The HITS Team

We specialize in devising strategies for reliable, reproducible, and high quality data collection

Our Mission

It is our mission to provide our clients with the highest standard of quality, expertise and knowledge in immune monitoring. It is our goal that by doing so we advance the development of new and current immunotherapies for patients.


  • Jonathan Bramson, Ph.D.
    Jonathan Bramson, Ph.D. Director

    Dr. Bramson is an immunologist with greater than 20 years of experience in cancer and microbial immunology. He created HITS in 2008 to support clinical trials of novel cancer immunotherapies that were being developed through various academic consortia. Under Dr. Bramson’s guidance, HITS has been involved in a range of studies, including natural history studies, vaccine studies and studies of immune tolerance.

  • Robin Parsons, B.Sc.
    Robin Parsons, B.Sc. Laboratory Technician

    Robin obtained her B.Sc. from the University of Western Ontario. As a founding member of HITS, Robin has in depth knowledge of its day-to-day functions and operations. Her expertise extends to the immunological assays performed in the facility where she is known for delivering high quality, reproducible data.

  • Jamie D. McNicol, B.Sc.
    Jamie D. McNicol, B.Sc. Laboratory Technician

    Jamie completed his B.Sc. at Queen’s University, where he studied Biology and Mathematics. He is highly experienced in the methodologies and tools used by HITS to predict and extrapolate trends and patterns from biological data.

  • Anna Dvorkin-Gheva, Ph.D.
    Anna Dvorkin-Gheva, Ph.D. Research Scientist

    Dr. Dvorkin-Gheva completed her Ph.D. studies in computational biology at Tel-Aviv University. Her passion for data analysis, combined with analytical expertise and knowledge of multiple research disciplines allow her to design various analytical workflows and find creative solutions to unconventional questions.

  • Mary Jo Smith, B.Sc., MLT.
    Mary Jo Smith, B.Sc., MLT. Laboratory Technician

    Mary Jo is certified MLT with over 25 years of experience in Histology and Immunohistochemistry. Prior to running the John Mayberry Histology facility she worked in a clinical pathology lab. Mary Jo’s vast experience and expertise in histology make her a critical asset to the facility, which is shown through the quality of the data generated.

  • Mary Bruni, MLT.
    Mary Bruni, MLT. Laboratory Technician

    Mary is a certified Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) with over 25 years of histology experience. She began her career in the Anatomical Pathology Laboratory and has since moved into research. Her interest in science and expertise in Histology and Immunohistochemistry deliver reliable and proficient data.

  • Guillaume Paré, M.D., M.Sc., FRCPC, GMEL
    Guillaume Paré, M.D., M.Sc., FRCPC, GMEL Director

    Dr. Paré is a Medical Biochemist who completed a Master’s degree in Human Genetics at McGill University. Dr. Pare’s expertise in bioinformatics, high-throughput biology and genetic epidemiology lead him to found the Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory (GMEL).

  • Reina Ditta, M.Sc., GMEL
    Reina Ditta, M.Sc., GMEL Laboratory Manager

    Ms. Ditta received a Master’s of Science in Forensic Science from King’s College London. She joined GMEL in 2010 where she took on the role as a laboratory manager. She oversees the development of the facility and manages a large, multidisciplinary lab with genomics and proteomics capabilities.