Discover the people behind my projects. Over the last 5 years, I have trained students from different academic backgrounds and mentored them through various projects.

Principal Investigator

Nitika Pant Pai


Nandi Belinsky: Coordinator
Nandi is the coordinator for Dr. Pai’s lab, providing administrative support to the team and their various projects. Nandi’s academic background spans both the sciences and the arts, with a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy & Cell Biology and a current BA in Linguistics, and has a particular interest for the social history of medicine and health. She previously worked as data analyst assistant for a surgical quality program at the Jewish General Hospital.



Sailly Dave: Research Assistant
Sailly Dave completed her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Carleton University and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Health at McGill University. Being born and raised in Botswana, her interests have always been in infectious disease research, especially sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections. Sailly’s work experience ranges from wet laboratory work at Environment and Climate Change Canada to her most recent summer practicum at the Public Health Agency of Canada working on emerging infectious disease surveillance. She has been with the team for over a year now working on various projects.

Clare Fogarty: Junior Research Assistant
Clare is a medical student at McGill University with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Microbiology & Immunology and a minor in the History & Philosophy of Science. Clare’s multidisciplinary interests are reflected in her previous research experiences, including the evaluation of antivirals for emerging infectious diseases, environmental epidemiology field work in South Africa, and social sciences research in the history of medicine. Her ultimate interests in biomedicine and bioethics intersect in her passion for global health, where she hopes to pursue work in infectious disease control and health in relation to human rights following her medical studies.

Nick Karatzas: Junior Research Assistant
Nick Karatzas is a first year Masters student in Experimental Medicine at McGill. He joined Dr. Pai’s team due to his interests in global health, as being able to positively affect the lives of those in need is extremely important to him. He is currently working on many great projects and had the opportunity to travel to South Africa to experience first hand the effect of mobile health initiatives. He looks forward to more great experiences in the global health field.

Gayatri Marathe: Graduate Research Assistant
Gayatri completed her BSc in Microbiology from Abasaheb Garware College and MSc in Virology from the National Institute of Virology, University of Pune in Pune, India. She then completed her ScM in Epidemiology (Infectious Diseases Track) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) in Baltimore. Her masters research focused on latent TB screening among HIV-infected women with the Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College-JHU Clinical Trials Unit, a collaborative research partnership in Pune. She worked with the Johns Hopkins Biological Repository at JHSPH as a research specialist and then with the Clinical trials unit in Pune as a repository manager. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Epidemiology at McGill University and working on projects on HIV and HCV diagnostics testing.

Anna de Waal: Junior Research Assistant
Anna de Waal is completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology, with minors in Microbiology & Immunology and the Social Studies of Medicine. She started working with Dr. Pant Pai’s lab in 2016 as a McGill Global Health Scholar, with research interests in HIV affecting adolescent women in South Africa. In addition to her work as a content editor for the Prognosis Global Health Journal, her research as a Queen Elizabeth Scholar includes improving access to primary healthcare for vulnerable communities. She is passionate about community involvement and works to plan initiatives on the McGill campus with Montreal’s intergenerational meals-on-wheels organization Santropol Roulant.

Krisztian G. Birkas: Programmer
Experienced Software Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Strong engineering professional with a Master of Science focused in Computer Science (Thesis) from McGill University.

Fruzsina Kuhari: Illustrator
Experienced Illustrator with a demonstrated history of working in the online media industry. Skilled in Design, Illustrator, and Animation. Strong arts and design professional with a National Training Register (OKJ).


Megan Smallwood: Project Manager

Caroline Vadnais

Sehar Manji

Tiago Chiavegatti

Minling Ye

Samantha Wilkinson

Rohit Vij

Roni Deli-Houssein

Tarannum Behlim

Jigyasa Sharma

Sushmita Shivkumar

Tripti Pande

Yalda Jafari

Madhavi Bhargava

Jameeta Kurji

Bhairavi Balram