Meet the Lab

 Graduate Lab Members

Slide1Robyn D. Pereira,

Graduate Student – MSc. Candidate

I am a MSc candidate in the Medical Sciences department. I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology at Queen’s University in April 2012. My undergraduate thesis and time as a research assistant motivated me to pursue a career involving research. My current MSc research project involves the assessment of maternal circulating drugs on placental development. I have a great passion for science and discovery and am excited to contribute to health advancements both through my basic science research and knowledge-translation opportunities. In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer, reading, watching movies and painting.

 

 Undergraduate Lab Members

 

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Sonia Gera

Undergraduate Thesis Student

I am a 4th year Honours Life Science student and I am completing my undergraduate thesis in Dr. Raha’s lab. I am thoroughly enjoying my experience in this lab so far because of the friendly atmosphere and attention given to guiding us students. My project focuses on determining the effect of maternal obesity on the placenta, specifically mitochondrial dysfunction. In my free-time I embarrassingly enjoy watching medical dramas like Grey’s Anatomy, House and Private Practice, although I am aware of their extreme and inaccurate diagnoses.

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Raphael Hanna

Undergraduate Thesis Student

I am a third year Honours Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences student here at McMaster. My research project focuses on the effects of atypical antipsychotics on adipocytes and their mitochondria. Outside the lab, I enjoy going swimming and playing soccer, as well catching up on favourite T.V. shows.

Slide1Dhairya Kiri

Undergraduate Thesis Student

I am a third year Honours Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences student doing Biomedical Research Specialization here at McMaster. My project focuses on the effects of ROS signalling from the adipocytes and the role of mitochondrial function in that process. Outside the lab, I enjoy following all major Toronto sports teams, as well watching my favourite T.V. shows and hanging out with friends.

Slide1Fiaza Khonodoker

Undergraduate Thesis Student

I am a third year Honours Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences student who is currently working with Dr. Raha on my thesis project. My research project focuses on how changes in mitochondrial function during obesity affect the trophoblast. When I’m not performing Western blots, I enjoy hiking, photography and Pilates. I walk into the lab everyday with passion and enthusiasm because I hope that one day these small discoveries can revolutionize health policies to improve the well-being of society on a global scale. 

Slide1Caroline Widyanti

Undergraduate Thesis Student

I am a fourth year Honours Biochemistry student and I am currently doing my thesis with Dr. Raha. My research project focuses on the effects of diets on trophoblast invasion and functions. In my free time, I like to hangout with my friends and explore good food places in Toronto. I also like reading novels and listening to music in my leisure time.

Emeritus Lab Members

Lilly Park (2011-2013)

Undergraduate Summer Student and Thesis Student

My research project focuses on the affects of maternal obesity on placental vasculature. Through the course of this study, I have curiously become addicted to the lab perhaps due to the friendly lab members, a passion for research or both. My excitement for research comes from the notion that your discoveries however small may contribute to reaching a solution on a global-scale.

Manthan Raval (2011-2013)

Undergraduate Thesis Student

I am a third-year Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) student who is currently working with Dr. Raha for my 3H03/thesis project. In my free time, I enjoy designing websites, as well as watching television shows such as: The breaking bad, The walking dead and Dexter. My current work revolves around translating research on obesity and proper nutrition, so that individuals in the general public may understand it. I am also currently involved with the Children and Youth university, where I am responsible for the creation of interactive modules.

Jim Chen (2011-2013)

Undergraduate Thesis Student

I am a third-year Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) student who stumbled into Dr. Raha’s lab one day and walked out with a thesis project. In my free time, I read, play video games, and lust over computer hardware. Currently, my project has me translating the lab’s research into public- and kid-friendly forms. Due to personal idolatry of the late Carl Sagan, I greatly enjoy matters of science education and advocacy.

Jessica Kapralik (2011-2012)

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Jessica is a 4th year student graduating with honours from McMaster University’s Health Sciences program this spring. Her main interests are in food science, “lifestyle” diseases and especially preventative medicine. Jessica is currently completing her undergraduate thesis with Dr. Raha in the area of nutritional education developing an science-based approach to health education for youth.

 

Shirley Shi (2011-2012)

Undergraduate Summer Student and Thesis Student

I am a fourth year Honours Biochemistry and Biomedical Science student who is currently doing a thesis with Dr. Raha. My research topic in the lab is the effect of ROS on trophoblast functions. My experience so far at Raha Lab has been stimulating and pleasant. In my free time (aside from doing western blotting and taking care of the trophoblasts), I enjoy taking photographs and playing with photoshop.

Neetu S. Rakhra (2011-2012)

Undergraduate Biopharmocology Co-Op Student and Thesis Student

I am in the Biology and Pharmacology Co-op Program here at McMaster. I began working in Dr Raha’s lab in January as a co-op student and have had a wonderful experience. I will continue on to complete my thesis and final co-op here. I am looking forward to diving further into the research relating maternal obesity to health implications in children and doing countless more Western Blots ☺. Dr Raha’s lab is an amazing place to be, because of the friendly environment and intriguing research which is conducted. Happy Researching!