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David Edwards

David Edwards

Hallman Director and Associate Dean, Faculty of Science

David Edwards received his undergraduate pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto in 1978 and completed a residency in hospital pharmacy at Sunnybrook Medical Centre. He graduated from the PharmD program at the State University of New York at Buffalo and joined the Department of Pharmaceutics at Buffalo for post-doctoral training in pharmacokinetics.

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Nancy Waite

Professor; Associate Director, Clinical Education; Ontario College of Pharmacists Professor in Pharmacy Innovation

Dr. Waite’s research program examines the development and assessment of curricula to produce pharmacists prepared to provide medication management in an evolving healthcare landscape, as well as explores the impact of novel pharmacist interventions and pharmacist scope of practice changes on medication management and health outcomes.

She co-leads OPEN — the Ontario Pharmacy Research Collaboration — a $5.7 million provincially funded multi-institutional study to foster innovation in pharmacy practice and to evaluate the effectiveness of Ontario pharmacist-led medication management programs.

Dr. Wasem Alsabbagh

Wasem Alsabbagh

Assistant Professor

Dr. Alsabbagh’s research interests are in pharmacoepidemiology of chronic medications, in particular cardiovascular medications. His research includes employing administrative databases to examine the utilization and health-outcomes of chronic medications. Dr. Alsabbagh is also pursuing research investigating the comparative effectiveness and safety of chronic medications.

Dr. Michael Beazely

Michael Beazely

Associate Professor

Dr. Michael Beazely’s research focuses on understanding how growth factor receptors and G protein-coupled receptors modulate ion channels in excitatory neurotransmission, neuroprotective mechanisms and neuronal development. He also focuses on intracellular signalling pathways downstream of GPCRs such as the 5-HT7 receptor and growth factor receptors such as the PDGF receptor.

Dr. Jonathan Blay

Jonathan Blay


Dr. Blay’s main research focus is in understanding the tumour microenvironment of solid cancers, particularly colorectal carcinoma. His laboratory focuses on mechanisms that lead to the spread of colorectal cancer, and ways to interfere with that dissemination of disease, or metastasis.

Feng Chang

Feng Chang

Assistant Professor

Dr. Chang’s research interests focus on delivering integrated interprofessional patient care solutions to ensure safe, effective, and efficient medication use, particularly in the rural elderly; amplifying local health care professional capacity; and expanding access to care that leads to defined outcomes and demonstrable impact.

Dr. Andrea Edginton

Andrea Edginton

Associate Professor, Programmatic Assessment Officer

Dr. Edginton’s research focuses on building virtual organisms to study the pharmacokinetics of drugs and environmental contaminants. Using pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models to provide a mechanistic means of understanding how changes in physiology can affect the absorption, metabolism and excretion of a chemical.

Dr. Marianna Foldvari

Marianna Foldvari


Dr. Foldvari's research focuses on the development of intelligent delivery systems and biomolecular devices with the goal of developing new, non-invasive technologies to deliver and target therapeutic agents into the body and to diseased tissues, as well as investigating the fundamental properties of these delivery technologies and the cells they target.

Kelly Grindrod.

Kelly Grindrod

Assistant Professor

Dr. Grindrod's research interests include the role web technologies play in the delivery of primary care services. She is currently examining the use of social media in community-based pharmacy practice. She is also interested in how community-based health professionals’ perceive electronic interventions for modifying prescribing (e.g., internet-based academic detailing).

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Sherilyn Houle

Assistant Professor

Dr. Houle's research interests include the uptake, the integration into practice, and the clinical and economic outcomes of pharmacists’ expanding scope of practice including medication management services, prescribing, and administering injections.

Dr. Jamie Joseph

Jamie Joseph

Associate Professor

Dr. Joseph’s research is focused on ascertaining how the β-cell senses glucose and on searching for ways to reduce the number of islets required for islet transplantation. These two themes are connected in that the first theme provides novel targets to enhance islet function in the second theme. His long-term goals are to discover novel drug targets for enhancing islet function to treat type 2 diabetes and to develop a renewable source of β-cells (e.g., cell therapy) to treat both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Colleen Maxwell

Colleen Maxwell


Dr. Maxwell’s primary research interests are in the areas of Pharmacoepidemiology and Aging with a particular focus on Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia, depression and health services and outcomes research. She is also involved in national and international research examining the health and quality of care needs of older residents within Assisted Living and Long Term Care settings.

