Mannila Sandhu

Mannila Sandhu

Quantitative Research Assistant

Mannila Sandhu joined EPID@Work Research Institute in 2019 after receiving her M.Sc. in Computer Science with a specialization in Data Science from Lakehead University. During her master’s she was awarded the MITACS Globalink Research scholarship to conduct her thesis work which was primarily focused on developing machine learning pipeline using high-level programming language to validate complex conceptual models by using massive social media data sets. Since starting her career at EPID@Work, she has demonstrated her detail oriented and strong data-driven approach. During her tenure, she developed excellent technical, analytical and research skills by working closely with the interdisciplinary team of researchers. Additionally, her experience in collecting, analyzing, interpreting, validating, and presenting data to stakeholders and with STATA for data management and statistical analysis, along with her training in statistical modelling is suitable for studies that are conducted at the institute. Her long-term goals are to get into the best Public Health Data Science Ph.D. program and become a Research Scientist in Canada.


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Dana Korten

Research Assistant

Dana Korten is a Master of Public Health student specializing in Indigenous and Northern Health at Lakehead University. She has an HBSc. in health sciences and experience working in primary care teams. Currently, she is working as a Research Assistant at EPID@Work on Tradeswomen: Potential concerns of bullying, violence, and harassment. She is also working with Selkirk First Nation’s Lands, Resources, and Heritage Department in Pelly Crossing, Yukon, where she resides.


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Ryan Hron

Research Assistant

Ryan is a Research Assistant in the Lakehead University Faculty of Business Administration and a recent graduate of their Master of Science in Management program. His research experience includes new immigrant welcoming/integration in Northwestern Ontario and managerial coaching research. Ryan is from Waldhof, Ontario and has previously worked in the Northwestern Ontario tourism industry.


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Julia Whitney

Research Assistant

Julia is a graduate student in Lakehead University’s Master of Science in Management program. She is also a graduate of Lakehead’s Honours Bachelor of Commerce Program. She is currently a research assistant studying newcomer welcoming in Northwestern Ontario and the challenges and barriers newcomers face immigrating to the region. Julia will continue exploring this topic in the context of newcomer women throughout her MSc studies.


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Victoria Culver

Graduate Assistant

Victoria is an Instructor Therapist, providing 1:1 Intensive Behavioural Intervention to children on the autism spectrum. Her undergraduate education is in Interdisciplinary Studies specializing in Environmental Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, with a minor in Psychology. Victoria is currently a first-year student in the Master of Public Health program at Lakehead University. She currently is a Graduate Assistant with EPID@Work.  Victoria is interested in mental health and health promotion. She believes that increasing conversations and having an open dialogue about mental health is important to normalize the subject and decrease social stigma.  She is also interested in health promotion surrounding communicable disease and the importance of public health measures at preventing and mitigating negative health outcomes.

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Brianna Belanger

Graduate Assistant

Brianna is a first-year graduate student in the Master of Public Health program with a specialization in Epidemiology. Prior to coming to Lakehead University, she completed an Honours Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences at Wilfrid Laurier University and was drawn to public health courses. The past two years she has worked with a local health unit to carry out West Nile virus surveillance and her research interests include infectious disease and food insecurity. Brianna will be working as a Graduate Assistant with Dr. Kristman and Dr. Martin to enhance knowledge mobilization on current research projects.


Shahram Zaheer

Research Assistant


Madison Maki 

Administrative Assistant