Indoc data management platforms provide researchers with:
Collaboration. Integration. Quality.
This is what Indoc is all about.
President and CEO
Senior Vice President, Strategic Research Initiatives
CTO and Director of Informatics
Chief Scientific Officer
Vice President, Engineering
Director, Systems Development
Director, Project Management
Director, Program Development and Research Operations
Research Informatics Specialist
Data Management and Visualization Specialist
Molecular Data Management Specialist
Devops Specialist and System Administrator
Indoc Research evolved from the Ontario Cancer Biomarker Network (OCBN), which
was established in 2005 with support from the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and
the Ministry of Research and Innovation. OCBN was given a mandate to support cancer
researchers in their search for proteomic and genomic biomarkers, but over time its
operations grew to manage data from many other diseases, as well as additional
technologies, such as imaging. All of this required significant expansion not just of
OCBN’s mandate, but of its informatics and data management capabilities. Partnerships
played a key role in this expansion, and the Indoc Consortium was created in 2011 to
manage these relationships.
OCBN was rebranded in 2014 to Indoc Research, whose name also reflects both the evolution of the organization and the importance of Indoc Consortium partnerships to its overall success. In 2016 Indoc began transitioning its molecular laboratory operations into a separate entity to better focus on its informatics operations.
Today, Indoc supports hundreds of teams across a broad range of disease states, technologies, and research areas.
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Kenneth R. Evans, PhD is President and CEO of Indoc Research since its
inception in 2005. Dr. Evans has over 15 years of pharmaceutical industry experience, during
which he led global drug development programs in a number of therapeutic areas. Dr. Evans has
been instrumental in the start-up and implementation of several major collaborative
(industry/academia) research initiatives, including collaborative projects aimed at refining
diagnostic definitions, and at predicting drug/placebo response.
Dr. Evans has also been involved in a number of translational biomarker research projects, including the use of imaging for the purpose of predicting drug response and various proteomic and genomic biomarker discovery and development programs in cancer. Dr. Evans holds an Associate Professorship in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Queen's University and is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
Anthony Vaccarino is Senior Vice President, Strategic Research Initiatives
Research where he oversees research programs, including the design, analysis and execution of
clinical trials. Prior to joining the team, he was with the International Society for CNS Drug
Development; a non-profit independent society focused on addressing scientific challenges in
He has held positions as Full Professor at the University of New Orleans and the Louisiana State University Neuroscience Center, where he oversaw federally-funded research programs examining the psychological and physiological organization of pain processes and addiction, and served as Chair of the Institutional Research Ethics Board.
Anthony has also served as Chief Scientific Officer and Director of Preclinical Development for pharmaceutical start-ups, where he oversaw the development of novel patented CNS compounds that have resulted in clinical candidates for pain, depression and anxiety. He received his PhD from McGill University in 1991 and was an NSERC post-doctoral fellow in Neurosciences at UCLA.
Moyez Dharsee is CTO and Director of Informatics, overseeing operations, architecture, teams and partnerships for research data platforms and systems developed by Indoc. Previously, he co-founded a bioinformatics consulting firm and worked in biotech developing systems for data management and analysis of complex mass spectrometry and proteomics datasets in support of early-stage biomarker research. Moyez made his start in a bioinformatics lab designing distributed algorithms for biological sequence analysis and protein folding. He manages to take out some time for a little sailing and volunteering in the local community.
Harriet Feilotter is Chief Scientific Officer at Indoc Research. She obtained her PhD in
Biology from Queen's University in 1990. She did a postdoctoral fellowship at Cold Spring Harbor
Laboratory, and was a research associate at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for two years. In
2000, back in Canada, she became a CCMG Fellow in Molecular Genetics. She is currently the
Director or the Queen’s Genomics Facility, as well as a Professor at Queen’s University in the
Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine. She is an Associate Member of the Queen's Cancer
She runs the Indoc Research laboratories at Queen’s University, combining this with maintaining her own academic interests in the development of diagnostic, prognostic and predictive tools for use in clinical molecular diagnostic service labs. Harriet enjoys canoeing, cooking, eating, music (playing and listening), writing, traveling, scuba diving and doing very large jigsaw puzzles.
