Meet the Team

Dr. Bousman received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, a Master in Public Health from San Diego State University, and a PhD from the University of California-San Diego. Prior to arriving at the University of Calgary, he spent seven years at the University of Melbourne, Department of Psychiatry, where he remains a Honorary Senior Research Fellow. Dr. Bousman is a full member of the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, and Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education. In addition, Dr. Bousman is a member of the Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium, Pharmacogene Variation Consortium, and Pharmacogenomics Research Network.

Diogo Ferri Marques, M.Sc.

PhD Candidate

Medical Science Program - Molecular and Medical Genetics Specialization, University of Calgary

Diogo received his Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences from the Federal University of Sao Paulo - Medical School of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP-EPM) in Brazil, where he completed a Genetics specialization. Then, he completed a Master’s degree in the Psychiatry and Medical Psychology Program at the same University studying how risperidone (antipsychotic) effects DNA methylation in repetitive regions as the retrotransposon LINE-1. As a Ph.D. student in the PsychPGx Lab, Diogo will be conducting pharmacoepigenetic analyses related to clozapine-induced myocarditis using patient-derived cardiomyocytes.

Nazanin Vaziri, M.Sc.

PhD Candidate

Medical Science Program - Molecular and Medical Genetics Specialization, University of Calgary

Nazanin completed her Master's degree in Biotechnology from the University of Greenwich in England. She has conducted research on the cellular mechanism of breast cancer. Nazanin will continue to pursue her passion for uncovering the cellular mechanisms of disease and will be working on the PROCLAIM study. Her PhD will investigate the mechanism underlying the cardiac toxicity of clozapine and potential pharmacological modulators of this toxicity using unique patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells..

Anita Oomen, BA

Master Student

Community Health Science, University of Calgary

Anita has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and has had a career focus in healthcare research. She has worked as a Research Assistant and Clinical Research Coordinator at the Clinical Research Unit in the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and as a Research Assistant at a large preventative cancer research study called the Tomorrow Project. She will be assisting with recruitment efforts and research administration requirements across the range of projects being conducted within the PsychPGx Lab. With her interest in psychiatry, she is excited to be working in this field of research.

Laina McAusland, BN, MSc

Study Coordinator & Registered Nurse

Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education, University of Calgary

Laina is a Registered Nurse who completed a BN and MSc in Medical Science at the University of Calgary. Prior to working in research, she primarily worked in psychiatric emergency for children and adolescents. She has worked as a clinical rater and study coordinator in various research settings, including industry-sponsored clinical trials, investigator-driven clinical trials, and longitudinal observational studies. This research has focused on schizophrenia, youth at risk for psychosis and other serious mental illness, and adults with treatment refractory depression and OCD. Her role in the PsychPGx Lab is study coordination for the PGx-AID and PGx-SParK studies.

Madison Heintz, MSW, RSW

Study Coordinator & Registered Social Worker

Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education, University of Calgary

Madison is a Registered Social Worker who received her Bachelor of Art’s degree in Psychology from the University of Regina followed by her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from the University of Calgary. She has worked as a research assistant for a variety of studies devoted to assessing the efficacy of clinical interventions for populations seeking mental health support across the lifespan. This research primarily focused on targeted interventions for adults with cardiac issues, seniors experiencing social isolation as well as youth and young adults seeking age-appropriate supports. Madison’s current role within the Psychiatric Pharmacogenomics Lab (PGx) is study coordination and recruitment for a variety of pharmacogenetic studies, including PGx-AID and PGx-SParK studies.

Ethan Kao

Honours Student

Biomedical Sciences, University of Calgary

Ethan is currently in his fourth year of his Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Calgary. He has conducted research in both genetics and psychiatry. He also currently works as a laboratory technician. Under the supervision of Dr. Bousman, he will be completing his honours thesis studying the effects of clozapine and olanzapine on inflammatory gene expression in cardiomyocytes derived from patient induced pluripotent stem cells.

Lab Alumni

Noah Richardson

Mikayla Fan

Alexandra Greenslade

Aisouda Savadlou

Cecilia Liu


Trusha Tullu

Zeeshan Ahmed

MD Shaki Mostaid

Toyin Shobuni

Kiera Stein

Claudia Hassel

Nusrat Shommu

Ankita Narang

Chaten Jessel

Wasi Karim

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