CGHR Toronto


Lukasz Aleksandrowicz
Desiree Bernard
Anna Dare
Shaza Fadel
Hana Fu
Mireille Gomes
Asad Habib
Prabhat Jha
Yurie Maher
Sujata Mishra
Michael Palmer
Jayadeep Patra
Usha Ram
Mayvis Rebeira
Peter Rodriguez
Wilson Suraweera
Kevin Taing
Eric Young


LUKASZ ALEKSANDROWICZ, MSc – Project Coordinator

Lukasz Aleksandrowicz is a project coordinator at CGHR. He recently took a year-long leave to finish his master of public health degree at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and ran a brief study on water and sanitation in Bangladesh for Médecins Sans Frontières. He currently works on improving verbal autopsy systems for collecting information on causes of death in India. Lukasz’s research interests also include food security, climate change, and environmental health.

Lukasz Aleksandrowicz – Publications


DESIREE BERNARD – Senior Administrative Assistant


ANNA DARE, MBChB, PhD – Postdoctoral Fellow

Anna is a CIHR postdoctoral fellow at CGHR. Originally from New Zealand, she received her medical degree from the University of Auckland and embarked on a clinical career in general surgery, before moving to the United Kingdom to undertake her PhD in surgical sciences at the University of Cambridge. Anna’s clinical and research interests centre on improving access to surgical care in low- and middle-income countries, and among indigenous populations. At CGHR her work focuses on quantifying mortality from time-critical surgical conditions in India, Mexico and the US and relating this to geographic access to surgical facilities.


SHAZA FADEL, PhD, MPH – Research Fellow

Shaza Fadel earned her PhD in Immunology from Duke University, and then spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow examining the role of cell trafficking during immune responses to influenza at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Thereafter, she broadened her expertise from basic science to public health by earning an MPH in Epidemiology and a certificate in Global Health from the University of Toronto. At CGHR, her research focus is on maternal & child health, as well as vaccine preventable diseases. She is active in the child health and infectious diseases working group.


HANA FU, MSA – GIS Technician

Hana Fu is a Geographic Information System (GIS) Technician at CGHR. She earned her master’s degree in Spatial Analysis from Ryerson University, Toronto. Her current research focuses on spatial distribution of tobacco users in India. She also works on mapping for research projects at the Centre.


MIREILLE GOMES, PhD – Postdoctoral Fellow

Mireille completed her PhD in Systems Biology at the University of Oxford. She has worked in Canada and abroad on health information systems for organizations such as the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the World Health Organization. Mireille is currently working on computationally improving verbal autopsy systems for collecting information on causes of death.


ASAD HABIB – Project Manager/Senior Software Systems Developer

Asad Habib is a Project Manager/Senior Software Systems Developer at CGHR. He has considerable experience in managing and leading large‐scale software development initiatives, including university wide IT platform development efforts at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University.


PRABHAT JHA, MD, DPhil – Director

Prabhat Jha is the founding director of CGHR. He is also the Inaugural University of Toronto Endowed Professor in Disease Control, Canada Research Chair at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, co-investigator of the Disease Control Priorities Network, and expert advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on HIV/AIDS control in India and to various governments around the world on disease control strategies.

Prior to founding CGHR, Prabhat headed the World Bank team responsible for developing the Second National HIV/AIDS Control Program in India. He also served as a senior scientist for the World Health Organization, where he led the work on health and poverty for the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health. Prabhat has published widely on tobacco, HIV/AIDS, premature mortality, and the health of the global poor. Two of his ground-breaking publications on tobacco control policy led to the first-ever global treaty on tobacco control, now signed by over 160 countries.

Among other projects at CGHR, Prabhat is currently leading one of the world’s largest prospective studies of premature mortality called the Million Death Study.

Prabhat Jha – Video Profile (University of Toronto)
Prabhat Jha – Journal Publications
Prabhat Jha – Books & Chapters



Yurie Maher is a GIS Technician at CGHR. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Geography from Yokohama City University in Japan and a master’s degree in Spatial Analysis from Ryerson University. At CGHR, she has recently worked to geo-code data from the Million Death Study, which will enable future studies at a finer geographical resolution than was possible in the past. Her current research topics include applications of spatial analysis in epidemiology with a focus on ambient air pollution and human health in India.