Tom Gee, Vice President Of Engineering, has been at Indoc Research since 2016. Tom
provides direction, integration and coordination into systems development at Indoc Research,
focusing on software, processes and system integration. Tom received his Bachelor of Mathematics
from the University of Waterloo in 1990. Prior to Indoc, Tom was the technical lead and manager
of the Neuroinformatics Group at the Rotman Research Institute, overseeing the development of
distributed informatics systems. Before then, Tom was the senior developer and architect for
Covenant Systems Development under contract to various groups within Defence Research &
His team of contractors created real-time and safety-critical systems in support of Navy, Air Force and Land Force personnel, including such projects as an immersive soldier combat simulator, flight simulators, and protection systems for high altitude and acceleration. They designed, assembled and deployed prototypes for field use, on submarines, on fighter and transport aircraft, and for battlefield medics. Outside of work, Tom enjoys family life with his wife and their two near-adult children. He also has a hobby farm where they have laying hens and do organic gardening. Tom is deeply involved in the ministry of Harvest Bible Chapel, Barrie.
Mojib Javadi holds the position of Director, Program Development and Research Operations
Research since 2014. At Indoc Research, Mojib works with investigators from partner
organizations to develop provincial and federal grants for new data management and informatics
technologies and solutions. He is the project manager for funded collaborative projects with
partner academic groups and focuses on the implementation of molecular data management strategy
and functions. Mojib holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Cancer Biology from the University of Toronto.
His doctoral work focused on hematopoiesis and myeloid leukemias. Mojib was funded by NSERC for an industry post-doctoral fellowship with Lorus Therapeutics where he developed small molecular kinase inhibitors targeting solid tumors. Mojib was the Management Fellow at Ontario Brain Institute, working on data standardization efforts and developing potential informatics sustainability models. Mojib likes staying active, and getting outside as much as he can, including everything from hiking to triathlons. He particularly enjoys cycling, especially if there is a beer stop at the end.
Fan Dong is a Director, Systems Development at Indoc Research since 2016. Fan is working to build an informatics platform that aims to bring health care data from a variety of sources and design system architecture that orchestrates a large collection of Software services to manage the data life cycle. Before joining Indoc Research, Fan’s main responsibilities at Baycrest Hospital were to develop a pipeline framework that facilities the Neuroimaging data processing and maintain a cloud infrastructure to support the data collection and analysis. Beside coding and reading how to write the beautiful code, he enjoys swimming and playing table tennis.
Susan Gilbert Evans handles front end data management, analysis and query, developing
interactive visualization tools for large federated data structures. Sue also provides
strategic operational guidance to Indoc’s research infrastructure. Sue has over 20 years’
experience in all areas of clinical research. Prior to working full-time with Indoc Research,
Sue was the Chief Operating Officer of the Centre for Movement Disorders and held successive
positions in pharmaceutical organizations including Clinical Research Associate, Project Manager
and Director of Clinical Research.
Sue holds a BSc(Hons) in Life Sciences from Queen’s University and MSc in Clinical Pharmacology from the University of Toronto. While not wrangling data, Sue enjoys spending time sailing, canoeing and kayaking the waters of Ontario, repairing sails and outdoor gear, and relaxing with family and two devon rex cats.
Kristen Lutz is the Associate Director, Clinical Data Management at Indoc Research since
2014. Kristen supports the clinical informatics activities for many of our research programs.
She provides expertise for our research teams to manage their data, in addition to supporting
the maintenance and development of the informatics platform’s functionality. Overall, Kristen
supports researchers in creating good quality legacy data while making their lives as easy as
Kristen completed a Post-Grad in Bioinformatics and an Undergraduate in Biochemistry and Genetics from Western University. Kristen’s previous work experience was with Sanofi Pasteur and she developed a protein-protein interaction visualization web-tool at Seneca. In her spare time Kristen enjoys learning new technologies and rock climbing.
