College of Pharmacy research theme

Population therapeutics and health outcomes research


Affiliated, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institute (Sweden)


  • Epidemiology        
  • Genetics        
  • Genomics        
  • Neurology
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Pharmacogenomics        
  • Psychiatry
  • Schizophrenia

Research summary

Dr. Kowalec’s research focus is on precision medicine approaches to neurology and psychiatry. Students and staff in Dr. Kowalec’s lab have the opportunity to use large administrative health datasets and genomic data to identify individuals with neurological or psychiatric disorders who are at high risk for experiencing poor outcomes (e.g. treatment outcomes, mortality). The Kowalec lab is a multi-disciplinary research program, which combines population-based health data, genomics, biostatistics, and epidemiology, to advance the outcomes of those affected by neurological and psychiatric disorders. Our work regularly involves an extensive network of Canadian, American, Swedish, and other international collaborators.


Dr. Kowalec joined the College of Pharmacy in 2019 and is currently an assistant professor. She was most recently a CIHR Banting Fellow and European Commission Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Fellow with professor Patrick Sullivan in the department of medical epidemiology and biostatistics at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. There, Dr. Kowalec investigated poor outcomes (e.g. treatment-resistance, mortality) in psychiatric disorders utilizing Swedish National Register data and extensive genomic data.


  • M.Sc. (medical microbiology) and BScH (microbiology) from the University of Manitoba
  • PhD in pharmacogenomics/pharmacoepidemiology from the University of British Columbia (funded by a CIHR Banting and Best Canada graduate scholarship)
  • Postdoctoral training at the University of British Columbia focusing on the effect of comorbidities on relapses in multiple sclerosis with professor Helen Tremlett


Contact us

College of Pharmacy
Apotex Centre
750 McDermot Ave W
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T5 Canada