Staff

Colin Berriault

Senior Research Associate

Colin completed his MA in Human Development at Laurentian University, where he worked on a surveillance project focused on tellurium exposure and garlic odour development in silver refinery workers. He extended his interest in occupational epidemiology to the field of cancer while studying cancer incidence and mortality among nickel and...

Mamadou Dakouo

Research Associate

Mamadou holds an MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Before joining OCRC in March 2018, he worked as Principal Statistician for clinical trials in Dermatology, as an Epidemiologist for a study on HIV therapy and as a Research Data Analyst for a general surgery. His current research focuses on implementing statistical...

Nathan DeBono

Team Lead

Nathan is an epidemiologist currently working with the Occupational Disease Surveillance System (ODSS) project and supporting occupational cohort studies at the OCRC. He previously served as the Principal Investigator of a study of cause-specific mortality at an automotive electronics manufacturing facility in Huntsville, Alabama in collaboration with the United Autoworkers...

Kate Jardine

Functional Lead, KTE

Kate joined the OCRC after completing her Master's in chemistry at the University of Toronto. Her experience working in chemistry laboratories and in the pharmaceutical industry led to her interest in workplace exposures and health. Her background gives her a strong understanding of chemical exposures, their properties, and interactions. At...

Sheila Kalenge

Senior Research Associate

Sheila joined OCRC after completing her Master’s degree in occupational and environmental hygiene at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. While at UBC, she completed projects on exposure assessments, risk assessments, and hazard identification and analysis. She is currently working on a variety of exposure assessment projects at OCRC...

Joanne Kim

Research Associate

Joanne was inspired to pursue occupational health research while working as a volunteer (and later as a research student) at the St Michael’s Hospital Occupational and Environmental Health Clinic. She recently graduated from the MPH program in the division of Occupational and Environmental Health at U of T. During her...

Tammy Khuc

Research Clerk

Tammy joined the OCRC as a research clerk. She is working on a project about the nail industry that has been conducting to measure the hazards and chemicals in the nail salons across GTA.

Chloe Logar-Henderson

Research Associate

Chloe joined the OCRC as a graduate-level practicum student in Epidemiology at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, with an interest and experience in surveillance and environmental health. Her practicum project examined the association between workplace risks and adult asthma in Ontario workers using the Occupational...

Jill MacLeod

Senior Research Associate

In 2012, Jill MacLeod completed her MPH in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Jill was introduced to occupational health research during the co-op placements she completed as an undergraduate student while studying Economics and Political Science at the University of Ottawa. She worked...

Garthika Navaranjan

Research Associate

While completing a degree in human biology and doing research in microbial ecology, Garthika became interested in combining the two fields to explore the effects of the environment on human health. More specifically, Garthika is interested in exploring the role of environmental chemicals in the development of chronic diseases, particularly...

Joseph Okeme

Research Associate

Joseph has an MSc in Instrumental Analytical Sciences and a PhD in Physical and Environmental Sciences. Joseph’s research interests include developing inexpensive and easily used methods for measuring environmental exposures, environmental modelling, and human and ecosystem risk assessment. Joseph’s current research aims to use novel methods to advance our understanding...

Marjorie Pagcu

Project Coordinator

Marjorie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a major in Accounting, and a Bachelor's degree in Nursing. She has over 10 years of experience in administration, financial planning and project coordination and management. In addition to coordinating and planning the organization of workshops, conferences and research events, Marjorie...

Manisha Pahwa

Research Associate

Manisha Pahwa was OCRC’s first student. She completed her M.P.H. major project at the Centre, examining occupational pesticide exposure and cancer risk. Manisha recently received the 2010-2011 Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund Institute for Work and Health (IWH) Graduate Fellowship to help support her graduate studies. Manisha spent a year...

Avinash Ramkissoon

Research Associate

In 2018, Avinash graduated from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (University of Toronto) with a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology. During his undergraduate degree, he studied the biological effects of chemical and radiologic exposures, which most commonly occur among occupational groups. This led to an interest...

Ela Rydz

Research Associate

Ela completed her MPH in Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Alberta in 2015. Ela first took interest in the environment’s influence on health during her Bachelor’s degree in Ecology. During her Master’s degree, Ela became involved in the surveillance of various environmental health issues, including microbial water...

Sharara Shakik

Research Associate

Sharara joined the OCRC as a graduate-level practicum student in Epidemiology at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Her interest is in cancer and other chronic disease epidemiology, health equity and public health policy for disease prevention. She is particularly interested in occupational health research as...

Cathy Slavik

Research Associate

Cathy joined OCRC as a Research Student in 2014 while completing her Master’s of Public Health degree at the University of Toronto in the Occupational and Environmental Health stream. Her research interests include cancer prevention, risk communication and environmental and industrial pollutants. At OCRC she has worked on a variety...

Chaojie (Daniel) Song

Research Associate

Chaojie (Daniel) Song received his master of science degree from the School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia in May 2013. He decided to pursue graduate studies in the field of occupational and environmental health after finishing an undergraduate degree in preventive medicine. He is interested in...

Hunter Warden

Research Associate

Hunter holds an MSc in Epidemiology from Queen’s University. His thesis work involved a collaboration with l’Université de Montréal where he focused on occupational exposures to aromatic hydrocarbons and the risk of lung cancer. Before joining the OCRC, Hunter worked at the Environmental and Occupational Health department at Public Health...