We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion.

Calvin Sjaarda, Ph.D

Postdoctoral fellow

Calvin received his BSc and Ph.D from the Department of Biological Sciences at Brock University, where he studied the genetics underlying resistance and susceptibility to disease. Calvin came to the Department of Psychiatry at Queen’s University and the Queen’s Genomics Lab at Ongwanada (Q-GLO) in 2015 to study the genetic and epigenetic etiology underlying complex neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. Calvin’s primary research interests include the role of rare and common variants in disease etiology, dysbiosis of the microbiome, and identification of markers of disease and response to treatment.

Melissa Hudson

Research Coordinator

Melissa manages the lab operations and coordinates many of the research studies being carried out by Q-GLO. She began working in this lab in 1993 as a high school student and continued throughout her undergraduate degree in Biology at Queen’s University. Melissa left the lab briefly to work as a Research Technician in the Neurogenetics Section under Dr. James Kennedy at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto from 1998-2001 . In 2001 she returned to Q-GLO to oversee the Autism Research Registry (www.AutismResearch.com).

Melissa has been key in providing continuity to the lab during transition periods. She actively recruits participants for studies, and carries out many parts of the research studies including cognitive assessment, structured interviews, MRI (imaging), and sample management. Although Melissa has been at Q-GLO for many years, she believes that it is never the same job and changes constantly. She is also the mother of 3 boys with ADHD and is actively involved with the ADHD Support Group in Kingston.

Jennifer Lalonde

Clinical Trial Coordinator

Over a decade ago, Jennifer began working as a Research Coordinator in HIV-related trials at the University of Ottawa Health Services. Now living in Kingston, she has switched her research interest to neurodevelopmental disorders. Mrs. Lalonde joined our team in the spring of 2018. She currently coordinates the POND related trial named ARBA for our site. Jennifer enjoys playing a part in the advancement of science and potential treatments for autism spectrum disorder.

Rameez Syed

Research Assistant

Rameez is MSc graduate in Mathematics (Statistical and Data Analysis) with Honours in Physics. He joined the Q-GLO group in 2019 as a research assistant in Bioinformatics. His ultimate goal is to explore and discover the hidden mysteries in our genes.

Liam Harris-Lowe

Advanced Biotechnology Student - St. Lawrence College

Abhira Raveendran

Work Study Student

Kyle Lou


Talia Ponesse

Work Study Student

Sonal Gupta


Q-GLO Alumni

  • Amy J. M. McNaughton (2014-2019)
  • Xudong Liu (1999-2019)
  • Maya Albin (2018-2019)
  • Beatrice Kaiser (2016-2018)
  • Michael Grotsky (2017-2018)
  • Melanie Zhang (2017-2018)
  • Sarah Taylor (2017)
  • Shalandra Wood (2014-2017)
  • Larysa Santavy (2015-2017)
  • Audrina Zhou (2016)

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August 2009

April 2007