Graduate Biology—Our Graduates

PhD Graduates


Laura Newburn (June 2021)
Supervisor: Dr. A. White
Dissertation: Molecular Analysis of Translational Readthrough in Tobacco necrosis virus-D


Bianca Ruxandra Baltaretu (June 2021)
Supervisor: Dr. J.D. Crawford
Dissertation: Cortical Mechanisms for Transsaccadic Perception of Visual Object Features


Nickie Safarian (June 2021)
Supervisor: Dr. G. Zoidl
Dissertation: Roles of Panx1 Channels in Larval Zebrafish: From Genes to Visual-Motor Behavior


Chun Chih Chen (Feb 2021)
Supervisor: Dr. S. Kelly
Dissertation: Barrier Properties and Molecular Physiology of Fish Gill Epithelia and Gill Epithelium Models


Soma Tripathi (Feb 2021)
Supervisor: Dr. J. McDernott
Dissertation: The Smad7 Protein Interaction Network in Skeletal Myogenesis


Ryan Siu (Feb 2021)
Supervisor: Dr. G. Zoidl
Dissertation: Roles of Calmodulin and a N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Receptor - Pannexin-1 Signaling Complex in Connexin-36 Plasticity


Nadejda Tsvetkov (Feb 2021)
Supervisor: Dr. A. Zayed
Dissertation: What's Really Out There? Investigations into the Effects of Pesticides and Pathogens on Bee Health


Alexander Klenov (Feb 2021)
Supervisor: Dr. K. Hudak
Dissertation: Development of a Pokeweed Mosaic Virus Vector as a Molecular Tool to Study Host Protein Function in Phytolacca Americana


Alyssa Murdoch (Feb 2021)
Supervisor: Dr. S. Sharma
Dissertation: Understanding How Northern North American Freshwater Fishes are Responding to Rapid Environmental Change


Ahmed Tarek Hussin (October 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. K. Hoffman
Dissertation: Hippocampal and Neocortical Dynamics During Long-term Memory in Macaques


Amanda Rae Liczner (October 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. S. Colla
Dissertation: The Conservation Management and Ecology of Northeastern North American Bumble Bees


Mark Jason Verschoor (October 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. G. Sweeney
Dissertation: Relationship of Hypolimnetic Iron, Sediment Biogeochemistry, and Sulfate in the Promotion of Cyanobacterial Blooms


Wonsuk Jahng (June 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. G. Sweeney
Dissertation: The Role of miR-590-3p in Regulating Human Epithelial Ovarian Cancer Development


Lalanthi Kumari Ratnayake Mudiyanselage (February 2020)
Supervisor: P. Lakin-Thomas
Dissertation: Role of UV90 Gene in the FRQ-Less Oscillator of the Neurospora Crassa Circadian System


Veroni Saratha Sri Theivakadadcham (June 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. E. Rosonina
Dissertation: Regulation of Yeast Transcription Factors Sko1 and Cst6 by Sumyoylation


Nanyoung Yoon (February 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. G. Sweeney
Dissertation: Transendothelial Movement of Adiponectin in Diabetic Vasculature


Yara Amer Zayed (February 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. C. Peng
Dissertation: Characterization of Microrna Expression Profiles and Role of Nodal-Related Genes in Zebrafish Ovarian Follicles


Mohamed Salem (June 2019)photo of Mohamed Salem
Supervisor: Dr. C. Peng
Dissertation: The Role of miR-590-3p in Regulating Human Epithelial Ovarian Cancer Development

 


Alessandro Filazzola (October 2018)photo of Alessandro Filazzola
Supervisor: Dr. C. Lortie
Dissertation: Examining Mechanisms of Positive Plant Interactions in Deserts
Current position: Post-doctoral Fellow at University of Alberta

 


Tim Vincent Gabor (October 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. M. Scheid
Dissertation: The Role of CDCA7 in Akt-mediated Myc-Dependent Apoptosis and Proliferation


Sara Sadat Chavoshi (October 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. V. Saridakis
Dissertation: Investigating Interaction Partners Of Yeast UBPS and Human USP7 Deubiquitinases


photo of Jyotsna Vinayak

Jyotsna Vinayak (October 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. M. Bayfield
Dissertation: Human La Function in Expression of Coding Transcripts
Current position: Biology Content Specialist at Top Hat

 


Uzma Nadeem (October 2018)photo of Uzma Nadeem
Supervisor: Dr. C. Peng
Dissertation: The Role of MicroRNA-378a-5p and its Target Genes in Differentiation and Fusion of BeWo Cells
Current Position: Post-doctoral Fellow at Krembil Research Institute

