At the heart of our mission lies a steadfast commitment to pioneering innovation in mitochondrial medicine and research. Going beyond disease, we aspire to redefine the landscape of mitochondrial health. Our success is a reflection of our exceptional team—dedicated, qualified volunteers, students, and professionals from diverse fields united by a shared passion for transformative change. Together, we form a familial network of creative minds, each playing an invaluable role in advancing our vision to revolutionize mitochondrial health



Scientific Director

Dr. Andreazza, a Professor in the Departments of Pharmacology & Toxicology and Psychiatry, holds the esteemed Tier II Canada Research Chair in Molecular Pharmacology of Mood Disorders and the Thomas C. Zachos Chair in Mitochondrial Research. With a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and a remarkable record of over 150 research articles, she is a leading expert in redox modulations and mitochondrial dysfunction, especially in mood disorders. Using 3D brain organoids, her current research investigates the impact of mitochondrial dysfunction on neurotransmission in conditions like bipolar disorder. Dr. Andreazza is also the visionary founder of MITO2i (formerly mitoNET.ca), a collaborative initiative uniting researchers to explore the role of mitochondrial function and genetics in human diseases, with the goal of transforming mitochondrial health.

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Associate Director, Strategies and Partnerships

Sonya joined the University of Toronto’s Innovations & Partnerships Office in 2007, initially as a Commercialization Manager for the Life Sciences team, focusing on moving research projects into practical applications. In 2013, she transitioned to the role of Business Development Officer, Industry Partnerships, facilitating sponsored research, industry interactions, and strategic collaborations. Sonya has been pivotal in advancing research collaborations with industry, organizing events, and supporting major proposals. Before the University of Toronto (UofT), she worked as a Technology Officer at the Robarts Research Institute in London, Ontario. Sonya holds a Master’s in Biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario and an undergraduate degree in Human Biology from UofT.

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Project Manager, Researcher

Erika assumed the role of Project Manager in Dr. Ana Andreazza’s laboratory at the University of Toronto in 2018. Her contributions were prominently showcased in her position as the Conference Director for the MITO2019 conference. Currently, she is concurrently pursuing her part-time Master’s Degree in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology while dedicating herself full-time as a Project Manager. Erika actively contributes to both Dr. Andreazza’s lab and MITO2i projects, demonstrating a commitment to academic and professional excellence.

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Knowledge Translation and Communications Lead

In 2023, Jocelyn joined the MITO2i team with a focus on facilitating knowledge mobilization both within and beyond the organization. Her responsibilities include crafting special presentations, academic publications, scientific figures/diagrams, and social media content. Leveraging her expertise in effective scientific communication, collaborative research, and stakeholder management, Jocelyn highlights the significance of fostering accessible and inclusive knowledge-sharing practices. Holding a Master’s of Health Science Degree in Translational Research and a Bachelor’s of Science in Bio-Medical Science, she brings a wealth of experience from leading and collaborating on diverse research projects, spanning areas such as cancer, regenerative medicine, nutrition, arthritis, and mental health.

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Finance Administrator

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Communications Coordinator

Kira is dedicated to communicating scientific knowledge in a clear and efficient manner. In her role on our team, she has led MITO2i’s disease awareness campaigns and directed a series of educational videos featuring interviews with members of the MITO2i community. Additionally, Kira established the monthly MITO2i Newsletter, offering our community academic updates, opportunities, and upcoming activities. She has also assisted with the enhancement of our social media profiles to bolster networking and engagement efforts online.


Partnerships Coordinator

As the Partnerships Coordinator, Sheil is instrumental in researching the latest mitochondrial developments in research and policy, communicating with partners, and identifying new collaborative opportunities. His role contributes to MITO2i’s mission by staying updated on scientific news, fostering community connections, and actively participating in strategic collaborations to advance mitochondrial medicine.

Steering Committee

  • Justin Nodwell, Vice-Dean, Research & Innovation, TFOM
  • Trudo Lemmens, e Professor Faculty of Law
  • Laura Rosella, Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
  • Milica Radisic, Associate Chair Research, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry

Executive Advisory Committee

  • Ken Evans, President, InDoc Research Inc.
  • Tania Bubela, Dean Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU
  • Kate Murray, President, and CEO, MitoCanada
  • Erin Walker, Patient Insight, and Involvement Lead, UCL Partners
  • Constatine Zachos, Patient Advocate, MITO2i Executive