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Daniel Schramek

Principal Investigator, LTRI
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Molecular Genetics, U of Toronto
Canadian Research Chair in Functional Cancer Genomics

Home town and Country: Vienna, Austria
Education:  MSc in Molecular Biology; U of Vienna and Sydney
                          PhD in Genetics; U of Vienna; Supervisor Josef Penninger 
                          MSc in Technology Management; NYU
                          PostDoc at Rockefeller University; Supervisor Elaine Fuchs 
Scientific Interests: Functional Cancer Genomics, Immunotherapy, Synthetic Lethal Interactions, tumor suppressors, pharmacogenetics, breast cancer, lung cancer, bladder cancer, Head & Neck Cancer, Glioma
Hobbies and Interests: Running (Marathon in my former life), Biking (Mountains in better days), Sailing, piano, and my wonderful wife and my two boys. 
"You want to know the difference between a master and a beginner? The master has failed more times than the beginner ever tried".

Geraldine Mbamalu

Lab Manager

Home town and Country: London, UK

Education: B.Sc., M.Sc. University of Alberta 

Scientific Interests: Cancer Biology

Dzana Dervovic

Medicine by Design Post-Doctoral Fellow

Home town and Country: Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Education: Honours B.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences, Waterloo, Canada

                  PhD in Immunology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

                  PDF, Experimental Therapeutics, UHN, Toronto, Canada

Scientific Interests: Cancer immunotherapy, Tumour immunity, Tumour microenvironment, Lung cancer, Antigen-specific T cell responses, CAR T cells, TILs, Cancer Stem cells, Stem cells

Hobbies and Interests: Teaching, running, biking, hiking, swimming, volleyball,  rock climbing, yoga, zumba, skiing, culinary arts, soccer, movies, music, and especially reading (besides scientific papers) literature whenever I have a time.

  "All boundaries are conventions, waiting to be transcended. One may transcend any convention if only one can first conceive of doing so.”        

                                                       -David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

Sampath Loganathan

CBCF Post-Doctoral Fellow

Hometown and Country: Erode, Tamilnadu, India

Education: Ph.D. Biochemistry,  University of Alberta, Supervisor Dr. Joe Casey

Scientific Interests: Head and Neck Squamous Cell carcinoma, Functional Cancer Genomics, Breast Cancer and Tumor supressors

Hobbies and Interests: Reading (not scientific articles!), Photography, Farming, Recreational Soccer, Computers and technology, Volleyball  and TV shows.

"I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me".                                                                                     - Sir Isaac Newton

Sebastien Martinez

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Hometown and Country: Marseille, France.

Education: M.Sc. Cell biology, Aix-Marseille University;

                           Ph.D. in Immunology, Aix-Marseille University & CRCM    

Scientific Interests: Functional Cancer Genomics, Pancreatic Cancer, Cell Polarity & WNTs biology 

Hobbies and Interests: Close-up Magic, Photography, Street Art, Cinema, Reading, Soccer, Basketball.

“The closer you look, the less you see

Ellen Langille

CIHR Graduate student

Hometown and Country: Toronto, Canada

Education: B.Sc. with Honours in Biology at Dalhousie University

Scientific Interests: Breast cancer driver genes and the role of myosin proteins in cancer
Hobbies and Interests: Drawing, painting and video games

Connor Yanchus

Graduate student

Home town and Country: Toronto, Canada and Dubai, United Arab Emirates 

Education: H.B.Sc. University of Toronto

Scientific Interests: Glioma, models of diseases, somatic DNA manipulation, functional genomics 

Hobbies and Interests: Traveling, volleyball, baseball, weightlifting and anything involving a beach

YiQing Lu

Graduate student

Hometown and Country: Beijing, China.

Education: Diploma, National Advanced Class of Science, High School #2 of                     Beijing Normal University.

                  B.Sc. First Class Honours, Biochemistry, McGill University. 

                  M.Sc. Biochemistry, McGill University, with Prof. Jose Teodoro.       

Scientific Interests: Using animal models and computer to understand and improve treatment for human diseases such as cancer; adenovirology and cell cycle regulation. 

Hobbies and Interests: Learning something new everyday! Playing the piano, International politics, Reading for general knowledge, Travelling around the world and meeting new friends, Photographing. 

"Stay hungry. Stay foolish. Stay happy."
"If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."          
    -Sir Isaac Newton.
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop.

Ahmad A. Malik

Graduate Student 

Home town and Country: Lahore, Pakistan

Education: B.Sc. (Hons) Genetics, University of Liverpool, UK

                      MSc Medical Genetics, University of Glasgow, UK

                     Masters in Bioinformatics, University of Guelph, Canada

Scientific Interests: Molecular pathogenesis of cancers, Cancer stem cells, super enhancers in cancers, functional genomics and bioinformatics 

Hobbies and Interests: custom computers, technology, wood working, cricket, comparative religions and above everything, my wife. 

"Knowledge is not what is memorized, knowledge is what benefits.”                                                                - Imam Shafi

Krista Schleicher

Graduate Student

Hometown: Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada

Education: B.Sc with Honors Co-op at University of Waterloo 

Scientific Interests: Skin Cancer and Disease, Cancer Immunotherapy, and molecular signaling pathways in cancer.

Hobbies and Interests: Baking, reading (aside from scientific), scrapbook card making, swimming, and traveling. 

Robin Oh

Graduate Student

Hometown: Toronto, Canada and Seoul, South Korea

Education: H.B.Sc in Immunology and Physiology, University of Toronto

Scientific Interests: Cancer mechanobiology, cancer functional genomics, developmental biology, planar cell polarity

Hobbies and Interests: Orchestral composition, conducting, piano, trumpet, movies, board games, video games

Alaa Hamid

Graduate student  (Co-supervised)

Country: Syria

Education: B.Sc. University of Toronto

Scientific Interests: Bladder cancer functional genomics and modelling

Hobbies and Interests: Learning how to code, reading and playing the flute.

Lingyan Jiang

Research Associate

Home town and Country: Sichuan, China

Education: B.S, Biochemistry, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China

        PhD, Pharmacology, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, US

        Postdoc, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, UHN, Toronto, ON, Canada

Scientific Interests: Functional cancer genomics and Glioma

Hobbies and interests: Hiking, reading and travel

Jacob Berman

Research Technician

Hometown/Country: Thornhill, Canada

Education: B.Sc. University of Guelph

                    M.Sc. Brock University

Scientific Interests: Cancer, of course! :P Animal physiology and behavior

Interests: Movies, television and video games

Ricky Tsai

Veterinary Technician

Home town and Country: Toronto, Canada and Hong Kong, China

Education: H.B. Sc. University of Toronto (Genetics) 

Scientific Interests: Utilizing animal models to better understand the pathways leading to human diseases such as diabetes and cancer.

Hobbies and Interests: Violin player, world traveller, marathon runner, volleyball player, boardgamer

Honestas Ante Honores: Honesty before Glory (KGV School) 

Simen Kaur

Administrative Assistant

Hometown and Country: Punjab, India

Education: M.Sc. Environmental Science, Govt. Science College, JBP, India

                 M.Sc. Plant Physiology, IRBV, Université de Montréal

Hobbies and Interests: Baking, reading, gardening, traveling and craft activities with my girls.

Lab Alumni


Brittany B. Carson
Mranali Dengre

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Undergraduate Student



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