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PEOPLE

CURRENT LAB MEMBERS

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Dr. Jenny Bruin (she/her)

2021 - present, Associate Professor

2016 - 2021, Assistant Professor 

Carleton University, Dept. of Biology and Institute of Biochemistry

2010 - 2016, Postdoctoral Fellow (Advisor: Dr. Timothy Kieffer)

UBC, Dept. of Cellular and Physiological Sciences,

2005 - 2009, PhD, Medical Sciences (Advisor: Dr. Alison Holloway)

McMaster University, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology

 

2000 - 2005, BSc, Biomedical Toxicology, Co-operative Education

University of Guelph

Currently Teaching

BIOC4009: Biochemistry of Disease

BIOL4201: Advanced Cell Culture and Tissue Engineering

BIOL6500: Advanced Science Communication

Awards

2022 - Early Researcher Award

2022 - Carleton University Research Achievement Award

2021 - Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award (nominated by students)

2020 - New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award

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DR. MYRIAM HOYECK (she/her) 

Research Associate (Sept. 2023 - present)

PhD Candidate (2017 - 2023)

Project title: a) Impact of dioxins on mouse pancreas during vulnerable windows and b) link between persistent pollutants and beta cell function in humans

CIHR PGS-D Award: 2020-2023

OGS Award: 2019-2020

OGS Award: 2018-2019

NSERC CGS-M Award: 2017-2018

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NOA GANG, MSc (she/her)

PhD Candidate (Sept. 2018 - present)

Project title: a) Role of drug metabolism enzymes in islets and b) crosstalk between aryl hydrocarbon receptor and hypoxia pathways in islets

NSERC CGS-D Award: 2021-2023

OGS Award: 2019-2020

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INELI PERERA, MSc (she/her)

PhD Candidate (Sept. 2020 - present)

Specialization in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology

Project title: Stem cell differentiation as a toxicity testing testing tool

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KYLE VAN ALLEN (he/him)

PhD Candidate (Sept. 2020 - present)

Project title: Impact of flame retardants on islets

CIRTN NSERC-CREATE Doctoral Award: 2024-2025

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JANA PALANIYANDI (she/her)

PhD Candidate (Sept. 2020 - present)

Specialization in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology

Project title: Impact of fluorinated chemicals on islets

GROWW Scholarship (https://www.growwprogram.com/program): 2023-2025

Government of Canada Research Affiliate Program (RAP) Student: 2023-2024

OGS Award: 2024

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ANGELA CHING (she/her)

PhD Candidate (Sept. 2021 - present)

Project title: Role of cytochrome P450 enzymes in islets

NSERC CGS-D Award: 2023-2026

NSERC CGS-M Award: 2022-2023

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LAHARI BASU (she/her)

PhD Candidate (Sept. 2021 - present)

Project title: Impact of chemotherapeutic drugs on islets

CIRTN NSERC-CREATE Doctoral Award: 2023-2024

CIHR CGS-D Award: 2023-2026

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DR. ERIN VAN ZYL (she/her)

Postdoctoral Fellow (June 2023 - present)

Project title: Impact of PFAS on human islet function and transcriptomics 

CIRTN NSERC-CREATE PDF Award: 2024-2025

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LILI GRIECO-ST-PIERRE (elle/she/her)

PhD Student (Sept. 2023 - present)

Specialization in Biochemistry

Project title: Impact of chemotherapeutic drugs on pancreatic islets

Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) Doctoral Scholarship: 2023-2027

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NIA TUBANA-DEAN

Undergraduate Student (May 2024 - present)

Project Title: Impact of cisplatin on islet morphology and endocrine composition 

CIHR USRA Award: 2024

Black and Indigenous Summer Research Internship (BISRI) Award: 2024 

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ANASTASIIA KOSTIANETS

Undergraduate Student (May 2023 - present)

Project Title: Characterization of islet morphology in Cyp1a1/1a2 knockout mice

Dean's Summer Research Internship (DSRI): Summer 2023

Work-Study Funding: 2023 - 2024

I-CUREUS: Summer 2024

FORMER LAB MEMBERS

GRADUATE STUDENTS
Erin MacFarlane (2017 - 2019) MSc Student

Geronimo Matteo Parodi (2017 - 2019) MSc Student

RESEARCH STAFF

Antonio Hanson (2022 - 2023) Lab Technician

Rayanna Merhi (2021) Research Assistant

Erin MacFarlane (2021) Research Assistant

Kayleigh Rick (2017 - 2021) Lab Technician

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
Alexandra Weber (2023) Summer Student

Emilia Poleo-Giordani (2022 - 2024) Work Study Student

Shahen Shahen (2022 - 2023) Honour's Thesis Student

Jason Au (2022) Summer Student, Work Study Student

         Dean's Summer Research Internship Recipient - Summer 2022

Cameron Sinclair (2022) Summer Student

NSERC USRA Award Recipient - Summer 2022

Dana Graves (2022) Summer Student

         Dean's Summer Research Internship Recipient - Summer 2022

Kaitlyn McCormick (2021) Honour's Thesis Student

Sarita Cuadros Sanchez (2019 - 2021) Honour's Thesis Student, Directed Studies Student

Salar Farokhi Boroujeni (2018 - 2021) Summer Student, Honour's Thesis Student

NSERC USRA Award Recipient - Summer 2021

NSERC USRA Award Recipient - Summer 2019

Dean's Summer Research Internship Recipient - Summer 2018

Cameron Tulloch (2020 - 2021) Honour's Thesis Student

Abbie Smith (2019 - 2020) Honour's Thesis Student, Work Study Student

Julia Zebarth (2019 - 2020) Honour's Thesis Student

Shivani Solanki (Summer 2019, Winter 2020) Research Assistant, Volunteer Placement Student

Rayanna Merhi (2018 - 2019, 2021) Honour's Thesis Student

Kelsea McKay (2018 - 2019) Honour's Thesis Student

Laura Harkness (2018 - 2019) Honour's Thesis Student

Hannah Blair (2017 - 2019) Summer Student, Work Study Student

Walker Summer Research Award Recipient - Summer 2018

NSERC USRA Award Recipient - Summer 2017

Melody Zhang (Summer 2018)  Honour's Thesis Student

Andrea Smith (2017 - 2018) Honour's Thesis Student

Arina Prakash (2017 - 2018) Honour's Thesis Student

Jocelyn Bonti-Ankomah (2017 - 2018) Honour's Thesis Student

Catherine Copley (2017) Summer Student

         Dean's Summer Research Internship Recipient - Summer 2017

Mariam Elsawy (2017) Summer Student

         Dean's Summer Research Internship Recipient - Summer 2017

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