CGEB Members

  • John M. Archibald
    CGEB Director and Distinguished University Research Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Research Interests
    Microbial comparative genomics; endosymbiosis and the origin and evolution of eukaryotic organelles; diversity and systematics of microbial eukaryotes; molecular evolution.
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  • Robert G. Beiko
    Professor (Bioinformatics) and Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Computer Science
    Research Interests
    Comparative and evolutionary analysis of microbial genomes and metagenomes; geospatial and temporal analysis of microbial communities; automated analysis of large data sets; simulation.
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  • Erin Bertrand
    Assistant Professor and Tier II Canada Research Chair, Department of Biology
    Research Interests
    My research is focused on understanding how microbes influence ocean biogeochemistry. I am particularly interested in how micronutritional requirements shape interactions between phytoplankton and bacteria and what the consequences of those requirements are for global biogeochemical cycling. I use quantitative mass spectrometry- based proteomic techniques, along with both field and laboratory experiments, to ask these questions.
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  • Joseph P. Bielawski
    Professor, Department of Biology, and Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    Research Interests
    My research program is organized around four related themes: (i) microbial phylogenomics; (ii) marine microbial ecogenomics; (iii) statistical modeling of molecular evolution; and (iv) structure, function and evolution of systems level phenotypes. These themes are related to each other through my interest in the process of functional divergence and adaptive evolution.
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  • Christian Blouin
    Professor and Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Computer Science
    Research Interests
    Defining the interplay between the physical properties of protein and their evolution; Determining the mechanism of emergence of protein structures and how these apply to protein engineering; Exploring the implications of tree operators on the properties of phylogeny inference methods.
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  • Zhenyu Cheng
    Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology and Cystic Fibrosis Canada Early Career Investigator
    Research Interests
    Antibiotic persistence; bacteriology; cancer biology; host defence; microbial pathogenesis; genomics and proteomics.
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  • W. Ford Doolittle
    Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Research Interests
    Comparative prokaryote genomics; lateral gene transfer, its mechanisms, role in adaptation and implications for phylogenetics; microbial "species", the meaning of the Tree of Life and related areas of evolutionary theory.
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  • Zoe Finkel
    Professor and Tier I Canada Research Chair, Department of Oceanography
    Research Interests
    Biological oceanography; biogeography; inphytoplankton biogeography; phytoplankton; marine phytoplankton; climate change.
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  • Michael W. Gray
    Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Research Interests
    Comparative analysis of protist mitochondrial genomes; structure, function and evolutionary origin of mitochondrial nucleic acids and mitochondria; comparative mitochondrial genomics and proteomics; evolution of RNA processing pathways, especially RNA editing; structure, function and evolution of ribosomal RNAs, snoRNAs and their genes.
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  • Hong Gu
    Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    Research Interests
    Development of spectral analysis techniques for gene sequences; inference; diagnostics and model selection in phylogeny; statistical models of gene and genome evolution; comparative phylogenomic analysis; statistical methods for detecting adaptive molecular evolution; mining networks as models of complex genomic data.
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  • Lam Ho
    Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    Research Interests
    Statistical theory and methods; stochastic modelling; mathematical biology; machine learning; evolutionary biology; epidemiology.
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  • Andrew Irwin
    Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    Research Interests
    Statistical and mathematical models in biological oceanography; computationally intensive statistical models; species distribution models; time series; phytoplankton ecology; bioinformatics; transcriptomics; remote sensing.
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  • Toby Kenney
    Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    Research Interests
    Pure mathematics; data science; actuarial science.
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  • Morgan Langille
    Assistant Professor and Tier II Canada Research Chair, Department of Pharmacology
    Research Interests
    My research is focused on understanding human-microbial interactions and how that information can be used to improve human health. This includes the development of novel bioinformatic methods for microbiome analysis and the application of these methods to both clinical and animal model studies. In particular, I am interested in drug metabolism by the gut microbiome and how the human microbiome varies with age, diet, and exercise.
