Dr. Danilo De Gregorio

Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2021)

PhD Neuropharmacology: Second University of Naples, Italy
PharmD: University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Project: Hallucinogens and mood disorders

Email: danilo.degregorio [at]

Currently: Assistant Professor at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan, Italy


Luca Posa

PhD Candidate (2015-2021)

PharmD: University of Bologna, Italy

BSc Biology: University of Bologna, Italy

Project: Interaction between the opioid and melatonergic systems in the antinociceptive   properties of novel selective MT2 receptor agonists

Email: luca.posa [at]

Currently: Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Maryland SOM (Baltimore, MD, USA)




Matteus pictureMatthew Kaba Aboud

Animal technician, research assistant (May 2019 - 2020)
Undergraduate student, supervised PHAR 396 project (Jan 2018-2019)
B.Sc Pharmacology: McGill University, 2018

Email: matthew.aboud [at]





Elena picElena Qianzi He

Research Assistant (Summer 2019 - 2020)
Undergraduate student, supervised NSCI 420 project (Sept 2018-2019)
B.Sc Neuroscience: McGill University, 2019
Project: The Role of the New Melatonin MT1 Receptor Partial Agonist (UCM871) in the Sleep/Wake Cycle in Rats

Email: qianzi.he [at]

Currently: PhD Student at Northwestern University (Chicago, USA)





Tamim picTamim Rezai

Undergraduate Student, Supervised NSCI 420 project (Summer 2019 - 2020)
B.Sc Neuroscience: McGill University (in progress)
Project: The Effects of the New MT2 Receptor Partial Agonist (UCM 924) on Arcuate Nucleus in Rats with Diabetes Type I Neuropathy

Email: tamim.rezai [at]

Currently: Master's Student at University of Oxford (Oxford, United Kingdom)




Antonio picAntonio Farina

Masters Student, Integrated Program in Neuroscience: McGill University (Fall 2018 - Fall 2020)
M.S Pharmacy: University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy
Projects: Antinociceptive and anti-insomnia properties of cannabidiol and THC in a rat model of neuropathic pain

Email: antonio.farina [at]




Justine Enns

RESEARCH ASSISTANT (July 2018-July 2019)
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT, Supervised NSCI 420 Project (May 2017 - May 2018)
B.Sc Neuroscience, McGill University
Projects: LSD's role in modulating mood and sociability; novel pharmacological treatments for neuropathic pain

Email: nicolas.nunez [at] (j)ustine.enns [at] 

Currently: Medical Student at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD, USA)



Erika Gentile

Clinical Research Assistant (Summer 2018 - Summer 2019 )
Projects: Cannabidiol as a treatment of neuropathic pain and associated mood disorders; neurofibromatosis and anxiety

Email: erika.gentile [at]


Currently: Ph.D Clinical Psychology (in progress): McGill University




Dr. Nicolas Nuñez

Psychiatry Residency: National Unversity of La Plata Argentina
MD National University of La Plata, Argentina
BSC University of Illinois, IL, US
Projects: Characterization of treatment-resistant depression, the endocannabinoid system in unipolar and bipolar depression

Email: nicolas.nunez [at]

Currently: Research fellow at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Rochester, MN, USA)


Tobias Atkin

B.A English (Cultural Studies) and B.Sc Physiology, McGill University
Projects: Meta-analysis of cannabis use as a risk factor for depression, review of medications for insomnia, the endocannabinoid system in unipolar and bipolar depression

Email: tobias.atkin [at]

Currently: Medical student at SUNY Downstate (Brooklyn, NY, USA)


Seung Hyun (Sam) Min


BSc Anatomy and Cell Biology, McGill University

Project: Differential Roles of Melatonin Receptors MT1 and MT2 in Circadian Temperature Regulation.

Currently: Masters student in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience, McGill University (Montreal, QC, Canada)




Dr Stefano Comai

PhD  University of Padua, Italy
Bsc  Pharmacy, University of Padua, Italy
Projects:  Role of MT1 and MT2 receptors in sleep, Psychopharmacology of aggression

Email: stefano.comai [at]

Currently: Professor at the University of Padua, Italy

Sergio Dominguez-Lopez

PhD STUDENT (2006-2014)

Master  University of Veracruz, Mexico
Bsc  University of Veracruz, Mexico
Projects:  Circadian rhythms of monoamines

Email: sergio.dominguez [at]

Currently: Postdoctoral Researcher at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation


Dr Ali Nasr Esfahani


Master  Linkoping University, Sweden
MD  Azad University of Najafabad, Iran
Projects:  Electrophysiology of UCM871

Email: ali.nasresfahani [at]


Dr Mohamed Ettaoussi


PhD  Lille 2 University, France
MSc  Lille 2 University, France
MSc  Clermond-Ferrand 2, France
Projects:  Selective MT2 receptors ligands

