of enthusiastic scientists

Our Team

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September 2022
Photo by Blake Dillon
Lead Investigator
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Dr. Jakob Magolan

Associate Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences

Boris Family Chair of Drug Discovery

BSc (2002) Queen's University, Canada (R. Lemieux)
PhD (2007) Western University, Canada (M. Kerr)

Postdoc (2007-2010) Griffith University, Australia (M. Coster)

2010 - 2017, Assist. & Assoc. Prof., University of Idaho

2017 - present, Assoc Prof., McMaster University

Research Associates
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Dr. Jarrod Johnson

Research Associate

BSc & PhD: University of Waterloo (G. Dimitrienko)
Postdoctoral research: Notre Dame (S. Mobashery); McMaster (G. Wright)

Research Focus:  Dr. Johnson contributes to the management of all research in our lab with an emphasis on antimicrobial medicinal chemistry projects.

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Dr. Mathew Piotrowski

Research Associate

BSc & PhD: Western University, Canada (M. Kerr)

Postdoctoral research: McMaster University (J. Magolan)

Research focus:  Dr. Pitrowski develops scalable syntheses of phenolic natural products of biomedical interest.  His research is sponsored by a partnership between our lab and Naturally Synthetic Inc.

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Dr. Lauren Irwin

Research Associate

BSc & PhD: Western University, Canada (M. Kerr)

Research focus: Dr. Irwin works on the syntheses of phenolic natural products of biomedical interest.  Her research is sponsored by a partnership between our lab and Naturally Synthetic Inc.

Graduate Students - PhD Candidates
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Patrick Darveau

PhD Candidate, Chemical Biology

BSc: University of Laval

MSc: University of Laval

Research: antimicrobial medicinal chemistry; methodologies for the synthesis of phenolic natural products

Meghan Fragis

PhD Candidate, Chemical Biology

BSc: Unviersity of Guelph (W. Tam)

Research: organosulfur synthetic methods; antimicrobial medicinal chemistry

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Matthew Squazzin

PhD Candidate, Biochemistry

BSc: University of Waterloo (R. Lemieux)

Research: cardiovascular medicinal chemistry; organosulfur synthetic methods

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Nicole Ritchie

PhD Candidate, Chemistry

BSc: University of Waterloo (G. Murphy)

Research: antimicrobial medicinal chemistry

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Lara Lima

PhD Candidate, Chemical Biology

BSc: Federal University of Ceara, Brazil

Research: antimicrobial medicinal chemistry; development of chemical tools to enable fast point-of-care diagnosis of antibiotic drug resistance.

Graduate Students - MS Candidates
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Princeton Luong

MS Candidate, Chemical Biology

BSc: University of Waterloo (with Prof. Michael Chong)

Research: anti-cancer medicinal chemistry

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Elizabeth Lach

MS Candidate, Chemical Biology

BSc: McMaster University (with Prof. Anthony Rullo)

Research: anti-cancer medicinal chemistry

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Ellie Wong

MS Candidate, Chemical Biology

BSc: University of Waterloo (with Prof. Graham Murphy)

Research: anti-cancer medicinal chemistry

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Kaitlyn Breault

MS Candidate, Chemical Biology

BSc: University of Windsor (with Prof. John Trant)

Research: anti-cancer medicinal chemistry

Undergraduate Students
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Matthew Bacik

Undergraduate Student, Health Sciences

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Eric Pettipiece

Undergraduate Student, Integrated Sciences

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Gary Wang

Undergraduate Student, Chemistry​

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Zheng Zhou

Coop Undergraduate Research Assistant,
Chemical Biology, McMaster University
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Rowan Ives

Undergraduate Student, Health Sciences

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Marissa MacIver

Undergraduate Student, Chemistry

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Ella Harness

Undergraduate Student, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences

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