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Dr. Sandeep Raha

Dr. Raha is an associate professor in the department of Pediatrics at McMaster University. He is also an associate member of the department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences and the Chair of Admissions for the Graduate program in Medical Sciences. He obtained his PhD. from the University of Toronto, Department of Biochemistry. His post-doctoral training was carried out the Hospital for Sick Children in the area of mitochondrial dysfunction and metabolic disease.  He then worked in the biotech sector, as the manager of the molecular biology group of FONA Technologies designing and optimizing biosensors to detect single nucleotide polymorphisms. He started his own research program in 2007, in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Raha truly enjoys his research program which connects the worlds of basic biomedical research to clinical consequence. Outside of his research he keeps his competitive and investigative skills engaged through “football” (better known as soccer to the people in the 1st world) and exploratory angling (fishing).

All fuelled by the golden elixir of life, the finely cultured coffee bean! 




Michael Wong (Ph.D. Candidate, Year 4)

I am a PhD student specializing in human placenta research and the manipulation of cellular growth and behaviour using various scaffolds, matrices, chemical compounds, and environmental conditions. While I am invested in academic research, I also have interests in biotechnology and the advancement of Canada's life sciences industry. Outside of the lab, I enjoy good coffee, cycling, and playing guitar.

Current Undergraduate Students working on this project: Edward Li and Mishquatul Wahed

O'llenecia Sauve (Ph.D. Candidate, Year 3)

I am a PhD candidate in the Medical Sciences program. My MSc degree in Kinesiology & Health Science was obtained at York University in 2007. Thereafter, I gained valuable experience as a College Professor and a Healthcare Clinician & Manager. It was through my personal and professional experiences over the years that I became motivated to return to academia. My PhD research focus is on the effects of THC on placentation. When I am not in the lab, I enjoy dancing and playing soccer with my children.

Current Undergraduate Students working on this project: Nav Verma

Chitman Josan (Ph.D. Student, Year 1)

I am a PhD student in Medical Sciences program. I completed my MSc degree in the Raha Lab as well and my Masters research was focused on the development of a novel in vitro model of white adipose tissue using an extracellular matrix. My PhD research involves understanding the effect of cannabis on fat development and function. Outside of lab, I enjoy dancing, drinking coffee, and getting involved in my community.

Current Undergraduate Students working on this project: Sachin Kakar and Harmeet Gurm

Jodi Rabeneck (M.Sc. Candidate, Year 2)



Sarah Shawky

Inna Ushcatz

Pranjali Muppidi

Mariah Lapierre

Rehgi Ragos

Mohamed Adam

Geetha Ramachandran

Bhagyashree Sharma

Gurrattan Chandhoke

Madeline Green-Holland

Patrick Rodriguez

Robyn Pereira