Postdoctoral Fellows

Srinivas Abbina
Kizhakkedathu Lab
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PhD in Chemistry at University of North Dakota

I moved to UBC as a postdoctoral fellow, working in Dr. Kizhakkedathu’s research group at CBR. Currently, I am working on the development of novel polymeric therapeutic approaches for the treatment of iron overload associated pathogenesis and cancer diseases.

Expertise: polymer engineering, cell biology, and micro/nano fabrication techniques.

umme-amara1 Umme Amara
Kim Lab
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PhD in Molecular Medicine from University of Ulm, Germany
I joined in September 2016, as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Hugh Kim. My research project focused on the role of platelets cytoskeleton in the regulation and secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Importantly, platelets are well known for their role in hemostasis but have recently gained recognition as pro-inflammatory immune-competent cells. Since my PhD research project was focused on the interplay between the complement and coagulation systems, Dr. Kim’s laboratory is providing me with an opportunity to further pursue my interests in cell signaling in the immune system. The overall goal of the project is to provide insight into the molecular basis of platelet secretion, and over the long term, contribute to our knowledge of the mechanisms underlying chronic inflammation.Expertise: Flowcytometry, Microscopy, Complement and Coagulation analysis assays
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Bromme Lab
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PhD in Life Sciences/ Biochemistry at François Rabelais University of Tours, France

I completed my PhD in the group of Gilles Lalmanach, and I defended my thesis in December 2015. During my PhD I studied the regulation of the antimicrobial peptide LL-37 by human cysteine cathepsins during lung inflammatory diseases, such as cystic fibrosis and COPD. I joined Dieter Brömme’s Lab as a PDF, where I’ll be working on the involvement of elastolytic and collagenolytic human cysteine cathepsins K, S and V in the calcification of the extracellular matrix of blood vessel during atherosclerosis. I’ll also investigate the benefits of cathepsin K inhibitors in blood vessels calcification associated to osteoporosis.

Expertise: human cysteine cathepsins and their endogenous inhibitors, enzymology related to proteolysis, lung antimicrobial defenses and lung inflammatory diseases.

No Photo Linda Chang
Karsan Lab
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Devine Lab
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PhD in Chemistry and Molecular Biology at Chinese Academy of Science, China

With the support of CBS Postdoctoral Fellowship, I am working in Dr. Dana Devine’s lab at CBR aiming to improve platelet quality and safety in blood banking. My research focuses on the biochemical mechanism of platelet storage lesion and platelet deterioration following pathogen inactivation treatment during storage.

Expertise: Protein biochemistry (protein expression and purification techniques), molecular chemistry, cell biology.

  Jenny Chik
Foster Lab
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PhD in Biochemistry from Macquarie University, Australia

I am a postdoctoral fellow in Leonard Foster’s lab. I am investigating the impact of O-GlcNAcylation (a type of glycosylation) on the formation of protein complexes in Alzheimer’s disease using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LCTMS). My research interests include in vitro models of Alzheimer’s disease, quantitative proteomics, cell biology, and glycosylation.

Expertise: LCTMS, SILAC (stable isotope labeling by amino acids in culture), size exclusion chromatography.

bo Bo Deng
Brooks/Kizhakkedathu Lab
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PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Shanghai Institute, China

Currently, I am working on the development of novel hydrophilic polymeric brush coated PVC bags via atom transfer radical polymerization technique for the storage of platelets.

Expertise: polymer materials, cell biology, micro/nano fluid techniques, superhydrophobic fabric, antibacterial fabric, fuel cell membrane, anti-fouling filtration membrane, lithium battery used film, nano carbon materials.

antoine Antoine Dufour
Overall Lab
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PhD in Chemistry at Stony Brook University, NY

I am a CIHR Post-Doctoral Fellow in the lab of Chris Overall at the CBR. By combining my expertise in protease biochemistry, cancer biology, immunology and proteomics, I am working on unraveling the proteolytic networks in the initiation and progression of inflammation processes in arthritis, lupus and cancer. For a full research profile, list of publications and contact details, please visit my ResearchGate or Linkedin profile.

