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Current Students

Information for and about our current graduate students is posted under the various topics listed in the menu. 

If you are interested in seeing what kinds of exciting research projects are underway in DBMS, click on the links below to see lists of supervisors, their graduate students and their project titles in each program.

Students registered in a Master's program at Queen's University, with first-class standing, and who show exceptional promise in their research may be considered for promotion to a doctoral program in the same Program, without completion of the Master's degree. This is called the "Mini-Masters" program.

 

Current graduate students in Biochemistry and Cell Biology:

MSc Program: 

Byron Hunter
Supervised by J. Allingham 
Project Title: Defining the molecular basis of microtubule length regulation in Candida albicans

Alison Kinney 
Supervised by Z. Jia 
Project Title: Structural and Functional Characterisation of Enzymes Involved in the Biosynthesis of Human Coenzyme Q

Alexander Kocev
Supervised by I. Brockhausen/P. Davies 
Project Title: Project: Biosynthesis of polysaccharide virulence factors in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Nolan Neville
Supervised by Z. Jia 
Project Title: Inhibition of virulence-associated polyphosphate kinase in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Katherine Picott 
Supervised by A. Ross/Z. Jia
Project Title: Biosynthesis of Prodiginines and Tambjamines in Pseudoalteromonas Sp.

Michael Quach
Supervised by Z. Jia 
Project Title: Structural characterization of the human CoQ synthome

Christopher Richmond
Supervised by C. Funk 
Project Title: Arginase- 1 Deficiency in Brain Neurons

Connor Scholl
Supervised by P. Davies 
Project Title: Collembola and the Search for the Holy Grail of AFPs

Hossein Zahiri
Supervised by P. Davies 
Project Title: Engineering bacterial adhesins for construction of controlled multi-cellular structures

PhD Program:

Nadia Al Ali 
Supervised by A. Craig/J. Allingham 
Project Title: Deconstructing inflammatory breast cancer using genome-wide CRISPR knockout screens to identify new therapeutic targets

Jacqueline Hellinga 
Supervised by J. Allingham 
Project Title: The mechanism of actin and microtubule polymer stabilization by the KIF14 kinesin

Marina Lochhead 
Supervised by S. Smith 
Project Title: Epigenetic, structural, and functional characterization of the E2A-PBX1 oncogenic transcriptional network

Christian McCartney
Supervised by P. Davies 
Project Title: Following Calpain Activity in the Cell: the Development of the Peptide PLFAAR into a Fluorescent Protein-based FRET

Eduardo Reyes Alvarez
Supervised by L. Mulligan 
Project Title: Intracellular trafficking of RET isoforms in normal development and cancer

Kavan Shah
Supervised by A. Craig/J. Allingham 
Project Title: Effects of modulating actin dynamics on cancer metastasis

Irsa Shoukat 
Supervised by J. Allingham
Project Title: Connecting motor protein roles in microtubule dynamics, mitotic spindle function, and hyphal growth of Candida abicans

Pooja Sridhar 
Supervised by M. Loewen/J. Allingham 
Project Title: The Role and Mechanisms of the Fusarium graminearum Ste2p Receptor in the Pathogenic Infection of Wheat

Keegan Turner-Wood
Supervised by S. Smith 
Project Title: Constructing custom consummately catalytic cellulosome clusters 

Tyler Vance
Supervised by P. Davies 
Project Title: Adhesion Proteins: Keeping Bacteria in Their Place

Kathleen Watt 
Supervised by A. Craig 
Project Title: Defining targets of MicroRNA-206 relevant to metastasis in lung cancer and malignant melanoma


MD/PhD Program:

Daniel Newsted 
Supervised by A. Craig 
Project Title: Targeting Metastasis Using Inhibitory Anti-TBRII Antibodies

Current graduate students in Experimental Medicine

MSc Program: 

Christie Boswell-Patterson
Supervised by A. Johri 
Project Title: Development of a Vascularized Carotid Artery Plaque Phantom for the Investigation of Novel Ultrasound-Based Therapies 

Ryan Chow
Supervised by D. Redfearn/J. Hashem/D. Maurice 
Project Title: Ventricular arrhythmia risk stratification using novel signal analysis of high-resolution electrocardiograms

Isabelle Grenier-Pleau
Supervised by S. Abraham
Project Title: Investigating the role of extracellular vesicles (EVs) in clonal hematopoiesis

Rhiannon Hilton
Supervised by M. Ormiston 
Project Title: Examining the impact of endothelial BMPR2 loss on Interleukin-15 signaling and the pathogenesis of pulmonary arterial hypertension

