RAII (Fall/Winter 2017-18), 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 2018. 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 2018. 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 Candidate (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 2018 through the department of Biochemistry, establishing the role of existing phages in model bacterial populations.
PhD Student (Biochemistry)
Amany is a graduate Ainshams University Faculty of Pharamacy. She worked in the pharmaceutical industry, as a patient educator at Sanofi Aventis and a compliance officer for Novartis. Following this, she worked as a teaching assistant then promoted to an assistant lecturer at the British University in Egypt. She received an MSc from The American University in Cairo researching biomarkers for HCV detection. She joined our group in Jan 2019, which probably explains why she chose this picture rather than one with a dreary ‘Hamilton in Winter’ background. Apart from research, she is fond of cooking, sewing and photography.
RAII (Summer 2019), MSc Biochemistry (Fall 2019-)
Rabia just completed Honours BSc in Biochemistry at McMaster, with a thesis in the MacNeil lab studying the impact of the human microbiome on Alzheimer’s disease using C. elegans. From worms to bacteria to phages, if her interests keep shrinking, we might soon have a physicist in the lab! She is joining the lab as a research assistant for the summer before starting her MSc in September 2019. In her time off, she teaches part-time at a weekend school and runs an online book store as a Director of Online Sales at Friends of the Mississauga Library .
Dr. Alejandra Chávez-Carbajal
Postdoctoral Fellow (Fall 2019-)
Bravely joining us as the lab’s first postdoc, Alejandra recently completed her PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology at Cinvestav (Mexico). She ambushed me after a talk about bacteriophages I gave while she was on an exchange here in Hamilton, and, having just read “the perfect predator”, I think she was primed to appreciate the subject matter! She’s proven adaptable, with a background in nutrition science and a radically different PhD - so I’ve no doubt she’ll handle the leap to phages with aplomb. What does it say about my lab that everyone with a PhD is a salsa dancer?
McMaster Undergraduate Students
SUMMER (2018,2019), 3BM03 Project (2019)
Kevin initially joined us after his first year and worked in the lab with the support of the BHSc Summer Research Scholarship. He rejoined us for a 1-term project, now extending into an NSERC USRA-funded summer studentship, on bacterial “herd immunity” against phages. 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. He’s also the lab pipette-tip filling champion (2018).
3A03, Summer (2019)
Janice just wrapped up her 3rd year of the BBS program, and through her project work investigating phage-phage interactions, it was clear to the rest of us that she has absolutely perfect technical skills in the lab. She’s sticking around for the summer, funded by an NSERC USRA. She tells me her ultimate goal in life is to grow another inch. I’m not sure I can help with that, but work on phage should at least help her realize she’s much taller than all the really important things. She maaaay also have an obsession with dogs, (unless having a "dog wall" in her room is normal?).