Lab Alumni

Graduate Students

  • Maxwell Bui-MarinosMaxwell P. Bui-Marinos [2017 Murray Fallis Award for best student oral presentation in PIE Section of Canadian Society of Zoologists; 2019 best student oral presentation at North American Comparative Immunology Workshop] 
    • 2019 - MSc in Biology; Thesis Title: Investigation of frog skin epithelial cell immunocompetence and antiviral response to Frog Virus 3 in Xela DS2 and Xela VS2, two newly established Xenopus laevis skin epithelial cell lines
    • Current position: Research Technician, University of Calgary
  • Quinn AbramQuinn H. Abram [2018 QEII graduate scholarship, 2018 Murray Fallis Award for best student oral presentation in PIE Section of Canadian Society of Zoologists]
    • 2019 - MSc in Biology (co-supervised with Dr. Brian Dixon); Thesis Title: Effects of Low Temperature on Endogenous Antigen Presentation in Two Fish Species, Oncorhynchus mykiss and Sander vitreus
    • Current position: PhD student, McGill University

Undergraduate Honours Thesis Students

  • Brandon MorningstarBrandon Morningstar (2019/09 - 2020/04)
    • Thesis title: Elucidating the mechanisms of cell death of Xenopus laevis epithelial-like cell lines, Xela DS2 and Xela VS2, in response to pathogen challenge
    • Current position: TBD
  • Adrienne RangerAdrienne Ranger (2019/09 - 2020/04)
    • Thesis title: Characterization of pattern recognition receptors in Xenopus laevis dorsal and ventral epithelial-like skin cell lines
    • Current position: MSc Student,  University of Toronto
  • Jasmin ZhangSimi (Jasmin) Zhang (2019/09 - 2020/04)
    • Thesis title: Investigating the effects of Frog Virus 3 (FV3) on the Rs DS33-1a Rana sylvatica dorsal skin continuous cell culture
  • Mercedes RoseMercedes Rose (2018/09 - 2019/04)
    • Thesis title: Effects of Frog Virus 3 challenge on a Xenopus laevis bone marrow cell line
    • Current position: MSc student, University of Ottawa
  • Alex DouglasAlexander Douglas (2018/09 - 2019/04) [Awards: 2019 NSERC URSA]
    • Thesis title: Investigating seasonal characteristics of the North American wood frog skin microbiome
    • Current position: PhD student, University of Waterloo
  • Sumayyah SokeechandSumayyah Sokeechand (2017/09 - 2018/04) [Awards: Marilyn Griffith Senior Honours Project Excellence Award]
    • Thesis title: Characterization of a Rana sylvatica bone marrow cell line
    • Current position: PhD student, McMaster University
  • Leo NataprawiraLeo Nataprawira (2017/09 - 2018/04)
    • Thesis title: Expanding the Xenopus laevis invitrome
    • Current position: MSc candidate, University of Guelph
    • Previous position: Laboratory Analyst, ALS Environmental
  • Sam SalamunSamuel G. Salamun (2016/09 - 2017/04)
    • Thesis title: Molecular and functional characterization of Xenopus laevis spleen cell lines
    • Current position: PhD candidate, University of Toronto
  • William NgWilliam (Alex) Ng (2016/09 - 2017/04)
    • Thesis title: Characterization of Xenopus laevis bone marrow stromal cell line
    • Current position: MSc candidate, University of Waterloo
  • Steven BuckrellSteven Buckrell (2016/09 - 2017/04)
    • Thesis title: Effects of a fungal beta-glucan on the cell morphology and viability of a Xenopus laevis dorsal skin epithelial cell line
    • Current position: MSc candidate, University of Toronto
  • Eric Le Dreff-Kerwin (2015/09 - 2016/04) [Completed an MSc at University of Waterloo]
    • Thesis title: Generation and characterization of spleen continuous cell cultures from the African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis).
    • Current position: Staff, Canadian Pavilion at Disney World
  • Max Bui-MarinosMaxwell Marinos (2015/09 - 2016/04) [Completed an MSc at University of Waterloo]
    • Thesis title: Characterization of ventral and dorsal skin cells lines from the African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis).
    • Current position: Research Technician, University of Calgary

Fourth Year Design Project Students

  • FYDP students Anson Lau, Shuo Liu, Mitchel Crombeen, Alan Huang (Photo Left to Right)
    • Project title: Platform for multi-analyte detection
    • Sept 2019 - April 2020

Undergraduate Students

  • Christopher Lung (2020/02 - 2020/04)
    • Position: Co-op Student
  • Alex DouglasAlexander Douglas [2019 NSERC URSA]
    • Project title: Characterization of the wood frog skin microbiome
  • William NgWilliam (Alex) Ng
    • Project title: Characterization of Xenopus laevis bone marrow stromal cell line
  • Max Bui-MarinosMaxwell P. Bui-Marinos
    • Project title: Molecular markers of Xela DS2 and Xela VS2 epithelial cell lines from Xenopus laevis.
  • Maxwell Marinos
    • Project title: Maintenance and growth of bone marrow cell lines from the African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis).

Undergraduate Volunteers

  • Brandon Morningstar
  • Gajani Nirthanarajah
  • Marie-Claire Wasson
  • Nicole Lassel
  • Zhenglin Yi
  • Alexander Douglas
  • Mercedes Rose
  • Sumayyah Sokeechand
  • Charley Peitzmeier (Visiting Scholar from University College London)
  • Fiona Liu
  • Justin Pham
  • Alex Telesz
  • Steven Buckrell
  • Xiang (Molly) Chen
  • Katey Bender [Co-supervised with Dr. Paul Craig]
  • Maxwell Marinos