People

Daniel Durocher

Primus Inter Pares

Born and raised: Varennes, Quebec
Education: B.Sc. Université de Montréal
Ph.D. McGill University
Postdoc University of Cambridge, UK
Scientific Interest: Genome stability
Tidbit: I tend to miss my plane coming back from meetings. I love Occam’s razor….

Meet Our Team

Rachel Szilard
Scientific Associate

Born and raised: London, Ontario
Education: B.Sc. (McMaster University), Ph.D. (University of Alberta), Postdoc (Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto).
Scientific Interests: Investigating factors that regulate stability of o yeast genome.
Outside interests: Soccer (sadly only as a fan now), American Sign Language, reading all sorts of books.


Meagan Munro
Lab Manager/Technician

Born and raised: Peterborough
Education: B.Sc. (Trent University).
Scientific Interests: DNA damage signaling and repair and conditional knockout mice.
Outside interests: Live music, my cat Citrine, reading, traveling, running.


Nathalie Moatti
Research Technician

Born and raised: Montreal and Toronto, Canada
Education: B.ScH. and MSc (University of Toronto).
Scientific Interests: DNA damage repair and pathway choice.
Outside interests:I enjoy baking and cooking, traveling, live music, and cats!


Andrea McEwan
Research Technician

Born and raised: Ottawa, Ontario
Education: B.Sc. (University of Ottawa), M.Sc. (University of British Columbia).
Scientific Interests: Homologous recombination, high-throughput microscopy, high-throughput screening.
Outside interests:Being outdoors, beer, video games and good food.


 

Nicole Hustedt
Post-doctoral Fellow

Born and raised: Germany
Education: Diploma in Biochemistry (University of Tuebingen, Germany), PhD in Biochemistry (Friedrich Miescher Institute/University of Basel, Switzerland)
Scientific Interests: DNA damage signaling and genome stability throughout the cell cycle.
Outside interests: Outdoor activities (rock climbing, hiking, mountaineering, ski touring 



Michal Zimmermann
Post-doctoral Fellow

Born and raised: Prachatice, Czech Republic.
Education: B.Sc.& M.Sc. Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Rep., Ph.D. Masaryk University / Rockefeller University, NY
Scientific Interests: Genome integritydouble strand break repair pathway choice, functional genomics.
Outside interests: Playing the guitar and going to all sorts of live music shows, good food and good beer, running, reading. 


Salomé Adam
Post-doctoral Fellow

Born and raised: Paris, France
Education: Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France)
Scientific Interests: Genome and epigenome stability
Outside interests:I enjoy cooking and baking, walking around cities…


Karine Jacquet
Post-doctoral Fellow

Born and raised: TBA.
Education: Ph.D. Unversité Laval, Québec, Canada
Scientific Interests: TBA.
Outside interests: TBA. 


 

Ján Tkáč
Postdoctoral Fellow

Born: Košice, Czechoslovakia
Raised: Toronto, Canada
Education: B.Sc. (University of Waterloo), M.Sc. (University of British Columbia) Ph.D. (University of Toronto).
Scientific Interests: DNA repair, genome stability, heredity, evolution.
Outside interests: Sports, politics, economics, food, animals, wild mushrooms.


Jordan Young
Postdoctoral Fellow

Born and raised: Whitby, Ontario
Education: B.Sc., M.Sc. (University of Waterloo), Ph.D. (University of Toronto)
Scientific Interests: Homologous recombination & high-content screening.
Outside interests: Golf, tennis, beer, remaining a loyal Leafs fan even after decades of disappointment.


Théo Goullet de Rugy
Post-doctoral Fellow

Born and raised: TBA.
Education: Ph.D. (Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France).
Scientific Interests: TBA.
Outside interests: TBA. 


Alejandro Álvarez Quilon
Post-doctoral Fellow

Born and raised: TBA.
Education: Ph.D. (CABIMER, Sevilla, Spain).
Scientific Interests: TBA.
Outside interests: TBA. 


Dheva Setiaputra
Post-doctoral Fellow

Born and raised: TBA.
Education: Ph.D. (University of British Columbia)
Scientific Interests: TBA.
Outside interests: TBA. 