Jennifer Good is the Office Manager at Indoc Research since 2015. Prior to joining Indoc Research, Jennifer worked at Queen’s University (Kingston, ON) upon completion of her training as a Biotechnologist. Her work as a laboratory technologist focused on Pre-eclampsia research (Dr. G. Smith), Cancer research with a focus in Fluorescent in situ hybridization (Dr. J. Squire), and Genomics research (Dr. H. Feilotter). In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys her pets, reading and pottery.
Sara Latour is a Molecular Data Management Specialist at Indoc Research. She is
responsible for working with laboratories and research teams to improve data management
workflows as well as the development of data query interfaces and designing methods to
effectively incorporate molecular data with other data modalities, such as clinical and imaging.
Sara holds a Masters in Bioinformatics and a Bachelor of Science from The University of Guelph. She previously worked as a graduate student research in the laboratories of Dr. Ashlock and Dr. Merrill at The University of Guelph and volunteered for Bioinformatics and Cytogenetics at Mount Sinai Hospital. Sara enjoys painting, sketching, visiting museums and art galleries, working out at the gym and traveling.
Shuai Liang is a Senior Software Engineer at Indoc Research. Shuai works directly with
scientists and professors across Canada to facilitate neuroscience research, primarily by
developing and enhancing software infrastructure that archives and analyzes terabytes of health
data. His core responsibilities at Indoc Research includes ensuring the operability of
production data platforms, pipelines and services, as well as the support, development and
maintain production applications, which includes continuous integration /deployment, code
quality assurance, and software development. Shuai holds a Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry from
the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Prior to working at Indoc Research, Shuai worked as a Senior Application Developer at Rotman Research Institute (Baycrest Hospital), Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Florida and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Calgary. Shuai enjoys getting outside and being exposed to beautiful nature scenes.
Peter Kupchak is a consulting Statistician at Indoc Research since 2011. Peter is responsible for the statistical analyses of high-dimensional proteomic and genomic discovery data, as well as the development of analytical study plans for protein biomarkers. Peter holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Toronto. His prior work history includes working at Nanogen Inc. as the Director of Biometry and Clinical Operations, a Biostatistician at SYN_X Pharma Inc. and a Biostatistician at Veracel Inc. Peter enjoys traveling, cooking and long walks with his dog.
Abraham Prince is a Web Developer at Indoc Research where he focuses on Web Applications
and Mobile development for data intensive application, data visualization and UX optimization.
Abraham graduated from Lighthouse Labs web development boot camp which focused on building full
stack applications. Prior to that He has graduated from Humber College’s Computer Programming.
He has also worked in a marketing agency building websites and optimized websites for mobile,
Alana Sparks is a Data Management and Visualization Specialist at Indoc Research. She
works with research programs to improve data management processes as well as develop interactive
visualizations and dashboards. Alana holds a Master of Bioinformatics and a BSc. in Biomedical
Science from the University of Guelph.
Alana has previously worked as a Bioinformatics Research Assistant at the University of Guelph where she performed whole genome sequencing analysis of canine lymphomas. Her background includes coding, writing, and oenology. While not at work, you'll find Alana in a kayak, on a mountain, or checking off her foodie-travel bucket list!
Zhiren Zhan is a Intern Software Developer at Indoc Research responsible for building
backend elements of the data platform. Zhiren is currently completing his undergraduate degree
at the University of Toronto. As a third-year electrical and computer engineering student, he
has enrolled in the professional experience coop year to broaden his working experience.
Previously, Zhiren worked in Tsinghua Energy Internet Research Institution as a full stack developer.
Tian Gao is a Software Developer at Indoc Research responsible for data modeling and
building the ETL system. Tian received a Master’s degree from UBC in 2019. Always eager to
explore new technologies, Tian previously worked as a back end developer intern at Activision.
He enjoys exploring algorithms and data structures as well as programming in host of different
languages. He continues to be a big fan of video games and rapping, although the latter could
use some work.
