Linda Hiraki (Alumni) - University of Toronto
|Award Type:||Career Enhancement Program|
Dr. Linda Hiraki received her medical degree in 2003 from Queen's University. She completed her Pediatrics training in 2006 followed by her fellowship in Pediatric Rheumatology in 2008 at the Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Hiraki is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in the specialties of Pediatrics and Pediatric Rheumatology. Dr. Hiraki went on to pursue clinical research training at the Harvard School of Public Health where she was funded by the Harvard, Frank Knox Scholarship and subsequently the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to complete her Masters of Science in Epidemiology (2009) and her Doctor of Science in Genetic Epidemiology (2013). Her doctoral dissertation focused on the genetics of vitamin D and complex diseases. Currently, Dr. Hiraki is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Andrew Paterson's lab, (Genetics & Genome Biology, Research Institute, the Hospital for Sick Children) working on the genetics of renal decline among type 1 diabetes (T1D) patients. Her project moves beyond traditional cross-sectional study design and develops methods that take advantage of rich, longitudinally collected clinical data along with low-frequency genetic variants to discover new genetic associations with renal complications of the complex disease, T1D. She is also an Associate Staff in the Division of Rheumatology at the Hospital for Sick Children.