Principal Investigator

Robert Kridel, MD PhD

Robert is a Clinician-Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He trained in medical oncology in Geneva, Switzerland, prior to moving to Vancouver where he obtained his PhD from the University of British Columbia and completed a lymphoma fellowship at the BC Cancer Agency. Robert’s research interests lie in the application of genomic approaches to lymphoma samples, aiming to better understand how genetic alterations contribute to prognosis, treatment resistance and tumour evolution.

Research Technicians

Mehran Bakhtiari, MSc

Mehran is a Research Technician in our lab. He holds a MSc degree in Biological Sciences from Laurentian University. Mehran has extensive experience with managing large-scale projects, molecular biology and screening of primary tissue and serum samples. He oversees accrual, processing and inventory of primary patient samples in our lab.

Kit Tong, PhD

Kit is a Research Technician and Lab Manager in our lab. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and her PhD from the University of Tsukuba in Japan. Kit has extensive experience with cell biology, animal models, molecular biology and biochemistry. She won several awards during her training and has first- or co-authored over 40 publications.

Post-doctoral fellows

Sleiman Bassim, PhD

Sleiman has had extensive training in molecular biology and computational biology in France, Canada and the US. His interests lie in statistical modeling of treatment outcome using multiomics datasets, and in the discovery of novel biomarkers and pathways associated with lymphoma relapse.

Tracy Lackraj, PhD

Tracy came to us from Ryerson University, after very successful doctoral studies in microbiology. She first-authored several papers on the pathogenicity of diarrheagenic pathogens during her PhD. Tracy is currently applying her molecular biology skills to lymphoma.

Anjali Silva, PhD

Anjali obtained her PhD in Bioinformatics from the University of Guelph. Her doctoral work was focused on model-based clustering techniques. Anjali also has experience working in several research facilities, conducting advanced analysis of sequencing, protein and microarray data.


Sharon Yoon, BSc

Sharon has joined the lab as our first MSc student after completing her Bachelor of Science from University of Toronto Scarborough. Sharon’s research focuses on the identification of rational combination treatments to overcome resistance in B-cell lymphoma.

Clinical Research Fellow

Lourdes Calvente, MD

Lourdes is a fully trained hematologist from Barcelona, Spain. She has recently completed a lymphoma fellowship at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and has joined the lab part-time. Lourdes focuses on outcome prediction in follicular lymphoma and relapsed lymphoid malignancies.