This is my current team - for past members, click here.


Hiba Shareefdeen

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. 


Anisha Nandy

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. 


Félix Croteau

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, establishing the role of existing phages in model bacterial populations.

McMaster Undergraduate Students


Jason Tran

Project Student (2018-2019)

Jason initially joined us as a volunteer to get a feel for the lab before starting his thesis project in the Fall. He’s a third year BDC student who is working on some slightly weirder of my ideas, mostly involving some under-investigated aspects of the CRISPR-Cas system. In his free time he paints - check out some of his impressive work!


Tirth Patel

Project Student (2018-2019)

Tirth is a Biochemistry project student, following up on some interesting findings he uncovered in his tenure with us a summer student (supported by the Farncombe Studentship). He’s in his 3rd year of his BSc, in the biochemistry program. 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.