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Laboratory and Members

 


 Current Members 


Graduate Stiudents and Postdoctoral Fellows:

 

Nader Fareid  Abusara (Ph.D. Student: 2014 to Present). Nader is working on characterizing certain genes predicted to be involved in clavulanic acid production in S. clavuligerus. He is also working on strategies to heterologously express secondary metabolite gene clusters in laboratory adapted hosts for the isolation of bioactive natural products.

Yuting (Phoebe) Li  (Ph.D. Student: 2014 to Present). Phoebe is working on the characterization of accessory proteins involved in the production of certain bioactive natural products. She is co-supervised along with Dr. Dawn Bignell (MIN, Biology).

Kelcey King (M.Sc. Student: 2013 to Present). Kelcey is working on elucidating the function of important gene products during clavulanic acid biosynthesis in S. clavuligerus.

Marcus Moore (M.Sc. Student: 2012 to Present). Marcus 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.

Milka Podder (M.Sc. Student: 2012 to Present). Milka is examining 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 Klebsiella isolates, a pathogen of interest in veterinary and human medicine. She is co-supervised by Dr. Hugh Whitney(Provincial Chief Veterinary Officer, NL).

 

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Undergraduate Students:

 

Yegappan Suppiah (MUCEP student, winter 2015 and USURA student spring/summer, 2015)

Tasmia Zahin (ISWEP student, winter 2015)

Atanu Kumar Haldar (Honours undergraduate student, 2015)

 


Past Members


 

Graduate Stiudents and Postdoctoral Fellows:

 

Nicole Ferguson (M.Sc. student, 2012-2014 and Research Associate, fall 2014)

 

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Undergraduate Students:

 

Andre Luis Lima Montero (Canada-Brazil Ciência sem Fronteiras Scholarship Program, summer 2014 and ISWEP student fall 2014)

Heidi Patterson (Honours undergraduate and SURA/NSERC student, summer 2014, co-supervised)

James Michael Shebib (SWASP student, summer 2014)

Si Lui Lim (ISWEP student, summer 2014)

Olga Trela (MUCEP student, summer 2014, fall 2014 and winter 2015)

Ludmila Ferreira Gouveia (ISWEP student, fall 2013 and winter 2014)

Faith Geok Horng Lee (MUCEP student, fall 2013)

Jeanette Strebel (MUCEP student, summer 2013)

Yichen Fan (ISWEP student, summer 2013)

Michelle Hamilton (MUCEP student, winter 2011)

Susan Banfield (Honours undergraduate student, fall 2012)

Maria Watton (Honours undergraduate student, fall 2012)

Alexander Elliott (SWASP student, summer 2012 and MUCEP student, fall 2012)

Vaibhavi R. Patel (ISWEP student, summer and fall 2012)

Michelle Debnath (MUCEP student, fall 2011)

Hilary M. Alteen (Honours undergraduate student, co-supervised)

Josué Lily Vidal (Honours undergraduate student)

Stephen George (Honours undergraduate student)

Charlotte Capitain (Visiting undergraduate student from Germany, fall 2011)

Stephanie Collins (MUCEP student, spring 2011)

 


Group Pictures


 

2014: Nicole Ferguson, Kelcey King, Kapil Tahlan and Milka Podder. Missing: Marcus Moore, Faith Geok Horng Lee, Ludmila Ferreira Gouveia, Olga Trela, Si Lui Lim, James Michael Shebib, Heidi Patterson and Andre Luis Lima Montero.

 

2013: Milka Podder, Kapil Tahlan, Susan Banfield, Marcus Moore, Maria Watton and Nicole Ferguson. Missing: Michelle Hamilton, Vaibhavi R. Patel, Yichen Fan and Jeanette Strebel.

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