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President and CEO
COO and Director, Clinical Research
CTO and Director of Informatics
Chief Scientific Officer
Vice President, Engineering
Director, Systems Development
Director, Project Management
Associate Director, Program Development
Associate Director, Clinical Data Management
Senior Software Engineer
Molecular Data Management Specialist
Informatics Research Associate
Data Management and Visualization Specialist
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 COO and Director of Clinical Research at Indoc 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 drug development.
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 Research Institute.
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 & Development Canada.
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 Associate Director, Program Development at Indoc 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.
Apurv H. Samant is a Front-End Developer at Indoc Research where he focuses on developing responsive dashboards, websites and data web portals, building product prototypes and Material UI designs. Apurv graduated with a MSc in Computer Science from University of Plymouth, UK. He has spent the past six years working from a Junior Web Developer to UI/UX Specialist in London (England), Mumbai (India) and Toronto (Canada).
When not coding/designing, Apurv enjoys traveling and exploring places as well as watching and supporting his favourite football club Manchester United and other sports in general.
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 possible.
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.
Alper Celik is a Molecular Data Management Specialist at Indoc Research. Alper is responsible for working with researchers and laboratories to improve their data management methods, workflow and security using open source systems. He configures databases and bioinformatic tools to house, organize data and related metadata. To ensure reliability, Alper performs quality control, testing databases and performs validation checks and develop novel data curation and visualization methods in LabKey and Spotfire to facilitate easy data access to promote discovery.
Alper holds a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Economics from Brown University. His prior work experience has been as a bioinformatician and consultant for different laboratories in analyzing next generation sequencing data and performing statistical analysis of molecular biology data. Alper worked as a statistician in several research studies in collaboration with physicians, entrepreneurs and developers, as well as consulted on study design, analyzed surveys and health tracking data. Alper enjoys painting, cooking, machine learning, artificial intelligence and biking.
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.
Salim Haniff is a DevOps Lead at Indoc Research where he focuses on Systems Administration, automating workflows and integrating Open Source software into Indoc's infrastructure. Salim holds a M.Sc in User Interface Software Development and a B.Sc. in Applied Computer Science (Ryerson University). Prior to Indoc, Salim has spent 5 years as a Systems Administrator at the Hospital for Sick Children in the research institute and 4 years at Ryerson University developing innovative and interactive multimedia applications.
Salim spends his spare time as a Maker (assembling electronic circuits and CNC fabrication), participating in sports and following up on the latest technologies in the Open Source community.
Mehdi Garrousian is a Queen’s University Informatics Research Associate working with Indoc Research on the FoRCE platform. As a member of the FoRCE team, he collaborates with researchers from Queen's University and the development team at Indoc to create solutions for handling complex data types in real-time, providing responsive and innovative federation, query and visualization of high-dimensional medical data.
Mehdi holds a PhD in mathematics from the University of Western Ontario and has taught and done research in Canada, Colombia, and Iran. The focus of his works has been on algebraic geometry with emphasis on combinatorics and computations and their interactions with certain areas of computer sciences and statistics such as coding theory and machine learning. He seeks every opportunity to get active in order to balance out the hours he spends at his computer. In particular, he's a decorated table tennis player and an avid yoga practitioner and dancer.
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, and performance.
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!
Rebecca Zhang is a part-time Software Engineering Intern at Indoc Research where she is developing the provenance
service and data exchange protocols for the data platform. Rebecca is a graduate student from Electrical and Computer
Engineering department at University of Toronto, and holds a Master's degree in Software Engineering from Tsinghua
Prior to working at Indoc Research she worked as a full-time R&D Engineer at ZTE Nanjing. In her free time, she enjoys jogging and playing volleyball
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
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.
Charmaine is a Software Developer at Indoc Research responsible for backend development, including restful APIs for integrating the user-facing portal, backend platform and
analytics systems. Charmaine received a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Memorial University. She particularly
enjoys Linux and Python development as well as Matlab programming. Focusing on sunshine and a healthy lifestyle, her
dream is to someday run an organic farm.