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Campanucci Lab

Zeinab Momeni (PhD candidate)
In my research, I am investigating the hyperglycemia-induced cellular and biochemical changes in central neurons from the hippocampus. To do that, I am using electrophysiological techniques, as well behavioral testing to determine the relationship between diabetes and AD-like cognitive deficits, and learning and memory impairments.


Cayabyab Lab

Adelaid Amah (MSc Candidate)

I currently work on repurposing metformin, an anti-diabetic drug for use in the prevention and therapeutic management of Parkinson's disease in our novel chronic injection animal model for the disorder. I look at the relationship between neurodegeneration, adenosine and insulin-related signalling mechanisms in the ageing brain using behavioural testing, electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry and biochemistry techniques. 

Le Gui

 Dr. Le Gui (Postdoctoral Research Associate)

My project is to investigate the role of the HERG (Human Ether-à-go-go-Related Gene) channel in human breast cancer cell growth. Currently, I am using patch clamp electrophysiology to correlate HERG expression in different human breast cancer cells with their proliferation, in the hopes that these findings will ultimately lead to the development of therapeutic agents to prevent, detect, and treat breast cancers and possibly other types of cancers.

Elisabet Jakova

Elisabet Jakova (PhD candidate)

I am currently studying the role of adenosine signalling and alpha-synuclein misfolding based on a chronic injection rat model that mimics Parkinsonian syndrome.  I am also testing several novel dimer drugs that bind to alpha-synuclein and prevent its misfolding in vitro, and am currently characterizing the possible neuroprotective efficacy of these compounds in our novel animal model of Parkinson’s disease.


Hye Ji (Jay) Kim (MSc candidate)

I am aiming to delineate the functional interaction between the cheomokine receptor 2 (CXCR2) and the adenosine 1 receptor (A1R), and how their intracellular signalling systems cause microglial activation in neurodegenerative disorders such as ischemic stroke and frontal lobe epilepsy. I also hope to shed light on how adenosine signalling is involved in the morphological shifts between M1 (proinflammatory) and M2 (anti-inflammatory) microglia phenotypes during neurodegenerative events.


Jasleen Saini (Summer/Honors Student)

I am investigating the role of hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) channels in synaptic plasticity and neurodegeneration using a variety of techniques, including electrophysiology, imaging, biochemistry, behavioural tests and intranasal drug application.  My work aims to increase our understanding of HCN channel contribution to brain function, especially in animal models that mimic the aging brain with elevated adenosine. 

JS Jocelyn Stockwell (PhD Candidate)

I am a PhD student studying the role of adenosine signalling and immune cell activation in neurodegenerative disorders including stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy. I am currently working on developing a novel animal model for Parkinson’s disease that may give us more insight into the development and early stages of the disease.


Xin Qin (MSc Candidate)

I am currently working on the relationship between Adenosine A1 and A2A receptors in the hippocampus and AMPA receptors’ role in several neurological diseases, such as stroke and Parkinson's disease


Dr. Yuncheng (Vincent) Lv (Postdoctoral Fellow)

My project investigates whether long-term activation of adenosine receptor A1 receptors in the brain subsequently leads to upregulation of neuron sortilin, believed to play a crucial role in lipid transport in neurons. I will determine whether A1R stimulation leads to intracellular lipid accumulation by increasing sortilin expression, which contributes to increased lipidation of alpha-synuclein and development of Parkinson’s disease.


Michael Zaki (MSc Candidate)

I am an MSc student investigating the role of A1 and A2A receptor and AMPA receptor signalling in neurodegenerative disease, especially stroke.  I am also studying the efficacy of clinically approved drug perampanel in an animal stroke model.

Fisher Lab
Howland Lab
Kalynchuk Lab
Kyle Brymer (PhD candidate)
My research examines the effects of repeated corticosterone (CORT) injections on rodent performance of tasks of executive functioning. We employ a variety of behavioral paradigms, including the forced swim test (FST), object memory tasks, and prepulse inhibition (PPI). Work in the future will examine the influence of NMDA receptor antagonists (ex. Ketamine) and immune blockers (ex. Etanercept) on CORT-treated rats' performance on the above mentioned behavioral paradigms.
Kelly Lab

Vedashree Meher (MSc Candidate)

Supervised by Dr. Auer, co-supervised by Dr. Michael Kelly and Dr. Lissa Peeling


Uzair Ahmed (5th year Neurosurgery Resident and MSc Candidate

Supervised by Dr. Michael Kelly

Mousseau Lab
KK Kaeli Knudsen (MSc candidate)
old jen Dr. Jennifer Nyarko (Post-Doctoral Fellow)
Lisa Lisa Poon (Msc candidate)
maa Dr. Maa Quartey (Post-Doctoral Fellow)
Mulligan Lab
Nazarali Lab
kf Kendra Furber (Post-Doctoral fellow)
Merlin Thangaraj (PhD candidate)
Merlin joined Dr. Nazarali's lab in September 2011 to pursue her PhD. Her Masters dissertation was on anti-hepatotoxic effect of Citrus Limon on hepatotoxicity. She completed the National Eligibility Test conducted by CSIR –UGC for Lectureship. Later she worked as a research scholar in the field of Immunology and Molecular biology. At present she is investigating the role of Sirtuin2 in myelination and the aging brain.
Paterson Lab
sc Sally Caine (Post-Doctoral Fellow)
Andrew Crawford (Post-Doctoral Fellow)
Taghibiglou Lab
haj Hajar Miranzadeh (MSc candidate)

Sathiya Sekar (Post-Doctoral Fellow)

Zhang Lab

Ali Mooshekhian 
"I am currently working on Lipid biosynthesis mechanisms in Central Nervous System and the implications of it's impairment in animal models; moreover, we study the effects of Low Field Magnetic Stimulation (LFMS) on animal demyelination model. My study is an attempt to both shed more light on mechanisms through which human brain take steps towards healing on one hand and search for novel methods of treatment for demyelinating conditions that affect the human brain on the other."