Former Lab Members
Grad Student, BPSD, U. of Washington
Grad Student, Buy Lab, McGill
postdoc, Lee Lab, U. of Washington
Dental Student, University of Toronto
Technician, Qi Lab, Stanford
Grad Student, University of Toronto
Grad Student, Madrenas Lab, McGill
Assistant, Gehring Lab, McGill
Grad Student, Walker Lab, McGill
Medical Student, University of Toronto
Rotation Students and Visitors
Grad Student, Hurley Lab, UW
Grad Student, Gehring Lab, McGill
Grad Student, Baker Lab, UW
Jesse Hansen, research assistant.
Jesse received his BSc in Biochemistry from University of Western Ontario. He earned his MSc from McGill in 2011, for his work in the laboratory of Dr. Marcel Behr on host immunological responses to tuberculosis infection. Currently Jesse is using his molecular biology skills on numerous projects in the lab, and developing a wide range of new skills including electron microscopy and protein purification. In his free time he likes to snowboard, mix digital music on his turntables, and ferment his own wines.
Shun Kai Yang (SKY), master's student.
Sky was born in tropical province of Yunnan, known as the "Kingdom of Animal and Plants". As a child he enjoyed this richness in biodiversity and developed an interest in the natural sciences. Soon he became curious in biochemistry and microscopy. A recent graduate from Dalhousie University (B.Sc.), in his free time, you can find him volunteering in the hospital, enjoying the pool or looking at the stars to ponder the mysteries of the universe.
Nancy Hom, postdoc, fall 2012-summer 2014.
Nancy received her PhD from New York University in 2011, where she investigated protein-based metal nanostructures using EM under the tutelage of Kent Kirshenbaum in the Department of Chemistry. In the Kollman lab, she studies the EM structures of magnetosomes and proteins involved in their formation. During her free time, Nancy likes to sprout avocado pits.
Ryan Noh, undergrad, summer 2014.
Ryan Noh, undergrad. Ryan has lived in various parts of the world including South Korea, New Zealand, Vancouver, London, and Montreal. He is currently completing his B.Sc. at McGill majoring in Anatomy and Cell Biology. In the Kollman lab, Ryan hopes to gain further experience and knowledge in the field of molecular biology by exploring the fascinating world of prokaryotes. During his free time, Ryan likes to eat, play sports, and spend time as a philanthropist!
Emeric Charles, undergrad, summer 2012-summer 2014.
Emeric has the dubious distinction of being the very first member of the Kollman lab. He has worked both as a volunteer and as an Anat 432 Honours student. He has been involved in several projects in the lab, but is primarily focused on the AlfA plasmid segregation system. In particular, he is working to understanding the mechanisms by which AlfA filaments are linked to plasmid DNA by the adaptor protein AlfB.
Rui Han Liu, undergrad, summer 2014.
Rui is a second year student in the Anatomy and Cell Biology Honours Program. During her summer in the lab as a Bionanomachines fellow, she is working on the structural characterization of CTP synthase filaments and other related filaments that contribute to regulation of nucleotide metabolism in cells. In her free time, she likes to scour the streets of Montreal for delicious food.
Matthew Shepherd, undergrad, winter 2013-spring 2014.
Matthew was born and raised in Toronto and is currently completing his BSc at McGill majoring in quantitative biology. He is performing his research project in the Kollman Lab investigating the 3D structure of CTP synthase filaments using cryo-EM techniques.
Alyona Khomutovskaya undergrad, summer 2013.
Alyona ran away from the Department of Chemistry at McGill, where she is currently attempting to finish her undergraduate major in bio-organic chemistry, to have an awesome time in the Kollman lab group during the summer of 2013. When she wasn't busy haunting the corridors of Strathcona and the autoclave room, she was working with magnetotactic bacteria (AMB-1), trying to isolate protein MamY.
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