Unsung Hero Award

The success of The KITE Research Institute is due in large part to the contributions of our outstanding students, scientists and clinicians. Often overlooked, however, is the important role played by our dedicated staff. These essential members of the team provide logistical support, help navigate bureaucratic obstacles, coach students, assist with grant applications and provide various other support.

These contributions are critical to the success of our Institute. Each year we recognize the role our colleagues play with a special award intended to highlight the efforts of individuals and/or a group whose commitment and dedication to KITE sets them apart. While recent years have presented many obstacles, we have emerged stronger than ever thanks in large part to their strength, dedication and compassion.

The Unsung Hero Staff Recognition Award is bestowed annually on an individual or group who assists in nurturing a positive corporate culture and helps our research teams operate more effectively. We ask that you please take a minute to think about those under-appreciated team members who deserve credit for their hard work and commitment in 2023.

A staff member/group (this includes managers and supervisors) who has made a significant contribution to the operation of The KITE Research Institute during 2023.
No restrictions. Open to managers, supervisors, students, scientists, clinicians, peers and groups.
Nominations now closed

Past Winners


Esther Oostdyk

Research Administrative Coordinator

Bing Ye

Research Manager

Susan Gorski

Chief CEAL Engineer

Roger Montgomery

Research Associate

Majid Janidarmian

Manager, Strategic Planning and Initiatives

Abdolazim Rashidi

KITE lab technician

Darek Wojtowicz

Senior Systems Analyst

Mary Lam

Director's Office

Shoshana Teitelman

Research Day Coordinator

Lois Ward

Manager, Research Operations