Fabiola Diaz Carvallo, BSc

Training Program: MSc in Clinical Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Alberta.

Fabiola has an outstanding passion for healthcare. She completed her Medical Degree in her home country, Venezuela, in 2010. She practiced as a general practitioner for 3 years until moving to Canada in Sept 2013 to continue her education in Public Health (BSc in Environmental Health) at Concordia University of Edmonton. After graduation, she continued to pursue her passion for healthcare and successfully passed the MCC medical board exams, one day hoping to participate in a Canadian Medical Residency Program to further expand on her medical training. Fabiola currently works as  a Research Assistant in the General Internal Medicine department at the University of Alberta, where she continues to be involved in hypertension research studies, which has been an area of interest for her since first studying cardiovascular health in Medical School.

Fabiola joined the research group this fall, where she aims to continue her research in hypertension. She will be working as a MSc student under the supervision of Dr. Dean Eurich.

Lilla Roy, MSc

Training Program:  PhD in Health Services and Policy Research, School of Public Health, University of Alberta.

Born and raised in the Maritimes, Lilla received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Laurentian University in 2008, and a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of British Columbia in 2013. In between, and since then, Lilla has worked as a Registered Nurse in emergency departments across the country, in large and small centers of Nova Scotia, Ontario, British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories. Lilla’s masters research focused on measuring health utilities and preferences related to respiratory disease in infants. Lilla later worked in health technology assessment at SickKids, before returning to nursing practice. Most recently, Lilla has been working with the Nursing Department at Cape Breton University, in Nova Scotia. Lilla joined the research group this fall with an interest in the use of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) in sub-populations. She will be working as a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Jeff Johnson.

Sabrina Saba, MPH

Training Program: MSc in Health Policy Research, School of Public Health, University of Alberta.

Born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sabrina is a physician by training. She received a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from University of Dhaka in 2015, and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the North South University in 2019. In between, Sabrina started her career as a public health professional in the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b). Upon joining the Tuberculosis team and working in close collaboration with National Tuberculosis Program (NTP), Bangladesh in the policy advocacy stream, she discovered her passion for evidence based policy research.

Sabrina joined ACHORD team to conquest the global exposure in this domain and is now working as an MSc student under the supervision of Dr. Jeff Johnson.

Vishal Sharma, BPharm, MSc

Training Program: PhD in Clinical Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Alberta.

Vishal opened up a pharmacy in rural Alberta in 2006 shortly after graduating with a B.Pharm from the University of Alberta. He has been active in the profession ever since having been granted Additional Prescribing Authorization from the Alberta College of Pharmacy and the Certified Diabetes Educator designation from Diabetes Canada. Vishal worked with the local PCN to help manage patients with chronic diseases.

After selling his pharmacy, Vishal entered the MSc Clinical Epidemiology program at the University of Alberta School of Public Health. His research will look at prescribing patterns of opioids and sedatives in Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Eurich. He also works part time at ASEBP in the Pharmacy Services Department.

Vishal leads an active lifestyle outside of school and work. He spends his time mountain biking and in the pool playing water polo. He also enjoys spending time in the kitchen.

Kristen Versluys, BSc

Training Program: MSc in Clinical Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Alberta.

Kristen completed her BSc in Medical Laboratory Technology in 2015 through the University of Alberta and has been working as a Medical Lab Technologist at Sturgeon Community Hospital since – specializing in hematology, transfusion medicine and chemistry. It was working in healthcare and seeing the manifestation of disease first-hand that inspired her to play a more active role in improving patient outcomes through clinical research at the School of Public Health. Kristen is working on her Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology part-time, supervised by Dr. Dean Eurich. This fall she is starting her research project investigating the long-term health outcomes and healthcare utilization among patients diagnosed with invasive pneumococcal disease in Alberta.

Jiabi “Jacqueline” Wen, BSc

Training Program: MSc in Health Services and Policy Research, School of Public Health, University of Alberta.

Jacqueline was born and raised in Hunan, China. Jacqueline graduated from Renmin University of China in 2018 with BSc in Mathematics and BEcon in Economics. During her summer internship in the Laboratory for Industrial and Applied Mathematics at York University, Jacqueline realized her interests were in health-related issues, aiming to focus on health economics in her Master’s degree. Jacqueline is now an MSc student in Health Policy stream.

Jacqueline is happy to join APERSU and ACHORD, and hopes to explore the world in health academy with everyone here. Outside of study and research, Jacqueline loves cooking, singing and traveling.

Daniel O’Brien, MD MAS

Training Program: PhD in Clinical Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Alberta

I am a clinical fellow in the Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, at the University of Alberta. I completed my BS in Chemistry at Creighton University in 2010, before returning to my hometown of Sacramento California to attend the University of California Davis. While at Davis, I completed both my master’s degree and my MD. I next joined the Department of Otolaryngology at West Virginia University, where I completed my surgical training in June of 2020. In July, I joined the Division of Otolaryngology at the University of Alberta as a clinical fellow in Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery.

My supervisor in the school of Public Health is Dr. Dean Eurich and the planned focus of my research will be in one of two directions. The first possible avenue is the evaluation, development, and validation of patient-reported outcomes measures used for patients undergoing endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery. The other potential path is assessing the personal exposure risk of those who work in the operating theater to caustic chemicals and surgical byproducts (smoke, viruses, etc.) and means of
mitigating these risks.

Heidi Fernandes PharmD, RPh, MSc

Training Program: PhD in Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Alberta

Heidi received her PharmD from the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy in 2017 and became practicing pharmacist. She then went on to complete her MSc, also at Waterloo, focussing on pharmacy practice research specifically on Ontario pharmacists expanded scope of practice with travel medicine. She will be completing her PhD in Epidemiology under the supervision of Dr. Dean Eurich. Her thesis will focus on the impact of cannabis for medicinal purposes using one the largest known databases to investigate its effectiveness and safety. As a healthcare professional herself, Heidi’s research interests include topics challenging front-line clinicians such as new clinical areas and authorities.