Current Research Group

May 2019
Front row (left to right): Nurzhan Mukhametzhanov, Rojo Rakotoharisoa, Marina Cañellas Fontanilles, Roberto Chica, Jesús Agustín Banda-Vázquez, Sandrine Legault, Tony St-Jacques
Back row (left to right): Marc Mayer, Adam Damry, Matthew Eason, Aron Broom, Mykhaylo Slobodyanyuk, Scott Foster

 

Graduate Students




Matthew Eason
Ph.D. candidate (2013/09-present)
B.Sc. Biochemistry / B.A.Sc. Chemical Engineering, University of Ottawa (2013)
Home town: Wawa, Ontario

NSERC PGS-D Scholarship (2017-2019)
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2015-2017)
NSERC CGS-M Scholarship (2014-2015)
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2013-2014)

Research Project: Genetically-encoded biosensors for studying transiently-expressed proteins

 

 

Olivier Gagnon
M.Sc. candidate (2016/01-present)
B.Sc. Chemistry, Université de Sherbrooke (2015)
Home town: Gatineau, Quebec


Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2017)
FQRNT MSc Scholarship (2016-2017)
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2016)

Research Project: Development of a structure-based computational method for prediction of protein-peptide interaction specificity

 

 

Sandrine Legault
M.Sc. candidate (2019/05-present)
B.Sc. Biochemistry (2014-2019)
Home town: Gatineau, Quebec


NSERC CGS-M Scholarship (2019)
NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (2017)

Research Project: Red fluorescent protein engineering

 

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Marc Mayer
M.Sc. candidate (2018/09-present)
B.Sc. Biomedical Sciences (2014-present)
Home town: Casselman, Ontario

NSERC CGS-M Scholarship (2019)
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2018)
NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (2017)

Research Project: Development of a genetically-encoded biosensor for in vivo tracking of exosomes

 

Nurzhan Mukhametzhanov
M.Sc. candidate (2017/09-present)
B.Sc. Chemistry, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (2014)
Home town: Karagandy, Kazakhstan

Bolashak Scholarship (2017-2019)

Research Project: Crystallographic analysis of de novo Kemp eliminases


 

Rojo Rakotoharisoa
Ph.D. candidate (2018/09-present)
M.Sc. Chemistry, Université Paris Diderot (2018)
B.Sc. Biology, Biomolecules, Bioinformatics, Université Paris Diderot (2015)
Home town: Antananarivo, Madagascar

Research Project: De novo enzyme design

 




Mykhaylo Slobodyanyuk
M.Sc. candidate (2018/09-present)
B.Sc. Biochemistry, University of Ottawa (2018)
Home town: Ottawa, Ontario

NSERC CREATE Scholarship (2018-2020)
NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (2017)

Research Project: Computational design of ion-channel agonist specificity

 

Postdoctoral Fellows

Jesús Agustín Banda-Vázquez
Postdoctoral Fellow (2019/02-present)
Ph.D. Biochemical Sciences, National Autonomous University of Mexico (2018)
M.Sc. Biochemical Sciences, National Autonomous University of Mexico (2013)
B.Sc. Genomic Sciences, National Autonomous University of Mexico (2010)
Home town: Mexico City, Mexico

Research Project: Computational design of biosensors based on ligand-gated ion channels


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Marina Cañellas Fontanilles
Postdoctoral Fellow (2018/09-present)
Ph.D. Chemistry, Universitat de Barcelona (2018)
M.Sc. Bioinformatics, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2013)
B.Sc. Biotechnology, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona (2012)
Home town: Torredembarra, Catalonia, Spain

Research Project: Computational design of enzyme allostery

 


Tony St-Jacques
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Ottawa (2018)
B.Sc. Chemistry, University of Ottawa (2011)
Home town: Kingston, Ontario

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2012-2014)
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2011, declined)
Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (2011)

Research Project: Computational design of multi-substrate enzyme specificity

 

 

Undergraduates

Scott Foster
B.Sc. Biopharmaceutical Sciences, University of Ottawa (2015-present)
Home town: Burlington, Ontario

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (2019)

Research Project: Aminotransferase substrate specificity engineering

Ornella Kahasha
B.Sc. Biochemistry / B.A.Sc. Chemical Engineering, University of Ottawa (2016-present)
Home town: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Research Project: Fluorescent protein engineering

 

 

Alumni

For a list of past members, click here.