 


Hyuk Ho Sheen (October 2018)photo of Hyuk Ho Sheen
Supervisor: Dr. A. White
Dissertation: GCD10 and GCD14 Proteins Facilitate Tomato Bushy Stunt Viral (TBSV) RNA Replication in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae

 


Thomas Markian Onuferko (October 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. L. Packer
Dissertation: Biosystematics of the Cleptoparasitic Bee Genus Epeolus Latreille and its Ecological and Evolutionary Relationship with Its Hosts of the Bee Genus Colletes Latreille


Rahima Khatun (June 2018)photo of Rahima Khatun
Supervisor: Dr. Y. Sheng
Dissertation: Structural and Functional Studies of Human E3 Ubiquitin Ligase HUWE1
Current Position: Project coordinator and Research Fellow in Adjuvant discovery program at Boston Children's Hospital

 


Mariann Oemisch (June 2018)photo of Mariann Oemisch
Supervisor: Dr. T. Womelsdorf
Dissertation: Neural Processes Underlying the Flexible Control and Learning of Attentional Selection
Current Position: Post-doctoral Fellow at Yale University School of Medicine

 


Maria Cristina Plastina (June 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. I.Coe/A. Donini
Dissertation: Understanding the Regulation of the Human Amino Acid Transporter ASCT2


Luana Sciullo (June 2018)photo of Luana Sciullo
Supervisor: Dr. G. Thiemann
Dissertation: Polar Bear (Ursus Maritimus) Foraging Ecology in Western Hudson Bay
Current Position: Academic Professor and Course Director at Humber College

 


Ana Vakiloroayaei (June 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. M. Bayfield
Dissertation: tRNA Structural Stability and Functionality Associated with the RNA Chaperone La and Post-Transcriptional Modification Enzyme Trm1


MSc Graduates

Sarah Mackell (June 2021)
Supervisor: Dr. S. Colla

Joon Yeo (June 2021)
Supervisor: Dr. T. Kubiseski

Gursimran Bahia (June 2021)
Supervisor: Dr. A. Zayed

Elia Grieco Guardian (June 2021)
Supervisor: Dr. A. Donini

Bandele Morrison (Feb 2021)
Supervisor: Dr. A. Zayed

Nour Barazi (Feb 2021)
Supervisor: Dr. P. Backx

Brandon Norman (Feb 2021)
Supervisor: Dr. L. McKinnon

Victoria Ilic (Feb 2021)
Supervisor: Dr. Y. Sheng

Arnab Shuvo (Feb 2021)
Supervisor: Dr. S. Sharma

Gabriella Gerzon (Feb 2021)
Supervisor: Dr. Y. Sheng

Amy Cocksedge (Feb 2021)
Supervisor: Dr. G. Thiemann

Simon L'Allier (Feb 2021)
Supervisor: Dr. V. Schoof

Nahid Vagharfard (Feb 2021)
Supervisor: Dr. C. Bucking

Karin Snyder (Feb 2021)
Supervisor: Dr. V. Schoof

Anna Bojagora (October 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. V. Saridakis

Nargol Ghaziantafrishi (October 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. C. Lortie

Lisa Christine Horn (October 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. B. Stutchbury

Negin Masoudifar (October 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. E. Ghafar-Zadeh

Malory Blake Owen(October 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. C. Lortie

Emma Smith (October 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. A. Forer

Mahtab Zonouzi-Marand(October 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. R. Kwong

Mario Zuliani (October 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. C. Lortie

Denis Adigamov (June 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. Dorota Crawford
Thesis: The Effect of Misoprostol on Neuronal Stem Cell Migration and Differentiation

Harbandhan Kaur Arora (February 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. John Douglas Crawford
Thesis: Eye-Head-Hand Coordination During Visually Guided Reaches in Head-Unrestrained
Macaques

Nicholas Joseph Bragagnolo (February 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. Gerald Audette
Thesis: Characterization of an Intrinsically Disordered Region in Trag from the F Plasmid

Cait Raylene-Alice Carew (June 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. Sapna Sharma
Thesis: Chironomid Autoecology of the Past & Present & a Causal Analysis of Recreational Shoreline Developments on Hypolimnetic Oxygen in Algonquin Park Lakes

Camille Anne Diaz (February 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. Kathi Hudak
Thesis: Transcriptional Regulation of Pokeweed Antiviral Protein

