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Robert Rose - Principal Investigator

As the Principal Investigator of this laboratory I am interested in the cellular and molecular basis for cardiac arrhythmias in the setting of common forms of heart disease such as hypertesion, heart failure, and diabetes as well as in aging and frailty. Currently, we are particularly focused on sinoatrial node disease and atrial fibrillation, which are highly prevalent in these forms of heart disease.

My philosophy towards our research is that we will approach our scientific questions in multifaceted ways and search out new techniques or new collaborations whenever necessary to test our specific hypotheses. Our goal is to find new targets for intervention and new treatment strategies for heart disease.


Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about our research efforts.


Tristan Dorey - Medical Student


Tristan completed a BSc (Hons) in Kinesiology at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He then completed his PhD in our lab and is now in medical school at the University of Calgary. Tristan's research has focused on mechanisms of sinoatrial node disease and atrial fibrillation in heart disease. He continues to be involved in our lab in these areas of research. 

Akshata Dhumal - PhD Student


Akshata completed an MSc at Savitribai Phule Pune University in India. Akshata is investigating the role of natriuretic peptides and natriuretic peptide receptor C in atrial fibrosis and atrial fibrillation in hypertensive heart disease. 


Lockhart Jamieson - Postdoctoral Fellow


Lockhart completed her BSc at the University of Toronto and obtained her PhD at the University of AlbertaLockhart's research is focused on interventions to reduce frailty and how they impact atrial fibrillation and sinoatrial node disease in aging. 

Hailey Jansen - Research Associate

Hailey obtained BSc and MSc degrees from the University of British Columbia and a PhD degree from Dalhousie University. She completed her postdoctoral training in our lab at the University of Calgary. Hailey is now a Research Associate studying mechanisms of atrial fibrillation and sinoatrial node dysfunction in models of heart disease, aging, and frailty. 

Yingjie Liu - Postdoctoral Fellow

Yingjie completed a Bachelor of Clinical Medicine in Xiangya School of Medicine and a PhD  at the University of Calgary. Yingjie is currently investigating the basis for atrial fibrillation in diabetes mellitus and in models of natriuretic peptide receptor deficiency. 

Megan McRae - Laboratory Technician

Megan obtained her undergraduate degree in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at the University of Calgary and completed her Honour's thesis in our lab. Megan is now our Laboratory Manager and Technician. She conducts experimental work using a range of techniques, facilitates and assists other members of the lab with their work and helps manage the laboratory.


Motahareh Moghtadaei - Research Associate

Motahareh (Bahar) obtained her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic University and completed postdoctoral fellowship training at Dalhousie University.  Bahar uses computational and experimental approaches to investigate mechanisms of arrhythmogenesis.

Shuvam Prasai - Undergraduate Student

Shuvam is in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at the University of Calgary. He has worked in our lab as a summer student and is undertaking his BSc Honour's thesis in our lab. Shuvam is investigating phosphodiesterases in the heart in hypertensive heart disease. 

Elise Rougier - MSc Student

Elise obtained a BSc degree at Queens University. She is investigating the role of natriuretic peptides and their receptors in atrial and sinoatrial node electrophysiology and arrhythmogenesis in models of hypertensive heart disease.  

Former laboratory members


Postdoctoral Fellows


            Rui Hua

            Emmanuel Egom

            Iuliia Polina

            Motahareh Moghtadaei

            Jaspreet Kaur

Graduate Students


            Jeremy Springer

            Andrew Adamczyk

            Kimberly Vella

            Sarah MacLeod

            Pooja Krishnaswamy

            Hailey Jansen

            Martin Mackasey

            Loryn Bohne


Undergraduate Students


            Adrienne Gomez

            Jordan McCarthy

            Sarah McBoyle

            John Azer

            Rhea Hurnik

            Mohamed Eissa

            Martin Mackasey

            Ellen Langille


Technical Staff


            Mary Beth Bissell

            Courtney Robbins

            Gibanananda Ray

            Oleg Bogachev

            Tiesong Li

            Sara Rafferty

            Adam Kirkby

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