Current Members

A diverse and talented group of people working at the frontier of basic and translational research

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Igor Cestari, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor,

Institute of Parasitology, McGill University (website)
Associate Member, Department of Medicine, Division of Experimental Medicine, McGill University (website)

Igor has a BSc. in biology with a specialty in genetics and MSc. and Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology.

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Tony Isebe

Tony investigates the composition and topology of the telomeric expression site complex using genetics, mass spectrometry, and microscopy approaches.

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Andressa Brito Lira

Andressa works on the development of genome-wide libraries in trypanosomes and other protozoan pathogens for the identification of drug targets.

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Rhiannon Heslop

Rhiannon works on the discovery of new epitopes for Chagas disease vaccines. She uses yeast surface display to express T. cruzi genome-wide libraries and combines flow cytometry and nanopore sequencing to screen epitopes recognized by human antibodies.

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Abdoulie Touray

Abdoulie is interested in genetics, mass spectrometry, and single-cell sequencing to study phosphoinositide signalling and the regulatory mechanisms underlying the control of VSG expression and switching in T. brucei.

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Antonio De Lauri

Antonio works on Chagas disease vaccines. He uses yeast surface display to express T. cruzi genome-wide libraries and combines flow cytometry and nanopore sequencing to screen epitopes recognized by human antibodies.

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Mira Loock

Mira works on bioinformatics to improve our genomics pipeline implementing accurate base-calling tools for nanopore sequencing.

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Lionel Dignowity

Mira works on bioinformatics to improve our genomics pipeline implementing accurate base-calling tools for nanopore sequencing.

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Coco Zhang

Coco supports the laboratory's general organization and maintenance.