Dan Lucian Gheorghiu (February 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. Robert Tsushima
Thesis: Expression and Regulatory Mechanisms of SNAP25 and STX1A in H9c2 Cells

Mohammad Arshad Imrit (February 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. Amro Zayed
Thesis: Negative Selection in Social Insects

Aryan Lajevardi (February 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. Jean-Paul Paluzzi
Thesis: Functional Characterization of Pyrokinins and their Receptors in the Adult Mosquito, Aedes aegypti

Helen Liu (June 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. Vivian Saridakis
Thesis: Identification of Novel Substrates and Binding Partners of Speckle-Type POZ Protein
Adapter from Cullin3-Ring E3 Ubiquitin Ligase Complex

Octavia Mahdiyan (February 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. Sapna Sharma
Thesis: Investigating Changes in Chlorophyll a and Other Water Chemistry Variables in Response
to Global Environmental Change

Vu Hong Loan Nguyen (February 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. Chun Peng
Thesis: Investigating the Anti-Tumor Effects of Two Novel B-Catenin Inhibitors in Ovarian Cancer
Cells

Brandan Tyler Norman (June 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. Laura McKinnon
Thesis: Effects of Spatial and Temporal Variation in Resource Availability on the Growth Rates and Survival of Dunlin (Calidris Alpina Hudsonia) Chicks

Fargol Nowghani (February 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. Scott Kelly & Dr. Andrew Donini
Thesis: The Impact of Freshwater Salinization on the Osmoregulatory Physiology of Mayfly
Nymphs (Hexagenia Rigida)

Tyler Robert Ross (February 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. Gregory Thiemann
Thesis: Foraging Ecology and Contaminant Burdens of Ringed Seals (Phoca Hispida) in the
Central Canadian Arctic

Manvir Singh Virdi (February 2020)
Supervisor: Dr. Robert Tsushima
Thesis: Characterizing the Role of Syntaxin 1A in the Heart

Jenna Braun (June 2019)
Supervisor: Dr. A. Zayed
Thesis: Pollinator-Mediated Interactions of Foundation Plants in the Mojave Desert

Tehmeena Chaudhry (June 2019)
Supervisor: Dr. B. Stutchbury
Thesis: Measuring the exposure of Songbird Nestling to Neonicotinoids in Natural and Agricultural Nest Sites

Michael Chimenti (June 2019)
Supervisor: Dr. J. McDermott
Thesis: The Role of a B-Catenin - FMRP Complex In Skeletal Muscle

Sarah D’Angelo (June 2019)
Supervisor: Dr. P. Cheung
Thesis: Elucidating the Mechanisms Surrounding H2A.X Monoubiquitylation Marks in the DNA Damage Response Pathway

Yimo Dou (June 2019)
Supervisor: Dr. E. Rosonina
Thesis: Investigating the Effects of Sumoylation on the Yeast General Transcription Factor TFIIF

Tracey Edwards (June 2019)
Supervisor: Dr. J. McDermott
Thesis: AP-1 Proteins Regulate Autophagy in Skeletal Muscle Progenitor Cells

Bailey Hewitt (June 2019)
Supervisor: Dr. S. Sharma
Thesis: Effects of Climate Change on Lake Ice Freeze Up Across the Northern Hemisphere: Historical Patterns and Future Predictions

Lianna Lopez (June 2019)
Supervisor: Dr. S. Sharma
Thesis: Investigating Changes in Lake Ice Breakup Under Current and Future Climate Change

Myat Ma (June 2019)
Supervisor: Dr. P. Cheung
Thesis: Tagging Endogenous H2A.Z1 and H2A.Z2 Histone Variant Isoforms Using CRISPR-Cas9 and Identifying SUMOylated Proteins in Proximity to H2A.Z-Containing Nucleosomes

Harshil Patel (June 2019)
Supervisor: Dr. A. Zayed
Thesis: Searching for the Genetic Basis of Hygienic Behavior and Overwintering in the Honeybee (Apis mellifera)

Stephen Rose (June 2019)
Supervisor: Dr. A. Zayed
Thesis: Uncovering Markers for Honey Production and Defensive Behaviour Using Pooled Genome-Wide Data with the Honeybee (Apis Mellifera)

Kamran Ebrahimian (October 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. J. McDermott
Thesis: CRegulation and Function of MEF2 in Cardiomyocytes

Lidiya Misyura (October 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. A. Donini
Thesis: Salinity Responsiveness of Aquaporins in Osmoregulatory Organs of Larval Mosquito Aedes Aegypti

