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Brenda Yasie Lee
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Location: 
PHY 366

Research Interests:

  • Study of antimicrobial peptide daptomycin and its interaction with pulmonary surfactant and model bacterial membranes
  • Study of amyloid-beta interactions with model membranes in relation to Alzheimer's Disease
  • Use of atomic force microscopy, Kelvin probe force microscopy, Langmuir-Blodgett trough, fluorescence spectroscopy and black lipid membrane techniques

Leonenko Lab History:

  • May 2011 - Aug 2011: NSERC USRA Summer Student (Physics)
    * Working with atomic force microscopy imaging of amyloid-beta interactions with SG1 inhibitors
  • Sep 2011 - Dec 2012: Undergraduate Research Volunteer (Biology)
    * Atomic force microscopy imaging of DHA (omega-3) and its effect on amyloid-beta fibril formation
  • Jan 2013 - Apr 2017: PhD Candidate in Biology (Nanotechnology)
  • May 2017 - Aug 2019: Research Associate
  • Sep 2019 - Current: Volunteer Research Associate
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Current Students
Liz Drolle

Current Position:

  • Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Waterloo's Centre for Contact Lens Research

Leonenko Lab History:

  • Sep 2010 - Jun 2015: PhD Student (Biology)
  • Jan 2008 - Apr 2010: Undergraduate Research Assistant (Biology)

Research Interests:

  • Investigation of steroid's effect on phospholipid membranes
  • Effect of cholesterol on amyloid fibril formation
  • Study of lipid-protein films found in lens deposits
  • Atomic force microscopy and Langmuir-Blodgett studies
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Current Students
Dr. Robbie Henderson

Current Position:

  • MD/MBA Student at University of Saskatchewan

Leonenko Lab History:

  • Sep 2011 - Dec 2015: PhD Student (Physics)
    * Frequency modulated Kelvin probe force microscopy to study electrostatics in lipid-protein assemblies
Group(s): 
Current Students
Stephen Turnbull
Location: 
PHY 335

Research Interests:

  • The effect of melatonin on Alzheimer's disease using localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) and surface enhanced raman scattering (SERS)
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Current Students
Morgan Robinson

Research Interests:

  • Effect of inhibitors and melatonin on amyloid toxicity
  • Atomic force spectroscopy, cell viability studies, surface plasmon resonance

Leonenko Lab History:

  • Sep 2017 - Current: PhD (Pharmacy) Student
  • May 2015 - Aug 2017: MSc (Biology) Student
  • May 2014 - Apr 2015: BSc (Physics) Volunteer
    * Atomic force spectroscopy of amyloid beta, SERS lipid biosensing
Group(s): 
Current Students
Nanqin (Nancy) Mei

Research Interests:

  • Studying the effect of melatonin on Alzheimer's disease using localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR)

Leonenko Lab History:

  • May 2016 - Apr 2017: Undergraduate Honours Student (Physics)
    * Studying the effect of melatonin on Alzheimer's disease using localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR)
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Current Students
Carina Filice

Research Interests:

  • Antimicrobial peptides in relation to Alzheimer's Disease
  • Effect of melatonin on amyloid and model monolayers in relation to Alzheimer's disease

Leonenko Lab History:

  • Sep 2018 - Current: MSc Student (Biology)
  • May 2017 - Apr 2018: Undergraduate Honours Student (Biology)
Group(s): 
Current Students
James Livingstone

Research Interests:

  • Effect of amyloid and melatonin on neuronal plasticity

Leonenko Lab History:

  • Sep 2018 - Current: MSc Student (Biology)
  • Sep 2016 - May 2017: Undergraduate Honours Student (Biomedical Sciences)
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Current Students
Yue Xu

Research Interests:

  • Biophysics: Effect of trehalose on membrane protection against amyloid toxicity

Leonenko Lab History:

  • Sep 2018 - Current: BSc Student (Materials & Nanoscience)
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Current Students

Research Interests:

  • Biosensor technologies: detection of cannabis by surface plasmon resonance (SPR) with Sanntek

Leonenko Lab History:

  • Jan 2019 - Undergraduate Honours Student (Science)
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