Research Managers & Coordinators

Research Manager

Matthew D’Ascanio, BSc has completed a Bachelor’s of Science (Hon) from the University of Toronto, as well as a postgraduate degree in Clinical Research at Humber College. Before starting with the Hospital for Sick Children in 2012, Matthew worked in the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre as a Clinical Research Associate.

Research Coordinator

Kanthi S. Kavikondala, BSc holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Microbiology from Osmania University, India. She is also an OSMT Certified Medical Lab Technician and has recently completed Clinical Research Coordinator course from University of Florida. After working in various capacities in the field of healthcare, she joined the esteemed team of TARGet Kids! as Phlebotomist/Clinical Research Assistant in 2010 and has now been assigned a new responsibility of a Research Coordinator. She is passionate about the role clinical research plays in translating science into actual treatments and thereby improving quality of life.

Research Assistants

Juela Sejdo is working as a Clinical Research Project Assistant at the Danforth Pediatrics Clinic. She completed her MD and postgraduate training in Laboratory Medicine at the University of Tirana. She also completed a Clinical Research Associate Program at the Oxford College of Arts, Business and Technology.

Laurie Thompson is a Certified Medical Lab Technician and is currently working with the TARGetKids Team as a Phlebotomist/ Clinical Research Project Assistant. Laurie really enjoys working directly with the children and parents that are participating in the study and considers it a privilege to be working for such a dynamic group of researchers and community physicians.

Tarandeep Malhi completed her Medical Laboratory Technician Diploma in 2006. She started working with TARGet Kids group in 2009 as a Research Phlebotomist and later continued her duties as Research Assistant II.

Shanique Edwards is a Certified Medical Lab Technician and is working at the Humber College Pediatric Clinic as a Phlebotomist/Clinical Research Assistant. She graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honorary Bachelors degree in Psychology and Neuroscience in 2009. She comes with great experience in the field of pediatric healthcare. She shares a passion for health sciences and feels very privileged to work with a team of researchers  that share the same passion to help improve the health of children through clinical research.