Dr. Praveen Nekkar Rao

Praveen Nekkar Rao

Associate Professor

Dr. Nekkar Rao specializes in medicinal and bioorganic chemistry; exploring rational drug design aided by molecular modelling techniques and small molecule synthetic organic/medicinal chemistry.

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Tejal Patel

Assistant Clinical Professor

Dr. Patel’s research interests are in pharmacotherapeutic management of neurological conditions, in particular epilepsy, dementia and chronic pain.  Current research interests include the assessment, classification and management of drug related problems in persons presenting with cognitive impairment as well as the frail elderly in primary care settings.  Additionally, Dr.

Dr. Cynthia Richard

Cynthia Richard

Clinical Lecturer

Cynthia completed her undergraduate degree in pharmacy at Dalhousie University, and has experience in community pharmacy.  She completed her PhD in Pharmacology at Dalhousie University, and then studied vitamin D’s anti-cancer activity during a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Guelph.  She was an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy from 2009-2013, where she has taught courses related to natural health products, nutrition, pharmacology, self-care, and drug analysis, and is now a Clinical Lecturer.

Dr. Carlos H. Rojas-Fernandez

Carlos H. Rojas-Fernandez

Assistant Professor; Schlegel Research Chair in Geriatric Pharmacotherapy

The goal of Dr. Rojas-Fernandez's clinical research program is to enhance the quality of life and care of older adults by addressing these issues and optimizing (i.e. ensuring the safe and appropriate use) medication use across different care settings.

	Dr. Roderick Slavcev

Roderick Slavcev

Associate Professor

Dr. Slavcev’s interests are in genetics, molecular biology, virology and technology transfer. His research projects focus on bacteriophage-based biotechnology and include the use of coliphages to design and construct vectors for the development of novel vaccines, pharmaceuticals and gene delivery systems, and the identification and application of novel phage genomic anti-bacterial genes with potential phage therapy applications.

Dr. Paul Spagnuolo

Paul Spagnuolo

Assistant Professor

Dr. Spagnuolo’s research investigates the potential anti-cancer treatment applications of nutraceuticals (i.e., food-derived bioactive compounds). The goals of his research are to improve the efficacy of cancer treatments and to define the role of nutraceuticals in cancer chemotherapy.

Dr. Jake J. Thiessen

Jake J. Thiessen

Founding Director

Jake is a former professor and associate dean at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto. He earned his B.Sc. (Pharm) degree from the University of Manitoba, and went on to complete a M.Sc. at Manitoba and a Ph.D. at the University of California, San Francisco. Jake’s area of specialization is pharmacokinetics.

Dr. Shawn Wettig

Shawn Wettig

Associate Professor, Associate Director, Research and Graduate Studies

Dr. Shawn Wettig's research focuses on the design, synthesis and characterization of novel surfactants with an eye toward their application in drug delivery.

Robin Andrade Pharmaceutics Laboratory Technician.

Robin Andrade

Pharmaceutics Laboratory Technician

Robin is the Pharmaceutics Laboratory Technician. Working behind the scenes, she is responsible for the organization of the pharmaceutics labs—including many of the day to day operations. A Registered Pharmacy Technician, Robin has worked in the pharmacy field for over 12 years, in both retail and hospital pharmacy, since her graduation from the Mohawk McMaster Applied Health Sciences Pharmaceutical Technician program.

Katya Barrios

Undergraduate Advisor/Program Coordinator

Katya comes to the School of Pharmacy with a diverse background of skills and experiences. She has been a part of the University of Waterloo community for a number of years, having graduated from UW with a BA in Honours Sexuality, Marriage and Family Studies. Prior to joining the School of Pharmacy in July 2014, Katya worked as a counsellor with KW Counseling Services and taught English in South Korea. Most recently, she worked in the Registrar’s Office at UW and was responsible for maintaining all student records for the Faculty of Science.

