Postdoc Profiles

Karine Dufresne

PhD: Université de Montréal

Email: Kdufres3@uwo.ca  

Research Lab:  Dr. McCormick

Research Interests:  I obtained my PhD from Université de Montréal in 2020 where my work focused on Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi pathogenesis and regulation. In my current postdoc, in the McCormick Lab, I look at environmental cues that trigger Staphylococcus virulence factors.

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Corby Fink

PhD: Western University

Email:  cfink4@uwo.ca 

Research Lab:  Drs. Dikeakos and Dekaban

Research Interests:  I obtained my PhD from the University of Western Ontario in 2018 focusing on the development of cell-based immunotherapies and in vivo cell tracking using fluorine-19 cellular MRI. My current work looks at small molecule inhibitors of Nef in a transgenic mouse model and how they can function as adjuvants towards a cure for HIV/AIDS. 

Mariya Goncheva

PhD: University of Edinburgh

Email:  mgonchev@uwo.ca  

Research Lab:  Dr. Heinrichs

Research Interests: I finished my PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2017, where I investigated the relationship between influenza A virus and Staphylococcus aureus during co-infection. In my current postdoc, my work focuses on determining the nutritional requirements of S. aureus during infection, and how that relates to diseases progression and severity. In particular, my work looks into the role of purines and their co-regulation with virulence factors.

Twitter: @M_Goncheva 

Veronica Guariglia

Postdoc: Cornell University

PhD: Cornell University

Email: vguarigl@uwo.ca   

Research Lab:  Dr. Heinrichs

Research Interests: During my PhD, I studied gene regulation of cell wall stress response in Bacillus subtilis. Switching gears for my first post-doc, I studied how the human pathogen Listeria monocytogenes coordinates a response to survive under stress. Now in the Heinrichs Lab, I combine my previous experience in gene regulation of stress response and virulence to tackle the mechanism by which Staphylococcus aureus coordinates the regulatory networks at the intersection of metabolism and virulence.

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Twitter:  @vero_guariglia

Pascaline Kohio

PhD: Western University

Email:  hkohio@uwo.ca   

Research Lab:  Dr. Barr

Research Interests: I am interested in the molecular virology of emerging infectious diseases. I am currently developing screening assays for antiviral therapeutics against SARS-CoV-2 in the Containment Level 3 lab in the ImPaKT facility here at Western University.

Namish Kumar

PhD: National Institute of Virology, India

Email:  mkumar66@uwo.ca   

Research Lab:  Dr. Haeryfar

Research Interests: I earned my PhD degree from National Institute of Virology, India and joined Dr Haeryfar lab after completing a stint at University of Calgary, as a post doc. I am interested in studying role of T-cells in regulation of inflammatory diseases such as sepsis.

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Kate Parham

PhD: University of South Australia

Email:  kparham2@uwo.ca  

Research Lab:  Dr. Kerfoot

Research Interests: I completed my PhD in 2015 at the University of South Australia where I researched the regulation of blood vessel development through a unique lipid:protein interaction. Currently I am a MS Society of Canada funded Postdoc and I research how the immune response to myelin antigen is different to that against a foreign antigen, using advanced in vivo imaging techniques.

Twitter: @KateAParham

Nima Taefehshokr

PhD: Brunel University London

Email: ntaefehs@uwo.ca   

Research Lab:  Dr. Heit

Research Interests: I obtained my PhD from the Brunel University London in 2019, my work focused on role of Egr2 in CD8 tumor infiltrating lymphocytes under melanoma condition. In my current postdoc position, I’m investigating antigen-sorting mechanisms by phagocytes in the development of CD4 T cell responses.

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Stephen Tuffs

PhD: University of Edinburgh

Email:  stuffs@uwo.ca   

Research Lab:  Dr. McCormick

Research Interests: I obtained my PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2015, my work focused on pathogenesis of the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. In my current postdoc position, I look at how superantigens from staphylococci contribute to severe diseases such as sepsis.

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David Zuanazzi

PhD: Western University, Canada

Email: dmachad@uwo.ca  

Research Lab:  Dr. Prodger

Research Interests: David obtained his PhD in Biochemistry from Western University in 2019. His work focused on applying mass spectrometry-based proteomics to diagnose infectious diseases in saliva, such as the Zika virus. David also holds a DDS degree and an MSc in periodontology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where he studied the colonization of the oral cavity by non-indigenous species that cause nosocomial infections. In his current postdoc position, David is working on developing an organotypic foreskin model to understand how the interaction between the foreskin and the penile microbiome is associated with HIV susceptibility.