Expertise: protease biochemistry, cancer biology, immunology, drug discovery, proteomics, N-terminomics.

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Karsan Lab
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Tara Fernandez
Conway Lab
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PhD in Cell Biology from Brisbane, Australia

I am a member of the Conway Lab team and am investigating the biology of transmembrane glycoproteins in vascular physiology and disease. I did my PhD on the mechanisms of skin cancer development in keratinocytes.

Expertise: cell and cancer biology, in vitro cell and tissue culture platforms, microscopy, mouse models of disease.

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Jefferies Lab
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BSc and PhD in biochemistry from the University of Victoria. Trained in parasitology, proteomics and diagnostic technologies. I now work on the role of immune molecules in the brain, delivery of therapeutics across the blood-brain barrier and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
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Hancock Lab
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Alejandro Gonzalez-Serna
Harrigan Lab
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PhD in Biomedicine from University of Seville, Spain
I am a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Research Associate in the BC-CfE Laboratory Program. My current research, employing the newest deep sequencing technologies, focuses on understanding how HIV evolves under drug and immune system pressures, and how those changes affect therapy outcomes and viral resistance. I completed my PhD in 2012, where I focused HIV tropism.Expertise: deep sequencing technologies.
Elena Groppa
Rossi Lab
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PhD in Vascular Biology at the University Hospital of Basel, Switzerland

I studied Biotechnology at the University of Padua, Italy. After receiving my master degree, I moved to Switzerland at the University Hospital of Basel where I did my PhD in vascular biology. In September 2014, I joined Rossi lab at UBC to focus my research in the crosstalk between vessels (endothelial cells and pericytes) and non-myogenic fibro/adipogenic mesenchymal stem/progenitor cells during the process of tissue regeneration.

Expertise: flow cytometry, histology, confocal microscopy, techniques of molecular biology, transgenic mouse models

Cecilia Guo
Kim lab
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PhD in Dental Materials Science at the University of Hong Kong

I have a background in biomaterials and mechanical engineering. I’m now working as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Hugh Kim’s research group at CBR. My current research focuses on the effects of titanium implants surface topography on platelets adhesion and activation.

Expertise: biomaterials, in particular titanium, in dental implantology; materials characterization, osseointegration technology

  Evan Haney
Hancock Lab
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PhD in Biochemistry, University of Calgary, Canada

Many cationic peptides have been shown to exhibit antimicrobial, antibiofilm, antitumour and immunomodulatory activities. I am currently working on optimizing synthetic peptides for various applications and trying to understand what are the peptide sequence requirements that govern these biological activities.

Expertise: Synthetic peptides, biophysics, structural biology, high throughput screening

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McNagny Lab
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Orvig Lab
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RobertJudson Robert Judson
Rossi Lab
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PhD in Molecular Cell Biology, UK

I moved to the Rossi lab in November 2012. My research focuses on understanding the cell autonomous regulation of stem cell function and heterogeneity during tissue regeneration. I have a particular love of skeletal muscle biology and I am especially interested in deciphering the molecular mechanisms (signalling pathways, chromatin modifications and ncRNAs) that regulate muscle stem cell self-renewal, activation and differentiation in vivo.

Expertise: Cloning, RNASeq, functional genomics, cell culture models, disease modelling, skeletal muscle biology.

Piush Piyushkumar Kapopara
Conway lab
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PhD in Molecular Medicine from Hannover Medical School, Germany

I am working in the group of Dr. Ed Conway. Our research focus is to delineate the molecular and biochemical links between complement, coagulation and the vascular endothelium, using in vitro approaches and in vivo transgenic mouse models, with emphasis on establishing physiologic relevance to human disease. During my PhD I studied the function role of MAP kinase-activated protein kinase 2 in cardiovascular remodeling and dysfunction.

