Yvonne Bombard, PhD, BSc

Principal Investigator

Dr. Bombard is a genomics health services researcher and Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation.  Her research focuses on evaluating the adoption of new genomic technologies in clinical practice.

Dr. Bombard holds a Fellowship from Yale University (Health Policy), a Fellowship from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (Cancer Genomics) and a Fellowship from the University of Toronto (Health Services Research).


Our Current Team Members

Marc Clausen

Marc.Clausen@UnityHealth.to

Research Program Manager

Marc is the Research Program Manager in Genomics Health Services and Policy Research at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. Marc has background in health science research and business. Marc’s previous research has focused on creating computer counselling tools for HIV positive adults, assessing longitudinal risk behaviours in children of refuges and evaluating counselling interventions for homeless adults. He holds Masters degree in Anthropology, with an emphasis on Medical Anthropology.

Salma Shickh

Salma.Shickh@UnityHealth.to

PhD Student/Genetic Counselor

Salma is a PhD Student/Genetic Counselor in Genomics Health Services and Policy Research at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. She completed her BSc in Life Sciences at the University of Toronto and a Master of Science in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College. She was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2014 and worked as a genetic counselor at London Health Sciences Centre for 2 and a half years in cancer and general genetics. She is currently working in the Bombard Lab on the randomized controlled trial of the decision aid, the public genomics study and the health outcomes study.

Chloe Mighton

Chloe.Mighton@UnityHealth.to

PhD Student

Chloe is a PhD student in Genomics Health Services & Policy Research. Chloe completed her MSc in Health Services Research with a focus on Health Technology assessment at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Previously, she completed her BSc in Biology at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include uncertainty related to genomic sequencing, genomic variant reclassification, and patients’ experiences with genomic sequencing. With the Bombard Lab, she works on the the randomized controlled trial of the decision aid, the Genome Kids! study, the Public Genomics study and the Incidental Genomics study.

Rita Kodida

Rita.Kodida@UnityHealth.to

Genetic Counsellor/Research Coordinator

Rita is a Genetic Counsellor and Research Coordinator in the Genomics Health Services and Policy Research at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. She completed her Master of Science degree in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, New York). She is certified by the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors and has clinical genetic counselling experience in the areas of cancer, prenatal, and general genetics. Rita is currently the study Genetic Counsellor in the Incidental Genomics Study (The Health Outcomes, Utility, and Costs of Returning Incidental Genomic Findings).

Agnes Sebastian

Agnes.Sebastian@mail.utoronto.ca

MSc Student

Agnes is a MSc student in Genomics Health Services and Policy Research at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. Her MSc will be in Health Services Research through the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Agnes completed her Honours BSc in Molecular Genetics and Fundamental Genetics at the University of Toronto. Her research interests lie at the intersection of genomics and incidental results, primary care providers, and medical education. She is currently working on the health outcomes study.

Emma Reble

 Emma.Reble@UnityHealth.to

Research Analyst/Coordinator

Emma is a Research Analyst and Coordinator in Genomics Health Services & Policy Research at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. She completed her Honours BSc at the University of Western Ontario in Neuroscience with a minor in Genetics. She recently completed her MSc with the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto focusing on genetic risk variants for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Emma is currently the Research Analyst for the Incidental Genomics Study.

Aishwarya Raguraman

Aishwarya.Raguraman@UnityHealth.to

Co-op Student

Aishwarya is an undergraduate student at McMaster University, in the Honours Life Sciences Co-op program. She has an interest in pursuing a career in molecular biology and healthcare, and is procuring a minor in biology as well as in music. She is currently a co-op student at the Bombard Lab, working on the Incidental Genomics study. She is involved with the recruitment and management of participants, conducting interviews, and analyzing genetic variants.

Clarissa Chan

 Clarissa.Chan@UnityHealth.to

Medical Genomics Practicum Student

Clarissa is a MHSc student in Medical Genomics at the University of Toronto. She completed her Honours BSc at the University of Toronto in Biology with a minor in Psychology and Physiology. She is currently working on the Incidental Genomics Study.

Jordan Sam

Jordan.Sam@UnityHealth.to

Medical Genomics Practicum Student

Jordan is a M.HSc student at the University of Toronto in the Medical Genomics program. He completed his Honours B.Sc with a specialist in Molecular Biology at the University of Toronto. His interests lie in using genomic technologies to guide diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of patients. At the Bombard lab, Jordan is doing his placement in the Incidental Genomics study where he will be working on variant analysis.

Christina Di Carlo

Research Volunteer

Christina completed her BSc in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Guelph, and will begin her Masters of Public Health at the University of Western Ontario. Her interests include research surrounding health policy and the social determinants of health. Christina is currently a research volunteer with the Bombard Lab, working on the Incidental Genomics Study and TARGet Kids! Study.

Leslie Oldfield

Leslie.Oldfield@uhnresearch.ca

Research Volunteer

Leslie is a Research Associate at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre under Dr. Trevor Pugh. Leslie completed her BAH in International Development at the University of Guelph and her MSc. in Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto, with her previous research focused on hereditary cancer genetics and targeted panel design. With the Bombard Lab, she works on the circulating tumour DNA study.

