Medical Microbiology

Graduate students


Anderson Lab


Ashbolt Lab

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Nikki Atanasova

E-mail: nikki.atanasova@ualberta.ca
Phone: (780) 492-5285
Supervisor: Dr. Nick Ashbolt
Program: MSc
Alma Mater: Jacobs University Bremen, Bremen, Germany

Academic Interests:
I am interested in whether free-living amoebae (FLA) can harbour infectious human pathogenic viruses. FLA can be found in the environment but also associated with in-premise water systems, where they can aerosolize from. FLA have been shown to serve as vectors for the transmission of several pathogenic bacterial species, however knowledge on their role in human virus transmission is limited.

Non-Academic Interests:
I also like cycling and board games.

Awards:
Merit-based tuition scholarship at my Alma Mater - Jacobs University


Baldwin Lab

Dominic Golec

Dominic Golec

E-mail: golec@ualberta.ca
Phone: (780) 492-6958
Supervisor: Dr. Troy Baldwin
Program: PhD
Alma Mater: University of Alberta

Academic Interests:I am interested in the molecular mechanisms of early thymocyte development. My main focus is on the role of Ras/MAPK signaling during thymopoiesis.

Non-Academic Interests:
I play the upright bass and mandolin. I spend my winter weekends in the mountains skiing and I love the great outdoors.

Awards:
2009 and 2010 AHFMR Summer Studentships


Bhavsar Lab

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Ghazal Babolmorad

E-mail: babolmor@ualberta.ca
Phone: (780) 492-4437
Supervisor: Dr. Amit Bhavsar
Program: MSc

Burshtyn Lab

 

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Chris Morcos

E-mail: morcos@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-0645

Supervsior: Dr. Deborah Burshtyn

Program: MSc

  

Yu

Kang Yu

E-mail: kyu3@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-0645

Supervisor: Dr. Deborah Burshtyn

Program: PhD

 

Academic Interests:
My current work is to study how the genetic variants of LILRB1 interact with MHCI molecules and UL18 (a NIHC1 mimics) and how do these interactions affect the NK cell function. ANother part of my study is about the genetic regulation of LILRB1 gene.

Non-Academic Interests:
Music, drawing, basketball, video games, watching movies.

Awards:

2015 CSI Travel Award Top Prize
2014 China Scholarship Council Award


Elliott Lab

  


Evans Lab

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Julia May

E-mail: jfmay@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-2106

Supervisor: Dr. David Evans

Program: MSc

Academic interests:

An important hurdle in vaccine design and administration is economy, especially for vaccines targeting pathogens that raise significant public health concern in developing regions. My work involves using Vaccinia as a viral vector for a multiagent vaccine. By engineering Vaccinia to express multiple heterologous antigens, I hope to create a commercially available cost-effective consolidated vaccine.

Non-academic interests:

Some of my non-academic interests include sketching, narrative, jiu jitsu, and singing/piano. I also love to go fishing, camping, and cross-country running.

Awards:

  • NSERC CGS-M (2017)
  • Queen Elizabeth II graduate scholarship (2017)
  • AIHS Summer Studentship (2017)
  • NSERC USRA (2016)

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Brittany Umer

E-mail: bumer@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-2106

Supervisor: Dr. David Evans

Program: MSc

 

Foley Lab

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Saeideh Davoodi

E-mail: davoodi@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-0935

Supervisor: Dr. Edan Foley

Program: PhD

 

Fast

David Fast

E-mail: dfast@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-0935

Supervisor: Dr. Edan Foley

Program: MSc

Academic Interests:
Intestinal microbes play a critical role in the normal physiological and immunological function of the gastrointestinal tract. Currently, I use Drosophila melanogaster to examine the affects that individual commensal microbes have on host health.

Non-Academic Interests:
My non-academic interests are mainly sports, especially hockey, golf and skiing. I also enjoy classic Rock 'n' Roll, cars, video games, camping and fishing.

 

Galenza

Anthony Galenza

E-mail: agalenza@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-0935

Supervisor: Dr. Edan Foley

Program: PhD

Academic Interests:
I'm researching the relationship between intestinal microbes, host immunity and metabolism in Drosophila.

