PERSONNEL

Tuan Bui, PhD

Lab Head – Tuan obtained a BScE in Mathematics and Engineering at Queen’s University. This was followed by a MSc and PhD under the supervision of Dr. Ken Rose in Physiology at Queen’s University. He then spent several years as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Rob Brownstone at Dalhousie University before moving to uOttawa for his present position.


Alex Laliberte, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow – Alex completed his PhD in the lab of Michael Fehlings at the University of Toronto where he studied mechanisms of recovery of spinal circuits following spinal cord injury. In the Neural Motor Circuits laboratory, Alex will focus on two research projects: 1. The dysregulation of circuits linking the thalamus and the cortex in Parkinson’s Disease (thanks to generous funding from the Krembil Foundation). 2. The role of dI3 interneurons in facilitating recovery of locomotor function following spinal cord injury.


Sara Goltash, MSc

PhD candidate – Sara Goltash completed a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Toronto. Afterwards she completed a Master’s Degree at the University of Copenhagen under the supervision of Dr. Claire Meehan. Sara is studying changes in dI3 IN circuitry following spinal cord injury


Shea Keil, BSc

MSc candidate – Shea Keil completed a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Ottawa. He is currently pursuing his MSc degree under the co-supervision of Dr. Marie-Andree Akimenko. Shea is studying the transcriptional control of MsxC genes in the developing and the adult zebrafish using molecular techniques as well as in-situ hybridization.


Nicolas Lalonde, BSc

MSc candidate – Nicolas Lalonde completed his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at uOttawa. He is studying the development of sensorimotor integration of dI3 interneurons using electrophysiology


Stephanie Gaudreau, BSc

MSc candidate – Stephanie Gaudreau completed her undegraduate degree in the Biomedical Sciences program at uOttawa. Next September, she will be studying the function of the neuromuscular junction in zebrafish models of congenital myopathy thanks to the STaR award from the Center for Neuromuscular Diseases, as well as the development of spinal locomotor networks in larval zebrafish.


Katherine Jones

Honours student – Katherine will be completing an Honours thesis studying the role of MsxC in the development of the spinal cord in zebrafish


Phillip Pham

Honours student – Phillip will be completing an Honours thesis studying the role of dI3 interneurons in the recovery of locomotor function


Omar Tariq

Honours student – Omar Tariq will be completing an Honours thesis developing algorithms to automate image analysis from immunostaining


Ishraq Akbar

UROP student – Ishraq is an undergraduate student in the Biomedical Sciences program at uOttawa. He is studying the role of MsxC in the development of the zebrafish spinal cord using image processing techniques thanks to a a UROP award.


Kyra Steiner

UROP student – Kyra is an undergraduate student in the Biomedical Sciences program at uOttawa. She is studying the connectivity of dI3 interneuron during maturation of motor control to the spinal cord thanks to a NSERC USRA award and a UROP award.


Nicholas Valentino

UROP student – Nicolas is an undergraduate student in the Biomedical Sciences program at uOttawa. He is studying the role of MsxC in the development of the zebrafish spinal cord using immunohistochemistry and confocal imaging thanks to a a UROP award.


Tarek Jabi

UROP student – Nicolas is an undergraduate student in the Biomedical Sciences program at uOttawa. He is studying the plasticity of spinal circuits following spinal cord injury using image analysis thanks to a a UROP award.