Esha Joshi

JoshiE@smh.ca

Research Volunteer

Esha is currently in her 4th year of undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto St.George, majoring in genetics and molecular biology. Esha is interested in pursuing a career in genomics and biotechnology. She is currently working on her independent research project with the Bombard lab, working on the randomized control trial of the decision aid and the Genome Kids! study.

Lindsay Carlsson

 Lindsay.Carlsson@uhn.ca

Research Volunteer

Lindsay is a PhD candidate at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. She previously graduated from the University of Toronto from both their Bachelor of Nursing Science program in 2007, and their Master of Nursing program in 2009. Professionally, Lindsay practices as a Clinical Research Nurse with the Phase 1 Drug Development Program at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Her research interests focus on the impact of genomic medicine in cancer care on patients and families. Lindsay’s thesis project is exploring the psychological functioning and clinical decision-making of women who have undergone multi-gene panel testing for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer risk.

Theresa Kim

Research Collaborator

Theresa is the Research Collaborator with the Genomics Health Services and Policy Research department at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. She completed her PhD in Epidemiology and Psychology, with a focus on maternal and child health using population datasets from Statistics Canada. Theresa’s research interests include determining predictors of maternal social support and depression, and identifying longitudinal pathways to child behaviour using structural equation modeling. Theresa’s main involvement with the Genomics team with the Genome Kids! study, which examines parent preferences for learning their children’s whole genomic sequencing results.

Our Former Team Members

Laura McCuaig

Keenan Research Program Summer Student

Laura was involved with the Bombard lab as part of the Keenan Research Summer Student Program and was working on the randomized control trial decision aid study as well as the Genome Kids! study.

Present position: Medical Student, University of Toronto

Mariana Gutierrez Salazar

Mariana.GutierrezSalazar@sinaihealthsystem.ca

Research Coordinator & Genomics Data Specialist

Mariana was a Genomics Data Specialist and Research Coordinator involved in the public genomics study and the health outcomes study.

Present position: Medical Student, University of British Columbia

Ruhi Kiflen

Research Coordinator

Ruhi was involved in coordinating health services research related to the adoption of Real World Evidence into provincial healthcare funding decisions.

Present position: Research Coordinator, Public Health Ontario

Selina Casalino

Co-op Student

Selina was the study coordinator for both the DA RCT and TARGet! Kids Genome Kids! study.

Present Position: Graduate Student in the Genetic Counselling Program (MSc) at the University of Manitoba

Devangna Sharma

devangna.sharma@mail.utoronto.ca

Undergraduate Research Student

Devangna is in her 4th year of undergraduate studies specializing in Fundamental Genetics and its Applications at the University of Toronto, St. George. She is interested in pursuing a career involving both medicine and genetics. Devangna is currently doing her independent research project with the Bombard lab, working on the Incidental Genomics Study.

Aarushi Gupta

aarushi.gupta@mail.utoronto.ca

Undergraduate Research Student

Aarushi is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto in the Human Biology and Physiology program. She is currently doing her 4th year independent research project with the Bombard lab’s Incidental Genomics study. Aarushi’s research interests include public health genomics, cancer genetics and risk variant analysis.

Sarah Muir

Co-op Student; Keenan Research Program Summer Student

Sarah worked on the Public Genomics Study and the Incidental Genomics Study. She was involved with participant recruitment, programming data collection instruments, conducting qualitative interviews, and genetic variant analysis.

Current Position: M.S. Genetic Counseling student, Wayne State University

Jessica Ho

h.jessica1@gmail.com

Research Volunteer

Jessica was a Volunteer in Genomics Health Services and Policy Research at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, working on evaluating the clinical utility of adopting circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) testing in health systems.

Current position: Medical Student, Queen’s University

Alessia Calvo

Co-op Student

Alessia completed a co-op placement with the Bombard Lab, working on the Incidental Genomics Study and ctDNA Study. She was involved with participant recruitment and management, consenting participants into the study, and performing qualitative analysis alongside other lab members.
Current Position: B.Sc. Student, McMaster University

Siddhi Manjrekar

 Siddhi.Manjrekar@mail.utoronto.ca

Research Analyst

Siddhi was a Research Analyst in Genomics Health Services & Policy Research at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, working on variant analysis for the Incidental Genomics Study.

Current position: MBiotech student, University of Toronto

Join Our Team

We are currently accepting applications from research volunteers and potential graduate students.

Each year, I admit MSc and PhD students for interdisciplinary research investigating the impacts of adopting new genomic technologies in clinical care. This research calls on the following methods: qualitative interviewing, surveys, clinical trials, behavioural and psychological outcomes, health technology assessment, health economics, patient engagement, deliberative democracy, mixed methods analysis. Interested candidates should email a CV, unofficial transcripts, and a brief research proposal (max 1 page). Candidates are strongly encouraged to google advice for effective proposal drafting. A strong introductory email is a great first step towards graduate school admission. Due to a high volume of emails, I only respond to emails that include the requested attachments.

For 2020-2021 I am particularly recruiting candidates interested in patient engagement and health economic analysis.

If you are interested in working with us, please contact Marc Clausen at ClausenM@smh.ca

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