Christina Castellani, Assistant Professor

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Cross-Appointment, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
Associate Scientist, Children’s Health Research Institute
  • Christina received her HBSc (Genetics), MSc, and PhD in Biology (Molecular Genetics, Dr. Shiva Singh) from Western University
  • Christina completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Computational Genomics, Dr. Dan Arking), Department of Genetic Medicine

Research staff

Phyo Wei Win, Research Assistant

  • Phyo has a MSc in Physiology and Pharmacology from Western University
  • He is investigating mitochondrial DNA copy number and heteroplasmy profiles in monozygotic twins discordant for schizophrenia
  • In his free time, Phyo enjoys travelling, running, and cooking

Graduate students

Amanda Morin, M.Sc. Student

  • Amanda is a MSc student in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
  • Amanda has a BSc in Biology and a BHSc in Health Sciences with Biology from Western University 
  • Amanda is Ojibwe from Wikwemikong First Nation on Manitoulin Island and is interested in complex disease, particular those that affect Indigenous communities
  • Amanda enjoys spending time outside, doing beadwork and hanging out with her cat Khloe!

Undergraduate students

Sam (Si Cong) Zhang, Undergraduate Student

  • Sam is a 3rd year BMSc student
  • His research interests include Biology and Computer Science
  • Sam enjoys board games and video games in his free time

Cristina Turcu, Undergraduate Student

  • Cristina is in her final year of a BSc with a Double Major in Biology and Genetics
  • She is interested in bioinformatics and has been working on the analysis of microarray data from epigenomes

Sarah Lowe, Undergraduate Student

  • Sarah is a 4th year BSc Biology student minoring in Computer Science
  • Her interests include computational genomics and disease research
  • She is working mainly on computational data analysis

Lantram Hoang, Undergraduate Student

  • Lantram is a 4th year BSc student doing her Honours Specialization in Biology
  • Her research interests include looking at relationships between disease and genetic and environmental factors, specifically the link between mitochondrial dysfunction and disease
  • Lantram is working primarily on cell culture in the lab

Tiffany Chu, Undergraduate Student

  • Tiffany is a 4th year BMSc student completing her Honours Specialization in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences
  • She works primarily on cell culture 
  • Tiffany loves to do puzzles in her free time 

Julia Nguyen, Undergraduate Student

  • Julia is a 3rd year Medical Bioinformatics BMSc student
  • Her research interests include using bioinformatic tools to study human diseases
  • Julia works primarily on computational data analysis


Hasti Gholami, Undergraduate Student

  • Hasti is a 4th year BMSc student completing her honours specialization in pathology
  • She is a 4th year thesis student co-supervised by both Dr. Castellani and Dr. Cameron
  • Her research interests include looking at the effect of asthma and cardiovascular disease drug treatments on mitochondrial function

If you are a prospective thesis student, please see the opportunities page. 


Tyler Nagano, 4th Year Honours Thesis Student in Medical Bioinformatics
Lantram Hoang, Undergraduate Summer Student