductive technologies (ART) with birth and perinatal outcomes and evaluating the rates of health care utilization among ART-conceived children.  

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 2019 – Present)
OMNI Co-Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Corsi

Arum 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.

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.  

Na Zeng

PhD Candidate (Sept 2019 – Present)
OMNI Supervisors: 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. 

Other Research Trainees and Summer Interns

Kameela Alibhai

Medical Student
OMNI Trainee 2020 – Present

Kameela is a second year medical student studying at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She is working with Dr. Darine El-Chaar on a project aimed at implementing breastfeeding initiatives at The Ottawa Hospital. 

Julia Dobrowolski

Graduate Student
OMNI Trainee 2021 – Present

Julia is currently completing a Master of Science in Health Systems at the University of Ottawa, from which she also holds a BSc in Biopharmaceutical Science. Originally from Peterborough, Ontario, Julia has been living in Ottawa since the start of her post-secondary studies and is looking forward to working with Dr. El-Chaâr throughout the internship.

Sapir Fellus

Medical Student
OMNI Trainee 2021 – Present

Sapir Fellus is a first-year medical student at the University of Ottawa. Originally from Israel, Sapir grew up in Ottawa, where she also completed her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences, and where she received her first exposure to women’s health research. She also lived in Edmonton for three years to work on a Master of Science in Epidemiology at the University of Alberta. Sapir is looking forward to working under the supervision of Dr. El-Chaâr on the placenta pathology study for the COPE Network. 

Sarah Fu

Medical Student
OMNI Trainee 2021 – Present

Sarah Yu Fu is currently pursuing her medical degree at the University of Ottawa, and is originally from North York in Toronto. She is working with Dr. Katherine Muldoon and the OMNI team this summer to investigate screening methods and tools for intimate partner violence during and after pregnancy in the clinical context.  

Gary Kong

Undergraduate Student
OMNI Trainee 2020 – Present

Gary is a student from Kingston, Ontario who is going into his third year of statistics at Queen’s University. He is working with Dr. Guo and Dr. Wen on two projects:  “Interpregnancy weight change and risks of stillbirth and infant mortality: a systematic review and meta-analysis” and “ Risk of Infections in Infants Delivered by Caesarean Delivery on Maternal Request Compared to Vaginal Delivery: A Systematic Review.” 

Avika Misra

Medical Student
OMNI Trainee 2021 – Present

Avika Misra is from Mississauga, ON, and a graduate of McMaster University from where she received her Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences. She is currently a second-year medical student at the University of Ottawa. Her research interests include reproductive health, and infectious diseases. She is working with Dr. Mary Guo on her project studying gestational weight loss in obese women, and the risk for adverse perinatal outcomes. 

Hailey Mitchell

Recent BSc Graduate
OMNI Trainee 2020 – Present

Hailey is from Ottawa, Ontario. She obtained her Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences (French Immersion) degree with a Minor in Psychology at the University of Ottawa in 2017 and her Master of Science degree at the University of Ottawa in 2020. Hailey is working on a Delayed Cord Clamping in Preterm and Term Infants project with Dr. Darine El-Chaar.

Mélika Moorjani-Houle

Medical Student
OMNI Trainee 2021 – Present

Mélika is a graduate of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa who is now pursuing her studies at the Faculty of Medicine. She is passionate about women’s health and intends to pursue this further during her medical career. She’s from Gatineau and has been working under the supervision of Dr. Darine El-Chaâr on substudy of the UNIVERSE-OB project involving evaluating the presence of COVID-19 antibodies in newborn dried blood spots, and with Dr. Shi Wu Wen on the project focusing on Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on newborn care.  

Brenden Osborne

Medical Student
OMNI Trainee 2021 – Present

Brenden is from Ottawa, ON. He received his bachelor’s degree in health sciences from the University of Ottawa in 2020 and is currently pursuing his medical education at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Brenden is excited to be working with Dr. Yanfang (Mary) Guo on her project, “Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Emergency Department Visits and Infant Health: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”. 

Abby Ross

Medical Student
OMNI Trainee 2020 – Present

Abby Ross is a medical student from Kingston, Ontario studying at the University of Ottawa. She is working with Dr. Darine El-Chaâr on a follow-up to the UNIVERSE-OB study to assess the psychological impact of a universal COVID-19 screening program on pregnant patients and healthcare workers.  

Mysa Saad

Medical Student
OMNI Trainee 2021 – Present

Mysa is from Ottawa and is a student in the MD program at the University of Ottawa. Mysa is working with Dr. Darine El-Chaâr to investigate the maternal and neonatal outcomes of pregnancies complicated by malignancy. 

Niève Séguin

Medical Student
OMNI Trainee 2021 – Present

Niève is a 2nd year medical student at the University of Ottawa in the Undergraduate Medical Education Program. She grew up in Casselman, a small francophone town East of Ottawa. Niève is interested in Obstetrics and Gynecology and she is passionate about Planetary Health. During the Summer 2021, she is working on a project aimed towards evaluating the nature, range and extent of planetary health integration within medical institutions. She is working under the supervision of Dr Walker.