Students

PhD students

Name Position Research area

Juan Sanchez-Arias

2015 -

PhD
(Swayne Lab)

The incidence of Neurodevelopmental Disorders has increased all over the globe in the last decade, with perinatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy accounting for at least 21% of them. My research aims to investigate the role of Pannexin-1 during cortical development and brain repair using a conditional knockout mouse model, confocal microscopy and bright field microscopy.

Cristina Pinar

2016 - 

PhD
(Christie Lab)
My research focuses on investigating the effects of repeat mild traumatic brain injury on learning and memory. I am specifically interested on assessing  the effects of concussions on neuronal communication (synaptic plasticity)  and the molecular pathways underlying these effects.

Juan Trivino-Paredes

2015 - 

PhD
(Christie Lab)
 

Geoff deRosenroll

2016 -

PhD
(Awatramani Lab)
My research is focused on dendritic computations in the inner retina, particularly in the direction-selective circuit. I make use of 2-photon functional calcium imaging, whole-cell electrophysiology and compartmental modelling to study how retinal ganglion cells calculate their outputs from the various excitatory and inhibitory inputs they receive on their dendritic arbours. Of particular interest to me is the fine balance of excitatory and inhibitory inputs across space and time required for these cells to exhibit such well-tuned spiking responses to visual stimuli. 

Eslam Mehina

2016 -

PhD
(Brown Lab)

My project aims to decipher the role of microglia in responding to damaged microvessels in the brain, and in contributing to their repair and ultimate fate after hemorrhagic insults. Diabetic patients are at increased risk of suffering from cerebrovascular disease, so I am studying whether microglial dynamics and responses are disturbed in mice with a model of insulin-dependent diabetes. If I find that they are, I will also be investigating means by which these changes can be reversed to prospectively reduce the risk of developing these pathologies. 

Farnoosh Farhoomand

2015 -

PhD
(Delaney Lab)
 

Alicia Meconi

2013 -

PhD
(Christie Lab)
My research aims to investigate how oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfuntion in the hippocampus contribute to learning and memory impairment after a concussion. It will also determine whether antioxidant administration can rescue these learning and memory deficits.

Gregory Pearcey

2014

PhD
(Zehr Lab)
How mechanisms underlying communicative pathways in the brain and spinal cord can assist in the enhancement of performance or rehabilitation of voluntary motor output.

Bridget Ryan

2012 -

PhD
(Chow Lab)
PAX6, a gene encoding a dosage-sensitive transcription factor essential for eye, brain and pancreas development, is mutated in the haploinsufficiency disease aniridia.  Though PAX6 is known to be regulated transcriptionally, additional regulation is likely required to maintain precise control of PAX6 protein levels. MicroRNAs (miRNAs), small non-coding RNAs, negatively regulate protein expression via complementary pairing to messengerRNA (mRNA) 3’ untranslated regions (3’UTRs), can function cooperatively through multiple target sites, and present a mechanism to achieve this regulation.  Previous work has implicated the highly conserved microRNA, miR-7, in the post-transcriptional regulation of PAX6 in the postnatal subventricular zone of the brain and in the alpha and beta cells of the endocrine pancreas.  Since aniridia is the result of insufficient PAX6 protein, understanding how miR-7 negatively regulates PAX6 may enable the development of therapies to block this interaction and de-repress PAX6.

Laura Hanson

2016 -

PhD
(Awatramani Lab)
 

Catherine Choi

2016 -

PhD
(Swayne Lab)
The aim of my project is to understand the role of Ankyrin B in neurons.  My focus will be on discovering new protein interactions and their functional relevance for neuronal differentiation and channel trafficking.

Chad Williams

2018 -


PhD
(Krigolson Lab)

My research interests include learning and decision making in a medical context.  Specifically, I am interested in evaluating the efficacy of using a reinforcement learning approach when teaching medical education, and in assessing the types of decisions (e.g., System I and System II) that are made by physicians when diagnosing clinical cases.

Joshua Allen

2018 -

PhD
(Caruncho Lab)

 

Sima Abbasi-Habashi

2018 -

 PhD
(Brown Lab)

 


MSc students

Name Position Research area

Scott Sawchuk

2015 -

MSc
(Christie Lab)

 

Anna Epp

2016 -19

MSc
(Swayne Lab)

My research focuses on pannexins, a species of large, non-selective ion channels expressed all throughout the body and which are involved in a variety of neurological processes. Specifically, I’m investigating the mechanisms underlying the subcellular trafficking of these channels within neural cells, through the use of molecular biology, advanced imaging techniques, and biochemical assays.