SUJATA MISHRA, MA – Research Assistant

Sujata works as a Research Assistant at CGHR. Prior to joining CGHR, she worked closely with various government machinery in India, both at the state and central level accessing and evaluating various social sector projects as a Policy Analyst. Sujata holds a masters degree in Economics from University of Hyderabad, India specializing in Quantitative Economics and a second masters in Economics and European Integration from University of Antwerp, Belgium. Her research interests include health economics, health policy and development, with a special focus on developing and under-developed countries. She is currently involved in assessing the effectiveness of taxation as a policy measure for Global Tobacco Control.


MICHAEL PALMER, BSc – Research Assistant

Michael Palmer is currently a research assistant at CGHR. He earned an honors bachelor degree at the University of Toronto in health care ethics, a healthy mix of biology and philosophy. A member of CGHR’s working group on alcohol and tobacco, Michael’s research interests have so far centered on India. Additionally, he is coordinating the development of educational training materials for various programs at CGHR. Working at the Centre marks his first foray into the field of global health.


JAYADEEP PATRA, PhD – Postdoctoral Fellow

Jay Patra is an epidemiologist by training and has been working in the field of alcohol for the last 10 years. Prior to joining CGHR as a post-doctoral fellow, he worked as a research scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto where he was closely involved in various projects, including the WHO-funded global burden of diseases (GBD) and injuries due to alcohol. He has also worked as a methodological expert in epidemiologic and economic analyses of Canadian substance abuse, including alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs, as well as their respective interventions. His work at CGHR focuses on tuberculosis mortality in the Million Death Study, as well as studying alcohol, smoking, body mass index and diabetes, among others, as risk factors for mortality.

Jayadeep Patra – Publications


MAYVIS REBEIRA, Ph.D - Research Fellow
Mayvis is a Health Economist with research interests in the determinants of mortality and longevity using economic methodologies. She obtained her Ph.D in Health Economics from IHPME, Dalla Lana School of Public Health. University of Toronto.


USHA RAM, PhD – Postdoctoral Fellow

Usha Ram is currently a postdoctoral fellow at CGHR under the HOPE Scholarship Program. She is working as an associate professor in the Department of Public Health and Mortality Studies at the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai (India). As a post-graduate in economics, Usha has completed her doctoral degree from Mumbai University in demography and also completed diploma in population studies and certificate in population studies from the IIPS. Usha has coordinated several large scale studies at IIPS as the principal investigator, including Concurrent Evaluation of National Rural Health Mission and Youth in India: Situation and Needs Study. Usha has experience of supervising candidates at the PhD, MPhil and Master’s levels.

Usha Ram – Publications


PETER RODRIGUEZ – Senior GIS Specialist

Peter Rodriguez obtained his bachelor degree at the University of Toronto (Ecology) and his master degree at Ryerson University (Spatial Analysis). Peter’s research interests include spatial epidemiology, species/vector distribution, geostatistics (kriging), spatial databases and conservation GIS.


WILSON SURAWEERA, BSc, MSc – Research Fellow

Wilson Suraweera is a research fellow at CGHR. Wilson’s current work at CGHR includes research in adult and Child mortality with special focuses on neglected tropical diseases, injuries, burdens and avoidable deaths due to chronic and infectious diseases.   He leads the management of  the Million Death Study database and analyzing of study data.

Prior to joining with Professor Prabhat Jha in 2006, he served as the head of the Management Information Systems (formerly Planning and Research) department at University Grants Commission, a senior research analyst and an academic at Sri Lankan university sector. He also pioneered the establishment of the Sri Lankan Cancer Registry and served as a bio-statistician to the national Cancer Control Program. Wilson holds a master of science degree in applied statistics from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Wilson Suraweera – Publications


KEVIN TAING, MSc – Graduate Student

Kevin is a doctoral student in epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and will be pursuing his thesis work on blood pressure, body mass and CVD in India.


ERIC YOUNG - Training Coordinator

Eric Young is a Training Coordinator at CGHR. He has designed, developed and implemented large and small-scale training solutions for a variety of international companies. He is responsible for setting up CGHR’s learning management system and developing eLearning solutions that will enable CGHR to deliver its training material to remote areas with poor infrastructure. In addition, Eric designs new courses and maintains existing courses for CGHR’s researchers.




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