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Lab Alumni

Kendra Mitchell née Maas, Post-Doctoral Fellow

e-mail: kendrami<at>interchange.ubc.ca
fax: 604-822-6041

Research Interests:

  • Microbial ecology of natural environments
  • Interactions between microbial communities and their geochemical settings
  • Biogeography of microbes across varying spatial and phylogenetic scales
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Payal Sipahimalani, Research Assistant
M.Sc. Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia
B.Sc. (Honors) Biology, Biochemistry, Memorial University of Newfoundland

e-mail: payals<at>interchange.ubc.ca
office phone: 604-827-4216
fax: 604-822-6041

Research Interests:

  • Functional genomics
  • High-throughput techniques

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Eugene Kuatsjah, Research Assistant
office phone: 604-827-4216
fax: 604-822-6041

Craig Mewis, Research Assistant
B.Sc. Integrated Science, Chemistry and Computer Science, University of British Columbia

e-mail: craigmewis<at>gmail.com
office phone: 604-827-4216
fax: 604-822-6041

Research Interests:

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Bio-Informatics

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Claudia Biskupski, Directed Studies Student

Michele Chan, Directed Studies Student

Justin_Chu, Undergraduate Student

e-mail: justinchu1989<at>gmail.com


Lyndon Chung, Undergraduate Student, Directed Studies

e-mail: lyndonc<at>interchange.ubc.ca

Research Interests:

  • Exploring the serine protease inhibitor (serpin)-mediated cell communication between the sponge host, Axinella mexicana, and its archaeal symbiont, Cenarchaeum symbiosum.
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Lea Constan, Masters Student

Simon Eng, Undergraduate Student, Co-op

e-mail: simoneng<at>interchange.ubc.ca

Research Interests:

  • Annotation of metagenomic data sets
  • Analysis of metabolic potentials of microbial communities
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Jan Fuchs, Masters Student

Sangwon Lee, Post-Doctoral Fellow

e-mail: lsangwon<at>gmail.com

Research Interests:

  • Ecological function of forest microorganisms at community and species level
  • Speciation and evolution of forest fungi and bacteria
  • application of bioinformatic tools to study microbial community
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Hilary Leung, Research Assistant
B.Sc. Biochemistry, University of British Columbia

e-mail: hilaryl<at>interchange.ubc.ca

Research Interests:

  • Microbial diversity
  • Application of bioinformatics tools and genomics

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David Liou, Undergraduate Student, Co-op

Sijia Lun, Undergraduate Student, Directed Studies

e-mail: sijia_lun<at>yahoo.com

Research Interests:

  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Microbial diversity and environmental implications
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Laura Mai, Undergraduate Student, Co-op

Gareth Mercer, Directed Studies Student

Anissa Merzouk, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Krista Petty, Honors Undergraduate Student

Eliana Pouchard, Undergraduate Student, Co-op

e-mail: elianapouchard<at>hotmail.com

Research Interests:

  • Microbial Diversity
  • Microbial Metabolism
  • Biotechnology
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Sean Povill, Assistant Lab Manager

e-mail: spovill<at>gmail.com

Research Interests:

  • Microbiology in general

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Michelle Ly, Work Study Student - Database designer

e-mail: michelle.k.ly<at>gmail.com
office phone: 604-827-4216
fax: 604-822-6041

Research Interests:

  • User experience and custom GUI design
  • Data mining, organization and bioinformatics
  • Science writing, outreach, and education

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Michelle Quan, Undergraduate Student, Directed Studies

e-mail: michelle.quan<at>gmail.com

Research Interests:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Computer Science
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Karl Schiffmacher, Undergraduate Student

e-mail: kschiff<at>interchange.ubc.ca
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Olena (Helen) Shevchuk (Олена Шевчук), Research Assistant/Tech 1

e-mail: helen_shevchuk<at>yahoo.ca

Research Interests:

  • Environmental genomic analysis of microbial communities found in the coastal waters of the North Pacific
  • Intergenic spacer analysis (RISA) as a method of microbial community analysis
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Claire Stillwell, Masters Student

Marcus Taupp, Post-Doctoral Fellow
Ph.D., University of Wuerzburg

e-mail: taupp<at>interchange.ubc.ca

Research Interests:

  • Microbial biotransformations of xenobiotics
  • Diversity and function of microbial communities
  • Functional environmental genomics
  • Stable isotope techniques
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David Walsh, Post-Doctoral Fellow
Ph.D., Dalhousie University

e-mail: dawalsh<at>interchange.ubc.ca

Research Interests:

  • Microbial diversity
  • Evolution and speciation
A post-doctoral researcher in the Hallam Lab until August 2010, David is now faculty at Concordia University.
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Maria Weidner, Masters Student

e-mail: maria.r.weidner<at>gmail.com

Research Interests:

  • Protein expression (serine protease inhibitors and copper binding proteins from the sponge symbiont Cenarchaeum symbiosum) using the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris as a host system
  • analysis of recombinant proteins
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Esten Williams, Undergraduate Student, Co-op

e-mail: estenlw<at>gmail.com

Research Interests:

  • Microbial Ecology and Diversity
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Helen Yunshan Wong, Undergraduate Student, Co-op

e-mail: hwyunshan<at>gmail.com

Research Interests:

  • Curation of anaerobic microbial cultures
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Jinshu Yang, Lab Manager
M.D., Shandong Medical University
M.Sc., Capital University of Medical Science

e-mail: jinshu<at>interchange.ubc.ca

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