Kathryn Hong
Supervised by B. Glover/D. Maurice 
Project Title: Catheter Ablation of Symptomatic Atrial Fibrillation: Impact on Physical Activity, Quality of Life, Burden of Arrhythmia and Recurrence

Regina-Veronicka Kalaydina 
Supervised by M. Szewczuk/W. Harless 
Project Title: The Role of Fucosylation in a Biochemical Method of Multicelluar Tumour Spheroid Formation from Prostate Cancer Cells

Jennifer Li
Supervised by N. Magoski
Project Title: The role of PKC in trafficking gap junction subunits in coupled Aplysia bag cell neurons

Harrison Loh
Supervised by C. Graham 
Project Title: Using BioID to identify mediators of tumour malignancy in the PD-1/PD-L1 immune checkpoint interaction

Kathryn Milne 
Supervised by D. O'Donnell/A. Neder 
Project Title: Mechanisms of exertional dyspnea in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

Alexandria Milton 
Supervised by S. Zhang 
Project Title: Mechanical stretch stimulates the activity of the potassium channel Kv1.5 

Anne Theilmann
Supervised by M. Ormiston 
Project Title: Sub-Haploinsufficiency of BMPR2 Causes a Shift in the Endothelial Proliferative and Metabolic Response to BMP9

Danai Topouza 
Supervised by Q. Duan 
Project Title: Biological networks modulating chemotherapy response in ovarian cancer

Jared Tschirhart 
Supervised by S. Zhang 
Project Title: Molecular mechanisms of fentanyl-mediated sudden death

Sandra Vincent
Supervised by J. Fisher 
Project Title: The Role of Muscarinic M2 and M3 Receptor Subtypes in Cardiopulmonary Responsiveness: Insight from in vivo Murine Models

David Wassef 
Supervised by N. Magoski
Project Title: Acetylcholine-evoked calcium mobilization in Aplysia neuroendocrine cells

Nancy You
Supervised by S. Zhang 
Project Title: Hypoxia and Kv1.5 function

PhD Program: 

Alamjeet Chauhan 
Supervised by N. Magoski 
Project Title: The role of reactive oxygen species in gating voltage-dependent cation channels

Jihoon Choi 
Supervised by Q. Duan
Project Title: Genomic and Environmental Determinants of Lung Health and Asthma Risk

Craig Harness
Supervised by L. MacKenzie/D. Stockley 
Project Title: Using whole body dissection as a postgraduate educational tool for manipulative therapists

Jodi Mackeil 
Supervised by D. Maurice 
Project Title: The role of cAMP in regulating endothelial tip cell formation during angiogenic sprouting

Rasha Mehder 
Supervised by D. Andrew 
Project Title: Microscopic Studies of a Sporadic Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease

Bessi Qorri
Supervised by M. Szewczuk/W. Harless 
Project Title: Multimodal therapeutic approach in combination with standard chemotherapeutics for the treatment of metastatic pancreatic cancer

Manpreet Sambi 
Supervised by M. Szewczuk/W. Harless 
Project Title: Investigating the efficacy of multimodal therapy for the treatment of pancreatic and breast cancer

Diane Tomalty
Supervised by R. Ellis/S. Pang 
Project Title: Assessing the metabolic profiles of tissues using DESI-MS

Ping Xiong
Supervised by S. Archer/ G. Smith 
Project Title: Models & Molecular Mechanisms of WHO Group 2 Pulmonary Hypertension


MD/PhD Program:

Laura-Eve Mantella 
Supervised by A. Johri 
Project Title: The VIBE Study: vascular imaging "barometer" for early detection of heart disease

Current graduate students in Microbes, Immunity, and Inflammation

MSc Program:

Courtney Bannerman 
Supervised by N. Ghasemlou 
Project Title: Characterization of a novel model of compression- contusion Spinal cord injury

Mallory Gallant 
Supervised by A. Ellis 
Project Title: Linking environmental exposures to allergic and respiratory endpoints - the ongoing study of the Kingston Allergy Birth Cohort (KABC)

Oliver Giovannitti  
Supervised by K. Poole 
Project Title: The effect of long-term zinc exposure on resistance to polymyxins in P. aeruginosa

Natalya Odoardi 
Supervised by K. Gee 
Project Title: Investigating the immunomodulatory effects of interleukin-27 on endosomal Toll-like receptors in human monocytes and macrophages

