of enthusiastic scientists

Our Team

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.

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; methodologies for the synthesis of phenolic natural products

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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

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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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

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Mohammed Salha 

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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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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Yossef Nafea

Undergraduate Student, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences

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