Email: mohamed.ettaoussi [at]



Dr Michael Ghabrash


MD Cairo University, Egypt
BSC Doha College, Qatar
Projects:  Endocannabinoids in depression

Email: michael.ghabrash [at]


Gabriela Gilmour

Bsc  McGill University, Canada
Projects:  Mechanism of action of cannabidiol

Email: gabriela.gilmour [at]

Currently: Neurology Resident at the University of Calgary, Canada


Benoit Labonte

MASTER STUDENT  (2005-2007)
Bsc  University Montreal
Projects:  Role of Prefrontal serotonin synapses in schizophrenia

Email: benoit.labonte [at]

Currently: Assistant Professor at the Université Laval, Canada



Dr  Baptiste Lacoste


PhD University of Montreal,  Canada
Projects: Localization of melatonin MT1 and MT2 receptor

Email: Baptiste_Lacoste [at]

Currently: Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa, Canada



Dr Ryan McLaughlin

PhD  University of British Columbia, Canada
Master University of British Columbia, Canada
Projects:  Mechanism of action of cannabidiol


Currently: Assistant Professor at Washington State University, USA


Martin Minh Van


MD University of Aberdeen, UK
BSC Malmo, Sweden
Projects: Behavioral characterization of melatonin MT1 ligands

Email: m.van.08 [at]


Rafael Ochoa-Sanchez


Master  University of Veracruz, Mexico
Bsc  University of Veracruz, Mexico
Projects:  Function of MT2 receptors in mental health

Email: rafael.ochoa [at]

Currently: Postdoctoral fellow at the Université de Montréal, Canada


Ada Posner


Bsc  McGill University, Canada
Projects:  Antidepressant-like effects of  melatonin  MT1 receptor ligands
Email:ada.posner [at]

Currently: Medical student at the University of Toronto, Canada


Dr Quentin Rainer

PhD  University of Paris South XI, France
Master University of Tours, France
Projects:  Drugs of addiction in adolescence

Email: q.rainer [at]

Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow at Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Canada


Dr Francis Rodriguez Bambico


Master University of Tubingen, Germany
Projects:  Cannabinoids and  endocannabinoid system in mood regulation

Email: francisrb [at]

Currently: Assistant Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland


Tania Sasson


BSC McGill University, Canada
Projects:  Effects of MT1 and MT2 selective agonist in VTA dopaminergic activity

email: tania.sasson [at]

Currently: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Resident at the University of Saskatchewan


John Tabaka


MSc  McGill University
BSC McGill University
Projects:  Antidepressant combination in treatment resistant depression

Email: john.tabaka [at]


Short-term internship fellows

Shelly Yin, McGill University
Undergraduate student, B.Sc Neuroscience
January 2018- May 2018.  Independent Research Study.

Alexandra Teggin, McGill University
Masters student, M.Sc Biotechnology
June 2017- December 2017

Youssef El-Rahimy, McGill University
Undergraduate student, B.Sc Neuroscience
September 2016- May 2017. Independent Research Study

Currently: Medical Student at New York University (New York City, NY, USA)

Samantha Dolter, McGill University
Undergraduate student, B.Sc Microbiology and Immunology
Independent Research Study.

Sean Haffey, McGill University
Undergraduate student
October 2011- April 2012.

Martha Lopez-Canul, Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico
Masters student
February 2010 - August 2010
PhD student
January 2014 - November 2014
Fellowship granted by CONACyT, Mexico Government.

Michael Tau, Graduate Student, McGill Unversity
January –August 2010.

Ilaria Lucchino, Undergraduate student, Dept of Pharmacy, Univ. La Sapienza, Rome, Italy.
Spring-Summer 2007.
Fellowship granted by University La Sapienza, Rome.

Ian Mahar, Undergraduate Student, Dept. of Psychology, McGill University.
Winter Semester 2007 and 2008.  Internship/ Independent Research Study.

Patrick Hattan, Undergraduate Student, Dept. of Arts and Sciences, McGill University.
Winter Semester 2007. Internship/ Independent Research Study.
October 2007-August 2008.

Gregory Cohen, Undergraduate Student, Dept. of Biology, McGill University.
Fall Semester 2006. Internship/ Independent Research Study.

Noam Katz, Undergraduate student, Psychology & Biology, McGill University.
Summers 2004, 2005, 2006.

Ania Ciznek, Biology student, UQAM
Summer 2005.
Fellowship granted by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

Nhu-Tram Nguyen, Student of Medicine, McGill University
Summers 2005-2006.
Fellowship granted by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

Gregory Ponette, undergraduate student of Brébeuf College.
Summer 2004.

Leonard Poissant, undergraduate student of Psychology, McGill Univ.
Summer 2004.

Pierre-Olivier Gaudreau, MD student, Univ. De Montreal. Summer 2004.
Fellowship granted by COPSE- R&D.

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