MEET THE TEAM

Our research group

Jinzi Zheng <span class="degree">BASc, PhD</span>

Jinzi Zheng BASc, PhD

Principal Investigator

Email: jinzi.zheng@rmp.uhn.ca

Dr. Jinzi Zheng is a Scientist at the TECHNA Institute for the Advancement of Technologies for Health at the University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She also holds an appointment as Assistant Professor at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) at the University of Toronto. She is a biomedical engineer by training and received her PhD in Medical Biophysics from the University of Toronto in 2009. She completed her post-doctoral training at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM). Jinzi’s research focuses on the development of new technologies for image-guided cancer therapy. She has been the recipient of over 20 awards and is dedicated to translate effective research innovations to improve patient care. In her spare time, she enjoys eating and traveling.

Manuela Ventura <span class="degree">BS, MS, PhD</span>

Manuela Ventura BS, MS, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Email: manuela.ventura@rmp.uhn.ca

Dr. Manuela Ventura holds a PhD in Medical Science from the Biomaterials Department at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She has been a post-doctoral fellow with the IGTB group at the STTARR Innovation Centre since February 2014 and her work is mainly focused on image-guided drug delivery, development of companion diagnostics and in vivo cell tracking. She is the recipient of the prestigious MITACS Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship co-funded by Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc. When not working on her research projects, Manuela assists STTARR users with in vivo studies, particularly bone imaging studies, and collaborates with Aspect Imaging providing user training on their preclinical 1T MRI systems across the US and Canada. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, good food, reading, and traveling.

Nicholas Bernards <span class="degree">BSc, MSc, PhD</span>

Nicholas Bernards BSc, MSc, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Email: nicholas.bernards@rmp.uhn.ca

Dr. Nicholas Bernards is a post-doctoral fellow with the IGTB group working on image-guided drug delivery and image-guided surgery. He graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) with a BSc in Physiology. Nicholas then went on to obtain his MSc (Molecular Imaging) and PhD from the University of Paris Sud (XI). During his Graduate program, he worked at the CEA (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique) and INSERM (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale). His training took place at the Institut d’Imagerie Biomédicale (I²BM) where he focused on preclinical models of inflammation using multi modal-imaging (PET/CT/Optical-imaging/MRI). In his free time, Nick likes exploring and is fairly outdoorsy. He enjoys skiing, hiking and is a bit of a bike nerd.

Inga Fricke <span class="degree">BSc, MSc, PhD</span>

Inga Fricke BSc, MSc, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Email: inga.fricke@rmp.uhn.ca

Dr. Inga Fricke obtained her PhD in Biology from the University of Münster (Germany) focusing on multimodal in vivo imaging (PET, SPECT, MRI, CT, Optical Imaging) in preclinical models of neurology (neurodegeneration, neuroinflammation, and neural stem cell migration) and oncology. She graduated from the University of Bochum (Germany) with a BSc and MSc in Biology with a special emphasis on Neurobiology. As a post-doctoral fellow with the IGTB group, she works on image-guided drug delivery and radiation therapy. In her free time, she enjoys good food, travelling, photography, and she is kind of a Salsa addict.

Amanda Aleong <span class="degree">BASc, MASc Candidate</span>

Amanda Aleong BASc, MASc Candidate

Master Student

Email: amanda.aleong@rmp.uhn.ca

Amanda obtained a BASc in Engineering Science, Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto with a minor in Robotics and Mechatronics. She is currently pursuing her Masters at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering. Amanda’s research focuses on the development of a quality assurance platform for thermo-activatable drug delivery systems using MRI. She also enjoys reading novels, craft and design and dance.

Aditya Martowirogo <span class="degree">BASc, MHSc Candidate </span>

Aditya Martowirogo BASc, MHSc Candidate

Master Student

Email: aditya.martowirogo@rmp.uhn.ca

Aditya graduated with a BASc from the Engineering Science program at the University of Toronto in 2015, majoring in Biomedical Systems Engineering with a minor in Engineering Business. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in the Clinical Engineering program. He is currently working on the development and validation of an embolic platform to improve dose localization of post-embolization radiotherapy through image-guidance. If he’s not in the lab, Aditya is experimenting in the kitchen to make new recipes. He is also an avid swimmer and regularly plays basketball, volleyball, and badminton.

Linyu Fan <span class="degree">BSc, MSc</span>

Linyu Fan BSc, MSc

Research Technician

Email: linyu.fan@rmp.uhn.ca

Linyu is research technician at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network. She has a MSc in chemistry from Sichuan University, China and over 10 years of experience in developing multifunctional drug delivery systems. Her role with the IGTB group is to prepare and characterize customized nano-sized lipid-based imaging agents for research applications. She also leads the development and validation of numerous analytical methods for quality control. When not working, Linyu enjoys reading, listening to music and talking to family and friends.