Learn about our aims as a graduate student association and meet our council members.

Shannon Thompson


Shannon is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in Epidemiology, and member of the APEAL laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Ian Colman. Her research interests are in the intersection between mental health and the justice system. This is Shannon's third year on SEPH GSA. Her overall goal for this year is to encourage and assist her fellow SEPH GSA council members in their roles so that we as council can deliver the best student experience for SEPH graduate students! 

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Felipe Gallego


Felipe is a first year MPH student in the Public Health Policy stream. His undergraduate studies in health sciences flourished his interests for public health, global health, health promotion, and the impacts of international trade agreements on health. Felipe intends to use the knowledge and experience he will gain through his MPH degree to fulfil his immediate career aspiration of becoming a health policy analyst. As a long-term career goal, Felipe aims to work towards a position in global health leadership. In these roles, he would like to focus his efforts on advocating for and designing equity-based health promotion programs, services, or policies. In his free time, Felipe loves watching and playing soccer. He has also gotten into the hobby of drone flying. Finally, Felipe aims to best represent his first year MPH cohort by advocating for their needs and helping the SEPH GSA in anyway he can!



The position of VP Equity, Diversity & Inclusion is currently vacant. Feel free to reach out if you would like to join us!

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Carolina Soto


Carolina is a first year MSc student in epidemiology at SEPH, co-supervised by Dr. Lise Dubois and Dr. Ian Colman. As a Registered Dietitian, Carolina is interested in studying the relationship between diet and mental health disorders. Outside of school, she can be found chilling with her two cats, trying new restaurants, or playing basketball with friends.

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Charles Thickstun


Charles is a doctoral candidate in epidemiology conducting research on the spatial epidemiology of malaria and implications for the design of malaria vector control trials under Dr. Manisha Kulkarni. Charles has served on the SEPHGSA as Vice President and previously Vice President, Academic Affairs since 2017. Over the course of his tenure he has engaged extensively with other graduate students, the School of Epidemiology & Public Health, and the Faculty of Medicine to ensure extensive academic offerings and improve the student experience. He currently sits on the Faculty Council and Faculty of Medicine Graduate Studies Committees.


Robert Pap


Robert is a 2nd year MSc student in Epidemiology at uOttawa co-supervised by Dr. Jennifer Reed and Dr. George Wells. His research interests are in cardiac rehabilitation and how exercise can improve health outcomes. As VP of Wellness, Robert’s goal is to promote a positive environment within the SEPH community and improve the overall student experience. Outside of school, Robert enjoys powerlifting, playing sports and painting miniatures.

Haben Dawit


Haben is a 1st year MSc student in Epidemiology at uOttawa, supervised by Dr. McInnes. As VP finance, my goal is to maximize the budget and assist in creating a fun/educationally-filled year, while ensuring that the budget remains sustainable for future classes. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy staying active, particularly through sports, re-watching old sitcoms and volunteering within my community.

Shan Dhaliwal


Shan is currently a 2nd year MSc Epidemiology student studying chronic kidney disease for his thesis. Outside of school, Shan can be found chilling with his dog, playing sports, binging netflix or reading a book. 

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Mia Sapin


Mia is a 1st year MSc Epidemiology student interested in infectious disease epidemiology and working under the co-supervision of Dr. Curtis Cooper and Dr. Derek MacFadden. She is excited to be a part of the SEPH GSA and to collaborate with the other council members to plan fun and inclusive social activities throughout the year. Outside of school, she can be found reading a book, buying new houseplants, or exploring new restaurants!



The position of VP Administrative Affairs is currently vacant. Feel free to reach out if you would like to join us!

Philippe Morin


Philippe Morin biography to come!

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Junayd Hussain


Junayd is a first-year MSc Candidate in Epidemiology, under the supervision of Drs. Greg Knoll and Manish Sood. His research interests are in assessing the validity and reliability of patient-reported outcomes in clinical care, addressing barriers to chronic disease treatments in marginalized communities, and public health service evaluation. As an MSc Epidemiology Representative, he aims to advocate for the academic and social needs of his classmates in the program. Outside of class, he enjoys running, swimming, and playing video games.