Non-Academic Interests:
I like reading, watching movies, hockey, tennis and dodgeball.

Awards:
CIHR CGS-M (2014)

 

GötteLab

 

fillerpersonParisa Raeisimakiani

E-mail: raeisima@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 248-1663

Supervisor: Dr. Matthias Götte

Program: PhD

 

fillerpersonBrendan Todd

E-mail: bgtodd@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 248-1663

Supervisor: Dr. Matthias Götte

Program: MSc

 

  

Hobman Lab

 

Adriana Airo

Adriana Airo

E-mail: airo@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-6595

Supervisor: Dr. Tom Hobman

Program: PhD


Alma Mater:
 University of British Columbia


Academic Interests:

My research is focused on investigating host factors involved in virus replication and pathogenesis. In particular, I am currently investigating the mechanisms by which an emerging arbovirus called Mayaro virus interferes with host innate immune defense mechanisms.

Awards:

  • Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Scholarship Doctoral Awards (CGS-D)
  • President's Doctoral Award Prize of Distinction
  • QEII Graduate Scholarship (2014)

Publications:

  1. Airo AM, Urbanowski MD, Lopez-Orozco J, You J, Skene-Arnold T, Holmes C, Yamshchikov V, Malik-Soni N, Frappier L, Hobman TC. (2018). Expression of flavivirus capsids enhance the cellular environment for viral replication by activating Akt-signalling pathways. Virology. 516 (March 2018): 147-157.
  2. Hou S, Kumar A, Xu Z, Airo AM, Stryapunina I, Wong C, Branton W, Tchesnokov E, Goette M, Power C, Hobman TC. (2017). Zika virus hijacks stress granule proteins and modulates the host stress response. Journal of Virology.
  3. Reid CR, Airo AM, Hobman TC. (2015). The Virus-Host Interplay: Biogenesis of +RNA Replication Complexes. Viruses. 8(8): 4385-4413.
  4. Marr AK, MacIsaac JL, Jiang R, Airo AM, Kobor MS, McMaster WR. (2014). Leishmania donovani Infection Causes Distinct Epigenetic DNA Methylation Changes in Host Macrophages. PLOS Pathogens.10(10):e1004419
  5. Bowick GC, Airo AM, Bente DA. (2012). Expression of interferon-induced antiviral genes is delayed in a STAT1 knockout mouse model of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever. Virology Journal. (9):122


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Cheung Pang (Jason) Wong

E-mail: cheungpa@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-6595

Supervisor: Dr. Tom Hobman

Program: MSc

 

 

Houghton Lab

 

Johnson

Janelle Johnson

E-mailjjohnson@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 248-1216

Supervisor: Dr. Michael Houghton

Program: MSc

Academic Interests:
My research is focused on examining the molecular mechanisms that determine the breadth of cross neutralization of HCV genotypes by antibodies elicited by an HCV vaccine candidate.

Non-Academic Interests:
Training llamas, yoga, reading (mostly fantasy), hiking and watching a large number of TV shows.

  

J. Wong

Jason Wong

E-mailjasonale@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 248-1216

Supervisor: Dr. Michael Houghton

Program: PhD

Alma Mater: University of Alberta

Academic Interests:
My research involves assaying for the presence of cross-neutralizing antibodies to HCV epitope-mapping of those antibodies to conserved regions of envelope glycoproteins, and determination of which part of attachment/binding they are active.

Non-Academic Interests:
Elvis impersonator, children's entertainer and antiquing.

 

Ingham Lab

 

Joyce Wu

Joyce (Zuoqiao) Wu

E-mail: zuoqiao@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 248-1960

Supervisor: Dr. Robert Ingham

Program: PhD

Alma Mater: Wuhan University

 

Academic Interests:
I mainly do research on the function of AP-1 family JunB transcription factor in ALK+ ALCL.

