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current lab members

 

Steve kerfoot, phd

lab head

Steve Kerfoot obtained his PhD from the University of Calgary, where he trained with Dr. Robert Bell and later with Dr. Paul Kubes studying brain inflammation. He then spent six years at Yale University investigating different aspects of basic B cell biology, first with Dr. Philip Askenase and then with Drs. Ann Haberman and Mark Shlomchik (now at U Pitt).

Dr. Kerfoot returned to Canada in the fall of 2011 to join the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Western University, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is currently an Associate Professor in the department and a member of the Centre for Human Immunology.

 

Heather craig, RLAT RVT

technician

I spend my time caring for our mouse colonies, doing experiments, and keeping the lab organized as the lab technician. I am also the main contact person for our intravital microscopy collaborations with other research groups.

 

kate parham, phd

post-doctoral fellow

Funding: MSSOC PDF Fellowship

I came to Canada from Australia to join the lab 2016 after completing training in Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (BSc Hon) and Vascular Biology (PhD) at the University of South Australia and Centre for Cancer Biology. My project aims to identify novel interaction properties in the autoimmune response which can be targeted as potential therapies to preferentially limit autoimmunity without adverse effects on helpful immune responses to foreign antigens. To do this, I use intravital multiphoton microscopy to visulalise interacting T and B cells in live animals.

 

rajiv jain, msc

phd candidate

  • '13 BMSC Honors student
  • '14 Accelerated MSc student

Funding: MSSOC PhD Studentship

My research focuses on learning about how B and T cell interactions direct B cell fate choices during germinal center responses. To accomplish this, we compare the immune response directed against a model foreign antigen, NP-OVA, and the immune response that develops to a model autoantigen, MOG, a commonly targeted antigen in Multiple Sclerosis. From this research we hope to understand the basic biology that explains why B cells choose one differentiation path over another and to use this knowledge to manipulate autoreactive B cells to differentiate into non-pathogenic B cell subsets or block their differentiation entirely.

 

yodit tesfagiorgis, bmsc (hon)

phd candidate

  • '15 BMSC Honors student

Funding: OGS Studentship

I first joined the lab as an honors project student in my final year of my undergrad degree, but decided to stay to continue my project in grad school. In my research, I am investigating the B cells that invade the spinal cord in a mouse model of CNS autoimmune disease, similar to Multiple Sclerosis. I am trying to understand how these cells promote chronic inflammation and local tissue damage.

 
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Maitri Makwana

BMSC Honors Student

Maitri joined the lab in September 2017 and will be working with Kate to complete the development of a reagent we are designing for use in a collaboration with the London MS clinic.

 
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Yomna El-Sakka

BMSC Honors Student

Yomna joined the lab in September 2017 and will be working with Yodit and Rajiv to characterize spinal cord pathology in some models of autoimmune disease that we are working on. 

 

Lab alumni

 

grad students

Amy Dang, MSc

Current position: Project Coordinator at WORLDiscoveries

 

Undergraduate Students

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Alica Dakins, BMSC honors '17

Current position: Accepted to the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy, starting September 2017. 

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Sarah zhu, bmsc honors '16

Current position: Medical student at McMaster University.

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Emiliano Romanchik, BMSC honors '14

Current position: Technologist at Sanofi Pasteur, making vaccines. 

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Kathleen Walsh, Scholar's Electives '16


Genotyping and support crew

We have a great team of Work Study students who help us with genotyping our mouse colonies and keeping the lab running.

Current Team:

  • Irene (Irit) Bondar
  • Rachelle Cann
  • Dipen Soni

Previous members:

  • Manvir Kahlon
  • Philip Radojcic
  • Irene (Irit) Bondar
  • Tammy Ng
  • Calwing Liao
  • Rachelle Cann
  • Benjamin Fuhrmann
  • Aboudie Abouzid
  • David Seo
  • Peter Shih
  • Salim Hassan
  • Dasom Yoo
  • Allan Younes
  • John Berger