Meet Some Of Our Current Students

I am Farah Abdalbari. I completed my undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie University. I am excited to join the Pathology department at McGill as an MSc student under the supervision of Dr. Carlos Telleria this Fall, in which I will be focusing on preclinical therapy of ovarian cancer. During my undergraduate studies, I became interested in different areas of research such as immunology, cell biology, and cancer which encouraged me to explore graduate studies at McGill. My primary interests include developing novel therapies against cancer and autoimmune diseases, and I would like to be involved in clinical trials and translational research in the future. I strongly believe that the broad range of basic and translational research techniques that the Pathology program at McGill has to offer would allow me to expand my knowledge in scientific research. I am extremely grateful to become a member of the Pathology Department at McGill and I am looking forward to live in Montreal.I am Farah Abdalbari. I completed my undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie University. I am excited to join the Pathology department at McGill as an MSc student under the supervision of Dr. Carlos Telleria this Fall, in which I will be focusing on preclinical therapy of ovarian cancer. During my undergraduate studies, I became interested in different areas of research such as immunology, cell biology, and cancer which encouraged me to explore graduate studies at McGill. My primary interests include developing novel therapies against cancer and autoimmune diseases, and I would like to be involved in clinical trials and translational research in the future. I strongly believe that the broad range of basic and translational research techniques that the Pathology program at McGill has to offer would allow me to expand my knowledge in scientific research. I am extremely grateful to become a member of the Pathology Department at McGill and I am looking forward to live in Montreal.I am Aeshah Alluli, a Master’s student in the Department of Pathology and supervised by Dr. Carolyn Baglole. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Medical Laboratory Technology from Jazan University back home in Saudi Arabia. Following my bachelor’s degree, I got a scholarship from the Ministry of Education to study abroad and complete my graduate degree. I came to Canada in 2016 to first study English courses that would assist me in my adventure in graduate studies. I am superMom for a lovely son (Rakan) who is 6 years old and has accompanied me during my adventure in Canada. I am so glad to be a member of McGill University especially in the Pathology Department. My goal is to learn more about the most recent area of research in the field of Pathology that is related to Toxicology, since this will help me a lot in my future career.

  Hi, my name is Emma Rose Cheetham and I recently obtained my undergraduate degree at Concordia University in Biology. Throughout my life I have always been fascinated about physiology and anatomy and understanding how everything functions within our bodies.  As I continued my studies in biology and performed research in a Clinical Immunology and Molecular Biomarkers Laboratory I became increasingly more interested in disease related topics and the causes and impacts of disease on individuals. This led me to apply to the Pathology department here at McGill and I look forward to beginning my masters degree here this fall. I believe this is the perfect place to continue learning more about a topic that I am passionate about, surrounded by others who share my passion. I will be working under the supervision of Dr.Sonia Cellot ​at the Research Centre of the Sainte-Justine University Hospital and will be performing research relating to the genetic characterization of pediatricleukemia.  Iamexcited to be joining the McGill community and can't wait to see what the future will hold and what adventures await.

Hi I'm Lingxiao Chen, a newly admitted master student in Dr. Gao's lab. I completed my undergrad at department of pharmacology at McGill, and the experience from my undergrad research project related to epilepsy has raised my interest to further devote in pathophysiological research. My master thesis will aim to work on the topic of peroxisome dysfunction and its adverse effect on mouse model of Zellweger syndrome. It is my honor to work with both supervisors, Dr.Gao and Dr. Braverman, on their fascinating collaborating project. I'm really excited by this new challenge and can't wait to see you in our beautiful campus!

My name is Tadhg Ferrier, and I am a new master’s student in Dr. Julia Burnier’s laboratory at the MUHC-RI. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Pharmacology at McGill, where I also had the chance to start doing research in the Henry C. Witelson Ocular Pathology Laboratory, doing work looking at metastasis markers in Uveal Melanoma, especially relating to the importance of BAP1 protein expression on the prognosis of patients. From there, I had the chance to start doing work in Dr. Julia Burnier’s Laboratory, looking at Methylation Signatures in Uveal Melanoma using the TCGA database. These first opportunities in research reinforced my desire to continue doing cancer research in a translational environment, where it is possible to immediately see the potential impact of your work on the lives of patients. I am very excited to have the opportunity to pursue my M.Sc. in the department of Pathology at McGill, and to be able to work with such talented and driven people. Currently, I am working on research in methylation analysis and liquid biopsy techniques for cancer detection and prognostication.