Matthew Rawls
Supervised by A. Ellis 
Project Title: Clinical symptoms and biomarkers of Bermuda grass-induced allergic rhinitis using the nasal allergen challenge model

Evan Trus
Supervised by K. Gee/S. Basta 
Project Title: Effects of macrophage differentiation on innate immune signaling


PhD Program:

Torki Alothaimeen 
Supervised by S. Basta 
Project Title: Characterization of GM-CSF macrophages immune responses during virus-host interaction

Andra Banete 
Supervised by S. Basta 
Project Title: The role of macrophage polarization in the regulation of immune functions against viral infections

Olena Kourko 
Supervised by K. Gee 
Project Title: Investigating the efficacy and mechanisms of IL-27 as a therapeutic treatment in metastatic prostate cancer

Kyle Seaver
Supervised by S. Basta/P. Greer  
Project Title: Developing a prophylactic immunization model by enhancing tumor-antigen cross-presentation

Julia Segal 
Supervised by N. Ghasemlou 
Project Title: The circadian rhythm of pain in multiple sclerosis

Current graduate students in Reproduction and Developmental Sciences

MSc Program:

Logan Barr
Supervised by G. Smith 
Project Title: Microvascular sequence of pre-eclampsia in mother and offspring

Megan Dickson 

Supervised by G. Smith 
Project Title: The effect of carbon monoxide on vascular adaptations during pregnancy

Morgan Lion 
Supervised by R. Oko 
Project Title: The functional role of the perinuclear thecas core somatic histones within the early stages of zygotic development

Peter Chun Wan Lu
Supervised by L. Winn 
Project Title: The effects of in utero benzene exposure on fetal NF-KB cell signalling in CD-1 mice 

Ryan Marks
Supervised by C. Tayade 
Project Title: Elucidating the role of IL-33 induced macrophage polarization in the pathophysiology of endometriosis

Noor Shakfa 
Supervised by M. Koti 
Project Title: Cancer cell genotype associated response to STING agonist chemo-immunotherapy in an ovarian cancer model

Lindsey Symons
Supervised by C. Tayade 
Project Title: Investigating the role of neutrophils in endometriosis pathophysiology

Aida Zaza
Supervised by G. Smith 
Project Title: Placental programming and the risk of developing cardiovascular risk factors


PhD Program: 

Lauren Hamilton
Supervised by R. Oko 
Project Title: The developmental localization and functional characterization of GST02 within mammalian spermatozoa

Terry Li 
Supervised by S. Pang/A. Johri 
Project Title: Biomarkers and Genetic Markers for Atherosclerosis

Jessica Miller
Supervised by C. Tayade 
Project Title: Understanding the role of interleukin-33 and group 2 innate lymphoid cells in the pathophysiology of endometriosis

Nicole Protopapas
Supervised by C. Graham 
Project Title: Effect of aberrant inflammation during pregnancy on subsequent risk of cardiovascular disease in mothers and their offspring

Sidra Shafique 
Supervised by L. Winn 
Project Title: Valproic Acid induced neural tube defects in a CD1 mouse model

Sally Zhao
Supervised by F. Kan 
Project Title: The role of mammalian recombinant oviduct-specific glycoprotein (OVGP1) during the early events of fertilization

MD/PhD Program:

Lori Minassian 
Supervised by C. Graham/R. Siemens 
Project Title: Programmed Death Ligand 1 immune checkpoint-mediated stimulation of malignant phenotypes in malignant phenotypes in tumour cells

Current students in Therapeutics, Drug Development, and Human Toxicology

MSc Program: 

Corey Forster 

Supervised by M. Adams/R. Holden 
Project Title: Tissue phosphate kinetics in an experimental model of chronic kidney disease

Shalini Kot
Supervised by J. Walia 
Project Title: Investigatng the use of immunosuppressive drugs to generate immunotolerance towards HexM following the treatment with the AAV9-HexM viral vector in Sandhoff mice

Loky Lee 
Supervised by M. Adams/R. Holden 
Project Title: Characterizing secondary hyperparathyroidism and resistance to vitamin D mediated suppression in an experimental model of chronic kidney disease


PhD Program:

Paulina Brzezinska 
Supervised by D. Maurice 
Project Title: Crosstalk between cAMP and calcium signaling on the leading edge of migrating vascular smooth muscle cells

Ahmed Elharram 
Supervised by B. Bennett 
Project Title: Aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 null mice as an oxidative stress-based model of cognitive impairment and sporadic Alzheimer's disease

