Current and recent members of the Pollak Research Lab

Dr. Michael Pollak, MD, FRCP(C), FRSC

Director, Cancer Prevention Centre, Segal Cancer Centre
Director, Division of Cancer Prevention, Department of Oncology, McGill University
Alexander-Goldfarb Research Chair in Medical Oncology, McGill University
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Oncology, McGill University
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
Email: michael.pollak [at]


Rhoda Lim, BSc

Lab Manager
Email: pollak-lab.oncology [at]

Assay Lab: Staff

Ye Wang, MSc

Assay Lab Supervisor
January 2008 to Present
Email: wangyemj [at]



Zhen Li, MD, MSc

Lab Technician
August 2007 to 2014


Ying Gang Tu, BSc

Lab Technician
January 2008 to Present
Email: theresatu99 [at]



Yuzhen Tao, MD

Assay Lab Supervisor
March 1996 - Retired in April 2014


Wei Quan, BEng 

Assistant Lab Technician 

Research Lab: Staff

Marie-Jose Blouin, PhD

Research Associate
November 1999 to 2019
Email: marie-jose.blouin [at]



Mahvash Zakikhani, PhD

Research Associate
May 2003 to September 2016


Yunhua Zhao, MD

Lab Technician
September 2000 to January 2017


Elena Birman, DVM

Lab Technician
May 2010 to October 2021
Email: ebirman [at]



Miguel Bazile, BSc

Lab Technician
January 2008 to June 2015

Research Lab: Students

David Papadopoli, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
2018 - Present


Matei Mireuta, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
July 2006 to August 2015


Oro Uchenunu, PhD Candidate

PhD Student
2016 - 2021


Kristofferson Tandoc, MSc

MSc Student
2016 - 2019


Abhishek Ghosh, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
September 2016 to July 2017


Marie CargnelloPhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
February 2015 to March 2017


Devin Abrahami, MSc

MSc Student
2016 - 2017


Azucena Ruiz Rosado, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
January 2015 to August 2015


Haithem Laaribi, BSc, MSc

MSc Student
September 2014 to November 2016


Nader Toban, BSc

MSc Student
August 2011 to September 2013



Laura HuleaPhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
September 2014 to 2019
Email: laura.hulea [at]



Debbie Yancu, BSc

MSc Student
September 2013 to October 2014



Rocky Shi, BSc 

Co-op Student from UBC




Heather VanderMeulen, BSc, MSc

MSc Student 
September 2012 to August 2013




Melinda Jade Barmash, BSc 

Summer 2012 Student





Jonathan Assayag, PhD 

2012 - 2016



Leah Bensimon, MSc 

September 2012 to 2013


Henning Hvid, DVM, PhD (Denmark)

Postdoctoral Fellow 
November 2010 to August 2012



Shiva Javeshghani, BSc

MSc Student 
September 2010 to August 2012




Carly Dool, MSc
MSc Student 
September 2007 to June 2009

Carolyn Algire, PhD
PhD Student
September 2006 to April 2011

Ettie Piura, MD (Israel)
Postdoctoral Fellow
September 2007 to February 2009

Haider Masshedi, MSc
MSc Student 
January 2009 to June 2011

Lily Lu, PhD
PhD Student 
September 1998 to December 2004

Randy Levitt, PhD
PhD Student 
September 1999 to May 2006

Takamitsu Inoue, MD (Japan)
Postdoctoral Fellow
June 2008 to June 2010

Tara Nickerson, PhD
PhD Student 
September 1995 to January 2000

Zoe Andrei, BSc
BSc Student
Summer 2011

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