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Dr. John Shik, Faculty of Medicine

Dr. John Shik is a staff nephrologist with Eastern Health and an assistant professor with the Faculty of Medicine. He is about to take on the role of clerkship director for internal medicine residents.

After completing his MD at the University of Toronto in 2000, he did postgraduate training in internal medicine at Memorial University from 2000-2004, followed by sub-specialty training in nephrology at Memorial from 2004-2005. He is also working on a master’s of clinical epidemiology at Memorial.

Dr. Shik has considerable research experience in various areas. He is the regional principal investigator for a study on quotidian dialysis registry being conducted through Eastern Health’s Nephrology Department. This study is part of an international registry to compare daily dialysis with twice weekly conventional hemodialysis.

From 2001-2005, under the supervision of Dr. Brendan Barrett, Dr. Shik evaluated the rates of catheter-related blood stream infection as part of continuous quality improvement in patients undergoing hemodialysis at the health sciences centre in St. John’s.

While a resident at Memorial, Dr. Shik won the 2003 Dr. John Simpson Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2003 Dr. David Hawkins Research Award and the 2002 Pfizer Quality Assurance Research Award.

Dr. Shik has his nephrology certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.


Dr. Martin Ordonez, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science


Dr. Martin Ordonez joined Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering in January as an assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering. He teaches design-oriented courses such as analog electronics and power electronics, and is responsible for integrating engineering design into the curricula and developing undergraduate laboratories.

Dr. Ordonez is passionate about his work. Inspired at an early age by his elder brothers and all the marvellous electronics gadgets he could get his hands on, he is the third electronics engineer in his family.

Born and raised in Neuquén (Patagonia), Argentina, Dr. Ordonez received an Ing. degree in electronics engineering from the National Technological University (UTN-FRC), Córdoba, Argentina, in 2003; and holds master’s and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Memorial, 2006 and 2009 respectively.

Dr. Ordonez’s research interests include activities in the area of renewable power conversion, which involves characterization and utilization of renewable power sources; power conversion architectures and high-performance power electronics topologies; high-efficiency energy storage systems; grid-tie bidirectional power conversion and power flow management. His industrial experience in power conversion includes research and development at Xantrex Technology Inc./Elgar Electronics Corp. (now AMETEK Programmable Power), Deep-Ing Power Electronics, and TRV Dispositivos, where he developed high-density dc-dc power converters, UPS inverters, and digital controllers using digital signal processors.

Dr. Sonja Boon, Department of Women’s Studies, Faculty of Arts


Dr. Sonja Boon is an assistant professor of Women's Studies whose research primarily involves looking at the nature of embodiment through autobiographical writings.

“I have termed this ‘corporeal autobiography',” she says, “in the sense that I am looking at how people express themselves and their lives through their physical and their embodied experiences.”

In 2008, Dr. Boon’s research won her the Catharine Macaulay Prize awarded by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, as well as the Canadian Women’s Studies Association Graduate Essay Prize.

The first person to graduate from Simon Fraser with a PhD in Women’s Studies, Dr. Boon is enthusiastic about assisting with the further development of Memorial’s Department of Women’s Studies. She just finished teaching a new course titled Phallic Breasts, Pregnant Men, and Beauvoir's Backside: Feminist Theory and the Body.

In addition, along with her colleague Vicki Hallett, Dr. Boon initiated The Blue Castle Salon in fall 2008, a monthly event dedicated to the celebration of women as producers and disseminators of culture, with a particular focus on the women of Newfoundland and Labrador. More information can be found at http://bluestockingsalon.blogspot.com.

In addition to her research and teaching work, Dr. Boon is a baroque flutist and will be appearing as a guest artist with the Hot Earth Ensemble in a program titled Too Hot to Handel on May 17, 2009.


Dr. Nik (Nikita) A. Makretsov, Faculty of Medicine


Dr. Nik Makretsov, assistant professor of pathology has joined the Faculty of Medicine after completing a breast cancer fellowship at the University of Cambridge in the U.K., funded by the International Union Against Cancer and American Cancer Society, and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dr. Makretsov is a pathologist with an MD and a PhD. His academic interests are translational research in breast cancer, such as validation of new prognostic and predictive biomarkers for future treatments of breast cancer, and teaching. He has an extensive expertise in research and clinical immunohistochemistry, tissue microarrays and automated image analysis, and is an active breast cancer clinical scientist and practicing pathologist. He is certified by Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and by the European Board of Pathology as a specialist in anatomical pathology.

Dr. Makretsov earned his MD in 1993 from the Far-Eastern State Medical University, Eastern Russia. From 1993 to1995 he completed a PhD in oncologic pathology at the Cancer Research Centre of the Academy of Medical Sciences in Moscow.

From 2001-2004 Dr. Makretsov did a clinical research fellowship in cancer pathology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and, earlier in 1999 a fellowship at the Rizzolli Institute, University of Bologna, Italy.

Dr. Makretsov is the breast pathology site group co-chair of the Laboratory Medicine Program at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital.


Crystal Rose, Ferriss Hodgett Library, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College


After a 10-year hiatus from Corner Brook, Crystal Rose has returned to the city to work as public services librarian with Grenfell’s Ferriss Hodgett Library. Ms. Rose holds a bachelor of fine arts from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and a master’s of library and information studies from Dalhousie University in Halifax.

“My experience working as a youth services librarian for the Toronto Public Library, the largest public library system in Canada, as well as my background in visual arts, allows me to make a unique contribution to Grenfell,” she said. “I have started a graphic novel collection at the Ferriss Hodgett Library, a resource that will be utilized by students and faculty in many areas, from visual arts to English to social/cultural studies. I am also helping to curate an upcoming joint exhibit of graphic novels between the library and the college’s art gallery.”

Ms. Rose said she was attracted to Memorial’s Corner Brook campus because of its intimate size, its great location in western Newfoundland and, of course, its excellent library.

With technology having greatly impacted the way users access library resources, Ms. Rose’s research interests focus on improving online services for end-users by studying their “information retrieval behaviour.”

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