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  • Julie LaRoche
    Professor, Department of Biology (Marine Biogeochemistry) and Tier I Canada Research Chair
    Research Interests
    Marine microbes; characterization and isolation of novel phototrophic and heterotrophic diazotrophs in the Atlantic Ocean; open ocean diatoms in low iron water.
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  • Craig McCormick
    Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
    Research Interests
    Virology; influenza; herpes viruses; antiviral drug discovery; cancer; DNA damage; autophagy; mRNA turnover; translation.
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  • Sean Myles
    Assistant Professor, Department of Plant and Animal Sciences, and Tier I Canada Research Chair, Faculty of Agriculture
    Research Interests
    Evolutionary genomics of domesticated crops; apple and grape genomics; domestication genomics; analysis of next-generation DNA sequence data from high diversity plants; genomics-assisted breeding.
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  • Andrew J. Roger
    CGEB Founding Director, Professor and Tier I Canada Research Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Research Interests
    Determining the "super-kingdoms" of eukaryotic organisms by phylogenetics; comparative genomics of unicellular eukaryotes; the diversity and evolution of mitochondria, hydrogenosomes and mitosomes; modeling the evolution of genes and genomes.
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  • John Rohde
    Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
    Research Interests
    Molecular mechanisms of bacterial virulence; host-pathogen interactions; elucidation of the role of bacterially-encoded E3 ubiquitin ligases; synthetic biology.
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  • Daniel Ruzzante
    Killam Professor, Department of Biology
    Research Interests
    Ecology; evolution; genetics; marine biology.
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  • Alastair G.B. Simpson
    Professor, Department of Biology
    Research Interests
    I study the diversity and evolution of ‘protozoan’ eukaryotes that are of particular evolutionary importance, or that inhabit unusual environments. Present work focuses on i) amitochondriate eukaryotes and their relatives, especially the ‘excavates’, ii) Protozoa of extremely saline habitats, and iii) The cytoskeleton of ‘Apusozoa’.
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  • Claudio Slamovits
    Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Research Interests
    My current research interests are generally related to molecular biology and evolution of eukaryotes and their genomes. In particular, I am interested in studying how genomes and their physiology evolve as a aresult of radical changes in lifestyle such as the acquisition of parasitic and symbiotic relationships.
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  • Shannon Sterling
    Associate Professor, Earth Sciences
    Research Interests
    Spatial patterns of the global water cycle; effects of human activity on the water cycle and aquatic ecosystems, at the global, regional, and catchment scales; land atmosphere interactions; terrestrial acidification; catchment liming.
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  • Edward Susko
    Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    Research Interests
    Molecular evolution; statistical models of gene and genome evolution; confidence regions for phylogenies; site-and-lineage specific gene evolution models; co-evolution; lateral gene transfer.
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  • Nikhil Thomas
    Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Medicine (Division of Infectious Diseases)
    Research Interests
    Microbiology; microbial pathogenesis; bacteriology; molecular mechanisms of virulence; protein secretion systems and toxin biology; microbiome and gastrointestinal disease; molecular and cellular biology; enteric bacterial pathogens.
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  • Svetlana Yurgel
    Associate Professor, Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences
    Research Interests
    Plant growth and development.
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  • Norbert Zeh
    Professor and Tier II Canada Research Chair, Faculty of Computer Science
    Research Interests
    Algorithms; data structures; computational phylogenetics; memory hierarchies; computational geometry; high-performance computing.
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    CGEB Adjunct Members

  • Johan van Limbergen
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University and Paediatric Gastroenterologist, Division of Paediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, Emma Children's Hospital, Tytgat Institute for Liver and Intestinal Research, Amsterdam University Medical Centres, The Netherlands
    Research Interests
    Pediatric gastroenterology; inflammatory bowel disease (genetics, metagenetics, pathogenesis and treatment); intestinal stem cell cultures; innate immunology.
