Lab Members

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lab members

Alex Matheson

PhD Candidate

Lung Gas-Blood Exchange Imaging using Fourier-Decomposition and 129Xe MRI

BSc Archaelology, University of Calgary
BSc Honours Physics, University of Calgary
Started May 2018

Marrissa McIntosh

PhD Candidate

129Xe MRI Response to Anti-TH2 Therapy in Severe Asthmatics

BSc Physics, Mount Allison University
Started May 2019

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

Alex Biancaniello

PhD Trainee

Sex, Airways and Vessels.

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

Vedanth Desaigoudar

Undergraduate Trainee
Started May 2020

Paulina Wyszkiewicz

MSc Trainee

BSc Honours Medical Physics, Western University
Started May 2021

Ivailo Petrov, PhD

Research Associate

Advanced Pulmonary Imaging Lab (G Parraga)
Robarts Research Institute
Western University
Started March 2021

Angela Wilson

Clinical Research Manager

RRT, Fanshawe College
Started June 2020

Hana Serajeddini

Respirology, Research Fellow

Severe Asthma Clinical and Research Fellowship, McMaster University
MD, FRCPC, Univeristy of Ottawa and Western University
BSc, Biological Science, University of Guelph

Madeline Ico

Undergraduate Trainee
Started November 2022

Caleb Thompson

Undergraduate Trainee
Started November 2022

Malcolm Sherwood

Resident physician

Looking at imaging, clinical, and functional outcomes of triple therapy in severe asthmatics
MD. Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
Started January 2023

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.