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Our team

Above all, we value doing good work with good people.

Our core values are:









We work as a collaborative and value the unique and diverse contributions each person brings. We work on interesting problems to help technology be used for good. We are interested in developing thoughtful and inclusive technologies that are meaningful and useful to people.

Current Lab Members


Winnifred Adzo Vittor

Volunteer Research Assistant

Winnifred is a Registered Nurse and a prospective MSN student from Ghana with interest in nursing informatics. She looks forward to learning how technology can be integrated into health especially nursing. She is very excited to be part of this team and looks forward to gaining knowledge and experience in the field of research pertaining to Nursing and Health informatics. Outside work and studies, Winnie loves to watch movies and listen to music.


Andrea Burrows

PhD Trainee

Andrea is a Registered Nurse and Graduate Student working on her Ph.D. at UBCO in health informatics. She is a mother of two curious and active boys. Her sons bring a deep sense of joy to her life, encircled by their company; they enjoy being active and outside together. In parallel with her studies, Andrea works for the Interior Health Research Department as a Manager of Research to create and foster linkages between health system actors and community partners. She supports knowledge mobilization activities, facilitates navigation through research processes and supervises graduate student projects. Andrea is keen to be working with the Health Informatics Equity Lab. Her training plan includes honing research and knowledge translation skills, gaining expertise in patient-oriented research approaches and developing a research portfolio examining the interface between human and technology.


Isabella Mendoza

Research Assistant

Isabella is a BSc student majoring in Computer Science. Since starting her degree, she has been interested in the intersection of technology with other fields, especially education, visual arts, and healthcare! She looks forward to the many skills she will gain by exploring technology's role in healthcare. She is also super excited to be part of the team and can't wait to start her experience in research. Besides academics and work, Isabella is always drawing, reading, or catching up on shows!


Naureen Mukhi

MSN Trainee

Naureen is a Registered Nurse and Graduate Research Assistant working on her Masters in Nursing at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan). Her thesis is on investigating health system stakeholders' perspectives and use of Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) for clinical decision support tools. Naureen has recently completed her diploma in Digital Health and Data Analytics from the Michener Institute of Education in Ontario. In parallel with her studies, she also works as Clinical Informatics Specialist with the Provincial Public Health Information System team in BC. Naureen enjoys nature, running and spends time volunteering in her community prayer place.


Dr. Chantelle Recsky

Research/Lab Coordinator

Dr. Recsky is a Registered Nurse and her areas of interest include health information technologies, quality and safety, and knowledge translation, as well as supporting students to gain knowledge and experience in research.


Nicole Ketter

Research Manager

Nicole is a MSc in rehabilitation science student at UBC. She is interested in developing her knowledge about the role of artificial intelligence in health care. Outside of the lab, Nicole enjoys getting out for a hike or swim with her dog.


Ruinan Jin

Research Assistant

Ruinan is currently an undergraduate computer science student At UBC. He's interested in exploring artificial intelligence and machine learning in fields of computer vision and privacy.


Kate Sturgess

Research Assistant

Kate is a current nursing student at UBCO and originally from Calgary, Alberta. Kate is hoping to pursue a master's in nursing specializing in research. She grew up ski racing and loves to spend time in the mountains between classes.


Vanessa Lo

Research Assistant / BSN Y4 research preceptorship

Vanessa is a Registered Nurse passionate about medical device development and integrating digital technologies into healthcare. She is also interested in working with vulnerable populations to minimize health disparities so that more equitable care can be provided to all members of the community. During her free time, Vanessa enjoys going cafe hopping, eating dessert with friends, singing, and listening to true crime podcasts.


Amrit Kaur Dhami

Research Assistant

Amrit is currently in their third year of nursing and thrilled to be a part of the research team. When she is not studying, she is most likely reading a book and enjoying the fresh air. She is deeply committed to fostering a supportive and inclusive community within the team. She believes that research provides an excellent opportunity to contribute to the enhancement of nursing experiences, advocate for the needs of our peers, and facilitate meaningful connections among students, faculty, and the broader nursing community. She loves spending the summers in Kelowna and enjoying the warm weather, beaches, and good company.


Mahtab Matin

Research Assistant

Mahtab completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Midwifery in Iran. She is currently a Ph.D. student of Nursing at UBCO supervised by Dr. Elizabeth Keys. She is interested in sleep science and increasing the health of child-bearing families. During her qualification, she mainly worked on biotic supplementation effects on human health. Mahtab’s doctoral work will focus on an interdisciplinary research project that combines a nursing and midwifery perspective with knowledge about microbiome and neuroscience to discover new ideas about how families of newborns can be supported in their health and wellbeing. 


Mehak Mundi

Research Assistant

Mehak is a current nursing student at UBCO who is passionate about rural healthcare, and learning how to improve health equity in rural and remote populations. In her free time, Mehak likes playing soccer, going on runs, and reading. 


Kenna Hunter

Research Assistant

Kenna is a nursing student at UBCO going into her third year. Kenna moved to Kelowna from Alberta and is looking to explore and learn more about the opportunities in research nursing. She also enjoys activities like reading, painting, and drawing.

Furry Lab Members


Maya T. Butts 
(Shiba Inu)

The actual PI 

Likes: playing ball on the beach, cheese, attention from strangers, extreme temperatures (scorching hot and freezing cold), taking myself for a walk
Dislikes: fireworks, fruit, baths, affection



Ammar Zavahir: Research Assistant

Ashish Giri: 2021-22 MURPH Scholar

Emily Mayzes-Kotulla: 2021-22 MURPH Scholar

Dawson Penner: 2021-22 MURPH Scholar

Reagan Chicoine: Research Assistant, BSN Graduate

Sharon Ilesanmi: Research Assistant, BSN Graduate​

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