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

Graduate students

Phyo Wei Win, Ph.D. Student

  • Phyo is a PhD student in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
  • Phyo has a MSc in Physiology and Pharmacology from Western University
  • He is investigating the effect of mitochondrial DNA variation on the nuclear epigenome and transcriptome
  • In his free time, Phyo enjoys travelling, running, and cooking

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!

Elly Shin, M.Sc. Student

  • Elly is a MSc student in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
  • Elly has a HBSc in Human Biology: Fundamental Genetics and Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Toronto
  • She is investigating the mechanism(s) of mito-nuclear crosstalk through metabolomics and direct epigenome editing
  • Outside of school, Elly enjoys cooking and swimming


Rachel Barboza, 4th year Honours Thesis Student 

  • Rachel is a 4th year Medical Bioinformatics BMSc student
  • Her research interests involve investigating atypical mitosis in neoplasms (brain tumours) using computational methods
  • Rachel enjoys reading, photography, and trying new foods!

Pious Jose, 4th year Honours Thesis Student

  • Pious is a 4th year One Health BMSc student
  • He is interested in investigating the connection between epigenetics, mitochondrial DNA, and asthma
  • Some of Pious’ hobbies include amateur videography, weightlifting, and biking

Maya Lekhi, 2nd year Scholar’s Elective Student

  • Maya is a 2nd year Scholar’s Elective student studying computer science and business
  • Maya is interested in mitochondrial DNA variation and the relationship between DNA methylation and longevity
  • Maya works primarily on computational data analysis

Undergraduate students

Ann Sony, Undergraduate Student

  • Ann is a 3rd year BMSc student double majoring in Pathology and Pathology
  • She is interested in using wet lab techniques to investigate how mitochondrial DNA influences the nuclear epigenome
  • In her free time, Ann enjoys reading and hiking

Sandra Abraham, Undergraduate Student

  • Sandra is a 1st year BMSc student
  • She is fascinated by the relationship between the mitochondria and their impact on the epigenome
  • During her spare time, Sandra loves to cook new recipes and read classic novels!

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


  • Julia Nguyen, 4th year Honours Thesis Student in Medical Bioinformatics and USRI Summer Student
  • Tyler Nagano, 4th Year Honours Thesis Student in Medical Bioinformatics
  • Hasti Gholami, 4th Year Honours Thesis Student in Pathology & Laboratory Medicine co-supervised with Dr. Cameron
  • Angela Lin, Undergraduate USRI Summer Student
  • Tiffany Chu, Undergraduate Student
  • Sarah Lowe, Undergraduate Student
  • Cristina Turcu, Undergraduate Student
  • Sam (Si Cong) Zhang, Undergraduate Student
  • Lantram Hoang, Undergraduate Summer Student
  • David Leung, Undergraduate Student