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Anderson Lab

 

ellestad

Kristofor Ellestad

E-mail: ellestad@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-3945

Supervisor: Dr. Colin Anderson

Program: PhD

Alma Mater: University of Alberta

 

Academic Interests:

I'm studying the role of co-inhibitory receptors and ligands on the generation of immune tolerance.

Non-Academic Interests:

I'm an avid gardener and I play guitar in a rock and roll band. If your computer is broken, I can probably fix it!

Publications:

Noorbakhsh, F, K. K. Ellestad, et. al. (2010). “Brain microRNAs targeting neurosteroidogenesis in multiple sclerosis mediate demyelination and neurodegeneration.” Journal of Immunology, manuscript under review.

Antony J.M., A.M. Deslauriers, R.K. Bhat, K.K. Ellestad, C. Power (2010). Human endogenous retroviruses and multiple sclerosis: Innocent bystanders or disease determinants? Biochim Biophys Acta. 2010 Aug 6. [Epub ahead of print]

Na, H, W. Huisman, K. K. Ellestad, et al. (2010). “Domain- and nucleotide-specific Rev response element regulation of feline immunodeficiency virus production.” Virology 404(2): 246-60.

Noorbakhsh, F, R. Ramachandran, N. Barsby, K. K. Ellestad, et al. (2010). “MicroRNA profiling reveals new aspects of HIV neurodegeneration: caspase-6 regulates astrocyte survival.” The FASEB Journal, 24(6): 1799-1812.

Maingat, F, S. Viappiani, Y. Zhu, P. Vivithanaporn, K. K. Ellestad, et al. (2010). “Regulation of Lentivirus Neurovirulence by Lipopolysaccharide Conditioning: Suppression of CXCL10 in the Brain by IL-10.” J Immunol 184(3): 1566-74.

Ellestad, K. K., S. Tsutsui, et al. (2009). “Early life exposure to LPS suppresses experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis by promoting tolerogenic DCs and regulatory T cells.” J Immunol 183(1): 298-309.

Antony, J.M., K. K. Ellestad, et al. (2007). “The human endogenous retrovirus envelope glycoprotein, syncytin-1, regulates neuroinflammation and its receptor expression in multiple sclerosis: a role for endoplasmic reticulum chaperones in astrocytes.” J Immunol 179(2): 1210-24.

Ellestad, K. K. and B. G. Magor (2005). "Evolution of transcriptional enhancers in the immunoglobulin heavy-chain gene: functional characteristics of the zebrafish Eμ3' enhancer." Immunogenetics 57(1-2): 129-39.

Stafford, J. L., K. K. Ellestad, et al. (2003). "A toll-like receptor (TLR) gene that is up-regulated in activated goldfish macrophages." Dev Comp Immunol 27(8): 685-98.

 

Baldwin Lab


Dominic Golec
Dominic Golec

E-mail: golec@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-6958

Supervisor: Dr. Troy Baldwin

Program: MSc

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

 

N. Hu

Nancy Hu

E-mail: qhu@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-6958

Supervisor: Dr. Troy Baldwin

Program: PhD

Alma Mater: University of Alberta

 

 

Academic Interests:

My research examines the molecular mechanisms of thymocyte negative selection, particularly the function and role of the proteins Bim and Nur77 in this process.

Non-Academic Interests:

Biking, running, dancing, music and volunteering.

Awards:

  • AIHS Studentship
  • NSERC CGS-M, 2008
  • Ralph Steinhauer Award of Distinction
  • Walter H. Johns Graduate Fellowship, 2008
  • AHFMR Summer Studentship, 2008

Publications:

Hu Q, Sader A, Parkman JC, Baldwin TA, Bim-mediated apoptosis is not necessary for thymic negative selection to ubiquitous self-antigens. 2009. J Immunol. 183(12): 7761-7.

 

Alex S.

Alexander Suen

E-mail: aysuen@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-6958

Supervisor: Dr. Troy Baldwin

Program: PhD

Alma Mater: University of Waterloo

 

Academic Interests:

I am looking at the effects of Bim on negative selection to tissue restricted antigens as well as peripheral activity of T-cells.

Non-Academic Interests:

I enjoying swimming and ultimate sports.

