Meet The Lab

Julian Aiken
Post-Doctoral Fellow

I earned my PhD in Kinesiology & Health Science at York University working under the supervision of Dr. Olivier Birot. My doctoral research investigated skeletal muscle microvascular adaptability in health and disease, with a special interest on molecular factors regulating capillary growth and/or regression in response to both physiological (exercise) and pathological (diabetes) stimuli. My current post-doctoral research aims to improve our understanding of the biology of somatostatin receptor type 2 antagonism to prevent hypoglycemia using animal models of type 1 diabetes, ultimately setting the stage for phase 1 and 2 clinical studies in humans. In my free time, I enjoy playing and watching basketball, going to the gym, playing guitar, and travelling.

Sam Scott
Post-Doctoral Fellow

I completed my PhD at Liverpool John Moores University in the UK under the supervision of Dr. Sam Shepherd. A large focus of my PhD was to investigate ways in which high-intensity interval training may reduce the major barriers of fear of hypoglycemia and lack of time in people with type 1 diabetes. My post-doctoral work in the Riddell Lab will continue my interests in human exercise studies in people with type 1 diabetes. Outside of the lab, I enjoy going to the theatre, watching live music, reading, soccer, climbing, and playing guitar.

Dessi Zaharieva
PhD Year 5

I completed my Master of Science (MSc) degree in Kinesiology & Health Science under the supervision of Dr. Riddell. I am currently in the fifth year of my PhD at York University. My research focuses on effective strategies to reduce blood sugar fluctuations (i.e. hypoglycemia) during exercise and in recovery in individuals with type 1 diabetes. In my spare time, I enjoy taekwondo, mixed martial arts, snowboarding, and travelling.

Ninoschka D'Souza
Research Assistant

I completed my Master of Science (MSc) degree in Kinesiology & Health Science at York University under the supervision of Dr. Anthony Scimè. Currently, I am investigating the effects of sodium glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors and somatostatin receptor type 2 (SSTR2) antagonists on glucose counterregulation in type 1 diabetes for improving hypoglycemia prevention. Outside of the lab, I enjoy travelling, cooking, reading, and trying new foods.

Caylee Greenberg
MSc Year 3

I graduated from York University with an Honours BSc in Biomedical Science and am thrilled to be a part of Dr. Riddell's lab as an MSc candidate. My current research is focusing on the effects of SGLT-2 inhibitors in conjunction with exercise in a rat model of type 1 diabetes. In my spare time, I enjoy baking, drawing, trampolining, and playing guitar.

Mahsa Jahangiri
MSc Year 3

I graduated from York University with an Honours BSc in Biomedical Science. For about 5 years, I worked as an assistant at a pharmacy where I learned a lot about diabetes, and became interested and eager to learn more through research. I’m very excited to be completing my Masters in Dr. Riddell’s lab where I am investigating the effects of a somatostatin receptor type 2 (SSTR2) antagonist on glucagon response under conditions of insulin-induced hypoglycemia in both healthy and diabetic rat models. In my free time, I enjoy working out, cooking, and hanging out with friends.

Rubin Pooni
MSc Year 3

I completed my BSc in Kinesiology & Health Science at York University. I am very excited to be working in Dr. Riddell's lab as an MSc candidate. My research focuses on examining the accuracy of wrist-worn activity monitors during different forms of physical activity in healthy individuals and individuals with type 1 diabetes. Outside of the lab, I enjoy working out, photography, and watching sports.

Sarah McGaugh
MSc Year 2

I completed my BSc in Biomedical Science at York University and am excited to continue my education in Dr. Riddell’s lab as an MSc candidate. My research focuses on the efficacy of carbohydrate feeding and insulin modifications for the prevention of hypoglycemia during prolonged aerobic exercise in individuals with type 1 diabetes. In my spare time, I enjoy hockey, soccer, baking, and travelling.

Riddhi Patel
MFSc Year 2

I completed my BSc degree at York University in Kinesiology & Health Science. I am working towards completing my MFSc with Dr. Riddell and Dr. Jamnik. My research focuses on type 1 diabetes, exercise, and technology. Outside of the lab, I enjoy travelling, hiking, and playing badminton.

Mehran Nejad-Mansouri
Undergraduate Honours Thesis

I am currently working towards completing my Honours BSc in Kinesiology & Health Science at York University, and am thrilled to be a part of Dr. Riddell's lab as an Undergraduate Honours Thesis student. My research focuses on investigating dose de-escalation of novel therapeutic targets utilizing somatostatin receptor type 2 (SSTR2) antagonists at four differing doses. I will be assessing the effects of the antagonists on liver glycogen levels in healthy and diabetic rodent models in response to hypoglycemic clamping. In my spare time, I enjoy exploring new places, hiking, playing Ultimate Frisbee, and playing soccer.