Dr. Surain Roberts
Manager and Scientific Lead, GEMINI
My role with the GEMINI team:
I provide methodological guidance to research projects, support data science operations, and serve as the methods lead for GEMINI’s collaboration with Ontario Health. I work closely with GEMINI's data science team, research operations team, and external stakeholders.
My educational background:
I completed my bachelor’s in Biological Sciences at The University of Chicago, specializing in Endocrinology. I defended my PhD in Health Services Research (Outcomes & Evaluations) from
the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto in autumn 2021.
My past experience and accomplishments:
Prior to joining GEMINI, I spent four years as co-investigator of the Canadian Network for Autoimmune Liver disease (CaNAL), a large national multi-site study. With CaNAL, I played a central role in all aspects of the research process from articulation of research questions, data architecture and acquisition, study design, statistical analyses, and dissemination of findings. I also serve as a freelance consultant providing analytical and data science services. After my bachelor’s, I spent a year teaching, mentoring, and evaluating twelve students in a for-credit 9th grade algebra class in south Chicago.
I feel most inspired when:
When I’m able to find a common thread between disparate concepts and marry them under a set of common principles.
A few of my favourite things are:
Playing 30-second online bullet chess so my clicking speed can compensate for my lack of chess acumen
Numberphile videos on YouTube
Discovering new and interesting hot sauces