Expertise: Cell/tissue culture, cell based assays, gene expression assay, molecular cloning, isolation and culture of primary murine cells (EC/SMC), microscopy, flow cytometry, mouse models and surgeries

Ning Kang
Scott Lab
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PhD in Immunology at Peking Union Medical College, China

I am a Post-Doctoral researcher in Dr. Mark Scott Lab in the Centre for Blood Research. I have a background in molecular microbiology and immunology. Currently, I am investigating the induction of immune tolerance using immunocamouflaged lymphocytes and miRNA-based therapeutics in both in vitro and in vivo models.

Expertise: isolation and culture of human and murine lymphocytes, polymer modification of lymphocytes, flow cytometry-based phenotyping assay, and establishment of autoimmune-disease model.

Theo Klein
Overall Lab
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PhD in Analytical Biochemistry at University of Groningen, Netherlands

I am a postdoctoral fellow in Chris Overall’s lab at the Center for Blood Research. I’m working on elucidating the role of proteolytic processes in lymphocyte biology by using proteomics and N-terminomics techniques to find novel pathways.

Expertise: analytical chemistry, proteomics, N-terminomics.

sarvesh-kumar Sarvesh Kumar
Kastrup Lab
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 With an engineering degree in Biotechnology, MS in nanotechnology and PhD in Chemical engineering, I enjoy multidisciplinary challenges associated with the ‘materials-chemistry-cell biology’ interphase. Here at UBC, I will be working towards the development of autonomously-propelled hemostatic agents for treating blood loss (haemorrhage).
AmyLee Amy Lee
Hancock Lab
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I am a postdoctoral fellow in Bob Hancock’s lab. My PhD work focused on developing high-throughput functional genomic and proteomic screens to study host-pathogen interactions. During my first postdoc in the Nislow lab, I transitioned from molecular microbiology to bioinformatics, analyzing bacterial genomes and integrating phenotypic data to understand how Burkholderia cenocepacia adapts in the cystic fibrosis lung. My current work incorporates these skill sets to look at the dysregulation that occurs in the host immune system during infections and various diseased states. I also help organize the Vancouver Bioinformatics User Group (VanBUG) and the UBC R Study Group.

Expertise: High throughput screening, molecular biology, bacterial genomics and host immunoinformatics.

Carol Ann Carol-Ann Lewis
Rossi Lab
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I am currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Fabio Rossi’s laboratory at the Biomedical Research Centre. My current work focuses on the neuroinflammatory response associated with neurological disorders, specifically identifying and distinguishing the role of resident and non-resident myelomonocytic cells. The overall aim of this work is to identify aspects of the neuroinflammatory response that can be modified in order to alter the progression of disease.

Expertise: immunohistochemistry, confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, single-cell gene expression analysis, transgenic models of neurological disease, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis

Houra1 Houra Loghmani
Conway Lab
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I am a Post-doctoral fellow at the Conway lab. Currently, I am investigating complement activation in vascular physiology and relevant diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration. I finished my PhD in Germany and during that time I was working on the effect of a Regulator of G protein signaling protein in the development of cardiovascular diseases using a knock out mouse model of atherosclerosis.

Expertise: Cell/tissue culture, gene expression assay, microscopy, flow cytometry, cloning, Mouse models of disease, Microarray and whole genome sequencing analysis

Marcela Low
Rossi Lab
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PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology at University of Concepción, Chile

I’ve been a Postdoctoral fellow at Fabio Rossi lab at the Biomedical Research Centre since November 2012. My research focuses on understanding the role of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) or fibro/adipogenic progenitors in tissue regeneration and fibrosis. Specifically, I’m interested in discovering new drugs, which may be able to target MSCs and counteract the fibrotic condition in skeletal muscles and other tissues.

Expertise: Cell culture, mouse models, flow cytometry, histology, RNAseq, drug screening.