My name is Ben Forgie, and I am an incoming MSc student in the Department of Pathology. I recently obtained my BMSc from Western University, where I specialized in biochemistry. My undergraduate research primarily focused on understanding the proteins involved in specific DNA repair pathways. While I found those topics interesting, I discovered throughout my undergraduate education that I am even more interested in research surrounding cancer biology and the development of novel treatments. This fascination led me to pursue my MSc in the pathology department at McGill, where I will be studying ovarian cancer in the lab of Dr. Carlos Telleria. More specifically, I will be researching whether the compounds Nelfinavir and Mifepristone, previously demonstrated by the Telleria lab to be capable of inducing ER stress and killing ovarian cancer cells, can also facilitate immunogenic cell death. I am incredibly excited to join Dr. Telleria’s lab, to be a part of the graduate community at McGill, and to get to know the wonderful city of Montreal!

My name is Emmanuel Nassrallah and I am a newly admitted master’s student in the ocular pathology & translational research laboratory of Dr. Miguel Burnier. Before joining the Department of Pathology at McGill University, I completed an Honours BSc in Biomedical Science at the University of Ottawa. For as long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated with the human body and how its different systems are interrelated. This fascination is what drove me to do research during the past three summers as an NSERC student. It also pushed me to complete an Honours project looking at the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and endoplasmic reticulum stress on different aspects of cell metabolism. During the fourth year of my undergraduate education, I had my first experience with ophthalmic research and pathology. In February 2021, I was given the chance to start working as a research trainee in Dr. Burnier’s laboratory at the RI-MUHC. This opportunity has proven to be very enriching, since it has deepened both my comprehension and interest in ocular pathology. My work in Dr. Burnier’s lab has been very productive as I have contributed to two studies: one looking at the use of cell culture models for the study of ocular diseases and another investigating the clinical and anatomical correlates of zonular dehiscence in post-mortem eyes. By pursuing a master of pathology, I am both ecstatic and excited to continue my work in Dr. Burnier’s lab and further my understanding of ocular pathology.

I am Julia Messina-Pacheco and I am extremely proud to be a newly admitted member of the pathology graduate program at McGill University. I have recently completed the BSc Program in the multidisciplinary field of Life Sciences (Honours) at McGill. It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to study at such a renowned university in Montreal, a city that I am proud to call ‘home’ – it is beautifully vibrant, dynamic and multicultural. From a very young age, I have had a deep-rooted interest in the human body, how its parts function cohesively, and above all, what causes it to function abnormally. My innate curiosity for all concepts pertaining to the pathophysiology and progression of disease has led me to join Dr. Zu-hua Gao's lab at the McGill Research Institute of the MUHC to complete my Master’s degree in Pathology. Our project is directed toward improving the early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, which is currently nearly always fatal, since it is usually detected at a late stage when it is already impossible to cure. This is a childhood dream come true and I look forward to having research results be translated to the scientific community where they can potentially be of great benefit.

My name is Rewati Prakash. I completed a B.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences at University of Guelph as well as a coursework M.Sc. in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, focusing on Human Anatomy. I am quite excited to join the Pathology Department at McGill as a MSc student with Dr. Carlos Telleria as my supervisor. I will be studying the response of histopathologically different ovarian cancer cells to Pt derivatives. During my undergraduate studies I took human anatomy courses where I was first exposed to cadaver specimens who had a disease including uterine and ovarian cancer. My interest in studying diseases was what drew me to the Pathology graduate program at McGill. I am thrilled to become a part of the Pathology department as well as to move to Quebec and experience the culture of this new city and province.

My name is Matthew Preteroti. I recently graduated with a BScH from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario with a major in Life Sciences. During my time as an undergrad I constantly sought out courses with a focus in disease-related topics and novel therapies. Ultimately, it was this desire that led to my registration in the first, of several pathology-oriented courses of my student career. Having only scratched the surface of this area of study, I wished to further explore the topics of pathology at the graduate level. I’m very pleased to say that I will be joining the department of pathology at McGill University in the fall as a member of Dr. Baglole’s laboratory focusing on the pulmonary effects of cannabis use. Being from Ottawa, I am very excited to become a part of the graduate community at McGill and to explore the various opportunities the program and city have to offer. I’m very much looking forward to meeting everyone in the fall!

