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.

 

Iroshan Hewage
Research Technician

Iroshan Hewage obtained a BSc in Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He also obtained a MSc in Veterinary Biochemistry from the University of Calgary. 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.y

 

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
MSc Student, Department of Biology

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

 

Dimitri Beaulieu
Honours student

Dimitri Beaulieu is an honours student in the Biomedical Sciences program. He is studying the role of the MsxC gene in the development of different cell types in the larval zebrafish spinal cord in collaboration with Dr. Marie-Andrée Akimenko.

 

Stephanie Gaudreau
Honours student

Stephanie Gaudreau is an honours student in the Biomedical Sciences program. She is studying the spatiotemporal development of spinal locomotor networks in larval zebrafish through anatomy and electrophysiological approaches.

 

Alexa Izvorean
Honours student

Alexa Izvorean is an honours student in the Biomedical Sciences program. She is studying the development of spinal cord injury paradigms in larval zebrafish to identify mechanisms for regeneration of the spinal cord. This work is in collaboration with Dr. Marie-Andrée Akimenko, who is her co-supervisor.

 

Anabelle Morissette
Honours student

Anabelle Morissette is an honours student in the Biomedical Sciences program. She is studying the role of the MsxC gene in the homeostatic maintenance of proliferative niches in the adult spinal cord in collaboration with Dr. Marie-Andrée Akimenko.

 

Fariba Sharmin
Honours student

Fariba Sharmin is an honours student in the Biomedical Sciences program. She is studying changes in connectivity of motoneurons following spinal cord injury during the recovery of locomotor activity

 

Vanessa Gallo
UROP student

Vanessa Gallo is a UROP student studying the development of spinal circuits for swimming in developing zebrafish

 

Katherine Jones

Katherine Jones Honours student

Katherine Jones is a UROP student helping to develop transgenic strains of zebrafish

 

Hyunji Kim
UROP student

Hyunji Kim is a UROP student studying the development of connectivity to dI3 interneurons

 

Phillip Pham
UROP student

Phillip Pham is a UROP student studying the recovery of locomotor function following spinal cord injury