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Chemistry Class


Team Lead


Tejal Patel


Dr. Patel’s research interests are in pharmacotherapeutic management of neurological conditions, in particular dementia, epilepsy, and Parkinson's disease. 

Her current research interests include the assessment, classification, and management of drug-related problems in persons presenting with cognitive impairment as well as the frail elderly in primary care settings with a particular focus on medication management capacity and adherence to medications. 

Research Coordinator

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Jessica Ivo

May 2017 - Present

Jessica Ivo is currently completing a Master of Health Informatics at the University of Waterloo. She has over 4 years of experience in research with a focus on medication adherence in older adults.


Sarah Abu Fadaleh

January 2021 - Present

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. She is currently the Research Coordinator with Dr. Tejal Patel Lab at the University of Waterloo, School of Pharmacy. Sarah’s passion is traveling and she has visited 12 countries so far and planning on continuing her adventures in the future. In her downtime, she enjoys reading novels and listening to classic music.

PhD Candidate


Sadaf Faisal

September 2018 - Present

Sadaf Faisal is a licensed pharmacist in Ontario with over 10 years of experience in community, long-term and primary care settings. Sadaf received her Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Karachi, Pakistan, and completed a hospital pharmacy residency. She is also a Board-Certified Geriatric Pharmacist through Board of Pharmacy Specialties, USA. She currently practices as a clinical pharmacist at Thames Valley Family Health Team. She is pursuing her Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Tejal Patel at the University of Waterloo, School of Pharmacy. Her Ph.D. research is focused on medication use problems in various patient populations, including older adults and people with chronic disease, with a particular emphasis on medication management and adherence issues using various innovative technologies.

Current Undergraduate Students


Abiramy Srirangan

May 2020 - Present

Abi is a fourth-year student at the University of Waterloo in the Health Studies co-op program with a minor in Psychology. She is interested in pediatrics and is passionate about global health equity. She aspires to pursue medicine to reach her goal of becoming a physician with specializations in these areas. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and dance

Past Post-graduate Students

Haya Fernandez, (Sep 2015 – Aug 2017) MSc in Pharmacy, University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy.

Hamed Tabeefer, (Jan 2015 – Dec 2016) MSc in Pharmacy, University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy. Co-Supervision with Dr. F. Chang

Mo Chen, (Sep 2014 – Dec 2016) MSc in Pharmacy, University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy. CoSupervision with Dr. F. Chang

Past Undergraduate Students

Andrea Ta (Feb - Apr 2021)

Saanchi Singh (Feb - Apr 2021)

Nam Tran (Sept – Dec 2020)

Shelby Rose (May – Aug 2020)

Daniel Jin (May – Aug 2020)

Clea Heathfield (Jan – May 2020)

Catherine Lee (Jan – Aug 2019)

Aidan McDougall (May – Aug 2018)

Jessica Ivo (May – Aug 2017)

Akriti Pandey (Jan – May 2017)

Deval Mehta (May 2016 – Feb 2019)

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