I am Sabrina Ritch.  I completed my BSc in Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University. Throughout my undergraduate degree, I was exposed to various fields of study and came to the realization that I was extremely interested in learning about cancer. For this reason, I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to work in a laboratory that focused on cancer research.I started my Master’s degree under the supervision of Dr. Telleria and had such a positive and enriching experience that I quickly decided to pursue my PhD. The goal of my project is tocharacterize the metastatic properties of high grade serous ovarian cancer cells along disease progression and to determine whether these properties can be altered by the drug Mifepristone in a therapeutic-beneficial manner. Born and raised in Montreal, the city has never ceased to amaze me with its culture and diversity and, to this day, I still find myself discovering new areas around the city. There is no place I would rather live and study.

Mahbuba Rahman Subeha: I am a PhD student in Dr. Carlos Telleria’s lab in the Department of Pathology. The focus of my research is preclinical therapy of ovarian cancer. At present, I am developing a project on testing the therapeutic efficacy of HIV protease inhibitor drug Nelfinavir against high grade serous ovarian cancer cells. I obtained Bachelor of Medicine (MBBS) from Dhaka Medical College, Bangladesh and completed MSc in Basic Biomedical Sciences from University of South Dakota, USA. In future, I intend to contribute in the field of translational research bridging the gap between patient care and laboratory researches. The world class research facilities and academia of McGill University is the perfect platform to achieve my goal. Finally, as an art enthusiast myself, I cannot think of a better place than the multicultural city of Montreal to continue my journey

 

 

 

 

My name is Noof Aloufi. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Technology from Taibah University in Saudi Arabia. Following graduation, I was hired as a teaching assistant in the Histopathology division in my college where I worked in the university’s teaching laboratory. In addition to my role as a full time teacher, I also worked in the diagnostic medical laboratory at the Maternity and Children's Hospital in Medina. Then, I got my master’s degree in 2017 from the Pathology department, McGill University, under the supervision of Dr. Carolyn Baglole at the Meakins-Christie, RI-MUHC. Currently, I’m doing my PhD in the same lab and my project is about the role of the Human Antigen R (HuR), mRNA binding protein, in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). My target in life is to teach future generations and participate in academic research. Being a PhD student at McGill has equipped me with the required qualifications to achieve my goals. I consider myself fortunate to be given the opportunity to pursue my higher education at the Pathology Department in McGill University which is ranked as one of the best universities around the world. I am also very lucky to have the chance to study in Montreal which is a lively city with kind people and great food.

My name is Alexandra Bartolomucci and I am a newly admitted master’s student in the Department of Pathology. I recently completed my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at McGill University. Throughout my degree I learned about the cellular mechanisms of various diseases and became particularly interested in cancer. This interest led me to complete a research project in a Thoracic and Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer Research Laboratory at the RI-MUHC. I had the pleasure of collaborating with Dr. Julia Burnier during this time and gained practical insight into how liquid biopsies from cancer patients have the potential to improve the diagnosis and prognosis of cancers. After graduating from university, I was able to continue working in cancer research as a laboratory assistant at the Montreal General Hospital and gained experience with patient-derived organoids and xenografts. I am extremely grateful to now pursue my M.Sc. in the Department of Pathology under the supervision of Dr. Julia Burnier and am looking forward to continuing my studies at McGill!

I am Prisca Bustamante. I was born and raised in Acapulco, Mexico. I am an experimental biologist, and my research interest is ocular diseases. Ultimately, my goal is to help patients through the scientific work accomplished in the lab. I obtained my Master’s degree in Mexico city, studying retinal stem cells. Afterward, I worked in the pharmaceutical industry. I did an observership in the ocular pathology & translational research laboratory directed by Dr. Miguel Burnier, which reaffirmed my interest to do a Ph.D. in the Department of Pathology. I am truly delighted to work under Dr. Julia V. Burnier’s supervision. We are investigating the genomic alterations that occur in uveal melanoma and, identifying tumor markers to study and monitor diseases using non-invasive approaches. I am honored to be a student in the Pathology department at McGill, where I know I will expand my professional horizons and be able to develop valuable practical and theoretical skills required to continue my research career. I have lived in Montreal for 2 years and I am in love with its charming atmosphere and all its four seasons within the year.