Mohammad Motaharinia

2016 -

MSc
(Brown Lab)

 

Katie Neale

2017 -

MSc
(Christie Lab)
 

Ben Schager

2017 -

MSc
(Brown Lab)
 

Keyrian LeGratiet

2018 -

MSc
(Nashmi Lab)
 

Gregory Gill

2018 -

MSc
(Krigolson Lab)
 

Carla Sanchez-Lafuente

2018 -

MSc (Caruncho/Kalynchuk Lab)  

Erin Grafe

2018 -

MSc
(Christie Lab)
 

Jenessa Johnston

2018 -

MSc (Caruncho/Kalynchuk Lab)  

 Former graduate students

Christie Lab

Name Award Year
Christine Fontaine PhD 2013-18
Melissa Clarkson MSc 2016-18
Ryan Wortman MSc 2014-17
Emily White MSc 2011-15
Mohamed Ghilan PhD 2010-15
Crystal Bostrom MSc 2010-13
Namat Majaess MSc 2010-13
Anna Patten PhD 2009-13
Jennifer Helfer PhD 2009-12
Timal Kannangara PhD (UBC) 2006-12
Jessica Simpson MSc 2009-11
Fanny Boehme MSc 2008-10
James Shin MSc 2007-09
Ross Peterson MSc 2008-09

Brown Lab

Name Award Year
Patrick Reeson PhD 2012-18
Stephanie Taylor MSc 2014-17
Kelly Tennant PhD 2011-17
Angela Seto MSc 2011-13
Andrew Sweetnam-Holmes MSc 2011-13
Danielle Sweetnam MSc 2010-12

Nahirney Lab

Name

Award

Supervisor(s)/Year
Melissa Clarkson MSc

Patrick Nahirney/
Brian Christie 2016-18

Jessica Bilkey MSc

Patrick Nahirney/
Kerry Delaney 2010-15

Sammy Weiser-Novak MSc

Patrick Nahirney/2012-15

Leslie Reitveld MSc Kerry Delaney/
Patrick Nahirney/2009-12
Matthew Grey MSc Patrick Nahirney/2009-11

Swayne Lab

Name

Award

Year
Anna Epp MSc 2016-19
Lena Chen MSc 2015-18
Andrew Boyce PhD 2012-17
Leigh Wicki-Stordeur PhD

2011-16

Associated Departments

Name

Award

Supervisor(s)/Year, DEPT
Chad Williams MSc Paul Zehr/2016-18, EPHE
Chelsea Kaupp MSc Paul Zehr/2013-18, BIOL
Anastasia Litke MSc Bob Chow/2016-18, BIOL
Amanda McLaughlin PhD John Taylor/2012-18, BIOL
Jasem Estakhr MSc

Raad Nashmi/ 2014-17, BIOL

Andrew Agbay MSc Stephanie Willerth/2014-17, MECH
Harvey Howse MSc Olav Krigolson/2015-17, EPHE
Simen Hagen PhD Jim Tanaka/2014-17, PSYC
Steven Noble MSc Paul Zehr/2015-17, EPHE
Geoff deRosenroll MSc

Kerry Delaney/2011-2016, BIOL

Alex Hoggarth MSc

Gautam Awatramani/2012-16, BIOL

Pragya Komal PhD

Raad Nashmi/2011-14, BIOL

Anthony Renda MSc Raad Nashmi/2011-13, BIOL
Kara Ronellenfitch MSc Robert Chow/2011-13, BIOL

Undergraduate research supervision

Currently, undergraduate students are involved in a variety of research opportunities in the Division of Medical Sciences.

Christie Lab

Name Award Year
James Choi Honours 2018-19
Erin McDonagh Honours 2018-19
Samantha Perreault Honours 2018-19
Konrad Suesser Honours 2018-19
Aaron Truesdell Honours 2014-15
Karthik Gopalakrishan
JCURA 2014-15
Laila Drabkin
JCURA 2014-15

Brown Lab

Name Award Year
Natalie Pollack NSERC USRA 2015

Swayne Lab

Name Program type Year
Adrianna Gunton Honours 2015
Meagan Kelleway Co-op, Volunteer 2014-15
Sarah Henry Directed Studies 2014-15
Natasha Roblesky Workstudy 2015
Anita Weng Workstudy 2015