Lab Members

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lab members

Maksym Sharma

PhD Candidate

Using Machine Learning and Texture Analysis for Predicting Pulmonary Disease Progression and Diffusion Abnormalities

BSc Honours Biomedical Physics, University of Toronto
Started September 2019

Kiran Kooner

PhD Candidate

Pulmonary CT and 129Xe MRI Structure-Function Relationships in Severe Asthma and Post-Acute COVID-19 Syndrome

BSc, Honours Medical Physics Co-Op,
McMaster University
Started May 2020

Alexander Biancaniello

PhD Trainee

Sex, Airways and Vessels.

MEng Nuclear Engineering, Ontario Tech University
BEng Nuclear Engineering, Ontario Tech University
Started September 2022

Ali Mozaffaripour

MSc Trainee

Investigation of Airways Resistance using Hyperpolarized 129Xe MRI Texture Features and Machine Learning

BMSc Honours Medical Biophysics,
Western University
Started May 2023

Sam Tcherner

MSc Trainee

Deep Learning Segmentation of Pulmonary Airways and Lobes from 1H and 129Xe MRI for the Extraction of Quantitative Airway Measurements

BSc Honours Medical and Biological Physics, McMaster University
Started May 2023

Victoria Poulous

Undergraduate Trainee
Started May 2023

Maxximuss Cole-Andre

Post-Graduate Education Research Assistant

BEd Student, Western University
BSc Physics, Western University
Started May 2023

Lauren Zelko

Research Assistant

MSc, Medical Biophysics, Western University
BSc, Medical Biophysics, Western University
Started July 2023

Angela Wilson

Clinical Research Manager

RRT, Fanshawe College
Started June 2020

Dr Parraga completed her BSc (Hon) and MSc in Biochemistry at The University of Western Ontario. She trained with Dr Rachel E Klevit in Seattle and completed her PhD in Dr Klevit's lab in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Washington. Her thesis work was published in Science, PNAS and Methods in Enzymology. After completing post-doctoral studies at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, (Switzerland), she joined F. Hoffman La Roche AG as a Scientist in Pharma Research and Development. In 2004, she returned to academic research at Robarts Research Institute, The University of Western Ontario.

Her current research has been published in Circulation, Radiology, Thorax, Medical Physics, New England Journal of Medicine and the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. She currently holds a CIHR New Investigator Award and leads the Imaging platform of the Canadian Respiratory Research Network, recently funded by CIHR. Dr Parraga also Co-Chairs with Dr Teresa To, the Canadian Lung Association RENASCENT Training and Mentorship Committee that is generating a training framework for respiratory research training across Canada.

Dr Parraga is Professor (with tenure) in the Department of Medical Biophysics, Western University and is also appointed in the Departments of Medicine, Oncology and the School of Biomedical Engineering at Western. She is adjunct Professor in Physics at Dalhousie University. Ongoing pulmonary research funding is provided by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, CIHR Operating, Network and Team Grants.