CURRENT MEMBERS

Tuan Bui

Tuan Bui
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

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.


Jonathan Tea
Lab technician

Jonathan completed a MSc degree at the University of Ottawa in the lab of Kathleen Gilmour studying the effects of cortisol on neural proliferation in fish. He provides excellent technical expertise in animal care and laboratory procedures for our various research projects.


Ben Lindsey

Ben Lindsey
Postdoctoral fellow

Ben Lindsey completed a MSc degree at Dalhousie University and a PhD degree at the University of Toronto, the latter under the supervision of Vince Tropepe. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Jan Kaslin at Monash University where he studied the response of adult stem cells to injury in the zebrafish. He is now starting a postdoctoral fellowship in the Neural Motor Control lab where he will study transcriptional changes in mouse dI3 interneurons during recovery from spinal cord injury as well as the role of MsxC transcriptional enhancers in response to injury in the zebrafish


Sara Goltash

Sara Goltash
PhD Student, Department of Biology

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 the mechanisms by which dI3 interneurons drive the recovery of locomotor function following spinal cord injury using electrophysiology and immunohistochemistry.


Yann Roussel

Yann Roussel
PhD Student, Department of Biology

Yann Roussel completed a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France. Afterwards he completed a Master’s Degree in Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies, specialization in Nanobiology and Nanobiotechnologies, also at the Joseph Fourrier University.

Yann is studying the mechanisms by which the spinal locomotor network develops from embryonic to larval stages using electrophysiology, computational modelling, and kinematic analysis.


Shea Keil

Shea Keil
MSc Student, Department of Biology

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

Nicolas Lalonde
Honours student

Nicolas Lalonde is an honours student in the Biochemistry program. He is studying the expression of neurotrophic signalling in dI3 interneurons.


Melissa Paradis

Melissa Paradis
Honours student

Melissa Paradis is a former UROP student, and now honours student in the Biomedical Sciences program. She is studying the spatiotemporal development of spinal locomotor networks in larval zebrafish.


Eugene Wang

Eugene Wang
Honours student

Eugene Wang is a former NSERC USRA undergraduate student and UROP student, and now honours student in the Biomedical Sciences program. He is attempting to create a strain of zebrafish that express the light-sensitive protein channelrhodopsin, which will be used in the study of motor control in the context of Parkinson’s Disease. This project is in collaboration with Dr. Marc Ekker.


MaryAnn Wu

MaryAnn Wu
Honours student

MaryAnn Wu is an honours student studying Neuroscience and Computer Science at Carleton University. She is using computational methods to study mechanisms governing the transition of gaits in mammalian spinal locomotor networks


David Zheng

David Zheng
Honours student

David Zheng is a former NSERC USRA undergraduate student and now honours student in the Biomedical Sciences program. He is studying the role of the gene MsxC in the proper development of zebrafish during embryonic development. This project is in collaboration with Dr. Marie-Andrée Akimenko.


Gerry Huynh

Gerry Huynh
BSc undergraduate student

Gerry Huynh is an undergraduate student working on developing behavioural tests of motor decision in larval zebrafish


Mohamed Bachrouch

Mohamed Bachrouch
UROP student

Mohamed Bachrouch is an undergraduate UROP student working on developing calcium imaging techniques for the study of zebrafish function


Selena Do

Selena Do
UROP student


Selena Do is an undergraduate UROP student studying the role of MsxC in the development of adult zebrafish


Het Vaishnav

Het Vaishnav
UROP student

Het Vaishnav is an undergraduate UROP student studying the development of sensory inputs to dI3 interneurons