MSc Student (Medicine)
Hiba started work on phages in Dr. Surette's lab as a project student, and, upon finding out there'd be a dedicated phage lab, applied to join it before I'd even set foot in my lab. She started off as a research assistant to help get the lab up and running, but now that it's doing just that, she's started an MSc through the department of Medicine in May. She's my lifeline for "borrowing" supplies, using equipment and exploiting the expertise of the Surette lab. Her work involves tracking phage populations through fecal microbiota transplants.
MSc Student (Biochemistry)
Anisha overcame the beginnings of a career in industry to return to academia, following an interest sparked in her during her B.Sc. at Brock University. She also holds a B.A. in Dance and Performing Arts, and is a speaker for first generation imigrants to Canada. While volunteering in our shared labspace, she heard of phages and now she's hooked. She worked as a research assistant until she began an MSc in the department of Biochemistry in May. Her project's objectives are to systematically probe lysogens with compounds from the McMaster HTS lab to find out what, exactly, bacteriophages can sense. I can't help but hope caffeine induces lysogens - the paper would practically write itself.
PhD Student (Biochemistry)
A graduate of Université Laval and veteran of the Moineau lab, he followed me to his new home at McMaster, to pursue a PhD. In addition to that solid pedigree, he's a winner of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists Undergraduate Award. He's also a talented musician, baker, and - as evidenced by our own logo proudly displayed on this site, graphic designer. He started his PhD in May through the department of Biochemistry, hunting for new phages of model bacterial populations, in order to precisely manipulate them.
McMaster Undergraduate Students
Roland is finishing his second year in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program and will be joining us this summer after receiving an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award. His project will focus 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.
Tirth is wrapping up his second year of his BSc, in the biochemistry program. His interest in virology drew him to the lab, and he'll start with us in May for a summer studentship supported in part by the Farncombe Studentship. Beyond the lab, he is a cosmology enthusiast and a big fan of Toronto’s sports teams. In his free time, he enjoys playing hockey and listening to Hip-hop.
Kevin just finished his first year in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at McMaster and is working in the lab with the support of the BHSc Summer Research Scholarship. His project involves 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.