Non-Academic Interests:
Swimming, yoga, aerobics, piano, travelling, detective novels (especially by Agatha Christie)

Awards:
University of Alberta Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship

 

Kane Lab

  

Magor Lab

Yanna Zhao

Yanna Xiao

Email: yx1@ualberta.ca

Supervisor: Dr. Kathy Magor

Program: PhD

Academic Interests: 
I am studying the innate immune response of mallard duck to influenza virus infection, particularly RIG-I signaling pathway. 

Academic Interests:
I am interested in influenza virus research, such as the pathogenic mechanism of influenza virus infection and the new therapeutic methods.

Non-Academic Interests:
Climbing mountains, hiking and playing badminton.

Publications: 
Chen Z, Li J, Xiao Y, et. al. “Immunoglobulin G locus events in soft tissue sarcoma cell lines.” PLoS One. 2011;6(6):e21276. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0021276. Epub 2011 Jun 23.

Chen Z, Xiao Y, et. al.” Transcription factors E2A, FOXO1 and FOXP1 regulate recombination activating gene expression in cancer cells.” PLoS One. 2011;6(5):e20475. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0020475. Epub 2011 May 31.

 

Marchant Lab

 

Elawar

Farah Elawar

Email: elawar@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-9752

Supervisor: Dr. David Marchant

Program: MSc

Alma Mater: University of Alberta

 

 Academic Interests: 
My research is a focused epidemiology study of RSV in ALberta. Comprehensive monitoring systems are not well established for RSV. By sequencing isolates we are able to understand viral behavior in the community. 


Non-Academic Interests:
Sports, especially volleyball, soccer, and basketball. I also enjoy traveling, skiing, and hiking.

 

Griffiths

Cameron Griffiths

Email: cdg1@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-9752

Supervisor: Dr. David Marchant

Program: PhD

Alma Mater: University of Alberta

Academic Interests: 
My research focuses on the mechanism respiratory syncytial virus uses to enter cells during an infection and its interaction with nucleolin throughout the process. 

My academic interests involve the epidemiology, pathogenesis and cellular mechanisms of disease surrounding viruses and bacterial that commonly infect humans. 

Non-Academic Interests:
My non-academic interests include dodgeball, fencing and cooking. 

Awards:
The Dean's Silver Medal in Science, Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship (Master's level)

 

Lionel Jensen

Lionel Jensen

Email: ldjensen@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-9752

Supervisor: Drs. David Marchant & Michael Houghton

Program: MSc

Alma Mater: University of British Columbia

Academic Interests: 
Respiratory Syncytial Virus causes pneumonia and bronchiolitis in infants, and is one of the largest drivers of pediatric hospital visits in Canada. My research aims at elucidating a stronger understanding of the virus-host cell relationship with hopes of discovering potential antiviral and vaccine targets. 

Non-Academic Interests:
My non-academic interests include staying active through playing in the Alberta Men's Hockey League and being an avid snowboarder. I also try to find time to read for leisure and keep up with the This Week in Virology podcast.

 

Ostergaard Lab

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JiaQi Liu

E-mail: jiaqi8@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-5650

Supervsior: Dr. Hanne Ostergaard

Program: MSc

  

Amanda S.

Amanda Scott

E-mail: anscott@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-5650

Supervisor: Dr. Hanne Ostergaard

Program: PhD

Alma Mater: University of Alberta

 

 

Academic Interests:
Cytotoxic T cells induce apoptosis in target cells by both degranulation and by surface expression of Fas ligand. I am focussed on the Fas ligand: under what circumstances do they express FasL, and what impact does this have on the overall cytotoxic response?

Awards:

  • 2007 Biology Undergraduate Research Award
  • 2010 Alexander Graham Bell CGS
  • 2010 Walter H. Johns Graduate Fellowship

Publications:
Saunders HL, Oko AL, Scott AN, Fan CW, Magor BG. The cellular context of aid expressing cells in fish lymphoid tissues. Dev. Comp. Immunol. 2010 (6) 669-76. PMID: 2010 5439

Shugang Yao

Shugang Yao

E-mail: shugang@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-5650

Supervisor: Dr. Hanne Ostergaard

Program: PhD

Alma Mater:

China Agricultural University

 



Academic Interests:

