IBC Member Profiles
Dr. Rod Russell – Chair
Dr. Russell is an Associate Professor within the Division of BioMedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine. He is trained in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Immunology and Virology. He has eight years of experience in HIV research (Memorial/MSc and McGill/PhD) and twelve years of experience in HCV research (NIH/PDF and Memorial/Faculty Member). He also teaches undergraduate and graduate Virology courses, and therefore possesses general knowledge on other relevant viruses. Dr. Russell has chaired the IBC at Memorial since 2009 and is a member of the PHAC Advisory Committee for the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act.
Dr. Andrew Lang
Dr. Lang is an Associate Professor within the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science. He is trained in Microbiology and teaches undergraduate level courses in Microbiology and Virology at Memorial. Dr. Lang's research lab focuses on bacterial and viral evolution, discovery of novel viruses, bacterial and viral ecology.
Dr. Jennifer Keyte
Dr. Keyte is Memorial's Veterinarian and Director of Animal Care Services. As a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), with 17 years' experience in Laboratory animal medicine and surgery, Dr. Keyte is experienced is program management, and risk management, including Biocontainment and bioexclusion. During that time Dr. Keyte has been involved in protocol and facility assessment and development for ACL2 protocols in small animals.
Ms. Wilma Lagerwerf
Ms. Lagerwerf is the Operations Manager for animal facilities at Memorial, and has a history of managing, staffing, and training both operations and project construction in biocontainment Level 2 and 3 university research facilities. Species housed in these environments are primates, pregnant sheep, rabbits and rodents. Wilma has been an invited speaker on containment with small animals for PHAC & CFIA and later ICID.
Mr. Stephen Hill
Mr. Hill is the Manager of Memorial's Cold-ocean Deep-sea Research Facility (CDRF) and has experience in two main areas of pathogen research. One is the study of human waterborne bacterial pathogens, in particular the detection and classification of pathogens in the aquatic environment. This included the operation of a CL2 pathogen lab for Environment Canada. The other is in the study of pathogens of aquatic animals (including the operation of AQC3 labs), commercial fin-fish species in particular.
Dr. Robert Brown
Dr. Brown is an Associate Professor with the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science. He is trained in biochemistry and translational medicine. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in human metabolism and lipid biochemistry. Dr. Brown's research laboratory focuses on the development of atherosclerosis.
Dr. Dawn Bignell
Dr. Bignell is an Associate Professor within the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science. She is trained in Microbiology and Plant Pathology and teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in Microbiology at Memorial University. Dr. Bignell’s research laboratory focuses on bacterial plant pathogens.
Dr. Patricia Cousins
Dr. Patricia Cousins is the Manager of Medical Laboratories for the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University and has a Ph.D. in Medicine from MUN (Immunology and Infectious Disease). She has been trained in biochemistry, chemistry, immunology and virology, with approximately 20 years of experience in HBV and HCV research, in both animal and cell culture models of hepatitis B and C virus infection. She participates in all areas of laboratory safety with the Faculty of Medicine and contributes to teaching in graduate courses in immunology and virology. In addition, she manages the core services provided by the Medical Education and Laboratory Support Services (MELSS) and Research Support Facility within the Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Rod Hobbs – Biological Safety Officer
Dr. Hobbs is Memorial's Radiation and Biological Safety Officer (RSO/BSO), as well as the Designated Official (DO) for Memorial's Controlled Goods Program. Rod holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology, which focussed on the use of genetic tools to evaluate the evolution of cold adaptation in north Atlantic fish species. Rod is experienced in maneuvering through the legislative requirements for biological safety in Canada and is responsible for administrating and managing Memorial's biosafety and radiation safety programs. Rod is the point of contact for all matters relating to these safety programs.