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Sichun Lin
Research Technician

Raised: Gongan, Hubei, China
Education: B.Sc. (Hubei University, China), B.Sc. (University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus) , M.Sc. (McMaster University)
Scientific Interests: Essential genes, telomeres, DNA damages, and signalling pathways
Pastimes: Watching ATP tennis, and PGA golf

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Yun Kim
Research Technician

Raised: Daegu, Korea
Education: B.Sc. and M.Sc. (Yeungnam University, Korea)
Scientific Interests: Mouse pathophysiology, disease modelling, antibody production
Pastimes: Baking, watching movies, foodie and pilates

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Dr. Graham Macleod
Research Associate

Raised: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
Education: B.Sc. (University of Toronto at Mississauga), Ph.D (University of Toronto, Department of Cell & Systems Biology).
Scientific Interests:  Glioblastoma, Genome-wide CRISPR/Cas9 screening, Proteomics, Protein Phosphatases, DNA Damage
Pastimes: Hiking, Travel, Hockey, Baseball

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Dr. Rony Chidiac
Post-doctoral Fellow

Raised: Bcharri, Lebanon
Education: B.Sc. and M.Sc. (Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Lebanon), PhD (University of Montreal)
Scientific Interests: Cell signalling, stem cells and regenerative medicine, developmental biology, proteomics
Pastimes: Nature photography, hiking, watching movies, eating and drinking beer

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Dr. Javier Koh
Post-doctoral Fellow

Raised: Regina, Saskatchewan and Singapore
Education: B.Sc. (University of Western Australia), Ph.D (Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore, Integrated Biology and Medicine Program).
Scientific Interests: Exotic animal models, regenerative medicine and surface proteins.
Pastimes: Watching animation, and online gaming.

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Dr. Maira Pedroso De Almeida
Post-doctoral Fellow

Raised: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Education: B.Sc. (Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil), M.Sc. (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil), Ph.D. (Iowa State University, USA).
Scientific Interests: Genome engineering, developmental genetics and brain tumorigenesis.

Pastimes: Watching soccer, running and reading.

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Dr. Pierre Thibeault
Post-doctoral Fellow

Raised: Welland, Ontario
Education: B.Sc. (Brock University), Ph.D. (University of Western Ontario)
Scientific Interests: G-protein-coupled receptors, protein structure, receptor signalling and signal regulation, molecular pharmacology, vascular physiology and pharmacology
Pastimes: Listening to music and podcasts, crochet, reading, watching scary movies

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Milena Kosic
Graduate Student

Raised: Mississauga, Ontario
Education: B.Sc (University of Toronto), M.Sc (Université de Montréal)
Scientific Interests: cell signalling, cancer, stem cells neuroscience
Pastimes: cooking, travelling, reading, design and architecture

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Siobhan O'Brien
Graduate Student

Raised: Richmond, British-Columbia
Education:  B.Sc. Microbiology (University of Victoria, BC), M.Sc. Microbiology & Immunology (Dalhousie University, NS)
Scientific Interests: Cell signalling systems in cancer
Pastimes:  Kima hangouts, drinking good beer, Netflix

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Andy Yang
Graduate Student

Raised: Markham, Ontario
Education: B.Sc. (University of Toronto)
Scientific Interests: Cell signalling pathways, stem cells, developmental biology
Pastimes: Playing basketball and ultimate frisbee, watching NBA, travelling

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Fatemeh Molaei
Graduate Student

Raised: Kuwait & Iran
Education: B.Sc. (Shahid Chamran University of Ahwaz), M.Sc. (Mashhad University of Medical Sciences)
Scientific Interests: Cell signalling, cancer biology, CRISPR-Cas9 genome-wide screens, cancer therapy
Pastimes: Watching movies, gym, travelling

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Lillian Kim
Graduate Student

Raised: Anyang, Korea
Education: B.Sc. (University of Toronto)
Scientific interests: Cancer biology, cell signalling pathways, drug discovery
Pastimes: Listening to music, running, watching movies