Paxillin is an adapter protein that recruits molecules to the focal adhesion and promotes cell adhesion. My project is to find out the role of paxillin in CTL, and the function of leupaxin, which is a family member of paxillin

Non-academic Interests:

Table tennis, badminton

Awards:

  • Scientific research achievement award (China Agricultural University, 2011)
  • 2012 China Scholarship Council Award

Power Lab

 

Brie McKenzie

Brienne McKenzie

E-mail: bamckenz@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-2148

Supervisor: Dr. Chris Power

Program: PhD

Alma Mater: University of Calgary

Academic Interests:
I am currently investigating the role of inflammasome activation in the central nervous system using multiple disease models, including MS and HIV. 

Non-Academic Interests:
Outside of science, my interests are travelling abroad, kayaking, hiking, dance, and painting.

Awards: 
I am currently supported by the MS Society of Canada, and hold two doctoral recruitment awards, from the Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research and the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. I have previously been supported by the CIHR Banting and Best Graduate Scholarship, the Alexa W. Church Award in Medical Science, and the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship.

Publications:
I have co-authored five papers from my MSc degree (2 published, 1 submitted, 2 in progress), ten abstracts at local and international conferences, and a book chapter in a medical textbook. 

Pukatzki Lab

 

Ben Kostiuk

Ben Kostiuk

E-mail: bkostiuk@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-4437

Supervisor: Dr. Stefan Pukatzki

Program: PhD

Alma Mater: University of Western Ontario

Academic Interests:
I am looking at intraspecies competition of Vibrio cholerae between environmental and clinical isolates. 

Non-Academic Interests:
Outside of the lab I love to play squash, guitar and read. I also spend way too much time on Netflix.

 

Schang Lab

 

A. Awadh

Abdullah Awadh

E-mail: awadh@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-6606

Supervisors: Dr. Luis Schang

Program: PhD

Alma Mater: BSc at King Abdulaziz University (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
MSc at University of Manitoba

 

Academic Interests:
Discovery and Development of Novel Antiviral Agents

Non-Academic Interests:
History, Civilization, Financial planning and budgeting, Self-learning, Travel and Solo sports

Awards:

  • University of Manitoba Entrance Scholarship (2009)
  • Employer scholarship (King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Saudi Arabia) for Master (2009) & PhD (2011 degrees)
  • First rank prize on bachelor degree, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia (2004)
  • University excellent GPAs in prizes in undergraduate study, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia (2002, 2003)

 

Shmulevitz Lab


A. Mohamed


Adil Mohamed

E-mail: adilm@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 248-1960

Supervisor: Dr. Maya Shmulevitz

Program: PhD

  

Academic Interests:
Identify and characterize host and reovirus proteins involved in p38 and RIG-l pathways

Awards:

1. Alberta Cancer Foundation Graduate Studentship (September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2014) 
2. Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry/Alberta Health Services Graduate Student Recruitment Studentship (January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012)
3. University of Alberta Undergraduate Scholarship (September 1, 2007)
4. University of Alberta Academic Excellence Scholarship for International Students (September 1, 2003)

Publications:

1. Shmulevitz M, Gujar SA, Ahn DG, Mohamed A, Lee PW. 2012. Reovirus variants with mutations in genome segments S1 and L2 exhibit enhanced virion infectivity and superior oncolysis. J Virol. Jul;86(13):7403-13. Epub 2012 Apr 24.
2. Biron VL, Mohamed A, Hendzel MJ, Alan Underhill D, Seikaly H. 2012. Epigenetic differences between human papillomavirus-positive and -negative oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas. J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. Apr;41 Suppl 1:S65-70.

 

Wan Kong Yip

Wan Kong Yip

E-mail: wankong@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 248-1960

Supervisor: Dr. Maya Shmulevitz

Program: PhD

Alma Mater: York University (BSc), University of Guelph (MSc)

Academic Interests:
Mammalian reovirus selectively replicates in cancer cells, but only a small number of wild-type viruses can initiate a productive infection. The main goal of my research is to increase reovirus infectivity towards cancer cells.

Non-Academic Interests:
Running, hiking, badminton, gardening, food-tasting, getting explosive results from experiments.

