Current Students


Ali, Gauhar
MSc Student; Supervisor - Dr. Vickie Baracos


Savita Ayyalasomayajula

Ayyalasomayajula, Savita
MSc Student; Supervisor - Dr. Kristi Baker


Barta, Radim
PhD Student; Supervisors - Dr. Nicola DeZanche and Dr. Gino Fallone

Design and Development of RF-coils for Linac-MR Hybrids

Brown, Douglas
PhD Student; Supervisor - Dr. John Lewis

Suicide gene therapy as a treatment for prostate cancer

Chen, Huachen
PhD Student; Supervisor - Dr. Yangxin Fu

Transcription factor ZIC2 regulates tumorigenic phenotype in epithelial ovarian cancer

Choi, Won Shik (Daniel)
PhD Student; Supervisor - Dr. Roseline Godbout

Overcoming the retinoic acid resistance in HER2-enriched breast cancer: the role of MYC

Chow, Braden
PhD Student; Supervisor - Dr. Geetha Menon

Biological impact of variable intracavitary brachytherapy dose, dose rate, and fractionation schemes on tumour and normal tissue response in cervix cancer

Fan, Dan
PhD Student; Supervisor - Dr. Michael Hendzel


Ferguson, Denis Simon
PhD Student; Supervisor - Dr. Terry Riauka

Production and PET imaging of radioscandium


Han, Gawon
PhD Student; Supervisor - Dr. Jihyun Yun

Auto-contouring algorithm for tumour tracking using the Linac-MR

Handa, Bhumika
MSc Student; Medical Physics


Lazina Hossain

Hossain, Lazina
PhD Student; Supervisor - Dr. Roseline Godbout


Jiang, Bingcheng
PhD Student; Supervisor - Dr. Michael Weinfeld

Study on a novel mutation in polynucleotide kinase/phosphatase (PNKP)

Johnson, Neil
MSc Student; Supervisor - Dr. Jihyun Yun


Kate, Wisdom
PhD Student; Supervisor - Dr. Michael Weinfeld

DNA damage and repair, and cell death and survival

Kong, Yan Shu
MSc Student; Supervisor - Dr. Yangxin Fu


Lee, Laura
MD/PhD Student; Supervisor - Lynne Marie Postovit

Hypoxia as an epigenetic modulator of cancer cell plasticity

Locke, Andrew
PhD Student; Supervisor - Dr. Ismail Ismail

Regulation of Double-Strand Break Repair

Mashayekhi, Fatemeh
PhD Student; Supervisor - Dr. Ismail Ismail


Mosely, Shayla
PhD Student; Supervisor - Dr. Kristi Baker

Cytosolic DNA from DNA damage and its effects on intracellular signaling in colorectal cancer


Muzaffar, Fateema
PhD Student; Supervisor - Dr. Vickie Baracos

Ingestive behaviour and neurocircuits in cancer-associated anorexia-cachexia syndrome

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Nelson, Bryce
PhD Student; Supervisor - Dr. Frank Wuest


Purchase, Aaron
PhD Student; Supervisor - Dr. Boguslaw Tomanek

Hardware for TRASE MRI

Tanzeem Rafique

Rafique, Tanzeem
MSc Student; Supervisor - Dr. Alan Underhill


Rashed, Faisal
PhD Student; Supervisor - Dr. Piyush Kumar

Evaluation of hypoxic radiosensitization potential of 2-nitroimidazole radiotracers

Ben Schultz

Schultz, Ben
MSc Student; Medical Physics


Sedlock, Christopher
MSc Student; Supervisor - Dr. Jonathan Sharp


Storozynsky, Quinn
PhD Student; Supervisor - Dr. Mary Hitt

Combining an Oncolytic Vaccinia Virus with Image-Guided Radiotherapy for Treatment of Malignant Glioma

Woodfield (Way), Jenilee
PhD Student; Supervisor - Dr. Frank Wuest

Molecular imaging of triple-negative breast cancer through targeting hypoxia-inducible factor 1 alpha, Area: Molecular Imagingusing PET

Wright, Mark
MSc Student; Supervisor - Dr. Keith Wachowicz


Xu, Xia
PhD Student; Supervisor - Dr. Roseline Godbout

Role of brain fatty acids binding protein and its ligands in glioblastoma

Zhou, Jiesi
PhD Student; Supervisor - Dr. Yangxin Fu

Ribosomal RNA cytosine methyltransferase NSUN5 in translational control in glioblastoma

Ziegler, Kirby
PhD Student; Supervisor - Dr. Alan Underhill

Defining PAX3target gene networks and their dysregulation in birth defects and cancer

Kirby Ziegler

Alumni Graduates

A graduate degree from the Department of Oncology can lead to many different opportunities in the future. Here you will find a list of some of our graduates, highlighting where their degree in oncology has taken them.


