Past Lab Members

No graduate student that has come to the Hynes lab has ever left. That's not quite as ominous as it sounds, given the lab only opened its doors on January 2018. Howevcer, we’ve had a number of phenomenal undergrads through co-op terms, project courses, theses, and summer studentships (see below)!


Stephanie Scott

SUMMER (2019)

She dropped by my office to try to do a 3R06, and wound up a summer NSERC student instead. That seems like it embodies the “can’t sit still” (her words, not mine) drive behind this BBS student. She’s doing a 3R06 elsewhere this year, but has her eye on coming back to the Hynes lab for a Thesis in Fall 2020.


Neeloufar Grami

SUMMER (2019)

Either I’m making an effort to take on first year students and give them their first lab experiences, or this Karate black belt ‘gently’ convinced me. Following her 1st year of Honours Life Science, her summer work with us on alternative methods of bacteriophage detection was supported by a Farncombe Studentship.


Jason Tran

HonourS Thesis (2018-2019), RAII (SUMMER 2019)

Jason’s absolutely exceptional work as a Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization thesis student has us most of the way towards a really exciting publication. He worked on a long-time pet project of mine, involving some under-investigated aspects of the CRISPR-Cas system. To see the project through to completion, he stuck around for the summer, before moving on to Ottawa to pursue Medical School.


Sara Dizzell


A graduate of the University of Ottawa, she then moved to McMaster to work, and later take on an MSc, in Dr. Charu Kaushic's Lab. Upon completion, she took on a role elsewhere in the building as a research coordinator for an observational birth cohort study (Baby & Mi) at McMaster University, working directly with Dr. Stearns. As each transition seems to cross a smaller space, she’s moved to the other side of the lab for a stab at the world of fantastic phages! She’s since taken on a well-deserved permament position in Ottawa.


Aaron Wen

SUMMER (2019)

Clinching a BHSc Summer Research Scholarship to work in the lab as a first year, he followed up on Andrew Chen’s work investigating bacterial motility. He put in a tremendous amount of work and moved the project forward considerably, further validating my decision to take on motivated students, even in their first year. He aims to rejoin us as a project student in the Fall of 2020 - and we’d be lucky to have him back!


Tirth Patel

Summer (2018), Project Student 3R06 (2018-2019)

Following on some interesting findings Tirth stumbled upon in his work on quantifying phages, as a summer student supported by a Farncombe Studentship, Tirth took on a full-year project. At the end of his project, we’re still excited and confused - but perhaps confused at a higher level and about more important things? He is planning to embark on an Honours thesis in the Fall in another branch of Virology, with Dr. Karen Mossman.


Andrew Chen

Project Student 3A03 (2019)

Coming to us from the Honours Biochemistry Program, Andrew was independent and resourceful, tackling a project on bacterial motility that involved techniques no one else in the lab had any experience with. When last I checked in with him, he was working with Dr. Matthew Miller (McMaster) for the summer, supported by a well-deserved IIDR fellowship.

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Roland Chou


Roland joined us after his second year in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program, thanks to an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (our first). He looked into new methods of phage isolation. He has his sights set on Medical School, but is working in another lab this summer - with yet another NSERC USRA - under the supervision of Dr. Troy Farncombe.


Clara Fikry

Co-op student (Winter 2018)

Clara holds the dubious distinction of being the first to leave the lab! She joined us from Waterloo for her first co-op term, which was supported in part by the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program "BioTalent". She worked on the bacterial fitness benefits of lysogeny. In addition to her work as a Waterloo iGEM team lead, and her youtube channel for science education, she’s followed-up on her phage work with us by another co-op term on phages, with Dr. Karen Maxwell at UofT. I think we’ve converted her, although she’s now working on eukaryotes (blasphemy!) with Dr. Rebecca Shapiro at Guelph.