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    CGEB Honorary Members

  • Christopher A. Field
    Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    Research Interests
    Statistical modelling and inference in molecular biology and ecology; development of robust methods and corresponding inference in phylogenetics; diagnostics and measures of influence in phylogeny; spectral envelope methods for tree construction.
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  • Robert W. Lee
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology
    Research Interests
    Factors shaping genome architecture and evolutionary dynamics associated with the secondary loss of photosynthesis in microalgae; Polytomella biology and genomics.
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CGEB Trainees

Current CGEB - Herzberg Funded Trainees
  Chris Jones
Research Associate (July 2019-present)
Supervisor: W. Ford Doolittle
Previous CGEB - Herzberg Funded Trainees (2014-2019)
  Jeremy Wideman
Research Associate
Supervisors: Andrew Roger and W. Ford Doolittle
  Aaron Novick
Postdoctoral Fellowship
Supervisor: W. Ford Doolittle
  Jon Jerlström-Hultqvist
Postdoctoral Fellowship
Supervisor: Andrew Roger
  S. Andrew Inkpen
Postdoctoral Fellowship
Supervisor: W. Ford Doolittle
  Anna Åsman
Postdoctoral Fellowship
Supervisor: John Archibald
  Austin Booth
Postdoctoral Fellowship
Supervisor: W. Ford Doolittle
  Carlos Mariscal
Postdoctoral Fellowship
Supervisor: W. Ford Doolittle
  Dayana Salas-Leiva
Postdoctoral Fellowship
Supervisors: Andrew Roger and Alastair Simpson
  Tyler Brunet
Master's Scholarship
Supervisors: Christian Blouin and W. Ford Doolittle
  Yun Cai
Ph.D. Scholarship
Supervisor: Hong Gu
Additional Current Trainees in CGEB Labs:
  Bruce Curtis
Research Associate (co-supervised by A. Roger)
  Shannon Sibbald
PhD Student (co-supervised by A. Roger)
  Morgan Colp
PhD Student
  Gina Filloramo
Postdoctoral Fellow
  Lucie Gallot
Postdoctoral Fellow
  Cedric Blais
Honours Student (co-supervised by W. Ford Doolittle)
  Praveen Nakkulam Ravindram
PhD student
  Sayna Hajiloo
Master's Student
  Mike Hall
PhD Student
  Chaoyue Liu
PhD Student
  Miria Rafantes
PhD Student
  Finlay Maguire
Postdoctoral Fellow
  Elvira Mitraka
Postdoctoral Fellow
  Dayna Mikkelsen
Honours Student (Biology)
  Alex Manuela
Honours Student (Computer Science)
  Katherine Dunn
Research Associate
  Joseph Mingrone
PhD Student (co-supervised by E. Susko)
  Noor Youssef
PhD Student
  Chris Jones
PhD Student (co-supervised by E. Susko)
  Paul Bjorndahl
Master's Student (co-supervised by H. Gu)
   Wei Zhou
Postdoctoral Fellow (co-supervised by H. Gu)
  Jordan Thomson
Undergraduate Student
  J. Scott McCain
PhD Student
  Maria Soto
Master's Student
  Elden Rowland
Research Associate
  Loay Jabre
PhD Student
  Sonja Rose
Honours Student (co-supervised by J. LaRoche)
  Tor Kitching
Honours Student
  Catalina Albury
Honours Student
  Alexander Campbell
Master's Student
  Jacklyn Purdue
Master's Student
  Simiao (Michelle) Lu
PhD Student
  Said Daboor
Research Associate
  Toka Omar
