Alumni 2024-02-29T16:55:28+00:00

Due to the natural transient nature of our research hub, we have many amazing people coming and going, whether from a work term, completing a degree, or participating as a visiting researcher.  We wanted to keep a space to honour all of those who have worked with us to move the research forward!

Darian Allard

Social Media Co-Ordinator and Research Assistant
Social Media Co-Ordinator and Research Assistant2021-2023
Darian obtained her B.A. in psychology at uOttawa in 2022, and was a part of the MFM Lab Team from September 2021 to December 2023. She initially was a research assistant and worked on data collection and processing, and then became the lab’s first social media coordinator.  Darian is now a research coordinator at the Bruyere Research Institute and is currently completing her masters in counselling psychology with the goal of becoming a psychotherapist.  Outside of work and school, Darian loves travelling, art, going to the gym, and being outside.

Shainuka Kannathas

Research Assistant
Research Assistant2022-2023

Karen Hakko

Undergraduate Team Member - Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
Undergraduate Team Member - Biomedical Mechanical Engineering2021 - 2023
Karen is a third year Biomedical Mechanical Engineering Student at the University of Ottawa. She joined the MFM lab team in 2021 as an undergraduate student working on various projects including Solidworks design, manufacturing research equipment as well as data collection and processing.

Carina Lyrette

 Undergraduate Team Member - Health Sciences
Undergraduate Team Member - Health Sciences2022 - 2023

Carina joined the MFM Team in February of 2022 and volunteered as a research assistant on the hypopressive study. She then completed an undergraduate research project from September of 2022 to April 2023, working with the team on the validation and reliability of the BRUTS Questionnaire. Carina learned more about occupational therapy (OT) during a summer work experience, and is now very excited to be doing a master’s degree in OT here at the University of Ottawa!

Alina Danilova

 Undergraduate Team Member - Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate Team Member - Chemical Engineering2022 - 2023

Alina completed two co-op terms at the MFM Lab. During her terms, she helped with the setup of the injection moulding system and fabrication of laboratory disposables, including electrodes and dynamometer arm covers. She also worked on a study evaluating the effects of different dynamometer arm shapes on the forces recorded. Alina is completing her bachelor’s in chemical engineering at uOttawa and is expected to graduate in December 2023.

Alexis McCreath-Frangakis

 Undergraduate Team Member - Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
Undergraduate Team Member - Biomedical Mechanical Engineering2021 - 2022

Alexis completed one co-op term and two work terms at the MFM Lab. She worked as a research assistant under Catriona Czyrnyj, helping with the fabrication and imaging of phantom tissue. She also assisted in data collection and creation of data processing codes for the vulvalgesiometer, ultrasound, and dynamometer data.  Alexis is currently completing her master’s in biomedical engineering at uOttawa and is expected to graduate April 2024.

Ana Brennan

M.Eng - Biomedical Engineering
M.Eng - Biomedical Engineering2020 - 2022

As of April 2022, Ana successfully defended her MASc thesis, titled: “Design and Bench Validation of a Mechanical Intravaginal Dynamometer Mechanism”.

Ana is currently working as a Sustainment Engineer with WOW tech group.

Megan Vandermolen

M.Eng - Biomedical Engineering
M.Eng - Biomedical Engineering2020 - 2022

Megan successfully defended her MASc thesis, “Semi-Automated Detection of Bladder Neck Funnelling and Measurement of Posterior Urethrovesical Angle in Females” in April 2022.

Megan is currently working as an Analyst with Indigo Books.

Dr. Catriona Czyrnyj

Ph.D Biomedical Engineering
Ph.D Biomedical Engineering2014-2021

Catriona obtained her B.A.Sc. in 2014 in Mechanical Engineering and worked in the MFM Lab since November 2015, where she completed her Master’s thesis in 2017. Catriona pursued her PhD in Biomedical Engineering under Drs. Linda McLean and Michel Labrosse, and her research focused on biomedical imaging, tissue mechanics, and biomechanics of the female urogenital system. Cat defended her thesis in 2021.

Cat is currently working as an R&D Engineer with Baylis Medical Technologies and teaches as a sessional lecturer in the Department of Engineering at the University of Toronto.

Maxine Speers

Undergraduate Team Member - Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
Undergraduate Team Member - Biomedical Mechanical EngineeringCo-Op Student 2022

Maxine is currently a 4th year Biomedical Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Ottawa. She joined the team as a co-op student in 2022 to assist in the development of data analysis programs along with the fabrication and repair of research equipment. Outside of the lab, Maxine enjoys biking and rock climbing.

Dr. Rachel Luo Qiu

Visiting Researcher - Medical Doctor & PhD Student
Visiting Researcher - Medical Doctor & PhD Student2020 & 2021

Rachel.Luo Qiu received her medical degree and residency training at the second affiliated hospital of kunMing Medical University. She then completed her Physiatrist training at the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as the department of Neurology of the HuaShan Hospital of FuDan University in 2011. In 2021 Rachel was a doctoral student at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her doctoral study focus was on understanding the relationship between cerebral blood flow with neurodevelopmental disability in preterm infants. With a background in electroneurophysiology and ongoing interest in the neurophysiology of incontinence in women, she came to work with Prof.McLean to further research in understanding urethral sphincteric and pelvic floor neurophysiology.

Dr. Joanna Reeves

 Visiting Researcher - Postdoctoral Fellow - 2020
Visiting Researcher - Postdoctoral Fellow - 2020

Jo completed her PhD in biomechanics at the University of Salford, UK on the effect of foot orthoses on muscle activity and morphology, foot biomechanics and skin sensitivity. During the latter part of her PhD Jo was based at the University of Guelph. In that time she was involved in a collaborative project with the University of Salford investigating how mechanoreceptors on the sole of the foot respond to loads similar to those experienced in walking and another study on the influence of texture on joint position sense. Fine-wire EMG of the tibialis posterior was a fundamental part of Jo’s PhD thesis and she explored some of the methodological issues with fine-wire electrodes in a short term post doc with Dr. McLean. With a background and interest in gait and clinical biomechanics, Jo was also involved in the work on running-induced stress urinary incontinence in women that Marie-Ève Bérubé was conducting.

Beatriz Martin Arranz

Visiting Researcher - PhD Candidate - 2019
Visiting Researcher - PhD Candidate - 2019currently a Professor and Researcher at La Salle Madrid University

Beatriz Arranz received her Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy in 2013 at the University of Alcalá (Spain). She continued to do an International PhD in Health Science, which focused on research, teaching, and clinical aspects of the Physiotherapy in Women’s Health Research Group (Spain). Her research focused on the evaluation of the abdominal muscles in the postpartum period using electromyography and ultrasound. This brought Beatriz to Canada in 2019 to do a visiting research stay in Dr. McLean’s lab, and in 2020 she successfully defended her PhD. Beatriz is currently a professor and researcher at La Salle Madrid University and a collaborating researcher at the University of Alcalá.

Merrill Pappin

Research Assistant
Research Assistant2017 & 2018

Merill joined the MFM team following her graduation from the Bachelor of Health Science program at the University of Ottawa. She continued to work with the MFM team through her first year of her Master’s of Physical Therapy from Queen’s University. We wish her the best with her career as a physiotherapist.

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