Awards:

  • CIHR CGS-M (2010)
  • Walter H. John's Graduate Fellowship (2010)

 

Barry Lab

 

bareiss

Bettina Bareiss

E-mail: bareiss@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-7437

Supervisor: Dr. Michele Barry

Program: PhD

 

 

Academic Interests:

Investigations into how poxviral protein p28 can regulate cellular protein degradation.

Awards:

  • Provost Doctoral Entrance Award, University of Alberta

 

Mehta

Ninad Mehta

E-mail: ntmehta@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-7437

Supervisor: Dr. Michele Barry

Program: PhD

Alma Mater: Georgia State University

 

 

Academic Interests:

F1L is an apoptosis inhibitor. My project tries to understand how F1L influences apoptosis.

Personal Interests:

Video games, outdoor camping, biking.

 

Burshtyn Lab

 

C. Davidson

Chelsea Davidson

E-mail: chelsead@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-0645

Supervsior: Dr. Deborah Burshtyn

Program: PhD

Alma Mater University of Alberta

 

 

 

 

 

Academic Interests:

I am interested in the genetic variation of a receptor expressed on human Natural Killer (NK) cells called LILRB1.  I want to determine the role of these genetic differences in establishing expression patterns on NK cells versus other immune cells.  Additionally, I will look at the impact of the changes on binding to LILRB1’s various ligands. 

Awards:

  • MS Society of Canada 2011-2012
  • Alberta Graduate Scholarship 2011
  • QEII Graduate Scholarship 2010-2011
  • CIHR CGS-M 2009-2010

Publications:

1) CL Davidson, NL Li, and DN Burshtyn. LILRB1 polymorphism and surface phenotype of natural killer cells. 2010 Human Immunology 71:942.

2) Burshtyn DN and C Davidson.  Natural Killer Cell Conjugate Assays Using Two-Colour Flow Cytometry.  “Natural Killer Cell Protocols: Cellular and Molecular Methods”, Campbell, KS and M Colona (Eds), The Humana Press Inc. 2nd ed. edition (December 17, 2009)

3) BCS Montgomery, J Mewes, C Davidson, DN Burshtyn, and JL Stafford. Cell surface expression of channel catfish leukocyte immune-type receptors (IpLITRs) and recruitment of both Src homology 2 domain-containing protein tyrosine phosphatase (SHP)-1 and SHP-2. Developmental and Comparative Immunology (2009), 33(4):570-82.

 

Kinola Williams

Kinola Williams

E-mail: kinola@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-0645

Supervisor: Dr. Deborah Burshtyn

Program: PhD

Alma Mater: University of Manitoba

Academic Interests:

I study how different viruses regulate NK cell function.

Non-Academic Interests:

Reading, watching movies, singing and dancing.

Publications:

Geisbert, et. al. (2008). J Virol. 82 (11); 5664-5668.

Marzi, et. al. (2011) JID. Submitted.

Elliott Lab

 

Evans Lab

 

Patrick Paszkowski

 

Patrick Paszkowski

E-mail: ppaszkow@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-2106

Supervisor: Dr. David Evans

Program: MSc

Alma Mater: University of Alberta





Academic Interests:

I am currently working on using advanced optical imaging to track the development of replicating poxviruses and to test how the interactions between exogenous DNA and the virosomes affects the production of recombinant molecules.

Non-Academic Interests:

Soccer, basketball, baseball and golf. I enjoy being active and I also like to travel.

 

WondimTeferi

Wondim Teferi

E-mail: wondimag@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-2106

Supervisor: Dr. David Evans

Program: PhD

 

Academic Interests:

Project to be determined.

Non-Academic Interests:

Soccer

Awards:

  • Provost Doctoral Entrance Award, University of Alberta, 2009
  • International Scholarship Award of the National University of Ireland, Galway, 2007/2008

 

Foley Lab

B. Parsons

Brendon Parsons

E-mail: brendonp@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-0935

Supervisor: Dr. Edan Foley

Program: PhD

 

fillerperson

David Fast

E-mail: dfast@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-0935

Supervisor: Dr. Edan Foley

Program: MSc (Rotating student)

Academic Interests:

In the Foley lab - delinate the molecular interaactions between L. Plantarum & A. pasteurianus within fruit fly gut.

