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Dr. Noriko Daneshtalab

School of Pharmacy

Dr. Noriko Daneshtalab has been appointed as an assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy from October 2010.

Dr. Daneshtalab graduated from University of Alberta with her B.Sc. specializing in pharmacology, and subsequently completed her PhD in 2005 also at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She majored in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of cardiovascular drugs in inflammatory states under Dr. Fakhreddin Jamali.

From 2004-06, Dr. Daneshtalab completed her first postdoctoral training at the John P. Robarts Institute for Research in London, Ontario in Dr. Stephen Ferguson’s cell biology research group, characterizing GPCR signalling, membrane trafficking, and protein-receptor interaction and regulation.

Dr. Daneshtalab’s second post-doctoral project began in 2007 under the guidance of Dr. John Smeda in the cardiovascular research group in the Division of Biomedical Sciences in Memorial University. Her work investigated the multi-factorial mechanisms involved in hemorrhagic stroke development in the stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats and methods of treatment.

Throughout her PhD and post doctoral training, Dr. Daneshtalab has taught many courses both for the Faculty of Medicine and School of Pharmacy as a lecturer (2007-10) and sessional instructor (2010: Pharmacokinetics) and she is excited at the opportunity to continue working with the faculty, staff and students of Memorial University.


Dr. Caroline Porr

School of Nursing

Dr. Caroline Porr joined the School of Nursing in September and is looking forward to using her skills as a nurse, complete with anecdotal accounts, to teach her students. That nursing experience includes acute and preventive health needs of lower income multicultural families, homecare, and health promotion in the Dominican Republic. “Teaching is both a privilege and a daunting task for we are accountable to students, the public, professional association standards and ourselves. The teacher’s job is to teach from the heart with enthusiasm and persistence derived from authentic pride in the professional practice of nursing.”

Dr. Porr’s research interests involve relationship development between public health nurses and vulnerable and potentially stigmatized clients, such as lower income lone-parent mothers. She plans to build on her PhD dissertation, Targeting Essence: Pragmatic Variation of the Therapeutic Relationship, which outlines the explicit how-to’s of relationship building. It aims to optimize the health and well-being of lower income lone-parent mothers and their children by improving these relationships.

Dr. Porr completed a Master of Nursing at the University of Calgary and her PhD in Public Health Nursing in 2009 at the University of Alberta. Her teaching experience includes positions at Liberty University, Virginia; the University of Alberta; Confederation College, Ontario; and the University of Calgary. From 2005-07, she was a graduate fellow with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research at the International Institute of Qualitative Methodology at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Pushpa Sathya

Discipline of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Pushpa Sathya has joined the Faculty of Medicine as an assistant professor of pediatrics and has a clinical appointment to the Janeway Children’s Hospital as a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition.

Dr. Sathya previously worked at the University of Manitoba and the Children’s Hospital, Winnipeg; JBN Specialists Clinic in Burlington, Ontario; and McMaster University Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital. She earned her MD in 1997 from McMaster University and holds a B.Sc. (chemistry, botany and zoology) and M.Sc. (biochemistry) from Bangalore University, India and M.Sc. (molecular biology) from McMaster University. She completed residency training in pediatrics at McMaster and went on to do a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology at McMaster University.

Dr. Sathya’s recent research involves a multicenter human study on the genetic, environmental and microbial interactions that cause inflammatory bowel disease. Other research projects have involved pediatric chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, and the role of omega-3 fatty acids in controlling hepatic disease and inflammation in pediatric non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. She will be pursuing her research in inflammatory bowel disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and other liver diseases.

Dr. Liam Swiss

Sociology, Faculty of Arts

Dr. Liam Swiss is an assistant professor in the sociology department whose research interests lie in the political sociology of international development, gender, and globalization. Prior to completing his doctorate in 2009 at McGill University, he worked for the Canadian International Development Agency delivering Canada’s foreign aid to Pakistan and other parts of South Asia. In 2009-10, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Ottawa’s School of Political Studies.

His current project is a comparative examination of world society influence on foreign aid agencies to explain the convergence of aid policies around issues of gender and security and he is also in the midst of a study examining women’s political representation in the developing world and its impact on social development outcomes.

Dr. Swiss was recently commissioned by the Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation to contribute a paper (“A New National Project for Canadian Development Cooperation”) for their project on re-imagining Canadian foreign aid. He is currently teaching Sociology 2250: Changing World, and a course on sociology graduate research methods.

Dr. Jocelyn Thorpe

Women’s Studies, Faculty of Arts

Jocelyn Thorpe is an assistant professor of women’s studies. She comes to Memorial via the University of British Columbia where she held a SSHRC postdoc from 2008 to 2010.

Her research examines how ideas about nature, race, gender and nation shape our interactions with one another and with our environments. Her PhD research at York University in Toronto focused on the historical creation of the Canadian wilderness in Ontario area known as Temagami and how the idea of “wilderness” is a cultural construction implicated in a racialized form of Canadian nationalism and dispossession of First Nations like the Teme-Augama Anishnabai.

“Here at Memorial, I am interested in taking this research in a new direction by studying Mi'kmaq histories and contemporary realities here on the island,” says Dr. Thorpe, who is currently teaching Introduction to Women’s Studies and a graduate-level seminar on feminist research methods.

So far, she is loving Memorial.

“It seems to be the perfect size: small enough for people to get to know one another, and big enough to be a major centre for research and teaching. I've had great help at the library, at the computer service desk, and in general have experienced that warm Newfoundland welcome that people talk about.”

In 2011, Dr. Thorpe’s book, Temagami's Tangled Wild: Race, Gender and the Making of Canadian Nature, will be published by UBC Press.