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The primary investigator

Dr. Sanchez-Ramirez is an assistant professor in the Department of Respiratory therapy at the University of Manitoba, Canada. After graduating as a Physical Therapist, she obtained an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Public Health (Copenhagen University, Denmark and Granada University, Spain) and an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Degree in Biomedical Sciences (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands). She completed her postdoctoral training in the Injury Prevention Centre, School of Public Health, at the University of Alberta.

Her research program aims to enhance quality of life and participation among people with chronic respiratory diseases and post-COVID syndrome, and to advance in the field of virtual respiratory care incorporating technology, portable and wearable devices. Dr. Sanchez's professional portfolio includes diverse research experience in clinical research, epidemiology and medical education using quantitative and mixed methods. 

Research Areas

  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation: what works for whom?

  • E-health in respiratory diseases diagnosis and (self)monitoring

  • Morbidity and management of respiratory diseases: epidemiology and outcomes

Additional Research interests

  • Indigenous peoples & Immigrants Health

  • Health promotion & Disease prevention

  • Primary care 



Rachel Adodo is a graduate student in the Master of Rehabilitation Science program at the University of Manitoba. She developed a keen interest in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation while studying physiotherapy at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Seeking to expand her knowledge and increase her understanding of this area, she decided to pursue a master’s degree with a research focus in pulmonary rehabilitation. With the emergence of COVID-19 and its impacts on various body systems, especially the respiratory system, she decided to focus specifically on COVID-19 rehabilitation. As people continue to experience symptoms even after recovery from the acute phase of the viral infection, she believes that there is an urgent need for research in this area, and she would like to pursue future research in that direction.

Rachel Adodo

MSc student/Research Assistant

Kaitlin King is a Research Assistant in our lab and an instructor in the Department of Respiratory Therapy at the University of Manitoba, Canada. After graduating as a Respiratory Therapist in 2012 from the University of Manitoba, she began working in critical care at St. Boniface Hospital (Winnipeg, MB). She continued her education and obtained her Certified Respiratory Educator (CRE) credential. Shortly after, she accepted a clinical specialist role and was a resource for all respiratory-related needs and staff education on the wards, and in the emergency department. The role also included student coordination and evaluation of students for the University of Manitoba, Respiratory Therapy program. Kaitlin always enjoyed teaching but this was where Kaitlin realized her passion for teaching.

An opportunity to teach presented itself at the University of Manitoba in 2019 and Kaitlin took the plunge. It has been a challenge starting a teaching career in a health education program, during a pandemic, but it’s very rewarding.

As a self-proclaimed, curious, lifelong learner, she will be taking on another new opportunity to expand her knowledge and expertise in the field of Respiratory Therapy. Kaitlin is very excited to take on the new and exciting challenge of being a research assistant. She is excited to learn from and work with the accomplished, Dr. Sanchez -Ramirez, on her investigations in interstitial lung disease. She is excited about the future, learning more about research and the possibility of improving patient’s lives through research.


Kaitlin King, RRT
Research Assistant

Summer Students

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Alexa is entering her fourth year in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at the University of Manitoba. Through her studies, she developed an interest in clinical research, rehabilitation sciences, and lung disease. To expand her knowledge, she joined the Respirability Lab as a Summer Student, with funding provided by the University of Manitoba Undergraduate Research Award (URA). Alexa will assist with a scoping literature review regarding the virtual assessment and management of chronic cough. She will also participate in the data analysis for a Long COVID cohort study. Alexa is looking forward to working on research related to chronic respiratory diseases, patient symptoms, and potential interventions to help.

Alexa Pommer 

Summer Student 2023 

Funded by URA

Yang is a student in the school of nursing at Jilin University in China who participated in research projects at RespirabilityLab while receiving funding from the 2021 Globalink Research Intership Program. 

Catherine Campos

Samantha Prokopich

Summer Students 2022 

Funded by URA

Zhaoyun Yang
Summer Student 2021

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