Amirali BukhariBukhari, Amirali
PhD Graduate; Cancer Sciences



Hough, Cameron
PhD Graduate; Medical Physics



Joanne Smith

Smith, Joanne
MSc Graduate; Cancer Sciences

I am a research technician in Dr. Gordon Chan and Dr. Alan Underhill's labs here at the Cross Cancer Institute. I help manage the lab, train and help others with their research, and work on my own research project.

Jack WangWang, Yixiong (Jack)
PhD Graduate; Cancer Sciences


Dinakaran, Deepak
PhD Graduate; Cancer Sciences

I am completing my postgraduate medical residency in Radiation Oncology at the Cross Cancer Institute.

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Fallone, Clara
PhD Graduate; Medical Physics

Medical Physics resident in Halifax Nova Scotia


powel-crosleyCrowley, Powel
MSc Graduate; Cancer Sciences

Powel is currently working as a Research Assistant in Dr. Mary Hitt's lab. Their research is investigating the use of oncolytic vaccinia virus as a gene therapy vector for treatment of granulosa cell tumour.

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MSc Graduate; Cancer Sciences

I am a research technician in Dr. Kristi Baker's lab here at the Cross Cancer Institute. I help manage the lab, train and help others with their research, and work on my own research project.


Cawston-Grant, Brie
MSc Graduate; Medical Physics

Potts, Kyle
PhD Graduate; Experimental Oncology

Research Associate at the University of Calgary in Douglas Mahoney Lab.


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PhD Graduate; Experimental Oncology

Clinical Biochemist, Alberta Precision Laboratories. Assistant Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Alberta.

Ismail, Abdou Ismail
PhD Graduate; Cancer Sciences

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PhD Graduate; Cancer Sciences

After completing my PhD I continued my academic career with postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. I am currently a Research Fellow at the Dementia Research Centre, Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.


Esfandiari, Nina
MSc Graduate; Oncology

Hildebrandt, Matthew
PhD Graduate; Cancer Sciences

Following my PhD I continued my academic career in Toronto where I was a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. James Ellis' lab at SickKids. There I switched from working with mice to human induced pluripotent stem cells and collaborated with several labs to study neurodevelopmental and cardiac disease models. In 2019 I transitioned from academia to industry where I took a position as an Associate Product Manager for Pluripotent Stem Cell Biology at STEMCELL Technologies in Vancouver.

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PhD Graduate; Medical Physics

Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto; Medical Physicist, Department of Medical Physics, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center.


Zepeda, Nubia
MSc Graduate; Experimental Oncology

Since graduating from the Department of Oncology at the University of Alberta, I have used my degree in conducting and supporting academic research that spans biomedical, clinical and health services research programs. Specifically, I have worked as a Project Lead with the Surgery Strategic Clinical Network and the Canadian VIGOUR Centre in Edmonton. More recently, I moved to Calgary and am currently the Managing Director of Sepsis Canada, a CIHR funded research network at McMaster University.



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MSc Graduate; Cancer Sciences

Studying medicine at University of Toronto.

Vos,  Larissa
PhD Graduate; Cancer Sciences

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MSc Graduate; Cancer Sciences


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PhD Graduate; Cancer Sciences

Senior Management Consultant, CGI


McPherson, Robyn
MSc Graduate; Experimental Oncology

After completing my graduate program with the Oncology department I attended medical school at the University of Calgary. I then completed residency in Pediatric Neurology at the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary, Alberta. I am currently working as a community Pediatric Neurologist in Edmonton, Alberta.


Pervez, Nadeem
MSc Graduate; Cancer Sciences


Keats, Jonathan
PhD Graduate; Cancer Sciences

Completed 5 year fellowship at Mayo Clinic in cancer genomics. Joined the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), now an affiliate of City of Hope, as a faculty member in 2010. Currently, 2021, Director of Bioinformatics (TGen), Director Collaborative Sequencing Center (TGen), Assistant Professor - Integrated Cancer Genomics (TGen), Scientific Director - Judy and Bernard Briskin Center for Multiple Myeloma Research (COH).


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MSc Graduate, Cancer Sciences

Shortly after graduation I began working at a BC Cancer Agency start-up company called Celator Technologies. Since then, I’ve helped develop the intellectual property portfolio for the company's oncology products. The work at Celator led to approval of our AML drug, Vyxeos®, in 2017. That year, Celator received LifeSciences BC Deal of the Year award after being acquired by Jazz Pharmaceuticals for $1.5B. I live in North Vancouver and continue to manage aspects of Jazz’s Hem/Onc IP portfolios.