Trent Holmes
Supervised by L. Winn
Project Title: Investigating Perturbations of Fetal DNA repair Following in utero Benzene exposure

Rebecca Maciver
Supervised by T. Ozolins/L. Winn/M. Adams 
Project Title: Long-term consequences of resolved congenital heart defects

Amelia Shi
Supervised by C. Nicol 
Project Title: The role of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) during breast tumour angiogenesis

Bruno Svajger
Supervised by M. Adams/R. Holden 
Project Title: The Role of Phosphate in the Vascular Extracellular Matrix and its Influence on the Development of Vascular Calcification in Chronic Kidney Disease

Mandy Turner 
Supervised by M. Adams/R. Holden 
Project Title: A translational approach to characterizing phosphate disposition in chronic kidney disease

DBMS General Graduate Representative/President of Graduate Student Council


Keegan Turner-Wood


Field Reprentatives


Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Marie Boddington


Experimental Medicine

Nancy You


Microbes, Immunity, and Inflammation

Julia Segal


Reproduction and Developmental Sciences

Noor Shakfa


Drug Development, Therapeutics, and Human Toxicology

Trent Holmes


Anatomical Sciences - Pattern II Program

Sarah Girardi

Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Graduate Program Awards

The Abrahams Award in Experimental Medicine

Established in March 1996 by the Abramsky Foundation to honour Dr. Vivian Abrahams, distinguished physiologist, Professor of Physiology at Queen's from 1963 to 1995 and Head of the Department from 1976 to 1988.  Awarded on the basis of research excellence to funding-eligible PhD level students enrolled in the Physiology graduate program, or in the field of Experimental Medicine in the Biomedical and Molecular Sciences graduate program, who shows exceptional promise for independent research.  Requests for nominations will be sent out on a once-yearly basis.  Supervisors must nominate their own students.  Selection will be made by the Abrahams Ph.D. Award Committee chaired by the Experimental Medicine field coordinator.  Value: $1,400.

 

The Chen Fund for Graduate Student Travel

Established in 1980 by Dr. Alan Chen in recognition of the help that Dr. Chen received during the four years of his graduate study and three years of his medical training in the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine.  The Chen Fund will provide assistance to graduate students enrolled in the Physiology graduate program, or in the field of Experimental Medicine in the Biomedical and Molecular Sciences graduate program.  Funding will be used to defray students’ costs associated with attending scientific conferences and presenting research papers.  Each May, applications will be solicited from supervisors of eligible students for travel which has occurred in the past 12 months.  The Adjudication Committee, chaired by the Experimental Medicine field coordinator, will make appropriate decisions with regard to number and amount of the awards.  Reimbursement will be made directly to the research grants involved.    Value: variable.
 

The Harry Abramsky Charitable Foundation Fund

Established in 1985 by the Harry Abramsky Charitable Foundation for the support and promotion of graduate student attendance at appropriate scientific meetings.  Funding will be provided to graduate students enrolled in the Physiology graduate program or in the field of Experimental Medicine in the Biomedical and Molecular Sciences graduate program.  Each May, applications will be solicited from supervisors of eligible students for travel which has occurred in the past 12 months.  The Adjudication Committee, chaired by the Experimental Medicine field coordinator, will make appropriate decisions with regard to number and amount of the awards.  Reimbursement will be made directly to the research grants involved.  Value: variable.

 

Dr. Gerald and Marion Marks Award in Pharmacology and Human Toxicology

Established in June 2008 by family, friends and colleagues in honour of Dr. Gerald Marks, former Head of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and his wife Mrs. Marion Marks.  Awarded to the M.Sc. or Ph.D. graduate student deemed to have had the best thesis in the Pharmacology and Toxicology graduate program or in the field of Therapeutics, Drug Development, and Human Toxicology in the Biomedical and Molecular Sciences graduate program, in a calendar year. Students are nominated by their supervisor(s), which will include 1) a letter of nomination from the supervisor; 2) a letter of support from another faculty member who is familiar with the student’s research; 3) the abstract of the thesis; and 4) an up-to-date curriculum vitae of the student. The Field Coordinator for Therapeutics, Drug Development and Human Toxicology will identify the successful candidate(s) in consultation with members of the staff.  Value: variable and plaque.
 

