Principal Investigator

hai_ying_chengHai-Ying Mary Cheng
Associate Professor

Born in Hong Kong, I spent most of my formative years in Calgary, obtaining my B.Sc. (hons) in Biochemistry at the University of Calgary. I moved to Toronto in 1996 to pursue graduate studies, attaining a M.Sc. (1999) and subsequently a Ph.D. degree (2003) in Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto. From there, I moved to Ohio State University to pursue post-doctoral training in the field of circadian rhythms. In 2008, I returned to Canada to take up my first faculty position at the University of Ottawa. However, family ties drew me back to the Greater Toronto Area, and I relocated my lab in 2011 to this beautiful campus at UTM.

Current Members

PhD Candidates
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IMG-20170502-WA0004Christopher Lowden
Undergraduate Students
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Alumni and Where They are Now 

Post-Doctoral Fellows  

Christian Beaule (Director, Strategic Project Management Group, Research Division, University of Ottawa)
Peng (Gloria) Zhang (Research Associate, Southwest Medical University, People’s Republic of China)


Lucia Mendoza-Viveros (Post-Doctoral Fellow, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)


Matias Alvarez-Saavedra (Assistant Professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)
Ghadi Antoun (Plastic Surgery Resident, Université de Montréal)
Harrod Ling
Neel Mehta (PhD Candidate, McMaster University)
Michael Fana (Medical Student, Central Michigan University)

Undergraduate Students  

Brandon Conforti (BSc Student, University of Toronto)
Zobia Anwer (MSc Candidate, University of Toronto)
Thomas Piekut (BSc Student, University of Toronto)
Priscilla Valentino (MSc Candidate, University of Toronto)
David Przelicki (MSc Candidate, University of Toronto)
Fabio Sanjuan Gomez
Ishani Shah (MSc Student, McGill University)
Rawan Abdelmegid (Pricing and Contracting Associate)
Adeel Shoaib (Medical Student, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine)
Dennison Trinh (PhD Candidate, University of Toronto)
Saina Beitari (PhD Candidate, McGill University)
Matthew Michniewicz (Optometrist)
Abhilasha Patel (Medical Student, University of Ottawa)
Atteyeh Rostami-Hafshejani (MSc Student, University of Toronto)
Keeley Cheung (Senior Analyst, Business Banking)
Andrew Yuen (Business Analyst)
Cristian Castro Restrepo (Research Technician)
Andrea Shim (Registered Nurse)
Julie Yeo (Medical Laboratory Technologist)
Daniel Cornejo-Palma (General Surgery Resident, University of Toronto)
Jocelyn Beckstead (Family Physician)

Visiting Scientists

Reynaldo Oliva Hernandez