Timothy Ng
Graduate Student

Born and raised: Vancouver, BC
Education:B.Sc. (McGill University)
Scientific Interests:Genome integrity throughout the cell cycle, mitosis & chromosome segregation, ubiquitin signaling
Outside interests:Cooking, sampling food & drink, reading, enjoying nature and the outdoors.


Alana Sherker
Graduate Student

Born:Toronto, Ontario. Oddly enough on the 10thfloor of Mt Sinai Hospital.
Raised:Montreal, Quebec & Bethesda, Maryland
Education:B.ScH. Biochemistry (Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario).
Scientific Interests:Signaling pathways involved in DNA damage repair, cancer genetics, cell cycle progression.
Outside interests:Sports! Hockey, Skiing, and Soccer! I love traveling, experiencing new cultures and trying all sorts of yummy cuisine!


Tiffany Cho
Graduate Student

Born and raised:TBA
Education:B.Sc. (McGill University).
Scientific Interests:TBA.
Outside interests: TBA.


Michele Olivieri
Graduate Student

Born and raised: TBA.
Education: TBA
Scientific Interests: TBA.
Outside interests: TBA. 


Lab Alumni

Sylvie Noordermeer
Postdoctoral Fellow
Where she is now: Completing her NwO fellowship in Haico van Attikum’s lab in Leiden

Jonathan Strecker
PhD student
Where he is now: Doing a postdoc at MIT/Broad with Feng Zhang

Marcus Wilson
Postdoctoral Fellow
Where he is now: 2nd postdoc in Alessandro Costa’s lab at the Crick

Cristina Escribano-Diaz
Postdoctoral Fellow
Where she is now: back in Spain, studying for a career in the pharma industry

Julia Kentsine
Research Technician
Where she is now: Julia is currently taking care of her children and will soon look for new opportunities.

Alexandre Orthwein
Postdoctoral Fellow
Where he is now: Alex has started his own lab in Montréal. Check out his lab website here

Amélie Fradet-Turcotte
Postdoctoral Fellow
Where she is now: Amélie started her own lab in Québec City. Check out her lab website here

Catherine Brun
Postdoctoral Fellow
Catherine has made a successful return to Switzerland where she is now a Scientific Advisor to the ETH board.

Sébastien Landry
Postdoctoral Fellow
Sébastien is now pursuing a degree in Pharmacy in Montréal.

Marella Canny
Research Associate
Where she is now: working with her husband Mike at Texas Tech

Marie-Claude Landry
Postdoctoral Fellow
Where she is now: Research Review Officer at Mitacs Inc

Charles Leung
Postdoctoral Fellow
Where he is now: Postdoctoral Fellow at The Centre for Drug Research and Development in Vancouver

Stephanie Panier
Ph.D. Student (2007-2013)
Where she is now: Doing a postdoc in Simon Boulton’s lab at Clare Hall in London, UK

Wei Zhang
Ph.D. Student (2005-2011), Short-term Post-doctoral Fellow (2012)
Where he is now: Doing a post-doc in Dev Sidhu’s lab at the University of Toronto

ManTek Yeung
Ph.D. Student (2004-2011)
Where he is now: MSL at Roche

Abdallah Al-Hakim
Post-doctoral Fellow (2007-2011)
Where he is now: Business Operations Manager for BlueJeans Network
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Rebecca Gladdy
Clinician Scientist (2008-2010)
Where she is now: Rebecca is now flying solo. Please see her page at the OICR.

