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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Kate McKenzie (Part Time Research Assistant)
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.
Christie Boswell-Patterson, BSc (MSc Student)
Christie is a MSc student in the Experimental Medicine program through the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences. She received her BScH in Life Sciences from Queen’s, with a specialization in Cardiorespiratory Sciences. Christie’s research at CINQ began as a fourth-year research project, which she has continued in her master’s, working to model the pathological neovascularization found in vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques for ultrasound imaging and testing contrast agents.
Orli Chapman (MSc Student)
Orli is a MSc student in the Anatomical Sciences program through the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences. Orli's research project aims at determining if information given by an ultrasound image corresponds to actual tissue types in an atherosclerotic plaque specimen (composition).
Undergraduate Thesis Students
Aisha Jansen (499 Student - DBMS)
Aisha is completing her BScH in Life Sciences at Queen’s University with a specialization in Biomedical Science. Her fourth year research project aims to define grayscale values associated with common plaque components in ultrasound images for use in the determination of carotid plaque composition.
Nicholas Grubic (499 Student - DBMS)
Nicholas Grubic is a BScH student at Queen’s University. Nicholas’ undergraduate thesis focuses on analyzing pulmonary hemodynamics in competitive athletes using stress echocardiography. He is also actively involved in projects surrounding cardiovascular pre-participation screening of athletes led by both Queen’s University and the CINQ lab.
Sanjay Solanki (499 Student - DBMS)
Sanjay Solanki is a BScH student at Queen’s University with a specialization in Biomedical Sciences. Sanjay's undergraduate thesis focuses on determining if atherosclerotic plaque composition is a systemic phenomenon in patients referred for coronary angiography.