Former Post Doctoral Fellows

Dr. Rabban Mangat







Project: Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011-2016

Research focus: Research on the mechanisms that accumulate apoB48-remnant lipoproteins in arterial tissue by proteoglycans during atherogenesis and insulin-resistance.

Supervisor: Dr. Spencer Proctor

What I like to do outside the lab: Watching movies, cooking new recipes and shopping.


Dr. Robin DaSilva






Project: Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011-2016

Research Focus: My current research focuses on studying the role of choline and phosphatidylcholine in intestinal lipid and lipoprotein metabolism.

Supervisor: Dr. Rene Jacobs

What I like to do outside the lab: My interests outside of the lab are numerous and I am always trying new things. Generally, I love outdoor life and I explore nature while hiking, camping and fishing. I play a number of sports but have a particular passion for rugby. I also enjoy music and I play guitar.

Dr. Faye Borthwick






Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009-2014

Research focus: Multi-faceted molecular approach to numerous ongoing projects in the MCVD lab. Including, the benficial effects of HDL infusions on Metabolic syndrome and associated cardiovascular complications. The ability of Dietary n-3 PUFA to improve post-prandial dyslipidemia in an obese rat model.
Supervisor: Dr. Spencer Proctor

What I like to do outside of the lab: Running.


Dr. Ala Rajabi






Project: Postdoctoral Fellow 2012-2014

Research Focus: Focus on the role of the vagus nerve in the development of obesity in rodents.

Supervisor: Dr. Rene Jacobs

What you like to do outside of the lab: I have various interests outside the lab. I am into exploring new places, trying new things and living a social life. I enjoy being active and playing sports such as soccer and tennis. I like to watch soccer (especially the Spanish league), the NBA (Go Celtics!), and movies. I have interest in world politics.

Dr. Flora Wang






Project: Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011-2013

Research focus: Key areas of clinical research investigation will include;

i. Assisting with participant recruitment, obtaining informed consent, scheduling appointments for participant laboratory tests, data collection and management
ii. Preparation and update research ethics applications
iii. Liaise with data analyst to support entry and check research data
iv. Conduct literature searches and write technical and research reports
v. Researching regulations of approvals for new products in clinical trials

Supervisor: Dr. Spencer Proctor & Dr. Donna Vine

What I like to do outside the lab: Watching movies, travel and spinning.


Dr. Abdoulaye Diane






Project:  Postdoctoral Fellow, 2008 - Nov. 2012

Research focus:

1. Study the role of the hypothalamic orexigenic neuropeptide Y (NPY) and anorexigenic neuropeptide pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) pathways in the alteration of energy balance during obesity.

2. Test the adaptive hypothesis that an obese-prone genotype confers a fitness advantage when animals are challenged with food restriction and food-related locomotion (activity anorexia), and also try to provide the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying this connection.

3. Test how specific nutrients modulate these neuropeptides.

Supervisor: Dr. Spencer Proctor