Master's Student
  Yunnuo Shi
PhD Student
  Zhong Sun
Research Associate
  Karla Valenzuela
PhD Student
  Yue Liang
Postdoctoral Fellow (co-supervised by A. Irwin)
  Zhengke Li
Postdoctoral Fellow (co-supervised by A. Irwin)
  Vinitha Ebenezer
Postdoctoral Fellow (co-supervised by A. Irwin)
  Olga Carnicer Castano
Postdoctoral Fellow (co-supervised by A. Irwin)
  Laura Bretherton
Postdoctoral Fellow (co-supervised by A. Irwin)
  Lihui Liu
PhD Student (co-supervised by T. Kenney and J. Van Limbergen)
  Shen Ling
PhD Student (co-supervised by C. Field and T. Kenney)
  Yun Cai
PhD Student (co-supervised by T. Kenney)
  Junqiu Gao
Master's Student (co-supervised by T. Kenney)
  Wanru Jia
Master's Student (co-supervised by T. Kenney)
  Mia Parenteau
Master's Student
  Xinyue Zhang
PhD Student
  Abe Adeeb
Master's Student (co-supervised by E. Susko)
  Jonathan Bradet-Legris
Master's student (co-supervised by Z. Finkel)
  Zhi-Ping Mei
Postdoctoral Fellow (co-supervised by Z. Finkel)
  Joseph Siddons
Postdoctoral Fellow (co-supervised by Z. Finkel)
  Niall McGinty
Postdoctoral Fellow (co-supervised by Z. Finkel)
  Crispin Mutshinda
Postdoctoral Fellow (co-supervised by Z. Finkel)
  Molly Hayes
Master's student (co-supervised by H. Gu)
  Jacob Nearing
Master's student
  Andre Comeau
Research Associate
  Casey Jones
Master's Student
  Akhilesh Dhanani
Research Associate
  Gavin Douglas
PhD Student
  Dhwani Desai
Postdoctoral Fellow
  Debany Fonseca Pereira Batista
Postdoctoral Fellow
  Jorg Behnke
PhD Student
  Brent Robicheau
PhD Student
  Connor Mackie
Master's Student
  Sonja Rose
Master's Student
   Brett Duguay
Postdoctoral Fellow
  Eric Pringle
Postdoctoral Fellow
   Patrick Slaine
PhD Student
   Madeleine Stolz
Master's Student
   Zoë Migicovsky
Postdoctoral Fellow
  Sophie Watts
Master's Student
  Joran Martijn
Postdoctoral Scholar
  Jon Jerlström-Hultqvist
Research Associate
  Dayana Salas-Leiva
Research Associate
  Dandan Zhao
Master's Student
  Shelby Williams
Master's Student
  Gregory Seaton
Master's Student
  Zhenzhen Yi
Visiting Scholar
  Adriana Higuera Gelvez
Visiting PhD Student
  Adrian Herod
PhD Student
  Greg McCracken
Research Associate
  Sara Salisbury
PhD Student
  Maria Lisette Delgado-Aquije
PhD Student
  Tony Einfeldt
Postdoctoral Fellow
  James Kho
PhD Student
  Sam Prystupa
Honours student
  Gordon Lax
PhD Student
  Yana Eglit
PhD Student
  Andrea Gigeroff
Undergraduate Student
  Sergio Munoz-Gomez
Postdoctoral Fellow (co-supervised by A. Roger)
  Susana Breglia
Research Associate
  Esteban Ronie Haro
PhD Student
  Lobke Rotteveel
Master's Student
  Caitlin McCavour
Master's Student
  Kristin Hart
Research Associate
  Ziwei Jin
Master's Student
  Etai Markowski
Master's Student (part-time, remotely from CA)
  Landon Getz
PhD Student
  Nivethika Vadivelu
PhD Student
  Michael McLaughlin
PhD Student
  Austin Lloyd
Undergraduate Student
  Emanuela Pille da Silva
Visiting PhD Student
  Farshad Barahimi
PhD Student
  Zoe MacDonald
PhD Student (starting September 2019)
  Jordan Dempsey
Master's Student (starting September 2019)
  Kaari Landry
Honours Student