marie-eveMarie-Eve Leblanc


Marie-Eve holds a bachelor’s degree (McGill University) and a Master’s degree (Universite de Montreal) in Nursing.  She spent most of her professional nursing career working as a registered nurse in critical care and teaching nursing. In 2011, after moving to Vancouver, she joined the UBC School of Nursing, where she has worked on several research projects.

She works as a research coordinator on Dr. Baumbusch’s team, which she joined in 2012.



GERO website photoSarah Wu

BA, BHS, MA, PhD (Cand.)

Sarah completed a Master’s degree in Gerontology in the Department of Gerontology at SFU. Her research interests include dementia care in long-term care settings, the influence of person-centered care and the physical environment on mealtime experience of residents with dementia. She is currently completing her PhD at the University of Waterloo.

Sarah works as a research assistant on the TAVI Study, the AWAKE Study and the HEARTS Study.


Tamar O’Shea

BDes, BA (Hons), MD (Cand.)

Tamar completed a Bachelor in Design at the Ontario College of Art & Design University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology at UBC. Before working with GERO, she worked as a research assistant on the Translating Research in Elderly Care (TREC) Study, with the University of Alberta.

Tamar works as a research assistant on the TAVI Study, the AWAKE Study and the HEARTS Study.



Isabel Sloan Yip

BA, PBD, MSW (Cand.)

Isabel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (SFU) and a Post-Baccalaureate in Art History (UBC) as well as a Certificate in Urban Studies (SFU). Prior to joining the GERO team Isabel worked extensively in First Nations Art and volunteered in long-term care.

Isabel works as a research assistant on the IDEAL Study,  the AWAKE Study, the SENSE study, and the Family Councils Study.




Linae Minaker


Linae holds a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics. Prior to working with GERO, she worked with a non-profit organization that provides support to children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. She has experience volunteering in long-term care and at a speech language pathology clinic.

Currently she is working with GERO on a scoping review on family intervention research done in long-term care settings as well as the SENSE study


Rupali Gill


Rupali holds a bachelor’s degree from University of the Fraser Valley. She has worked as a registered nurse in medicine and Acute Care for Elderly unit. She has also taught nursing in the classroom and clinical setting. Rupali is currently a full-time Master’s student at the University of British Columbia.

Rupali works as a research assistant on the IDEAL study and the SENSE study .



Denise Beaton

BA (Hons), MA

Denise is a Master’s student in Gerontology at Simon Fraser University and works as a research assistant with the Canadian Centre for Elder Law on the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse’ Knowledge Sharing Project. Her research interests include resident-to-resident aggression in long-term residential care, research methodology and theory, and cultural arts interventions in dementia care.

Denise works as a research assistant on the IDEAL study and the SENSE study .




Billy Zhao

Billy is finishing his last year of a Bachelor of Science (Pharmacology major). His research interests focus on older adult healthcare experiences. He previously worked as a research assistant in immunology and cell biology.

Billy worked with the GERO group on the TREC Study (Translating Research in Elder Care) where he completed an extensive integrative review on interventions for resident aggression in long-term care.




photoPreet Gandhi

Preet will be completing his Bachelor of Kinesiology this coming year. His interest in public health has led to diverse work and volunteer experiences in geriatric healthcare as well as advocating for individuals with developmental disabilities.

He is currently working with GERO on an integrative review regarding the inclusion of family members in long-term care and on the Family Council Study.