Kang Huang is a Software Developer at Indoc Research developing the UI for the data portal. Kang is a graduate student from Electrical and Computer Engineering department at University of Toronto, and also received a Bachelor's degree in from UESTC. Kang is interested in front-end and eager to explore more about web development. Before his graduate study, Kang was a front end intern in UISEE. He is also a shutterbug that takes photos of different styles.
Wei is currently a third-year Computer Science student at University of Toronto, also with a minor in Linguistics. She enjoys programming in Python and studying the differences between human and machine languages. She is also doing some translation work for her favourite animes and games in her spare time.
Mohamad AmanUddin works as System Administrator as well as Devops Specialist at Indoc Research. Aman helps maintain the server, network infrastructure and the worksations responsible for providing platform for developers and researchers. He is also involved in administering Gitlab Servers, Database servers and other servers required by indoc. He is sometimes involved in troubleshooting and is not afraid to take development work if required. Before moving to Canada he was working in India. He worked as software dev (co-op) and later as devops specialist at a Hospital in his home city. His educational background includes a Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Unversity and an Ontario Post Graduate Certficate in Networking and System Administration If you can’t find Aman at Indoc you could find him on a bike, in a pool, on a tennis court, basketball court, soccer pitch or hiding in his room doing something geeky.
Ivana Zhang is a Software Engineer at Indoc Research responsible for UI design and Front-End development. Ivana has graduated from the University of Toronto as Master of Computer Engineering in 2019. She enjoys coding in different languages and always willing to pick up new things. In her spare time, she likes to read novels and go to the gym.
Shan Wang works as Software Developer in the development team at Indoc Research who helps optimizing the value of the work the Dev Team performs and ensuring iteration execution to best achieve development goals and missions. Shan completed both Graduate and Undergraduate in Environmental Engineering and prior to working at Indoc, she worked as Data Engineer at Nanjing Ministry of Environmental Protection in China and Watrhub in Toronto. During her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, camping and especially skiing in winter.
Jiayu Zhang is a Software Developer at Indoc Research responsible for maintaining a large scale of the ETL data pipeline, development of data lake components, data warehousing and visualization. As a data science enthusiast, Jiayu enjoys programming and engage with the newest technologies. Before he joined Indoc Research he already has more than two years of experience in the data science industry including machine learning modeling and big data analytics. If he is not at home neither at work, then he must on the way of a road trip.
Samantha Zhang is a Software Developer at Indoc Research where she focuses on building and maintaining the data pipeline system. Samantha received a master degree from Saint Mary’s University in Computing and Data Analysis. She enjoys resolving the technical issues and exploring new tech. In her spare time, she loves cooking, travelling and watching movies.
Coral is a software developer at Indoc Research focusing on the front end. Her responsibility includes to create highly-performant and friendly software interface and to design a intuitive user flow. She had a masters degree on Landscape Architecture from UofT. However she was attracted by the energetic startup life so much that she switched to tech in 2016 and enjoyed her identity as a tech girl ever since. In her spare time, she is either taking care of her succulents, coding a little program for fun, or planning on her next trip to somewhere.
Jonathan Gane is a Research Informatics Specialist at Indoc Research. He is responsible for assisting research programs with their data management, administrating data capture tools and working to develop new products and services to help meet research programs' informatics needs. Jonathan holds an Honors Bachelors of Science from UofT. He previously worked for EpLink, an epilepsy research program for 5 years where he spent 2 years as a research assistant working with the kindling model, an animal model of epilepsy and 3 years as a neuroinformatics lead managing their data collected from across Ontario. Jonathan also enjoys finding new places to eat, playing video games, coding and working on his home network.
Zhengyang Ma is a Software Developer at Indoc Research. Zhengyang is responsible for building ETL system, backend services of the data platform. He earned his master degree at Saint Mary's University in Computing and Data Analysis. And he has much experience with industry-level data processing, and eager to make use of modern solutions, architecture to build robust, scalable infrastructure and services. During his spare time, Zhengyang enjoys reading books and watching YouTube.