Your Council Members 2013-2014

Presidents

Shawn McGuirk
Shawn McGuirk
Mathieu Flamand
MathieuFlamand
Being a native from the Montreal region, (Francophone !) I graduated with a B.Sc. honors from Université de Montréal in Biochemistry before coming to the sunny side of the mountain (McGill) for graduate studies. I now study the mysteries of gene silencing by miRNAs in C. elegans in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Duchaine at the Goodman Cancer Research Centre.

VP Finance

Katie Stewart
Katherine Stewart

VPs Communication

Lauren Van Der Kraak
Lauren Van Der Kraak
Raised in Guelph Ontario I completed my BSc in Biochemistry Co-op at the University of Guelph. I am currently finishing up my PhD in the labs of Drs. Nicole Beauchemin and Philippe Gros. My research focuses on the identification of genes/loci that regulate susceptibility to colorectal cancer in mice. When not in the lab you can usually find me running with the Montreal Beer Runners, playing a board/card game or catching up on my favorite TV shows.
Laura Forrest
Laura Forrest
Having completed my B.Sc with combined honours in Biology and French at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I started my M.Sc in Biochemistry at McGill University in 2012. My project investigates the molecular mechanisms governing the role of CEACAM1-L, a cell adhesion molecule, in colorectal cancer metastasis. You’ll find me in the lab, running up Mont Royal, or at the arena.

Post-Graduate Students’ Society (PGSS) representatives

Benjamin Wiles
Benjamin Wiles
Originally from Orillia, ON I completed a joint B.Sc. (Hon.) at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada and Universita Bocconi in Milan, Italy in Molecular Biology/Biochemistry and Commerce. At SFU I worked with Dr. Lynne Quarmby to investigate the role of the primary cilium in polycystic kidney disease and other clinical ciliopathies. I made my way to McGill University to pursue my M.Sc. and currently study the role of the ubiquitin proteasome system in human disease. My current work is supervised by Dr. Simon Wing at the McGill University Health Center – Research Institute. My current interest is in how the cell’s normal process for protein turnover can be aberrantly activated to drive muscle wasting as well as development of a clinical intervention for the prevention and treatment of muscle atrophy. Outside the lab, you’ll likely find me snowboarding, hiking, or picnicking in the parc.
Shane Caldwell
Shane Caldwell
Originally from outside Barrie, ON, I’ve come to McGill via the University of Guelph. I use structural biology to study the mechanism of antibiotic resistance enzymes. This may help us inhibit the enzyme and revitalize old drugs, or to design new, more effective antibiotics. Past work experiences have involved PCR, chemical titration instrumentation, and rescuing lost families out of corn mazes.
Yangchun (Frank) Chen
Yangchun Frank Chen

Social Life Representatives

Maxwell Schafer
Maxwell Schafer
My name is Maxwell E.R. Shafer (MERS), I’m a developmental and cell biologist currently undertaking a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. I’m interested in the morphogenesis of epithelial tissues, the developmental origin of cancer and molecular developmental evolution.I received both my M.Sc. and H.B.Sc. in Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, where I worked with Dr. Sashko Damjanovski as a Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholar. My current work is in the laboratory of Dr. Maxime Bouchard at the Goodman Cancer Research Centre where I study the developmental morphogenesis of prostate epithelia and the origins of prostate cancer.Follow me on Twitter
Colin Ratcliffe
Colin Ratcliffe
My name is Colin and I am pursuing my PhD in Morag Park’s lab in the Goodman Cancer Research Centre. I was born in Montreal and received my B.Sc.(Honours) from McGill. Currently, I’m interested in the impact of endosomal trafficking on receptor function and combine cutting-edge microscopy and biochemistry to study this.
Emily Ayoub
Emily Ayoub
Richa Sharma
Richa Sharma
Juliana Munoz Escobar
Juliana Munoz Escobar
Proudly born in Medellin, Colombia, I finished my undergraduate studies at Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Biological Engineering. During that time, I became more interested in understanding how biological processes work, specifically enzymes, and I decided to start my PhD in Biochemistry under Dr. Kalle Gehring’s supervision. I use structural biology to understand the functions and mechanisms of a family of ubiquitin ligases called UBRs, most of them implicated in cancer development.
Erin Coyne
Erin Shier Coyne
Jennifer Ma
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