Meet Our Team
The Cardiovascular Imaging Network at Queen’s, including members of the Echo Lab at the Kingston General Hospital, is made up of a diversely skilled team of faculty, fellows, students, research staff, administrative staff, and technical staff. (Left to right: Paul Ewart, Hanane Benbarkat, Kiera Liblik, Laura Mantella, Olivia Yau, Kayla Colledanchise, Devon Cole, Christie Boswell-Patterson, Marie-France Hétu, Julia Herr, Amer Johri.)
Dr. Amer M. Johri, MD MSc FRCPC FASE (Director of CINQ)
Dr. Amer Johri is a member of the echocardiography group at Queen’s University and the Director of CINQ. He arrived after completing a research/clinical fellowship in imaging at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA under the supervision of Drs. M.H. Picard, J. Hung, and J. Passeri. His clinical interests are in 3D echocardiography, quality control in the echo lab, and interventional echocardiography. He also has extensive experience in echo-guided CRT optimization and TEE guided percutaneous aortic valve replacement.
Marie-France Hétu, PhD (Research Associate, CINQ Manager)
Marie-France is responsible for developing, administering, and managing all research projects at CINQ. She is the project leader, research coordinator, and image analyst for the ECoM trial. She acts as the point of contact for students, Health Canada, REB, and Industry. Having worked for PARTEQ Innovations and Green Centre Canada as a Research Analyst, she has experience in commercialization. She has expertise in 3D carotid plaque quantification, protocol development, data management and analysis. She holds an MSc and a PhD from Queen’s University in Molecular Biology.
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Julia Herr, MSc (Research Coordinator)
Julia Herr is a Research Coordinator for the ECoM clinical trial and the TAVI-Factor study. Her areas of expertise include plaque quantification and greyscale image analysis of carotid ultrasound images. She is also the web designer and administrator for the CINQ Lab website, the layout editor for POCUS Journal, and the CINQ Lab’s medical illustrator.
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Kiera Liblik (Part Time Research Assistant)
Kiera Liblik is a third-year Life Science (SSP) student at Queen’s University. She is currently assisting with recruitment, appointments, and data input for the ECoM study. She is also assisting with data input with the Cardiac Care Network. She hopes to attend medical school in either Canada or Australia.
Milena Bullen (Part Time Research Assistant)
Milena Bullen recently graduated from Queen’s University in the Life Science program, specializing in Pathology. Her research as a 499 student in the CINQ lab involved the comparison of 2D and 3D greyscale image analysis of carotid artery atherosclerotic plaques in patients with metabolic syndrome. She currently works on the VIBE program.
Terry Li, MSc (PhD Candidate, Anatomy and Cell Biology)
Terry's research is in cardio-genetics, with focus on single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with coronary artery disease (CAD). He is also interested in the association between SNPs and carotid plaques and is trained in carotid ultrasound imaging. In addition, he is involved in vascular ultrasound phantom development and the application of imaging contrast agents. Outside of research, Terry works as the Chief Prosector in the School of Medicine, overseeing dissection and teaching for the first-ear anatomy course. He holds an MSc in Anatomical Sciences from Queen's University, where he became equipped with a solid foundation in all facets of anatomy while being groomed for skills in teaching. Terry received his BSc in Physiology from University of Toronto.
Laura Mantella, MSc (MD/PhD Student)
Laura Mantella is an MD/PhD student at Queen’s University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Genetics from McMaster University in 2014. She also holds a Master of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Toronto, where she studied the role of long non-coding RNA in aortic aneurysm formation. Laura’s research in the CINQ Lab involves the use of contrast-enhanced ultrasound to link carotid plaque neovascularization with severity of coronary atherosclerosis and cardiac outcome.
Olivia Yau, BSc (MSc Student)
Olivia Yau is a 2nd year masters student in the Experimental Medicine field of the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences. Her research involves ultrasound phantom studies - specifically investigating the human carotid artery and vulnerable plaque. Her work involves building phantom plaques as well as conducting vascular ultrasound on her phantoms. She holds a BSc from Queen's University in Biology and Chemistry, where she specialized in conservation genetics.
Kayla Colledanchise, HBSc (MSc Student)
Kayla Colledanchise is an MSc student in the Experimental Medicine program at Queen’s University. Her project involves the utilization of ultrasound technology to evaluate carotid plaque vulnerability. She completed an HBSc in Biology at Lakehead University, where she studied the pathogenesis of H. influenzae and its interactions with the innate immune system.
Undergraduate Thesis Students
Christie Boswell-Patterson (PATH499 Student - DBMS)
Devon Cole (PATH499 Student - DBMS)
Hanane Benbarkat (Clinical Echo Fellow)
Fellows, Residents, and Medical Students
- Ying Liu, MD, PGY5
- Tina Zhu, MD, PGY6
Project: Contrast enhanced carotid ultrasound
- Winnie Chan, MD, PGY6
Internal Medicine Residents:
- Mohammed Al-Turki, MD, PGY3 Queen’s University, Internal Medicine.
Project: Tavi Study
- Nathaniel Moulson, MD, PGY3 Queen’s University, Internal Medicine.
Project: The Feasibility of Hand-held Cardiac Ultrasound for Screening University Varsity Athletes for Structural causes of Sudden Cardiac Death by Non-Cardiologists.
- Madeline Warner, MD, PGY2 Queen’s University, Internal Medicine
Project: Evaluation of a multi-media learning tool for teaching critical care cardiology
- Joshua Durbin, PGY 1, Queen’s University, Internal Medicine
Project: POCUS teaching for medical students
- Mina Dehghani, MD, PGY2 Queen’s University, Internal Medicine
- Jasna Jasdeluce, MD, PGY2 Queen’s University, Internal Medicine