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Jefferies Lab
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Karsan Lab
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Juergen Niesser Juergen Niesser
Strynadka Lab
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Studied Biochemistry at the Technical University of Munich, Germany and A*STAR, Singapore and obtained my PhD in Biochemistry and Structural Biology in the group of Patrick Cramer at the University of Munich and Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Goettingen, Germany. I now joined the lab of Natalie Strynadka at CBR were I am focusing on multiple novel target-inhibitor complexes related with cancer and neurological disorders.

Expertise: X-ray crystallography, protein biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics

Kieran O Neill
Karsan Lab
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I am a bioinformatician with experience in single-cell methods, especially flow cytometry. Currently I am applying this to matched single-cell DNA methylation and flow cytometry data from the stem cell fraction of myelodysplastic bone marrow taken from patients both at diagnosis and at failure of therapy. The aim will be to find epigenetic marks that may be of diagnostic value in predicting therapy failure, or provide some biological insight into that process.
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Karsan Lab
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preety Preety Panwar
Bromme Lab
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PhD in Molecular Biology at University of Pantnagar, India
I have background in liposomes mediated drug delivery. As a postdoctoral fellow in Dieter Bromme Group, I am currently investigating the mechanism of cathepsin K mediated extracellular matrix degradation, and identification of specific anti-collagenase inhibitors of cathepsin K and their in vivo evaluation.Expertise: molecular biology, drug delivery, electron microscopy, primary cell culture.
Anilkumar Parambath
Brooks/Kizhakkedathu Lab
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PhD in Chemistry at CSIR-NIIST, Trivandrum, India
I am a materials chemist with wide experiences in the synthesis and characterization of polymers, nanomaterials and biomaterials. In Kizhakkedathu Lab, I am involved in the design and development of novel polymeric materials suitable for applications in proteomics and medical devices. For my full details please have a look at my profile at LinkedIn or Google scholar.Expertise: Polymers, Conducting polymers, Supramolecular Chemistry, Carbon Nanomaterials, Bio-imaging agents and Drug delivery systems.
daniel-pletzer1 Daniel Pletzer
Hancock Lab
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PhD from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany
My education background includes Bioinformatics (Bsc), Molecular Genetics (MSc), and Biochemistry/Microbiology (PhD). My PhD thesis focused on the emerging problem of antibiotic resistance and this topic has since then captivated my interest. Currently, I am investigating the mode of action of antimicrobial / anti-biofilm peptides at a molecular level and in a cutaneous mouse infection model using various Gram-negative bacteria; thereby especially focusing on the so-called ESKAPE pathogens. My area of expertise ranges from bioinformatical data analysis to molecular biology techniques, genetic modifications and mouse models.
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Overall Lab
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sol Solmaz Sobhanifar
Strynadka Lab
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PhD from JWG University of Frankfurt, Germany
During my PhD I studied cell-free expressed membrane proteins using NMR. My current research involves X-ray structural studies of proteins involved in bacterial cell-wall synthesis and antibiotic resistance.Expertise: cell-free and cell-based methods.
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Rossi Lab
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Nestor Solis
Overall Lab
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PhD in Microbial Proteomics at University of Sydney
I employ N-terminomics to profile the proteolytic processing patterns of MMP12 and its effect in different pathological processes. Understanding the effects of protease webs and proteolytic processing can provide new avenues for drug design and treatments for pathologies, such as cancer and arthritis. For a full research profile and list of publications, please visit my ResearchGate or LinkedIn profile.Expertise: mass spectrometry-based proteomic methodologies.
kamini-srivastava Kamini Srivastava
Bromme Lab
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I have completed my PhD   from Endocrinology department of CSIR-CDRI (Central Drug Research Institute),Lucknow, India. My thesis work was related to the evaluation of oestogenic potential of methoxy-isoflavones in osteopenic rats. I have joined UBC as postdoc fellow in Dr Dieter Bromme’s lab. My current research involves the evaluation of the natural exosite inhibitors for a major bone degrading protease, Cathepsin K, in Ovx mouse model of osteoporosis.Primary cell culture (osteoblast, osteoclast, bone marrow cell), histology, cell based assay, mouse model and surgery.