Non-Academic Interests:

Virology, Immunology, medicine, disease, skiing, hockey, baseball, video games, cars, computers, long boarding, dogs, sacrcasm

 

 

Hemmings Lab

 

 

D. Atumba

Daniel Kerage

E-mail: dkerage@ualberta.ca

Phone: 780-492-2590

Supervisor: Dr. Denise Hemmings

Program: PhD

 

 

 

Academic Interests:

My project is focused on looking at the direct and indirect effects of cytomegalovirus infection on vascular function during pregnancy.

Non-Academic Interests:

Soccer and curling.

Awards:

  • Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) fellowship (2008)
  • Leadership Enhancement in Agricultural Program (LEAP) Fellowship (2006)
  • Kenya HELB Postgraduate Scholarship (2005)

Publications:

Kerage D, Graham S, Harty J and Mwangi D. November 2008). Evaluation of a Potential Vaccine for East Coast Fever in African Cattle. http://leap.ucdavis.edu/publications/files/Su06-08-11-LEAP_Kerage.pdf/view

Hobman Lab

Colleen Reid

Colleen Reid

E-mail: crreid1@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-6595

Supervisor: Dr. Tom Hobman

Program: MSc

Alma Mater: University of Alberta

Academic Interests:

We are interested in the pathogenesis of flaviviruses and their use of host proteins to propagate and evade the immune system. My research focuses on the host DEAD-box helicase DDX56 and how it contributes to the packaging of West Nile Virus RNA and production of infectious virions.

Non-Academic Interests:

Cooking, Singing, Musical Theatre, attending the many festivals in Edmonton in the summer.

Awards:

University of Alberta MSc Recruitment Award

 

Houghton Lab

Catalina Mesa Prince

Catalina Mesa Prince

E-mail: mesaprin@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 248-1216

Supervisor: Dr. Michael Houghton

Program: MSc

Alma Mater: University of Carabobo, Venezuela

Academic Interests:

I'm interested in the function of NS4B point mutations on replication efficiency and virus production and dtermine the mechanism through which these mutations exert their effects on the viral life-cycle and host responses.

Non-Academic Interests:

I'm interested in viruses since I find them one of the most intriguing particles in nature. I'm also excited to be pursuing graduate studies abroad in such a recognized university because this is one of my academic goals. In reference to the non-academic environment I like swimming, computer programming and outdoor activities.

Awards:

Best GPA of the year (2010) in the faculty of Bioanalysis, University of Carabobo, Venezuela.

 

J. Wong

Jason Wong

E-mail: jasonale@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 248-1216

Supervisor: Dr. Michael Houghton

Program: MSc

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


    C. Zhang

    Cathy (Jing Xi) Zhang

    E-mail: jingxi2@ualberta.ca

    Phone: (780) 248-1960

    Supervisor: Dr. Robert Ingham

    Program: MSc

    Alma Mater: University of Toronto

     

     

    Academic Interests:

    Research: Granzyme B promoted apoptosis and metastasis in ALK+ AICL tumor.

    Academic interest: Pathogenesis of cancer and the signalling pathway used by some protein markers.

    Non-Academic Interests:

    Figure skating, swimming, tennis (sports)

Irvin Lab

 

Kane Lab

 

carlacraveiro

Carla Craveiro Salvado

Email: craveiro@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-8920

Supervisor: Dr. Kevin Kane

Program: PhD

Alma Mater: Concordia University College

 

 

Academic Interests:

Natural killer cells are part of the innate immune system. These cells have both activating and inhibiting receptors, referred to as Ly49 in the mouse & rat. My research focuses on interactions between Ly49 and class I MHC.

Non-Academic Interests:

I love sports, especially soccer. I also enjoy travelling.

 

waynejuang

Wayne Juang

Email: sjuang@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-8920

Supervisor: Dr. Kevin Kane

Program: PhD

Alma Mater:

University of British Columbia

 

Academic Interests:

Central memory T cells are an important aspect of the adaptive immune system. After an initial encounter with a pathogen, memory T cells "remember" the bug and can provide us with better and faster protection in future encounters. My research interests are to further understand memory T cells and investigate ideal reactivation conditions of these memory T cells.

Non-Academic Interests:

I love jogging, music and movies.