Melanie Paez (October 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. J. Paluzzi
Thesis: Distribution of Ionomotive Pumps and Control of Malpighian Tubule Secretion By Cyclic Nucleotides in the Black-Legged Tick, Ixodes Scapularis

Shaon Badhan Parial (October 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. M. Scheid
Thesis: Novel Interaction, Regulation of Phosphorylation and Mitotic Localization of Cell Division Cycle Associated Protein 7 (CDCA7)

Dmitri Perlov (October 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. R. Quinlan
Thesis: A Chironomid-Based Paleolimnological Assessment of Long-Term Cumulative Effects Of Multiple Anthropogenic Stressors on Hypolimnetic Oxygen Dynamics in Lake Erie

Leah Anne Turner(October 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. C. Bucking
Thesis: Assessing the Effects of Temperature, Feeding Status, and the Microbiome on the Maximal Activities of Several Enzymes Important to Energy Production and Ammonia Detoxification in the Intestines of Teleost Fish

Azizia Wahedi (October 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. J.P. Paluzzi
Thesis: Characterization of the Adipokinetic Hormone/Corazonin-Related Peptide Signalling System in the Mosquito, Aedes Aegypti

Di Wu (October 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. P. Lakin-Thomas
Thesis: Studies on the Function of the PRD-1 Gene in Neurospora Crassa

Gil Yerushalmi (October 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. A. Donini
Thesis: Describing the Ionoregulatory Changes that Underlie Cold Acclimation in Drosophila Melanogaster

John Babu (June 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. E. Rosonina
Thesis: Characterization of a Yeast Strain that us Deficient in Protein Sumoylation

Hee Ho Cho (June 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. G. Sweeney
Thesis: Investigation of Mechanisms Responsible for Myocyte Cell Death in Metabolic Syndrome

Thanh Que Dang (June 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. G. Sweeney
Thesis: Investigate of Changes in Glucose Homeostasis by Modulating Endothelial Permeability

Hossein Davarinejad (June 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. Y.Sheng/V. Saridakis
Thesis: Characterization of E2E Ubiquitin-Conjugating Enzymes and Ubiquitin-Specific Protease 7 (USP7) in Histone H2A Ubiquitination

Eva Francesca DeRango-Adem (June 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. R. Pearlman
Thesis: Macromolecular Interactome of Tetrahymena CHD Family Chromatin Remodelers

Pranav Dhakal (June 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. C. Bucking
Thesis: Investigating the Response of the Gut Bacterial Community and Enzyme Activity During the Challenge of Diet Manipulation in the Herbivorous Fish Compostoma Anomalum (Centre Stoneroller) and the Carnivorous Fish Etheostema Caeruleum (Rainbow Darter)

Jessica Bettencourt Di Salvo (June 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. A. Forer
Thesis: Possible Roles for Tropomyosin During Anaphase Chromosome Movement

Katie Rae Nettie Florko (June 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. G. Thiemann
Thesis: Polar Bear (Ursus Maritimus) Foraging Ecology in the Western Canadian Arctic

Julia Gauberg (June 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. S. Kelly
Thesis: The Barrier Properties of the Skin of Aquatic and Semi-Aquatic Vertebrates

Shailee Bhavan Jani (June 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. D. Golemi-Kotra
Thesis: Understanding the Molecular Mechanism of Signal Transduction in LiaSR Two Component System in Bacillus Subtilis

Margarita Miklasevskaja (June 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. L. Packer
Thesis: Phylogeny of Chilicola (Hylaeosoma)(Hymenoptera:Colletidae) Based on Morphological and Morphometric Data of Extant and Fossil Species, with Description of Seven New Species

Aishwarya Rajalakshmi Sudhama (June 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. L. Wilcox
Thesis: The Impact of Object-Based Grouping on Perceived Depth Magnitude

Ali Uyuklu (June 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. JP Paluzzi
Thesis: Distribution and Activity of CAPA-like Peptides in the Black-legged Tick, Ixodes scapularis

Heidi Elizabeth Joy Van Vliet (June 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. B. Stutchbury
Thesis: The Effects of Agricultural Intensification on An Obligate Grassland Bird of North America

Melanie Renee Williams (June 2018)
Supervisor: Dr. C. Bucking
Thesis: Investigating Gastrointestinal Tract Functional Zonation in the Gut Microbiome and Enzyme Activity of Oncorhynchus mykiss (Rainbow Trout) with Temperature and Ion-poor Water Salinity Challenge