 

Shokrollah Lab

 

Nafiseh

Nafiseh Ghobakhloo

Email: ghobakhl@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 248-1576

Supervisor: Dr. Shokrollah Elahi

Program: PhD

Alma Mater: Shiraz University of Medical Sciences

Academic Interests:
I am currently investigating on the role of ectonucleotidases including CD39 and CD 73 in both leukemia and HIV patients mostly focusing on the association between these ectonucleotidases on the immature RBCs and these cases.

Non-Academic Interests:
I love playing piano and also, I am interested in reading, traveling, and swimming.


Publications:

1.Ghobakhloo N, Motazedian MH, Naderi S, Ebrahimi S. Frequency isolation of Crithidia ssp from cutaneous lesions of immune-competent patients suspicious to leishmaniasis in Iran.  (in press in Tropical Medicine and International Health).

2. Ghobakhloo N, M H Motazedian, B Pourmohammadi, Z Yourselfi. Evaluation of correlation between the in vitro susceptibility of field isolates of Leishmania major and clinical outcomes of meglumine antimoniate therapy in Fars province, Iran. Arthropod Vector Born Disease. 2017; 11(1): 132-138.

3. Ghobakhloo N, Motazedian MH, Fardaei M. Expression analysis of multiple genes may involve in antimony resistance among leishmania major clinical isolates from Fars province, Central, Iran. Iranian Journal of Parasitology. 2016; 11(2): 168-176.

Smiley Lab

 

U. Strunk

Ulrike Strunk

Email: strunk@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-1040

Supervisor: Dr. Jim Smiley

Program: PhD

Alma Mater: Bielefeld University

Academic Interests:
VP11/12 is a HSV-1 tegument protein that plays a key role in manipulating the TCR-pathway. My research aims to identify the interactions between host cell proteins of the TCR-pathway and VP11/12 to elucidate the mechanisms of VP11/12-regulation on TCR-signaling.

Non-Academic Interests:
I'm a huge movie person that also likes to cook, swim, play volleyball and travel.

 

Tyrrell Lab

 

Chua

Tiing Tiing Chua

E-mail: tiingtii@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-5285

Supervisor: Dr. Lorne Tyrrell

Program: MSc

 Academic Interests: 
In 2013, two different variants of Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) were identified by using in vivo models. A lot of questions remain unsolved, for example how two different HAV forms exit the hepatocyte. So far, no in vitro model is available to secrete two different forms of HAV. Thus, we are interested in developing an in vitro model for this purpose, by hoping to separate these two HAV forms to further study their molecular biology.

Non-Academic Interests:
Baking, travelling and reading

 

fillerperson


Connie Le

E-mail: cle1@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-5285

Supervisor: Dr. Lorne Tyrrell

Program: MD/PhD

  

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Wilson Tat

E-mail: wtat@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-5285

Supervisor: Dr. Lorne Tyrrell

Program: MSc

 

West Lab

Ibrahim Adam

 

Ibrahim Adam

E-mail: ibrahim.adam@ualberta.ca

Supervisor: Dr. Lori West

Program: PhD

Academic Interests:

I am working in transplantation tolerance; my research project is to explore how immune tolerance develops in infants. Specifically, the development, regulation and possible elimination of B lymphocytes with specificities toward ABO antigens.

Non-Academic Interests:
Music, reading, social activities, languages and linguistics.

 

Yanow Lab

Ken Gavina

 

Kenneth Gavina

E-mail: gavina@ualberta.ca

Supervisor: Dr. Stephanie Yanow

Program: PhD

Academic Interests:
About 3.3 billion people of the world's population are at risk of malaria, where malaria in pregnancy causes substantial maternal, and infant, morbidity and mortality. My project involves looking at the impact of Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax infections in pregnant women from North-west Colombia


Non-Academic Interests:
I'm part of the UofA Powerlifting Association and have also competed in Olympic weightlifting. I love all sports, board games, cooking, and anything to do with food. 

Awards:
Winnipeg School Division Post-Secondary Scholarship (2008)
University of Winnipeg Entrance Scholarship (2008)