My name is Yunxi Chen. I obtained my B.Sc. in the Honours program of Computer Science and Biology at McGill University. When I started my undergrad, I wasn’t sure what to pursue in my future career until I learned the development of cancer in my Biology courses and found I am deeply interested in learning more. In the winter of 2019, I had the great fortune of starting volunteering in Dr. Julia Burnier’s laboratory at the MUHC-RI, studying the role of cancer-stem cells and the proteomics of the extracellular vesicles of uveal melanoma. From the research experience, I affirmed my interest in cancer research and set it as my career goal to help patients through scientific work. I am truly delighted to pursue my M.Sc. in the department of Pathology under the supervision of Dr. Julia Burnier with all the kind and talented people. I am looking forward to opening a new chapter as part of the warm community in the beautiful city, Montreal.

My name is Zhaoping Ju, and I am a newly admitted master’s student in Dr. Alex Gregorieff’s laboratory. Before joining the Department of Pathology, I completed my bachelor’s degree in Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University. Throughout my undergraduate study, understanding diseases and their cellular underpinnings have always been my primary interest. It is a great honor and opportunity for me to continue exploring the field of pathology under the supervision of Dr. Alex Gregorieff. During my master’s study, I will be studying the Hippo signalling pathway underlying intestinal stem cell behavior and tumorigenesis. I’m truly excited to continue my study at McGill, one of the most prestigious university in the world, and staying in the beautiful city of Montreal.

My name is Fatemeh Jamali, a proud newly admitted PhD student in the department of pathology under the supervision of Dr. Sabri. I will start as PhD student in September 2020 and will be conducting my research in Dr. Sabri and Dr, Abdulkarim’s lab, investigating new molecular mechanisms involved in glioblastoma resistance to current standard therapy and efficacy of a repurposed drug in human glioblastoma cell lines and patient-derived glioblastoma stem cells. My academic interests have evolved from my university studies and my intrinsic observations of the global society in which I live in. My research work in the field of microbiology has inspired me to look closer at the societal needs in biomedicine evolution, that’s why I successfully finished both bachelor and master programs in Microbiology. I have always been fascinated by cancer research and have decided to continue my research in that field. This has driven me to achieve another master’s degree in Biotechnology at McGill university, to help me develop specific skills that can be applied in cancer research, exercising various techniques and detecting new ones.

I am Elvis Martínez Jaramillo, a medical doctor graduated from the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico. After I finished my undergraduate studies, I was interested in basic science. This drove me to complete my master in Morphology/Histology. I worked in the laboratory creating adenoviral vaccines against HPV-16 virus to be tested in prophylactic and antitumor assays. During my exchange in the University of Louisville, KY, USA, I studied replication of oncolytic adenoviruses in mice cells. I am fascinated by cancer research and I will start in January as a Ph.D student in Dr. Sabri´s lab. Being part of this group of researchers and as McGill University member makes me feel very proud and a full of honor since high qualified and prestigious research is well known world wide. The project I will be working involves the study of Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a type of brain cancer, focusing in the local immunosuppressive microenvironment and molecular subtypes of primary and recurrent GBM tumors.

On the other hand, many friends and patients who come from Montreal and assisted them while they were in Mexico, have told me how wonderful is the city to study and live in. Therefore, I am really excited to be enrolled as one of your future students.

I am Leonardo F. Jurado, a Colombian medical doctor graduated from the National University of Colombia. During my undergraduate studies I had the opportunity to study virulence, pathogenesis and the clinical presentation of Tuberculosis (TB) and Non-Tuberculous Mycobacterial infections, and as part of an internship at Harvard Medical School, I worked on mycobacterial interspecies interactions.

TB is the most lethal infectious disease in the world. Undoubtedly, an effective vaccine is needed to overcome the burden of this disease. Considering most of my research work has been focused on infectious diseases, particularly TB, I decided to continue studying this disease, which represents one of the biggest historical challenges for medical science.

