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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 Coordinator

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Peter Farquharson

BMus, Teacher's Certificate

Peter has been involved with education, corporate training and administration for 35 years. He enjoys using his skills and experience to support Dr. Patel and her team as they improve lives through their research activities. In his spare time, Peter enjoys pickleball, composing music and spending time with his grandchildren. 

PhD Students

Ghada Elba 2023

Ghada Elba

BSc Pharm, PharmD, MSc

Ghada is a currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Waterloo. She has completed her masters degree in 2021 majoring in pharmacy practice . Ghada’s research focus is in the area of assessing and improving medication adherence through the development of smart and innovative tools. Ghada has also experience in medication use evaluation projects, clinical practice skills training and academic teaching. 

 

In her free time, Ghada loves to read, paint, cook and explore new travel destinations. 

Master's Candidates

Rishabh Sharma (2023)

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 Research Assistants

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Arshia Chauhan

BSc Honours Science (c)

Arshia is a fourth year Honours Science student at the University of Waterloo with a minor in Biology. At the Patel Lab, she hopes to better understand the factors that make electronic medication adherence products more accessible for older adults and gain insight into how real-world research is conducted. She intends on pursuing a career in the biotechnology field with a focus on pharmaceuticals and medical devices. In her free time, Arshia enjoys playing guitar and reading.

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Prapti Choudhuri

Honours Science (c)

Prapti is a second-year undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo. She is currently in Honours Science with Conditional Admission to Pharmacy status. During her time at the Patel Research Lab, she hopes to further her knowledge on the impact of cognitive impairments on medication adherence in older adults through the integration of electronic medication adherence products in pharmacy practice. Her research interests include industrial pharmacy, polypharmacy, and pharmacoepidemiology. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, skating in the winter, and playing 8-ball pool.  

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Ayesha Firoz

Honours B.A (c)

Ayesha is a third-year student at the University of Toronto studying Criminology/Sociolegal Studies and Sociology. She aspires to further her studies in criminology at grad school and eventually attend law school. Ayesha also enjoys reading in her free time!

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SooMin Park

PharmD (c)

SooMin completed two years of Honours Science and is currently a second-year pharmacy student at the University of Waterloo. She hopes to learn more about how healthcare professionals can help improve medication adherence in older adults with barriers. Her research interests include reducing polypharmacy in older adults to optimize health outcomes. 

  

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

Current Volunteer Students

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Nischal Ghookal

Honours Bsc (c.)

Nischal is a second year engineering student at the University of Waterloo, with a goal of furthering his knowledge of research and development. He hopes to work on designing medical devices in the future. In his free time, Nischal likes to read while listening to music.

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Sabiha Lakhi

Bsc Biomedical Sciences

Sabiha recently graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Biomedical Sciences. Sabiha is keen on expanding her research experience in the realm of biomedical sciences. She is dedicated to exploring new advancements and contributing to the ever-evolving field. With a strong academic foundation and a drive for learning, she is excited to embark on this journey of professional growth and make a positive impact in the field of scientific research. Sabiha loves a good coffee, and she enjoys to hike in her free time!

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Victoria Nguyen

PharmD (c)

Victoria is a second-year pharmacy student at the University of Waterloo. She hopes to gain a better understanding on how to optimize pharmacotherapy in vulnerable populations. Her research interests include identifying opportunities for de-prescribing in older adults. In her free time, Victoria enjoys reading and creative writing.  

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Tanaya Sharma

Honours BSc (c)

Tanaya is in her fourth-year of Honours Science at the University of Waterloo. She hopes to obtain some hands on learning experience and further her understanding on neurological disorders and the field of pharmacy. In her free time, Tanaya likes to read, work out and spend time outdoors. 

Past Research Employees

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Jessica Ivo
May 2017 - Feb 2023

BSc, MHI

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Sarah Abu Fadaleh
Feb 2021 - Dec 2022

BSc Pharm, MSc

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 Students & Volunteers

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Pruntha Kanagasundaram

Jan 2023 - Oct 2023

University of Waterloo

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Neil Mahajan

(May 2022 -  Aug 2022)

University of Western Ontario

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Labiba Nahian

(Sep 2020 - Dec 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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Yusra Aslam

Jan 2023 - Aug 2023

University of Waterloo

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Abiramy Srirangan

(May 2020 -  Apr 2022)

University of Waterloo

School of Pharmacy

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Daniel Jin

(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

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Jasdeep Kaur Gill 

May 2023 - Aug 2023

University of Waterloo

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Farah Alam

(Sept 2021 -  Dec 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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Hawa Patel

Jan 2022 - Aug 2023

University of Waterloo

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Andrea Ta

(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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Devine Samoth

Jan 2023 - May 2023

University of Waterloo

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Saanchi Singh

(Feb 2021 - Apr 2021)

University of Waterloo

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Aidan McDougall

(May 2018 - Aug 2018)

 University of Waterlo

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Maheen Farooqi

(Jan 2016 - Apr 2016)

 University of Waterloo

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