Past Lab Members

Almost no-one who 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. 


Clara Fikry

Co-op student (Winter 2018)

Clara Fikry is a University of Waterloo undergraduate, who came to us for her on her first co-op term. She's a Waterloo iGEM team lead, competed in SciNapse, and runs a youtube channel for science education. Her parents tell her she has a few months to decide she's going to be a doctor, but given her current undertakings, I'm is sure they must mean the PhD kind. Right? Her project involved creating, manipulating and competing lysogens to characterize the positive effects phage infection can have on a host. Her Co-op was supported in part by the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program "BioTalent". I expect to see Clara re-join our ranks soon...

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Roland Chou


Roland finished his second year in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program and joined us over the summer after receiving an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award. His project focussed on the isolation and characterization of bacteriophages in the human gut microbiome. In his spare time, Roland enjoys playing jazz music on the piano and saxophone. He can also be found folding origami, building plastic models, and drinking hot chocolate instead of coffee.


Kevin Zhao


Kevin joined us having just finished his first year in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at McMaster and worked in the lab with the support of the BHSc Summer Research Scholarship. His project involved exploring when crAssphage appears in the microbiome of infants. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys strategy games and books about science fiction and history. As a coffee enthusiast and student of science, he is constantly testing the limits of human caffeination.