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Laboratory and Members


 Current Members 


Graduate Students

Marcus Moore (M.Sc. Student: 2012 to Present). Marcus has a B.Sc. from Memorial University and is currently working on the activation of silent natural product gene clusters in Streptomyces clavuligerus. Some of these never before seen metabolites could function as novel antibiotics, anticancer agents or could have other medicinal applications.


Nicole Ferguson (M.Sc. Student: 2012 to Present). Nicole has a B.Sc. from Central College (USA) and joined the laboratory in June 2012. Her project is focused on using proteomics to understand the cellular processes involved during antibiotic production in bacteria.

Milka Podder (M.Sc. Student: 2012 to Present). Milka received her bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Dhaka (Bangladesh). Her project involves studying the molecular epidemiology of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP), the causative agent of Johne's disease in cattle. MAP is also thought to be associated with Crohn's disease in human patients. As a side project, Milka is also looking at antibiotic resistance in specific strains of Klebsiella pneumoniae, a pathogen of interest in veterinary and human medicine. She is co-supervised by Dr. Hugh Whitney (Provincial Chief Veterinary Officer, NL).


Undergraduate Students

Maria Watton (Honours Student)

Susan Banfield (Honours Student)

Michelle Hamilton (MUCEP)

Lab Members 2012-2013 (Left to Right): Milka Podder, Kapil Tahlan, Susan Banfield, Marcus Moore, Maria Watton and Nicole Ferguson (Missing Michelle Hamilton) 

Past Members


Vabhavi Patel (ISWEP, Fall 2012)

Alexander Elliot (SWASP, Summer 2012 and MUCEP, Fall 2012)

Charlotte Capitain (Visiting student from the University of Mannheim, 2011-2012)

Stepehn George (Honours Student, 2011-2012)

Hilary Alteen (Co-supervised Honours Student, 2011-2012)

Josuà Lily Vidal (Honours Student, 2011-2012)

Michelle Debnath (MUCEP, Fall 2011)

Stephanie Collins (MUCEP, Spring 2011)