Exécutif | Executive

President | President
Michael Elten

Michael is in the second year of the MSc. Epidemiology program at uOttawa, working on his thesis project which is exploring the harmful effects of maternal and early-life exposures to air pollution, with relation to chronic diseases. Some hobbies outside school include playing soccer, running, and reading.


Michael is thrilled to return and be a part of the CSEB executive committee for the second consecutive year. He is excited to collaborate with the other execs in planning the various events for this year and is looking forward to participating in the national CSEB conference to be held in Ottawa in May 2019!

Vice President | Vice President
Jean-Paul Salameh

Jean-Paul is a master’s student in SEPH and is supervised by Dr. David Moher and Dr. Matthew McInnes. His thesis is evaluating the completeness of reporting of systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy based on the PRISMA-DTA reporting guideline. In his free time, he enjoys playing the violin, hiking, and cooking. Jean-Paul represents SEPH students on the Graduate Studies Council and School Assembly meetings.


Treasurer | Treasurer

Emma Auguste

Representatives of Graduate Students | Graduate Students’ Representatives
Ryan Iverson

Ryan is a recent graduate of the Health Sciences Program at the University of Ottawa. He is currently a first year student in the MSc Epidemiology program and has an interest in rare pediatric diseases. This is Ryan’s first year as a member of CSEB-UO and he will be participating as Graduate Liaison on the executive committee. His hobbies include hiking, volunteering and yoga!



Johnny Bonnell

I am a second year student in the Master’s of Epidemiology and Community Medicine program at the University of Ottawa, and occupy the role of Co-Graduate Liaison with CSEB. I am very excited to plan and partake in the numerous events we will be hosting throughout the year. My master’s thesis revolves around organ donation registration, and is being supervised by Dr. Justin Presseau. Prior to my master’s degree, I completed an Honours Bachelor degree in Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa.

In addition to being a full-time student, I work part-time at the Ottawa Hospital as an Inpatient Clerk on the Radiation Oncology and Sub-Acute Medicine unit. My other research interests include palliative care, oncology, and dementia care. If I’m not clerking or working on my thesis, I am usually eating sushi or dunking on 12 year olds at the local Orleans basketball courts.  I can be reached at jbonn006@uottawa.ca for any inquiries or basketball challenges.

Vice President of Communications  | Vice President of Communication  

Romina Fakhraei

Romina is a second year student in the MSc Epidemiology program. Her thesis project is assessing the safety of administering the pertussis vaccine during pregnancy. Romina has worked as a clinical research assistant at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) for the past 5 years, with a focus on maternal and child health. Her hobbies include listening to podcasts, hosting events, and cooking!

As a returning member of CSEB-UO, Romina is excited to promote epidemiology and public health engagement through social media and web-based platforms!

Co-Chairs of Conferences and Workshops | Co-Chairs of Conferences and Workshops

Wenshan Li

Wenshan is a second year MSc. Epidemiology student at uOttawa and a member of the CSEB-UO team for the second year. Having worked with frail seniors and seen the lack of support for elders and their caregivers, her research focuses on the burden and predictors of caregiver distress as well as its impact on the seniors they care for. Her hobbies include playing the piano (and all other music-related activities) and helping injured/abandoned animals find good homes.



Lina Ghandour

Lina Ghandour is enrolled in the Master of Science in Public Health (MScPH) program at McGill University. She graduated in 2017 from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor degree (Hons) in Health Sciences, and spent the subsequent summer in the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health (CADTH) as a Pharmaceutical Reviewer. Presently, Lina holds the position of epidemiologist at Health Canada and is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant at McGill University.  Passionate about epidemiology, public health, and event planning, Lina joined the CSEB-Ottawa team as a Co-Chair of Workshops and Conferences in 2016, where she assists in various aspects of event management, from concept to evaluation

Thivya Naganathan

Thivya Naganathan is joining CSEB as the Co-chair of Workshops and Conferences. She is an undergraduate student who is majoring in Health Sciences and minoring in computer science. She is interested research topics related to nutrigenomics. This year Thivya looks forward to helping to plan the Knowledge Translation event that CSEB will be hosting.



Adena Pinto

Adena is currently in the first year of the Masters of Science Epidemiology program and is a recent graduate of the Health Science Program at the University of Ottawa. Her research interests include child-focused nutritional marketing and policies. She will be a co-Chair of Workshops and Conference for CSEB-UO. Adena enjoys spending time painting and playing piano.