Meet the Team



Jenn Ferris, PhD representative

2nd year PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Lara Boyd

Academic Background: Jenn has a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters in Neuroscience, all from UBC. Her research examines the impact of type-2 diabetes mellitus on motor networks in the brain.

Interests: I enjoy running on roads or trails, hiking, skiing, and surfing when I can

Why rehabilitation sciences: The amazing training environment at UBC!

Future Ambitions: My goal is to continue researching the impact of cardiometabolic disease on the brain.


IMG_3854Brodie Sakakibara, Post-Doc representative

Dr. Brodie Sakakibara is Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, and Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia. His current research focus is on secondary stroke and cardiovascular disease prevention, self-management, and the delivery of health and rehabilitation services for people with disabilities using consumer technologies. He is a member of the British Columbia Alliance on Telehealth Policy and Research, a multi-disciplinary research team working in the area of health-related services using telecommunication technologies, as well as the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery.




Logan Meyers, MSc Rep

1st year MSc student, supervised by Dr. Kristin Campbell. Background: Logan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from Wilfrid Laurier University. His primary research is looking into investigating the role of body composition when addressing cancer treatment side effects and survival. Interests: Biking, hiking, music, good food, basketball. Future Ambitions: I hope to contribute in reducing chemotherapy side effects in cancer patients and improve survival through exercise training



Julia Schmidt, Post-Doc Representative

2nd year Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Lara Boyd and Dr. Jill Zwicker Academic Background: Julia has a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy (U of Alberta) and a PhD from the The University of Queensland, Australia, focusing on cognitive rehabilitation for people with traumatic brain injury. Her current research investigates the neurophysiology of childhood concussion using non-invasive brain stimulation, longitudinally. Interests: Running in the great outdoors. Future Ambitions: Julia would like to continue research to improve everyday life for children and adults with brain injury, combining effective rehabilitation strategies and brain biomarkers of recovery.



Laura Bulk PHoto (2)Laura Yvonne Bulk, Education Chair

4th year PhD student, supervised by Dr. Laura Nimmon and Dr. Tal Jarus

Academic Background: Laura has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Victoria, and a Master of Occupational Therapy from UBC. She practices as an Occupational Therapist in Vancouver. Her areas of research include end-of-life issues, inclusion of disabled people in health professions, and blind/partially blind peoples’ experiences in academia. She is particularly interested in employing creative and participatory approaches. And as a UBC Public Scholar , Laura is passionate about research that impacts the public good.

Interests: Hospitality – I love to host people, make meals, enjoy good times together. Games! Board, card, etc. Walking – any excuse to go for a good power walk and I’m in!

Future ambitions: I am not sure where this path is taking me, but know that I’d be happy to work in government/NGO’s with the aim of supporting inclusion for marginalized peoples. Thanks to the grad student facilitator team and experiences teaching in the MOT program, I’ve also discovered that teaching is another passion. I am excited to learn where this journey will lead.



Sarah Weller

1st year MSc student, supervised by Dr. Kristin Campbell. Academic Background: Sarah has Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Movement Studies from the University of Queensland, Australia. She has 12 years of clinical experience as an Exercise Physiologist working in oncology rehabilitation. Her primary research focus is to translate evidence into practice in an oncology setting, specificially around development and implementation of exercise-based services for men with prostate cancer in BC. Interests: Cycling, hiking, running, camping and exploring the mountains. Future Ambitions: Sarah would like to help integrate exercise as part of the standard of cancer care in Canada and to build usable frameworks and guidelines for professionals to use to improve the delivery of services to cancer survivors.


 Jesse M Charlton

1st year PhD student working under Dr. Michael Hunt.
Academic Background: Jesse has a Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching, and a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences focused on gait biomechanics and osteoarthritis. His primary research focus is the examination of conservative treatment approaches for chronic musculoskeletal diseases. Jesse also has a significant background in athletic strength and conditioning.

Interests: Jesse is an avid mountain biker, trail runner and skier; though he has competitive backgrounds in judo and football. A good whiskey will always pique his interest.

Why Rehabilitation Sciences: Jesse believes in research that aims to improve clinical practice and the lives of people with chronic disease. The Rehabilitation Sciences program is a unique place to facilitate this research.

Future Ambitions: Jesse aims to complete his dual degree (MPT/PhD), and then continue in the field of biomechanics and musculoskeletal disease. His ultimate goal is to develop his own research program.

Kamaldeep Gill

1st year MSc student, supervised by Dr. Jill Zwicker. Background: Kamal recieved her Bachelors of Kinesiology from University of the Fraser Valley and her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from University of Alberta. She is a registered occupational therapist and her primary research focus is children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Kamal is looking at brain differences in children with DCD when compared to typically developing children in order to help find a neural basis of this disorder. Interests: Running, hiking. Future Ambitions: I hope to continuing doing research and clinical work with children who have DCD and increase their quality of life.




Cristina Rubino – Professional Development Officer

Cristina is a 1st year PhD student in the Rehabilitation Sciences program at UBC under the supervision of Dr. Lara Boyd. Cristina completed her MSc in Neuroscience under the supervision of Dr. Jason Barton. Her previous research involved designing and developing a reading training program for patients with a visual deficit known as homonymous hemianopia. Currently, she is interested in using structural and functional neuroimaging to investigate the mechanisms associated with learning-dependent changes in healthy adults and stroke patients.  Outside of the lab, Cristina likes to explore new places through road biking, hiking, snowboarding, and playing Ultimate Frisbee.





Calvin Tse

Calvin is a 2nd year PhD student working under the supervision of Dr. Michael Hunt.


Academic Background: He completed his undergraduate and MSc degrees in kinesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. His research training focused on shoulder and upper extremity biomechanics but currently applies those skills to investigate orthotic insoles as a conservative treatment option for managing knee osteoarthritis.


Interests: Calvin enjoys a variety of outdoor activities such as road cycling, running, hiking, and skiing. In the rainy months he can be found on basketball and volleyball courts. He also does not shy away from any culinary endeavours.


Why Rehabilitation Sciences: Having come from a basic science training background, I was excited about the opportunity of having more direct impact on the target populations on which my research was focused. I feel RHSC provides a unique environment for integrating scientific research and clinical practices.


Future Ambitions: Through training in RHSC, I hope to expand my biomechanical skillset and eventually put them into practice conducting research in an industry environment.




Andrew Ramsook

PhD student with Jordan Guenette

Background: BPHE, University of Toronto/MSc, UBC

Research interests: Respiratory Exercise Physiology

Why Rehabilitation Sciences? Get to work with a great team in beautiful BC.