MITO Innovation Scholars In Mitochondrial Health and Medicine


The MITO Innovation Scholars in Mitochondrial Health and Medicine represent a growing community of brilliant minds at the forefront of advancing mitochondrial health and medicine. As recipients of the prestigious MITO2i graduate scholarship, these scholars are dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of mitochondrial function and its profound impact on human health. United by a common passion for innovation, they form a dynamic network of trailblazers committed to pushing the boundaries of mitochondrial research.

Click below to learn more about this year’s funded projects!

Rebecca Assor

Human cerebral organoids to assess and treat severe epileptic/mitochondrial encephalopathies

Peter Carlan, Department of Neurology, Krembil Research Institute

Taufik Valiante, Department of Neurology, Krembil Research Institute

Dana El Soufi El Sabbagh

Mitochondrial Enhancers for Neuropsychiatric Diseases

Ana Andreazza, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, University of Toronto

Peter Carlan, Department of Nephrology, University of Toronto and University Health Network


Rohankrishna Harikumar

The role of Rho in PKD-mediated mitochondrial remodeling

Andra Kupas, Department of Surgery and Biochemistry, Kennan Research Centre Unity Health

Rola Seepa, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health


Sarah Hui

Investigating the effects of phosphorylation of CHIP on alpha synuclein mediated mitophagy

Suneil Kalia, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, UHN

Joel Watts, Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto


Yejin Kang

Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Mild Vascular Cognitive Impairment

Krista Lanctôt, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology and Psychiatry, University of Toronto


Sanna Masud

Surveying the TAZ mutational landscape in yeast and human cell

Jason Moffat, Department of Molecular Genetics University of Toronto

Charlie Boone, Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto

Fatemeh Mirshafiei

Developing Metabolic Therapies for Heart Disease by Harnessing the Regenerative Potential of the Pediatric Heart

Jason Maynes, Departments of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto

Paul Santerre, Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto

Gabriel Siebiger

Mitochondrial transplantation as a rescue strategy for the treatment of injured
lungs allocated for transplantation

Marcelo Cypel, Department of Surgery, Toronto General Hospital

Ana Andreazza, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, University of Toronto

Mehakpreet Thind

Metabolic Regulation of Neutrophil Biology in a Murine Model of Severe Malnutrition

Robert Bandsma, Department of Pediatrics, Hospital for Sick Children

Michael Glogauer, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto

Kyla Trkulja

Identification of mitochondrial nuclear export cargo and modulation by the
XPO1 inhibitor selinexor in diffuse large B cell lymphoma

John Kuruvilla, Department of Medical Oncology and Hematology, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Armand Keating, Institute of BioMedical Engineering, University of Toronto

MITO2i extends heartfelt gratitude to Thomas Zachos for his unwavering support of MITO2i and the Graduate Student Scholarships. Through the generous contributions of the Zachos Chair, collaborative research partnerships, and the dedication of donors, MITO2i can sustain its mission of fostering groundbreaking research and providing invaluable funding opportunities for emerging scholars in mitochondrial health and medicine. Your support ensures that promising minds have the resources they need to advance crucial research in this vital field. Thank you, Thomas Zachos, for your ongoing commitment to mitochondrial innovation and scholarship.


MITO2i Graduate Student Scholarships of 2022, 2023, and 2024 were funded in part by:

The Hospital For Sick Children (SickKids)

SickKids, is Canada’s foremost pediatric research hospital. They provide child and family-centred care, facilitate scientific advancements, and are a leader in mitochondrial health research.

The University Health Network

The University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest health research organization and part of the University of Toronto, plays a pivotal role in facilitating collaborative research with Mito2i.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Sunnybrook is Canada’s largest trauma and veterans’ center. Fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, Sunnybrook collaborates with Mito2i in supporting groundbreaking research. 

Unity Health Toronto

Unity Health consists of three locations, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital, and Providence Healthcare. Affiliated with the University of Toronto, Unity Health serves a diverse population in the Greater Toronto Area.