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Strynadka Lab
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marine theret Marine Theret
Rossi Lab
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PhD completed in France
I’m a postdoctoral fellow in the Fabio Rossi lab at the Biochemical Research Center since May 2015. I am interesting in tissue resident stem cell behaviour during skeletal muscle regeneration and in case of myopathies. I performed my PhD in France in the lab of Bénédicte Chazaud, working on the effect of metabolism on satellite cell fate.Expertise : Skeletal muscle biology, Cell culture, mouse models, flow cytometry, metabolism, immunochemistry.
Mike Trimble
Hancock Lab
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PhD in Microbiology from Indiana University
Bacterial cell division is an attractive target for antimicrobial agents. I am investigating how antimicrobial peptides affect cell division in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.Expertise: Bacterial physiology, bacterial genetics, bacterial cell division, and light microscopy
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Bromme Lab
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PhD in Oral Pathology by FO/USP
I received my BSc from FORP/USP in Dentistry, and my MsC and PhD in Oral Pathology by FO/USP.  I’m working with Dr. Bromme, as a Visiting Professor and a postdoctoral fellow, on a project that involves the identification of  cathepsin K in bone and brain tissues.Methods: Immunostaining
marion-van-den-bosch1 Marion van den Bosch
Karsan Lab
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I received my BSc and MSc in Biomedical Sciences jointly from Hasselt University (Belgium) and Maastricht University (Netherlands). I did my PhD at the University of Bristol (UK), working on platelet biology and thrombosis. I joined the Karsan lab at the BC Cancer Agency in April 2016 as a post-doctoral researcher. My project focuses on the molecular pathogenesis of hematopoietic malignancies such as myelodysplastic syndromes.
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Karsan Lab
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Strynadka Lab
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PhD from University of Alberta
My research focuses on the structural and functional characterization of protein secretion machineries and enzymes involved in bacterial pathogenesis.Technique: Protein x-ray crystallography, membrane proteins biochemsitry.
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Karsan Lab
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Hancock Lab
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 During my Ph.D. in Cell Biology under the supervision of Prof. Annette Draeger at the University of Bern, Switzerland, I investigated mechanisms of cellular self-defense carried out by nucleated cells that face an attack by bacterial toxins. Furthermore I participated in the development of a novel liposome-based therapeutic approach against invasive bacterial diseases. In the lab of Prof. Robert E.W. Hancock I am currently investigating the protective properties of synthetic host defense peptides in combination with engineered liposomes in order to develop formulations with broad therapeutic activity against the major Gram+ and Gram human pathogens with an emphasis on antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
  Liming Xue
Bromme Lab
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PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Second Military Medical University, China
I am a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the lab of Dieter Bromme, I also a member of Shanghai municipal center for Disease Control and Prevention,China. By combining my expertise in biochemistry, pharmacology and laboratory animal science, I am focus on developing anti-osteoporotic drug, a ecotsite Cat K inhibitor, from natural herbs traditionally treating osteoporosis in China and safety assessment.
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Brooks/Kizhakkedathu Lab
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PhD in Polymer Chemistry and Physics at Sun Yat-Sen University, China
I got my joint Ph.D degree in Polymer Chemistry and Physics at Sun Yat-Sen University in China and Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan. Then I traveled to US and Saudi Arabia to further fine-tune my research skills, where I had profound knowledge and interdisciplinary research experiences about drug/gene/contrast agent delivery system. I arrived to Canada as a well-rounded research scientist, and I am very proud to work with Dr. Brooks at CBR, investigating interactions between biomaterials and blood.Expertise: Polymer Synthesis and Characterization; Nanoparticle Preparation; Biomaterials Investigation.
Natalie Zeytuni
Strynadka Lab
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PhD in Life Sciences at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.
I am using structural and biochemical methods to characterize bacterial secretion systems as well as bacterial enzymes associated with the teichoic acid biosynthetic pathway.Expertise: Biochemistry and structural biology methods ( X-ray crystallography and others)