Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute has a talented team of directors, managers, coordinators and assistants who are available to provide services, offer assistance or direct you to the most appropriate person or organization.


Dr. David Granville
Executive Director, VCH Research Institute

Associate Dean, Research (VCHRI), Faculty of Medicine, UBC

Dr. Agnes Lee
Associate Executive Director

Kristin Rasmussen
Assistant to Executive Director

Awards and Education

Amanda Chisholm
Senior Manager, Education and Funding Initiatives

604.875.4111 x 21696

Alyssa Chong
Research Education Coordinator

Business Development

Sara Khosravi
Director, Business Development

604.875.4111 x 22784

Clinical Trials

Stephania Manusha
Director, Clinical Trials Administration

Wylo Kayle
Coordinator, Research Approvals


Anna Low
Privacy Advisor

604.875.4111 x 21698

Sasha Pavlovich
Clinical Research Quality Assurance Specialist

604.875.4111 x 21695

Jason Sim
Contracts & Budgets Specialist

604.875.4111 x 22780

Clinical Research Unit

Michelle Storms, BScN RN CCRP
Director, Clinical Research Unit

Jasleen Dhaliwal
Research Assistant

604-875-4111 x 69487

Jorell Gantioqui, MSc
Research Coordinator, Clinical Research Unit

604.875.4111 x 62178

Nicola James
Research Coordinator, Clinical Research Unit

604.875.4111 x 68502

CRU Biobank Team

Martin Avancena
Medical Technician, Research Biobank, Clinical Research Unit

604.875.4111 x 68502

Nancy Ferguson
Biobank Research Technician, Clinical Research Unit

604.875.4111 x 68502


Vivian Sum
Director, Brand and Communications

604.875.4111 x 22782

Ashley Racette
Communications Lead

604.875.4111 x 22783

Sydney Soldan
Digital Communications Coordinator


Karen Donaldson
Manager, Facilities & Administration

Liza Cosier
Facilities Assistant

604.875.4111 × 21693

Zahra Karim



Joyce Wong
Finance Manager

604.875.4111 x 21699

Munique Bandeira
Finance Assistant

604.875.4111 x 21694

Minsoo Kang
Financial Analyst


Nicole McLean
Clinical Research Finance Coordinator

604.875.4111 x 21697

IT Services (Provided by UBC Digital Solutions)

For operational support:
For network failure emergencies call: 1-877-266-0666

For assistance in planning your IT development:

Gurm Dhugga
Associate Director, Research & Digital Technology, UBC


Website access and troubleshooting:

Vivian Sum
Director, Brand and Communications

604.875.4111 x 22782

Research Facilitation

Krisztina Vasarhelyi
Research Facilitator, Vancouver Community

604.875.4111 x 64710 
Room 409 – 2775 Heather Street, Vancouver
Room 200 – 520 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver

Eric Liow
Research Facilitator, Richmond and Coastal

Room 3301, 7000 Westminster Hwy, Richmond

Esther Choi
Research Coordinator, Richmond

Sonia Hardern
Regional Practice Lead, Research & Knowledge Translation

Research Grant Development

Elizabeth Cheu
Manager, Research Grant Development

UBC Office of Research Services at VCH Research Institute

Susan O’Neil
Manager, Research Awards

604.875.4111 x 21692

Sybil Zhang
Grants Application Clerk