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Sarah Moldaver 
Graduate Student 

Raised: Toronto, Ontario
Education: B.Sc. (University of Toronto)
Scientific Interests: Cell signalling, cancer biology and stem cell biology
Pastimes: Yoga, hiking and cooking

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Sofia Zelko
Graduate Student    

Raised: Comox Valley, British Columbia
Education: B.Sc. (Carleton University)
Scientific Interests: Neuroscience, the blood brain barrier, developmental biology
Pastimes: Hiking, beach combing, rugby, classical cello

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Althea Xu
Graduate Student

Raised: Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China
Education: B.Sc. (McGill University)
Scientific interest: Regenerative medicine and stem cell, developmental science, neuroscience
Pastimes: Board game, traveling, watching TV series and show

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Abdalla Abdrabou
Graduate Student

Raised: Al Ain city, Abu Dhabi UAE.
Education: Clinical Pharmacist degree from Egypt And Msc of Medical Genetics, University of Alberta, Canada
Scientific interests: Bioengineering- Financial Engineering in pharmaceuticals industry – gene therapy- CRISPR - Diagnostics- drugs repurposing - big data in healthcare- Clinical Pharmacology
Past times: Hiking- Good Movies- Coffee & Nicotine - board games -Boxing - Good Food

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Lab Alumni:

 

2016-2020 Mouloud Ahmadi (Post-Doc) Present position: Development Scientist at CCRM, Cell and Gene Therapy, Toronto

2016-2019 Meng Zheng (M.Sc. Student) Present position: Consultant @ Trindent Consulting

2016-2019 Elli Kubarakos (M.Sc. Student) Present position: Junior Scientist BlueRock Therapeutics, Toronto

2012-2019 Zachary Steinhart (Ph.D. Student) Present position: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Alex Marson Lab, University of California, San Francisco

2012-2019 Monika Mis (Ph.D. Student) Present position: Scientist, ModMab Therapeutics (San Francisco)

2012-2019 Nishani Rajakulendran (Ph.D. Student) Present position: Research & Development Associate, Edesa Biotech, Toronto

2015-2017 Keith Mascall (Post-Doctoral Fellow) Present position: QA Complaint Manager at Sandoz, Austria

2011-2017 Catherine Chiu (Ph.D Student) Present position: Medical Specialist, Amgen

2007-2016 Celine Lacroix (Ph.D Student)

2009-2015 Yulu Cherry Liu (Ph.D Student) Present position : Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Hood College, Baltimore

Summer 2014 Mary Morrison (Undergraduate research project) Present Position: David Liu lab, Harvard

2008-2014 Melanie Robitaille (Post-Doctoral fellow) Present position: Research Technician University of Queensland, Australia

2012-2013 Josiah Obiero (Post-Doctoral fellow)

2007-2013 Mukhtar Ahmed (Ph.D Student) Present position : Post-Doctoral Fellow, Ian Macara Lab, Vanderbilt University

Summer 2012 Charis Lam (Summer Student, Pharmaceutical Sciences)

2007-2012 Dr. Avais Daulat (Post-Doctoral Fellow) Present position: Fellow, Centre de Recherche en Cancerologie de Marseille

2008-2010 Andrew Chang (Research Technician) Present position: Research Tech, BC Cancer Agency

Summer 2010 Elodie Gras Lavigne (Summer Student), Polytech Clermond-Ferrand, Aubiere Cedex, France

Summer 2009 Zuhaib Mir (Summer Student, OGI summer research fellow), University of Western, London Ontario

2007-2010 Tony Lui (M.Sc Student) Present position: Medical School student, Australia

2006-2008 Natalie Lavine (Research Technician / lab administrator) Present position: John Macdonald lab, Robarts Institute, London Ontario

Summer 2007 Alexandre Meunier (Summer Student)

Summer 2007 Teresa Lee (Summer Student) Present position: Graduate student in Jerry Pelletier's lab @ McGill University