About Us


Dr. Cynthia (Cindy) Ross Friedman

Dr. Cynthia (“Cindy”) Ross Friedman obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba in 2002.  She is trained in microscopy and plant anatomy, and her research focuses on the dwarf mistletoes (genus Arceuthobium).  These enigmatic organisms comprise a group of parasitic flowering plant belonging to the Santalaceae, the same family as the Christmas Mistletoe.  All mistletoes are parasites, and in the interior of  B.C., A. americanum parasitizes lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta var. latifolia).   Being a pathogen, A. americanum inflicts disease on the host pines, stunting the trees and increasing mortality.  Cindy is presently supported by NSERC, and has a CFI-funded suite for microscopy.


Mila Kwiatkowska

Mila Kwiatkowska received the MA degree in Interdisciplinary Studies of Polish Philology and Informatics from the University of Wroclaw in Poland, the MSc degree in Computing Science from the University of Alberta in Canada, and the PhD degree in Computing Science from Simon Fraser University in Canada. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Computing Science Department at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops, Canada. Her research interests include medical data mining, medical decision systems, clinical prediction rules, knowledge representation, fuzzy logic, semiotics, and case-based reasoning. She is author or co-author of over 30 peer-reviewed publications. She teaches courses in database systems, data mining, web-based systems, and biomedical informatics.


Kathryn Pernitsky

Kathryn Pernitsky received her Bachelors of Science majoring in Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology with honours at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. She is Currently working on her MSc in environmental sciences also at Thompson Rivers University. Her current research is working with the dioecious dwarf mistletoe species Arceuthobium americanum, focusing on the male plant investigating its morphological developmental events.


Brenda Parker

Brenda Parker received her Computer Systems Technician Diploma from Thompson Rivers University in 2007.  She is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Computing Science program at TRU and will graduate in the summer of 2012.