Collaborative Specialization in Musculoskeletal Health ResearchBone and Joint Institute

Undergraduate Summer Student Awards

2022 Awardees

Hannah Cui

CCN1 expression in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: a profibrotic/fibrotic biomarker?

Dr. Lisa Hoffman - Medical Biophysics, Anatomy & Cell Biology

Deirdre Finnigan

Developing and validating a novel anti-inflammatory combinatorial gene therapy vector for osteoarthritis

Teaching: BJI USRI Awardee 2022
Dr. Matthew Grol - Physiology and Pharmacology

Megan Harley

The Role of PPARdelta in the Regulation of Synovial Biology

Dr. Frank Beier - Physiology and Pharmacology

Hannah Henein

Investigating tissues involved in pathological mineralization in Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH)

Research Interests / Specializations: BJI USRI Awardee 2022
Dr. Cheryle Seguin - Physiology and Pharmacology

Rehanna Kanji

The Role of Pannexin3 in fat accumulation

Dr. Silvia Penuela - Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry

Andrea Siroen

Development of a resistive textile strain sensor

Dr. Ana Luisa - Medical Biophysics and Cell Biology

Hannah Yaremko

Allosteric Modulation of Parathyroid Hormone 1 Receptor (PTH1R) by EXtracellular Inorganic Phosphate

Dr. Peter Chidiac - Physiology & Pharmacology

2021 Awardees

Precious Adekoya

Project: IMPACT Radiological Mummy Database Research

Mentor: Dr. Andrew Nelson - Anthropology

Aaron Belanger

Project: One Tool Fits All

Mentor: Dr. Emily Lalone - Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Harrison Gao

Project: A Multi-Omics Approach to Understanding Impaired Efferocytosis in Knee OA

Mentor: Dr. Tom Appleton - Physiology and Pharmacology

Megan Harley

Project: The Role of PPAR delta in the Regulation of Synovial Biology

Mentor: Dr. Frank Beier - Physiology and Pharmacology

Adam Redgrift

Project: Reliability and Validity of the OnPoint System for quantifying performance of the Star Excursion Balance Test

Mentor: Dr. James Dickey - Kinesiology

Leighton Schreyer

Project: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: The Discovery of an Epigenetic Signature

Mentor: Dr. Craig Campbell - Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Taylor Shelton

Project: TRPV4 as a Regulator of Mechanotransduction in the Intervertebral Disc

Mentor: Dr. Cheryle Seguin - Physiology & Pharmacology

Justin Tang

Project: The Role of Pannexin 3 in forced exercise bone remodelling and its potential implications for osteoarthritis

Mentor: Dr. Silvia Penuela - Anatomy and Cell Biology