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Dr. Christoph Licht - Cell Biology
Description: Dr. Christoph Licht’s strong love of learning translates directly to his research of complement-mediated kidney diseases. A proud father of four, Christoph still finds time to pursue his love of music and travelling the world. Learn more.

Ivette Valencia Sama - Cell Biology
PhD candidate Ivette Valencia Sama’s life-long passion for science has brought her from her home in Monterrey, Mexico, to SickKids, where she focuses on finding new therapies to treat paediatric cancer. Outside of the lab, you can find Ivette practicing with her ukulele and singing along to some of her favourite music. Learn more.

Dr. Teresa To - Child Health Evaluative Sciences
Dr. Teresa To is an epidemiologist with a strong passion for gathering data about asthma and finding innovative ways to help them properly manage it. She achieves balance in her life through playing music with her coworkers, reading and swimming for relaxation. Learn more.

Curtis Boswell - Developmental & Stem Cell Biology
Curtis Boswell’s love for science started from a young age while watching classics like Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and The Magic School Bus. As a graduate student at SickKids, he is currently focused on studying spine development and disease. Learn more.

Dr. Victoria Forster
Originally from the UK, Victoria Forster has first-hand experience with cancer. Her research focuses on a rare genetic disorder called biallelic mismatch repair deficiency (bMMRD) and the long-term effects of cancer on survivors. Learn more.

Sujeetha Rajakumar - Genetics & Genome Biology
Sujeetha Rajakumar is a graduate student who loves to work out and enjoys nature. You can find her in the lab studying the mechanism of how leukemic cells cause bone destruction and invade the central nervous system. When not in the lab, you can find her jogging in the streets of Toronto. Learn more.

Dr. Lara Leijser  - Neurosciences & Mental Health
Clinical Research Fellow Lara Leijser is researching how to optimize brain development and neurodevelopmental outcomes in infants with complex congenital heart disease as well as in preterm infants with post-hemorrhagic ventricular dilatation. Originally from the Netherlands, Lara loves experiencing the diverse sights, foods and cultures across Toronto.
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Dr. Elizabeth Pang - Neurosciences & Mental Health
Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Pang’s current research is centred on examining how the brain processes language. In her free time, she can be found hiking some of the most beautiful trails around the world.
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Dr. Christopher Macgowan - Translational Medicine
Whether it’s video games, painting or gardening, Dr. Christopher Macgowan is always finding interesting ways to channel his creativity. In the lab, he enjoys using physics in his research to develop new methods of fetal imaging. Learn more.