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!

Raphael Kusomo

Comparing Mitochondrial Dysfunction as a Mediator of Oxidative Stress and Cognition between Vascular Mild Cognitive Impairment and Mild Cognitive Impairment due to Alzheimer’s Disease

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


Slaghinaya Neupane

Investigating Hepatocyte Nuclear Factor 4 Alpha as a Central Regulator of Kidney Graft Repair

Ana Konvalinka, Department of Nephrology, University of Toronto and University Health Network

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


Yalin Sun

Age-selective adolescent amygdala astrocyte susceptibility to chronic delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-induced mitochondrial oxidative stress

Susan R. George, Departments of Medicine, Pharmacology & Toxicology

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


Ava Vandenbelt

Protein degradation and mitophagy defects in phospholamban R14d-linked cardiomyopathies

Anthony Gramolini, Department of Physiology, University of Toronto


Manisha Yadav

Investigating the role of Huntingtin-NEAT1 interactions in regulating mitochondrial bioenergetics in Huntington’s disease.

Cheryl H. Arrowsmith, Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto/University Health Network

Rachel Harding, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, 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.