The Jane Poulson Memorial Award

Established in February 2004 by the Estate of Dr. Jane Poulson, B.Sc. 1974, M.Sc. 1976, with additional contributions by friends and colleagues and awarded on the basis of academic achievement to graduate students in the Therapeutics, Drug Development, and Human Toxicology field of the Biomedical and Molecular Sciences graduate program.  It is awarded to a student completing his/her first year of graduate studies in the Department.  The adjudication committee shall comprise three members including the graduate student representative, the graduate field coordinator, and another faculty member associated with the field. Selection will be based upon all aspects of the student's graduate endeavour including: performance in course work, progress in research (based on a one-page abstract written by the candidate), participation in seminars/journal clubs, and performance in teaching. Value: variable and plaque. 

 

Therapeutics, Drug Development, and Human Toxicology Alumni Fellowship

Established from donations by alumni and friends of the graduate program in Pharmacology and Toxicology. Awarded on the basis of academic excellence to a graduate student(s) in the Pharmacology and Toxicology graduate program or in the field of Therapeutics, Drug Development, and Human Toxicology in the Biomedical and Molecular Sciences graduate program.  The Therapeutics, Drug Development and Human Toxicology field coordinator will identify the successful candidate(s) in consultation with members of the staff.  Value: variable. 
 

The Eldon Boyd Fellowship

Established in 1972 by Professor E.M. Boyd and awarded to a graduate student(s) in the Pharmacology and Toxicology graduate program, or in the field of Therapeutics, Drug Development, and Human Toxicology in the Biomedical and Molecular Sciences graduate program. Preference will be given to a student or students with the M.D. degree wishing to pursue graduate studies in Pharmacology and Toxicology or Therapeutics, Drug development, and Human Toxicology. The Fellowship is renewable for 2 years dependent upon the student maintaining satisfactory progress. If there is no suitable candidate, the Fellowship may be awarded to a post-doctoral fellow for one year. The Therapeutics, Drug Development, and Human Toxicology field coordinator will identify the successful candidate(s) in consultation with members of the staff. Value: variable.

 

The Dr. Jeremy Nesheim Memorial Award in Biochemistry

Established in May 2002 by family, friends and colleagues in memory of Dr. Jeremy Nesheim, B.Sc. 1991, Ph.D. (Minnesota). Awarded on the basis of academic excellence to a student enrolled in the first year of the Master's or Ph.D. program in the Biochemistry graduate program or in the field of Biochemistry and Cell Biology in the Biomedical and Molecular Sciences graduate program.  Preference will be given to a student who received their undergraduate degree at Queen's University. The candidate should demonstrate intent to pursue a career in research.  The Biochemistry and Cell Biology field coordinator will identify the successful candidate(s) in consultation with members of the staff.  Value:  variable. 
 

The Jellinck-Lyttle Graduate Fellowship in Biochemistry

Established in July 2011 by Dr. Richard Lyttle, Ph.D. 1973 and family, in honour of Dr. P. Harry Jellinck, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biochemistry. Awarded on the basis of academic excellence to funding-eligible Masters or Ph.D. level students enrolled in the Biochemistry and Bell Biology Graduate Program or in the field of Biochemistry and Cell Biology in the Biomedical and Molecular Sciences graduate program.  Relevant working experience may also be considered.  Selection will be made by the Biochemistry and Cell Biology field coordinator in consultation with members of the staff. Value: variable.

 

The E. G. Bauman Fellowship

Awarded to doctoral students in the Departments of Biology, Economics, English, Mathematics & Statistics or the Biochemistry and Cell Biology field of the Biomedical and Molecular Sciences (DBMS) graduate program. Candidates must be registered in the first or second year of a doctoral program and students may receive the award for two years. Candidates for the awards must show exceptional promise for making significant contributions to the study of biochemistry and cell biology, economic theory and/or econometrics, English language and literature or mathematics.  Candidates for the Fellowship made available through DBMS (Biochemistry and Cell Biology) are selected by the Biochemistry and Cell Biology field coordinator.  Value: $15,000.

 

The Professors’ Award for Outstanding Graduate Work in Anatomy

Awarded to a graduate student in the second or subsequent years of study in the graduate programs of Anatomy and Cell Biology, or Anatomical Sciences (teaching program), or in a research Master’s or Ph.D. degree whose research relates to anatomical sciences including gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, histology and embryology in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences.  The recipient must demonstrate outstanding performance in research and course work. Consideration will also be given to teaching and extracurricular activities. Students must be nominated by their supervisor and can win only once in each degree program. Selection will be made by a committee consisting of the Department Head, Coordinator of Graduate Studies and two faculty members who teach Anatomy courses. Deadline for nominations is 1 April and the winner will be announced by 1 June. Value: variable.