Recent approaches of Dr. Divangahi´s team deciphering disease tolerance and trained immunity in TB may led to unexplored ways to face infection and disease progression. Through my PhD studies, my project will focus on the potential combination of BCG vaccine and recent available adjuvants for inducing innate memory response and vaccine against TB. I plan to exploit the cellular and molecular mechanisms of protective signatures in innate memory compartments (termed trained immunity) for vaccine development against TB.

Hi, I am Vincent Lacasse, PhD student under the watchful eyes of Dr. Alan Spatz and Dr. Christoph Borchers. I complete my bachelor’s degree in pharmacology at University of Sherbrooke, where I discovered the wonders and the failures of the human body. I soon noticed a great variability in the effectiveness of treatments, which was often related to the lack of characterization of disease prior to treatment. Searching for tools to solve this problem, I stumbled upon mass spectrometry-based proteomics to which I was introduced during my internships. This leads to the completion of my master’s degree working on antibody-drug conjugate resistance mechanisms and technologies to avoid and/or overcome resistance using proteomics as a tool to gain insight into cancer biology. Although I said for a very long time that I would never do a PhD, my mind changed when I found out Dr. Borchers and Dr. Spatz work on bringing together proteomics research and clinical pathology. Being able to advance science and medicine in one of the best universities in Canada and in one of the best student cities in the world was apparently a dream I didn’t even know I had.

My name is Sara Teimouri Nezhad and I am currently enrolled in the pathology program at McGill University. I've always been fascinated by science and its huge impact on our life. I did my master’s degree in Genetics in Iran, which deepened my understanding on how genetic alterations can be associated with different diseases. With my quest for further research, I moved to Canada in 2017 and volunteered in Dr. Maziar Divangahi’s and Dr. Bruce Mazer’s Lab at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, working on “Harnessing the Power of Stem Cells in Vaccination against Tuberculosis”, and “Expanded B-Cell Role in Allergic Inflammation and Reciprocal Action on Eosinophil and Basophil Growth”. This grew my interest in the field of immunology, which led me to initially work as a Research Assistant and currently as a trainee in Dr. Mazer’s lab. I am truly delighted to work under the supervision of Dr. Mazer and co-supervision of Dr. Divanghai. I feel honored to be a student in the Pathology Department at McGill and I am excited to expand my professional perspective in order to continue my research career to the next level.

I’m Shaida Ouladan, a Ph.D. student in Dr. Gregorieff’s lab. One of my major interests is working on intestinal stem cells and their role in GI carcinogenesis. I was graduated from Mashhad University of Medical Sciences with a doctoral degree in medicine. Being involved in some research projects at medical school made me enthusiastic about basic science and encouraged me to develop my career as a medical researcher. I moved to Germany work as a research scientist at the Institute of Pathology at University Hospital of Cologne. I got my master degree in cancer biology at the University of Kent, England. I believe that Ph.D. program in Department of Pathology can boost my knowledge in cancer research and assists me to conduct interdisciplinary research projects in the future. Joining this enable to benefit from the amazing academic atmosphere of McGill University. In addition, outstanding seminars, workshops and library facilities keep me updated with current topics in the field of cancer research. Working at MUHC- Research Institute puts me in contact with other researchers and eases learning and sharing new ideas. Besides all academic privileges of being a member of McGill community, living in Montreal is fascinating to me. I really enjoy the cultural diversity of this city and having friends from all around the world.

I am Kim Ai-my Tran.  I obtained my BSc in Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University and will now be starting my MSc under the supervision of Dr. Divangahi’s. Our research will be focused on the iron metabolism of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, particularly the iron-dependent programmed cell death termed ferroptosis. Examining the interplay between the immune system and the pathogenesis of bacteria and viruses is key to applying academic research towards novel infectious disease therapies that have the potential to help millions around the world. I look forward to contributing to this purpose while following a career path I am passionate about. This university is where I developed a deep interest for scientific research during my time in the Honours program of Microbiology and Immunology. I am truly excited to be continuing my academic career at McGill and starting this new chapter as part of the Department of Pathology. Pursuing research in such an institution is an incredible opportunity to enter academia and the scientific community alongside such distinguished scientists."

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