of enthusiastic scientists

Our Team


September 2019

Lead Investigator

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 Associate
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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)

Project(s): antimicrobial medicinal chemistry

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Mathew Piotrowski

Postdoctoral Fellow 

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

Project(s): antimicrobial medicinal chemistry

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Dr. Marc Mackinnon

Postdoctoral Fellow

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

Project(s): antimicrobial medicinal chemistry

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)

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Lara Lima

MS Candidate, Chemical Biology

BSc: Federal University of Ceara, Brazil

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