Meet The Lab

Ariella Mandel
Post-Doctoral Fellow

My post doctoral fellowship work focuses on blood glucose regulation and counter-regulation in rodent models of diabetes. Before this, I completed my PhD at York University under the supervision of Dr. Haas where I focused on microvascular function and remodelling in rodent models of diabetes and peripheral artery disease. Before that, I completed a MSc at the University of Waterloo and an Honours BSc at the University of Western Ontario. In my free time, I enjoy running, cycling, reading and playing with my dogs.

Dessi Zaharieva
PhD Year 4

I completed my Master of Science (MSc) degree in Kinesiology & Health Science under the supervision of Dr. Riddell. I am currently in the fourth 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.

Caylee Greenberg
MSc Year 2

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 Jahangirie
MSc Year 2

I recently 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 starting my Masters in Dr. Riddell’s lab where I will be 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 2

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 type 1 diabetes, exercise, and wearable technology. Outside of the lab, I enjoy working out, photography, and watching sports.

Sarah McGaugh
MSc Year 1

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 will focus on type 1 diabetes and exercise management. In my spare time, I enjoy hockey, soccer, baking, and travelling.

Riddhi Patel
MFSc Year 1

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