Rebecca Shapiro, Assistant Professor
Rebecca is a molecular microbiologist, interested in studying pathways that regulate virulence and drug resistance in clinically and agriculturally important fungal pathogens. Rebecca is working to develop new cutting-edge genomic technologies to better study these fungal species.
Rebecca completed her Bachelor's degree in Biology at McGill University, and her PhD at the University of Toronto in the Department of Molecular Genetics, where she worked with Dr. Leah Cowen. She then held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Broad Institute and MIT, working with Dr. Jim Collins.
Viola Halder, PhD candidate
Viola is a PhD student in the lab. She previously completed the Master of Biotechnology program at the University of Guelph. Viola completed a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo
Viola's work focuses on genetic interaction analysis and chemical-genetic interactions in Candida albicans.
Jehoshua Sharma, PhD candidate
Jehoshua is a PhD student in the lab. He previously completed the Microbiology Co-op BSc program University of Guelph
Jehoshua's work focuses on modulators of fungal virulence and new genetic tools for Candida pathogens.
Lauren Wensing, PhD candidate
Lauren is a PhD student in the lab. She previously completed the Microbiology Co-op BSc program University of Guelph
Lauren's work focuses on genetic screening for modulators of antifungal drug resistance in Candida albicans.
Michelle Agyare-Tabbi, MSc candidate
Michelle is an MSc student in the lab. She previously completed the Biological Sciences BSc program University of Guelph
Michelle's work focuses on understanding the role of mutagenesis in antifungal drug resistance in Candida albicans.
Deeva Uthayakumar, Research technician
Deeva is the lab research technician. She completed her BSc in Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University and a Master's Degree in Erasmus Mundus in Leading International Vaccinology Education
Deeva keeps all things running in the lab and is developping new protocols for host-pathogen interactions, mutation rate, and DNA damage analysis.
Grace Kim, Undergraduate researcher
Grace is an undergraduate researcher in the lab in the Biomedical Sciences program at the University of Guelph
Grace's project focuses on studying host-pathogen interactions using a C. elegans model of fungal infection.
Nick Gervais, Undergraduate researcher
Nick is an undergraduate researcher in the lab in the Microbiology program at the University of Guelph
Nick's project focuses on developing new CRISPR-based tools for genetic analysis in Candida albicans.
Iqra Razzaq, MSc
Iqra completed her MSc in the lab, where her research focused on mechanisms of antifungal drug resistance, and a functional analysis of Tra1 in mediating drug resistance and virulence in Candida albicans.
Sierra Rosiana, MSc
Sierra completed her MSc in the lab, where her research project focused on genetic interactions between adhesin factors mediating fungal virulence and host-pathogen interactions.
Rebecca Stevens-Green, BASc
Rebecca was an undergraduate student in the lab through the Arts and Science program at the University of Guelph, her research focused on host-pathogen interaction of the crop fungal pathogen Fusarium graninearum
Madison Best, BSc
Madison was an undergraduate student in the lab through the Biochemistry program at the University of Guelph, her research focused on developing novel CRISPR systems for Candida albicans.
Zazil Solis Saldívar, BSc
Zazil was an undergraduate student in the lab from Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico and joined the lab as a Mitacs Globalink Research Internship student. Zazil's project focused on the characterization of a novel C. albicans gene.
Clara Fikry, BSc
Zazil was an undergraduate student in the lab from the University of Waterloo. Clara's project focused on the the development of a novel CRISPR interference system applied to drug-resistant Candida albicans.
Yannic Proteau, BSc
Yannic was an undergraduate student in the lab through the Molecular Biology and Genetics program at the University of Guelph, his research focused on developing novel CRISPR repression systems for Candida albicans.