of enthusiastic scientists

Our Team

Lead Investigator
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Dr. Jakob Magolan

Associate Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biomedical Science

Boris Family Chair of Drug Discovery

Associate Member, Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Member, DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research

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.

Postdoctoral Researchers
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Dr. Marc Mackinnon

Postdoctoral Fellow

BSc: Wilfrid Laurier University
PhD: Memorial University of Newfoundland (G. Bodwell)

Research focus: Dr. Mackinnon works primarily on antimicrobial medicinal chemistry projects.

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; natural products synthesis

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Meghan Fragis

 

PhD Candidate, Chemical Biology

BSc: Unviersity of Guelph (W. Tam)

Research: organosulfur synthetic methods; anti-malarial natural products synthesis

 

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Matthew Squazzin

PhD Candidate, Biochemistry

BSc: University of Waterloo (R. Lemieux)

Research: cardiovascular medicinal chemistry; synthetic methods

Graduate Students - MS Candidates
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Parul Pal

MS Candidate, Chemical Biology

BSc: University of Mumbai

Research: antimicrobial medicinal chemistry; organosulfur synthetic methods

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Arnav Kaul

MS Candidate, Biochemistry

BSc: McMaster University (J. Magolan)

Research: antimicrobial medicinal chemistry

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Nicole Ritchie

MS Candidate, Chemistry

BSc: University of Waterloo (G. Murphy)

Research: antimicrobial medicinal chemistry

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Princeton Luong

MS Candidate, Chemical Biology

BSc: University of Waterloo (M. Chong)

Research: anti-cancer medicinal chemistry

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Elizabeth Lach

MS Candidate, Chemical Biology

BSc: McMaster University (A. Rullo)

Research: anti-cancer medicinal chemistry

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Lara Lima

MS 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.

Visiting Graduate Students
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Isabella Romeo

Visiting Graduate Student from Sapienza University, Rome, Italy

Research: synthesis of phenolic natural products of biomedical interest

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Valeria Vergine

Visiting Graduate Student from Sapienza University, Rome, Italy

Research: synthesis of phenolic natural products of biomedical interest

Undergraduate Students
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Matthew Bacik

Undergraduate Student, Health Sciences

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Vincent Wang

Undergraduate Student, Health Sciences

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Brenda Nkonge

 

Undergraduate Student, Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization​

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Ryan D'Souza

Undergraduate Student, Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization

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Shomaila Rashid

Undergraduate Student, Biochemistry

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Gary Wang

Undergraduate Student, Chemical Biology

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Emma-Kate Baker

Co-op Undergraduate Research Assistant,

Chemical Biology, McMaster University

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Michelle Park

Co-op Undergraduate Research Assistant,

Chemistry, University of Waterloo

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Julian Fernback

 

Co-op Undergraduate Research Assistant,

Chemistry, University of Waterloo

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