Leah Kabaroff
Research Technician (2008-2010)
Where she is now: Leah is Rebecca’s lab manager

Lara O’Donnell
Post-doctoral Fellow (2008-2011)
Where she is now: Lara is now Director of Research at CIFAR
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Megan Mendez
Research Associate (2007-2009)
Where she is now: Megan is now experimenting with kids (n=2)

Yosuke Ichijima
Post-doctoral Fellow (2008-2009)
Where he is now: Back in Japan

Nadine Katherina Kolas
Post-doctoral Fellow (2005-2009)
Where she is now: Research Scientist/Policy Analyst at Health Canada
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Marta Kovatcheva
Undergraduate Thesis Student (2009-2010)
Where she is now: Graduate student in the lab of Andrew Koff, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Hossein Akbari-Salkdeh
Undergraduate Assistant (2008-2011)
Where he is now: After years of good service, Hossein is making his fortune in real estate

Enrico Tenaglia
Graduate Student (2009)
Where he is now: Ph.D. student at the CNIO in Madrid, Spain

Sarah Galicia
Lab Manager (2003-2008)
Where she is now: Program Manager at Lakeridge Health
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Shinichiro Nakada
Post-doctoral Fellow (2006-2009)
Where he is now: Associate Professor, Osaka University, Japan

Julia Li
Undergraduate Student (2007-2009)
Where she is now: Graduate student at The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego

Devin Trudeau
Undergraduate Student (2008-2009)
Where he is now:  Postdoc

Marta Guerra-Rebollo
Visiting Ph.D. Student (2008)
Where she is now: Post-doctoral researcher at IQAC, Spain
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Scott Dixon
Short-term Post-doctoral Fellow (2008)
Where he is now: Starting his own group at Stanford in late 2013

Signe Olivarius
Visiting Student (2007)
Where she is now: Back in Denmark doing her Ph.D.

Mike Downey
Ph.D. Student (2003-2008)
Where he is now: Will  be starting his own group in Fall 2014 at University of Ottawa.
Visit downeylab.org for more information.

Sherene Chin-Fatt
Undergraduate Student (2007-2008)
Where she is now: Market Research Analyst in Toronto
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Pamela Kanellis
Ph.D. Student (2001-2007)
Where she is now: Director, Research & Global Academy at CIFAR
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Frédéric D. Sweeney
Ph.D. Student (2003-2008)
Where he is now: Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Alliances at Biomérieux
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Jarkko Ylanko
M.Sc. Student (2004-2008)
Where he is now: Research Assistant, Sunnybrook Research Institute
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Mark Gagliardi
Postdoctoral Fellow (2003-2007)
Where he is now: Facility Manager, McEwan Centre for Regenerative Medicine

Lisa D’Ambrosio
4th Year Project Student (2006-2007)
Where she is now: Replacement Assistant Professor U of Ottawa

Jennifer Yen
4th Year Project Student (2006-2007)
Where she is now: Ph.D. Student at the Sanger Centre in the UK

Benjamin Cheng
Research Associate (2005-2006)
Where he is now: Law Student at University of Toronto

Robert Rose
Undergraduate Student (2006)
Where he is now: Applying for graduate schools

Rob Woolstencroft
Ph.D. Student (2001-2006)
Where he is now: Head, Marketing and Sales, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
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Rob Gryfe
Post-doctoral Fellow (2002-2005)
Where he is now: Surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital

Eris Duro
Summer Student (2005)
Where he is now: Post-doc in the lab of Adele Marston, University of Edinburgh

Martin Burkhalter
Visiting Post-doctoral Fellow (2005)
Where he is now: Scientist in the group of Lenhard Rudolph at the University of Ulm, Germany

Adrienne Rollie
Summer Student (2003 and 2004)
Where she is now: Research Specialist at UCLA

Ethan Kaufman
Summer Student (2003 and 2004)
Where he is now: Just finished a Ph.D. In Cambridge UK

Anne Koch
Post-doctoral Fellow (2002-2004)
Where she is now: Anne now heads her own group at the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto

Larissa Liontos
Summer Student (2002)
Where she is now: Larissa is now a Medical Resident in Hematological Pathology

Openings

Although the lab is currently close to its capacity, we are always looking for the best and brightest to join our team. In particular, I am always looking to recruit talented post-docs from Canada and abroad. As a cardinal rule, I give strong preference to individuals in their first post-doc (i.e. fresh out of a Ph.D.). If you have a solid publication record in the area of the DNA damage response, ubiquitin biology, cell signaling, immunology (e.g. CSR and V(D)J recombination), functional genomics or mouse genetics, and you are enthusiastic about our work, get in touch with me!
— Dr. Durocher

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