Paola Sanchez

Research Assistant
Paola Sanchez received a degree in Medicine from the Tolima University in Colombia, and completed a postgraduate training in Family Medicine. She is currently working as a Research Assistant in the Surgical Simulation Research Lab (SSRL) at the University of Alberta. 


Director of SSRL, Endowed research chair in surgical simulation

Differing to most medical researchers focusing on patients and their health problems, Dr. Bin Zheng puts surgeons under the spotlight. Explicitly, Bin is a human factors scientist with a special interest in understanding surgeon’s performance in the operating room. By identifying and removing harmful factors that cause stress to surgeons, and implementing safe measures and training program, Dr. Zheng aims to improve the work efficiency of surgeons in the team setting. Currently, Dr. Zheng is the Endowed Research Chair in Surgical Simulation in the Department of Surgery of the University of Alberta.  He collaborates with surgeons, computing scientists, and psychologists to develop simulation and simulation-based programs for surgical training. The long-term goal is to promote the use of simulation in surgery for improving care quality and patient safety. 

Wenjing He, MD, Phd Candidate

Lab manager of SSRL

Wenjing obtained her Master degree in general surgery from Shantou University in 2014. She is currently completing her PhD in Experimental Surgery at SSRL. Her research interest is team cognition assessment and training. Her researches focus on applying dual eye-tracking for the measurement of team cognition and training in laparoscopic surgery and endoscopy.

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