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, 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 winter 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.
Hnrs (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 was working on a long-time pet project of mine, involving some under-investigated aspects of the CRISPR-Cas system. Dedicated to see the project through to completion, he’ll be sticking around for the summer, despite graduating. Obviously, I’m hoping to keep him along even longer than that… In his free time he paints - check out some of his impressive work!
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. 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 .
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?).
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. Just wrapping up her 1st year of Honours Life Science, she claims that if she’s not studying in the library, there’s a 99.9% chance you’ll find her outside (reading, playing sports, hiking etc.). Let’s see if we can replace “library” with “lab”! Her Summer work is supported by a Farncombe Studentship.
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. Which somehow seems at odds with the fact that she claims to basically live in the HSL - although I guess that means she’ll only have a short commute (or, given the HSC elevators, an interminable one) this summer!
Aaron first caught my attention with a cheesy (it was pretty bad) joke about the weather in his home town. Clinching a prestigious BHSc Summer Research Scholarship to work in the lab as a first year, he’ll be working with prophages and probiotics. When his eyes aren’t glued to a computer, Aaron enjoys spending his time noodling with a violin or kicking a soccer ball. He also holds the record for the most pointless use of a highlighter ever known to mankind, as he tends to highlight enough on a page to have it be seen from space.