Multidisciplinary Laboratories Led by Our PIs


Dr. Lorenzo Ferri's Research Laboratory

We are committed to enhancing treatment outcomes for gastric and esophageal cancers, as well as delving into the fundamental mechanisms driving resistance to neoadjuvant/adjuvant therapy.

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Dr. Jonathan Spicer's Research Laboratory

Our group's main focus is to unravel the molecular mechanisms behind NET/CTC interactions and determine if tumor-bearing individuals are predisposed to NET formation, which might hold prognostic significance.

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Dr. Sara Najmeh's Research Laboratory

Our team conducts innovative research aimed at improving patient outcomes, enhancing medical knowledge, and ultimately, shaping the future of healthcare. 

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Dr. Jonathan Cools's Research Laboratory

Our central research objective is to understand the ways in which neutrophils influence tumor progression and systemic inflammation in gastrointestinal and esophageal cancers (GEA).

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Dr. Swneke Bailey's Research Laboratory 

We concentrate on deciphering the influence of coding and non-coding somatic mutations, as well as changes in the chromatin landscape, in the journey of these cancers toward metastasis and more.

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Shaping the Future of Healthcare: Meet the Distinguished Researcher Dr. Carmen Mueller

Dr. Mueller’s research program comprises two main focuses: surgical education and surgical outcomes. Current and previous projects include determining the needs, barriers to and outcomes of peer coaching for continuous skills improvement among surgeons in practice, and evaluating surgical techniques, enhance recovery program implementation, and quality improvement projects in the enhancement of patient outcomes after benign and malignant upper gastrointestinal surgery. Dr. Mueller has supervised numerous trainees including Master’s and PhD students, as well as fellows, residents and medical students. She has published >60 peer reviewed primary research papers, coauthored numerous book chapters and regularly invited to speak as an expert in her field and national and international conferences and is the recipient of the highly competitive Fonds de recherche du Quebec - sante (FRQS) clinician scientist award in 2021.

Dr. Carmen Mueller


Catalysts of Change: Dr. Trafford Crump's Transformative Research

Dr. Trafford Crump holds the Jarislowsky Foundation Chair in Thoracic Surgery. He is a health services researcher with a focus on surgery and surgical oncology. He leads a research program focused on improving patient-centeredness and the value of surgical care. Through this program, he has developed an expertise in the collection, analyses, and interpretations of patient-reported end points, including treatment preferences, outcomes, and experiences.

Dr. Crump trained at the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research at the University of British Columbia and received a Ph.D. in the evaluative clinical sciences from Dartmouth College.

Dr. Trafford Crump


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