Steve Bradley

Steve Bradley

Information Technology Manager

Steve has a B.A. in Commerce from the University of Toronto and a Certifcat en Français Langue Seconde from Laval University in Quebec City / Université d'Aix-Marseiile II in Provence, France. He spent 6 years in Tokyo, Japan where he incorporated his own business. Upon returning to Canada in the 90's he obtained his Certified Help Desk Manager designation and has been in the I.T.

Tzong Cha

Administrative Assistant

Tzong is an Administrative Assistant at the University of Waterloo, School of Pharmacy. She is a graduate from the Office Administration Executive program at Conestoga College. Tzong is responsible for providing administrative support to the Hallman Director as well as other faculty and staff within the School. 

Melissa Graham

Melissa Graham

Financial Officer

Melissa is the Financial Officer in the School of Pharmacy. As the school’s Financial Officer, she is responsible for the day to day financial operations of the school as well as financial and strategic planning, creation of proper financial controls and processes; training development and delivery.

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Tracy Jacobs

Administrative Receptionist

Tracy finds it rewarding to know that the planning, organizing and scheduling she does here makes a difference to the School of Pharmacy, and ultimately impacts the education and future careers of UW’s amazing pharmacy students.

At day’s end, Tracy enjoys heading home to her husband and three wonderful children.

Rosemary Killeen

Rosemary Killeen

Director, Distance Education and Continuing Professional Development

Rosemary comes to the University of Waterloo with a varied background in pharmacy, knowledge translation and health promotion. She recently completed her term as Editor-in-Chief/Deputy Publisher of the Canadian Pharmacists Journal and previously held the position of Director, Communication and Partnerships for the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

Elaine Lillie

Elaine Lillie

Communications/Interprofessional Education Instructor

Elaine Lillie started her working life as a high school teacher, teaching English and Theatre Arts in Waterloo County. After 4 years, she decided to leave the classroom for a career in business.

Jenny McLeod

Jennifer McLeod

IPE Program Operations Coordinator

Jennifer is the Operations Coordinator for the School of Pharmacy’s Interprofessional Education Program where she supports the growth and integration of the IPE strategy.  Jennifer is a graduate of Waterloo’s Master of Development Practice program and has previously worked in adult education with an immigrant service provider, and with youth in international development initiatives abroad.

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Anthony Miller

Experiential Coordinator

Anthony graduated from Dalhousie University with a pharmacy degree in 1996.

Josie Orso Simon

Josie Orso Simon

Pharmaceutics Course/Lab Instructor

Josephine joined the School of Pharmacy at the end of 2008 as the Pharmaceutics Course/Lab instructor. Before that she was the Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Lab Instructor for 4 years in the Department of Chemistry, also at the University of Waterloo.  In this position she was responsible for six undergraduate Organic Chemistry lab courses per year.

Ken Potvin

Ken Potvin

Director of Admissions, Professional Relations, and Undergraduate Affairs

Ken brings diverse experience in community and hospital pharmacy, industry and associations to the University of Waterloo. Most recently, he served as Executive Director of the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA), and prior to that he was the Director, Research and Analysis, for Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D).

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Sarah Rae

Administrative Coordinator, Graduate Studies and Research

Sarah is the Administrative Coordinator for Graduate Studies and Research within the School of Pharmacy.

Barb Rae Schneider

Barb Rae-Schneider

Administrative Officer

Barb has worked in a variety of areas across the University of Waterloo campus, most recently in Biology and the Faculty of Engineering. Her 30 years of experience range across the full breadth of administrative responsibilities, including finance, staff management, project management and faculty support.

Lisa Walsh

Lisa Walsh (Allen)

Anatomy & Physiology Course/Lab Instructor/Community Engagement Coordinator

Lisa joined the University Of Waterloo School Of Pharmacy in late 2010. Her main role is the first year human systems course where she coordinates the anatomy, physiology, and histology labs and delivers some of the lectures. She completed her Master’s in Anatomical Sciences at Queen’s University where she further developed the skill set required to teach at a post secondary institution and her passion for the human body.

