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OUR TEAM

Team Lead

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Tejal Patel

PharmD

Tejal Patel’s research interests include the assessment, classification, and management of drug-related problems in persons presenting with cognitive impairment, dementia, epilepsy, and Parkinson's disease as well as the frail elderly in primary care settings with a particular focus on medication management capacity and adherence to medications.

On a personal note, Tejal likes to watch movies, particularly hero movies.

Research Coordinators

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Jessica Ivo

BSc, MHI

Jessica Ivo has over 4 years of experience in research with a focus on medication adherence in older adults. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master’s of Health Informatics at the University of Waterloo.

 

In her free time, Jessica loves to crochet!

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Sarah Abu Fadaleh

BSc Pharm, MSc

Sarah M. Abu Fadaleh is a pharmacist with 9 years of experience in Jordan. She worked in different pharmaceutical sectors including retail pharmacies, pharmaceutical research, and non-profit organizations. She received her Master’s degree in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Alberta. Her Master’s was in "Medication Appropriateness in Community-Dwelling Older Adults". 

 

Sarah’s passion is traveling. She has visited 12 countries so far and is planning on continuing her adventures in the near future. In her downtime, she enjoys reading novels and listening to classical music.

Master's Candidate

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Rishabh Sharma

PharmD, MSc (c)

Rishabh Sharma is from Punjab, India.  He completed his PharmD in 2020 from the Indo Soviet Friendship College of Pharmacy and worked as an associate in the health economics and outcomes research department. ​

Rishabh’s research interests are in gerontological and geriatric care. He has published several papers on the topic entitled "potentially inappropriate medication in older adults" in highly reputed journals and has earned several awards in national and international conferences. ​

One fun fact about Rishabh is that he loves to travel to different parts of the world.

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Bincy Baby

PharmD, MSc (c)

Bincy Baby is from Kerala, India. She completed her PharmD from Kerala University of Health Sciences and has 3.5 years of experience as Neurology Clinical Pharmacist from India. Bincy’s research interests include neurological diseases such stroke, headache, cognitive disorders and geriatric care.

In her leisure time Bincy loves to read books, watch TV shows and travel around.

Current Undergraduate Students

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Pruntha Kanagasundaram

BSc , PharmD (c)

Pruntha previously completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto and is currently a third-year pharmacy student at the University of Waterloo. Her research involves creating a continuing education series for pharmacists to support medication management in individuals with intellectual disabilities. 

 

Since moving to Kitchener, Pruntha has discovered an interest in spin class and enjoys participating in these sessions during her free time

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Hawa Patel

BSc (c)

Hawa is a third-year student at the University of Waterloo in the Biomedical Science program with a minor in Sociology. She aims to pursue further graduate studies and expand her knowledge on research that ties her interests in both medicine and social epidemiology.

 

Apart from her academic interests and pursuits, Hawa is an avid reader and occasional painter.

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SooMin Park

BSc , PharmD (c)

SooMin completed two years of Honours Science and is currently a first-year pharmacy student at the University of Waterloo. She hopes to learn more about the different clinical findings of medications used for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in older adults. Her research interest include reducing polypharmacy in older adults in long-term care facilities.

 

SooMin likes to go skating in the winter and go camping with her family in the summer.

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Neil Mahajan

BSc , PharmD (c)

Neil is currently attending Western University and completing their undergraduate degree in health sciences. During his time with the Patel Research Lab, Neil hopes to  enhance his writing and critical thinking skills. Neil is also looking forward to meeting with new people and improving his general knowledge on pharmacology. 

 

A neat fact about Neil is that he can play the french horn!

Past Postgraduate Students

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Sadaf Faisal

(Sep 2019 - May 2022)

PhD in Pharmacy, University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy

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Haya Fernandez

(Sep 2015 - Aug 2017)

MSc in Pharmacy, University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy

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Hamed Tabeefer

(Jan 2015 - Dec 2016)

MSc in Pharmacy, University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy

Co-supervision with Dr. Chang

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Mo Chen

(Sep 2014 - Dec 2016)

MSc in Pharmacy, University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy

 

Co-supervision with Dr. Chang

Past Undergraduate Co-op Students

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Andrea Ta

(Feb 2021 - Apr 2021)

University of Waterloo

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Clea Heathfield

(Jan 2020 - May 2020)

University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy

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Shail Patel

(May 2016 - Aug 2016)

University of Waterloo

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Mikaela Klie

(Sept 2013 - Dec 2013)

University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy

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Saanchi Singh

(Feb 2021 - Apr 2021)

University of Waterloo

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Catherine Lee

(Jan 2019 - Aug 2019)

University of Waterloo

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Chao Dong Hu

(Jan 2016 - Aug 2016)

University of Waterloo

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Nathaniel Askett

(May 2011 - Aug 2011)

University of Waterloo

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Labiba Nahian

(Sep 2020 - Dec 2020)

University of Waterloo

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Aidan McDougall

(May 2018 - Aug 2018)

 University of Waterloo

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Maheen Farooqi

(Jan 2016 - Apr 2016)

 University of Waterloo

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Daniel Jin

(May 2020 - Aug 2020)

University of Waterloo

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Jessica Ivo

(May 2017 - Aug 2017)

University of Waterloo

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Niraj Maulkhan

(Jan 2014 - Aug 2014)

University of Waterloo

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Abiramy Srirangan

(May 2020 - Aug 2020)

University of Waterloo

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Akriti Pandey

(Jan 2017 - May 2017)

University of Waterloo

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Amy Chan

(May 2014 - Aug 2014)

University of Waterloo

Past Undergraduate Student Volunteers

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Abiramy Srirangan

(Aug 2020 - Apr 2022)

University of Waterloo

School of Pharmacy

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Farah Alam

(Sep 2021 - Dec 2021)

University of Waterloo