 

E. Marquez

Elsa A. Marquez

Email: emarquez@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-8920

Supervisor: Dr. Kevin Kane

Program: PhD

Alma Mater: University of Arizona

 

 

 

Academic Interests:

My research focuses on looking at the function of peptide anchor residues bound to class I MHC molecules and how these can potentially determine NK cell Ly49 receptor specificity.

 

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

Cameron Griffiths

Cameron Griffiths

Email: cdg1@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-9752

Supervisor: Dr. David Marchant

Program: MSc

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

 

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?

Non-Academic Interests:

I enjoy cooking (vegan!) and baking. In all but the most frigid months, I enjoy riding my bicycle. When I'm not studying, I'm reading novels and how-to books and trying to learn German.

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

 

Nikki Atanasova

Nikki Atanasova

E-mail: nikki.atanasova@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-4437

Supervisor: Dr. Stefan Pukatzki

Program: MSc

Alma Mater: Jacobs University Bremen, Bremen, Germany

Academic Interests:

My main research focus at the moment is regulation of the Type VI secretion system in Vibrio cholerae, in respect to its applications in inter- and intra-specific competition. I am also interested in mechanisms V. cholerae uses in order to recognize the host environment prior to infection.

In a proad sense, my academic interests revolve around host-pathogen interactions and regulation of virulence factors. I believe we are currently not in as much control over some potentially deadly pathogens, such as Vibrio cholerae, as we would like to be.


Non-Academic Interests:

Other than bacteria I also like cycling and board games.

Awards:

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

Ben Kostiuk

Ben Kostiuk

E-mail: bkostiuk@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-4437

Supervisor: Dr. Stefan Pukatzki

Program: MSc

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.

 

D. UnterwegerDaniel Unterweger

E-mail: dunterwe@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-4437

Supervisor: Dr. Stefan Pukatzki

Program: PhD

Alma Mater: University of Ulm

 

 

 

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)

 

C Colpitts

Che Colpitts

E-mail: ccolpitt@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-6606

Supervisors: Dr. Luis Schang

Program: PhD

Alma Mater: University of Regina

 

Academic Interests:

Novel inhibitors of viral fusion

Non-Academic Interests:

Most sports, especially badminton, tennis and swimming. Travelling, hiking, camping. Reading.

Awards:

  • NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship (2009 - present)
  • NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship (2008-2009)
  • University of Regina FGSR Graduate Scholarship (2008, 2009)
  • R.A. Kellin - J. Neuhard Graduate Entrance Scholarship in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology (2007)
  • NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (2005, 2006, 2007)

 

Shmulevitz Lab

 

Kevin James

Kevin James

E-mail: ktj@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 248-1960

Supervisor: Dr. Maya Shmulevitz

Program: MSc

Alma Mater: University of Western Ontario

Academic Interests:

Reovirus has oncolytic properties and I am screening different cancerous cell lines and human samples to identify cellular signatures that correlate with susceptibility or resistance to reovirus infection. My project also involves investigating where viral spread is disrupted in resistant cells.

Awards:

NSERC IUSRA (2011)

Non-academic interests:

Most sports, especially soccer, volleyball and golf. I like to run obstacle races as well and go to the gym. When not being active I like cooking, reading, music, movies, video games and improving my French.

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.


Smiley Lab

 

BrettDuguay

Brett Duguay

E-mail: duguay@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-1040

Supervisor: Dr. Jim Smiley

Program: PhD

Alma Mater: Dalhousie University

 

Academic Interests:

I currently study the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) protein UL12.5 and its role in depleting mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). We are interested in determining how mtDNA depletion occurs as well as what effect this process has on viral replication and pathogenesis.

Non-Academic Interests:

I enjoy hiking, cycling and playing guitar.

 

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

 

fillerperson

Tiing Tiing Chua

E-mail: tiingtii@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 492-5285

Supervisor: Dr. Lorne Tyrrell

Program: MSc

 

 

 

Academic Interests:

I am working on HBV project

Non-Academic Interests:

Baking, travelling and reading

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

Ken Gavina

E-mail: gavina@ualberta.ca

Phone: (780) 407-7558

Supervisor: Dr. Stephanie Yanow

Program: MSc



Academic Interests:

About 3.3 billion people of the world's population are at risk of malria, where malaria in pregnancy causes substantial material, and infant, morbidity and mortality. My project involves looking at the impact of Plasmodium faciparum 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 Schoarship (2008)

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