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Douglas Brown

Regional Clinical Coordinator, Durham Region and Peterborough and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor

Douglas Brown graduated from the University of Toronto’s Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy in 1989, completing his internship at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Following his passion for community practice, he transitioned to primary care pharmacy and worked with an independent pharmacy, followed by a group practice (Big V Pharmacies) before realizing his dream to be a pharmacist/owner.

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Janie Bowles-Jordan

Regional Clinical Coordinator for Hamilton & Brantford, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor

Janie is the Regional Clinical Coordinator for Hamilton and Brantford as well as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor.

Janie’s career in pharmacy practice spans 21 years. She began as a clinical hospital pharmacist, after which she entered community pharmacy practice. She currently practices as a primary care clinical consulting pharmacist.

Kaitlin Bynkoski

Kaitlin Bynkoski

Regional Clinical Coordinator, Sudbury; Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor

Kaitlin joined the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy in April 2014 as the Regional Clinical Coordinator for Sudbury.

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Carla Deluco

Regional Clinical Coordinator, Sault Ste. Marie; Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor

Carla graduated in 2004 from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan with a doctorate in pharmacy.

For the first four years after completing her pharmacy degree Carla worked as a part-time clinical pharmacist for the renal/dialysis program at her local hospital. Medication management and education were her main areas of interest and involvement. She also worked full time in a community setting for a local company.

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Donnie Edwards

Regional Clinical Coordinator, Niagara; Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor

Donnie co-owns Boggio & Edwards IDA, a specialty compounding pharmacy in Ridgeway, Ontario. His focus is on pain management, women’s health and addiction services. He has been appointed to the Narcotics Monitoring Working Group by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to provide advice on managing and evaluating data created by the Narcotics Monitoring System.

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Peet de Villiers

Regional Clinical Coordinator, Kingston and Belleville; Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor

Peet de Villiers joined the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy in April 2014 as the Regional Clinical Coordinator for Kingston and Belleville and as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor.

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Heather Foley

Regional Clinical Coordinator, Windsor; Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor

A member of the vanguard class — the first group of students to enrol at the University of Waterloo's School of Pharmacy — Heather Foley is now a young healthcare professional on a mission to discover all there is to know about the profession of pharmacy.

Angela Heintzman

Angela Heintzman

Regional Clinical Coordinator for Thunder Bay and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor

Angela Heintzman joined the University of Waterloo's School of Pharmacy in January 2015 as the Regional Clinical Coordinator for Thunder Bay and the the surrounding area.

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Noëlla Robert-Kappel

Regional Clinical Coordinator, Barrie and Huntsville; Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor

Noëlla Robert-Kappel is the Regional Clinical Coordinator for Barrie and Hunstville. She has 15 years of professional experience in hospital pharmacy and six years in long-term care. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator, a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, and an assessor for the Pharmacy Examination Board of Canada's qualifying examination.

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David Cornelius Knoppert

Regional Clinical Coordinator, London; Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor

Dave Knoppert spent 25 years as a Neonatal Pharmacist and Clinical Coordinator at St Joseph’s Hospital in London. His research interests were the effects of drugs on the newborn, especially methadone, as well as the pharmacokinetics of drugs in the neonate.

In 2011 Dave became the Coordinator for the Residency Program at London Health Sciences Centre, a position he held until his retirement in 2013.

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Rosemarie Patodia

Regional Clinical Coordinator, Toronto; Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor

Rosemarie graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Toronto, after which she completed her hospital pharmacy residency.

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Stephan Sadikian

Regional Clinical Coordinator, Owen Sound; Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor

Stephan graduated in 1999 from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy, after which he completed a general hospital residency at St. Michael's Hospital in 2000. He was fortunate to have spent three years at Toronto East General Hospital, practising as a hospital pharmacist in the inpatient adult mental health unit. 

Jason Wentzell

Jason Wentzell

Regional Clinical Coordinator, Ottawa and Brockville; Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor

Jason Wentzell joined the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy in April 2014 as a Regional Clinical Coordinator, representing the Ottawa and Brockville region.

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