CVER News

March 2017:

  • Congratulations to Dennis Makau and Joan Muraya for successfully passing their comprehensive exams for their PhD programs at UPEI.
  • Welcome (back) to Omid Nekouei to UPEI. He has joined the CERC group as a post-doc in aquatic epidemiology. He is the most recent addition, bringing our post-doc total to 11 now. We welcome all, both those who have stayed on after their PhD, and those other new arrivals in the last while. The post-doc group includes: Adel Elghafghuf, Ibrahim El-Sohaby, Beibei Jia, Emilie Laurin, Ana Marques, Marcelo Martinez, Gregor McEwan, Thitiwan Patanasatienkul, Julian Reyes, and Krishna Thakur.
  • Welcome back to Javier Sanchez who is back from his sabbatical from July to December 2016.
  • Happy sabbatical to Henrik Stryhn who will be on sabbatical from January 2017 to December 2017. Enjoy.
  • A belated welcome to new epidemiology graduate students, including: Sunoh Che supervised by Javier Sanchez, Emily Kathambi supervised by John VanLeeuwen, Jamye Rouette supervised by Michael Cockram and Javier Sanchez, Tom Olney supervised by Shawn McKenna, and Marianne MacSwain supervised by Sophie St. Hilaire.

  • We welcome Marina Delphino visiting with us from November 17th to December 1st. During her stay, she is working on data analysis from her Tilapia research in Brazil.

Marina conclude her DVM (2007) and Master degree in Animal Health (2010) at the University of Brasília, Brazil, working out with risk analysis and biosecurity at the swine industry. She also experienced work with animal welfare; food safety management and epidemiological studies for brucellosis and tuberculosis in Brazil. Between 2010 and 2016, she worked at the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture (2010-2015) and for the Ministry of Agriculture (2016) at the Aquatic Animal Health Coordination, with focus at the development of surveillance for aquatic animal. She is also a PhD student in Animal Health (Epidemiology) by the UnB working on an aquaculture project (Disease risks of fish farming in public reservoirs: a follow-up study conducted in Três Marias, Brazil).

  • We also welcomed Kiranpreet (Kiran) Kaur visiting with us in October/November. She worked to develop collaborative projects with Crawford and Gregor in areas related to drug resistance in sea lice populations using mathematical modelling approaches.

Dr. Kaur is a molecular biologist. She obtained her PhD in 2009, from Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences (BITS), in Pilani, India. Her thesis dealt with molecular genetic analysis of a childhood disease called Primary Congenital Glaucoma (PCG), a highly prevalent eye disease among infants in Southern India. She worked on finding the candidate genes and their association with disease pathogenesis on a cohort of 300 PCG families.
After her PhD, Kiran worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois, College of Medicine, Peoria, USA, from 2009-2010. She worked on one of the most prevalent brain cancer called *Glioblastoma* and use of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) as a therapeutic agent against glioblastoma, at both in vitro and in vivo level.

Kiran migrated to Norway in 2010, and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Oslo University Hospital, Ullevål, from 2010-2012. She worked on the ex vivo expansion of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) using novel agents, without losing their stem cell properties.

Since 2012, Kiran has been working at the Norwegian University of Life sciences, as a postdoctoral researcher. She works on unraveling the resistance mechanisms in salmon louse towards different parasiticides. The project is mainly aimed to find molecular markers associated with resistance in salmon louse, and develop rapid molecular diagnostic assays for screening.

  • Congratulations to following students who successfully defended their graduate degree theses (available in Island Scholar) in the last while:
                           Rayappan Cyril Roy
                           Matt Saab
                           Julian Reyes-Velez
                           Beibei Jia
                           Niamh Caffrey
  • Congratulations and welcome to Dr. Raph Vanderstichel for his new position as an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Dept of Health Management at UPEI
  • Congratulations and welcome to Dr. Colleen Walton for her new position as anssistant Professor of Nutrition in the Dept of Applied Human Sciences at UPEI
  • Congratulations and farewell to Dr. Maggie Cameron for her new position as an epidemiologist at the PEI Dept of Health and Wellness
  • Epi-on-the-Island was another great success in the summer of 2016 See the EOTI webpage for www.cver.upei.ca/epi-on-the-island-2016/