Discover the people behind my projects. Over the last 5 years, I have trained students from different academic backgrounds and mentored them through various projects.

Principal Investigator

Nitika Pant Pai


Nandi Belinsky: Coordinator
Nandi is the coordinator for Dr. Pai’s lab, providing administrative support to the team and their various projects. Nandi’s academic background spans both the sciences and the arts, with a BSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology and a BA in Linguistics, and has a particular interest for the social history of medicine and health. She previously worked as data analyst assistant for a surgical quality program at the Jewish General Hospital.



Angela Karellis: Postdoctoral Fellow
Angela completed a B.Sc. in Microbiology and Immunology from Université de Montréal and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Experimental Surgery from McGill University. During her graduate studies, she developed, updated and externally validated a scoring tool to allow the identification of surgical patients with an increased risk of surgical site infections. Due to her avid interest in infectious diseases, preventive and diagnostic medicine, she has studied sexually-transmitted blood borne infections (STBBIs), surgical infections, herpes zoster, among others. During the past ten years, she has worked at a clinical research organization, Notre-Dame Hospital and Jewish General Hospital’s Lady Davis Institute. She is currently pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center. She is excited to participate in the Canadian AideSmart! study which will aim to evaluate the app-based STBBI multiplex testing strategy.

Clare Fogarty: Junior Research Assistant
Clare is a medical student at McGill University with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Microbiology & Immunology and a minor in the History & Philosophy of Science. Clare’s multidisciplinary interests are reflected in her previous research experiences, including the evaluation of antivirals for emerging infectious diseases, environmental epidemiology field work in South Africa, and social sciences research in the history of medicine. Her ultimate interests in biomedicine and bioethics intersect in her passion for global health, where she hopes to pursue work in infectious disease control and health in relation to human rights following her medical studies.

Anna de Waal: Junior Research Assistant
Anna de Waal is completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology, with minors in Microbiology & Immunology and the Social Studies of Medicine. She started working with Dr. Pant Pai’s lab in 2016 as a McGill Global Health Scholar, with research interests in HIV affecting adolescent women in South Africa. In addition to her work as a content editor for the Prognosis Global Health Journal, her research as a Queen Elizabeth Scholar includes improving access to primary healthcare for vulnerable communities. She is passionate about community involvement and works to plan initiatives on the McGill campus with Montreal’s intergenerational meals-on-wheels organization Santropol Roulant.

Faheel NaeemJunior Research Assistant
Faheel is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University. He completed his HBSc in Biochemistry and Global Health at the University of Toronto and served as a Research Assistant in both qualitative and quantitative epidemiological research projects at St. Michael’s Hospital. He has worked on projects assessing the HIV treatment cascade in vulnerable populations in Sub-Saharan Africa and has worked on qualitative studies examining patient preferences in treating osteoporosis. Faheel believes that the interdisciplinary nature of the global health field will support him in his goals of improving health outcomes among marginalized populations across the world.
Madison McGuire: Junior Research Assistant
Madison is currently in the process of completing a Master’s Degree in Public Health at McGill University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences from the University of Ottawa. She has been involved in research focusing on reproductive and sexual health, including her honours thesis which examined risk perception of various occupational hazards and their negative impacts on reproductive health among Ontario workers. Madison is passionate about global health, social epidemiology, and sexual and reproductive health. She hopes to pursue work in the future involving the sexual and reproductive health of marginalized groups on a global scale, such as women and the LGBTQ+ community.


Alexie Kim: Junior Research Assistant, BA Psychology
Nick Karatzas: Junior Research Assistant, MSc Experimental Medicine

Gayatri Marathe: PhD Student, Epidemiology

Sailly Dave: Research Assistant, MScPH

Krisztian G. Birkas: Programmer, MSc CompSci

Fruzsina Kuhari: Illustrator

Megan Smallwood: Project Manager

Caroline Vadnais

Sehar Manji

Tiago Chiavegatti

Minling Ye

Samantha Wilkinson

Rohit Vij

Roni Deli-Houssein

Tarannum Behlim

Jigyasa Sharma

Sushmita Shivkumar

Tripti Pande

Yalda Jafari

Madhavi Bhargava

Jameeta Kurji

Bhairavi Balram