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Alumni and Visiting Lab Members

Frederik Heim, B. Sc
Visiting Intern, University of Wurzburg, Germany
Electron microscopy specialist
Current: Traveling
Flora Liu, B. Sc
Computer Science and Cell and Systems Biology, University of Toronto
Current: Google
Anson Sathaseevan, B. Sc (we hope that he comes back!)
ROP student and 4th year thesis student
University of Toronto, Molecular Genetics
Current: rotation student, graduate program, University of Toronto

Wanxian Koh

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2014-2017 Undergraduate research student; 4th year thesis student.

Current:  Medical school, University of British Columbia 

Vivek Venkatachalam, Ph. D


Visiting professor, Northeastern University.

Testuro Murakami, MD/Ph. D


Postdoctoral fellow. Co-supervised with the St. George-Hyslop lab.  Using the C. elegans models to understanding the mechanisms of FUS and TDP-43-causative ALS.

Min Wu, M. Sc

M. Sc student (2015-2018)

Sina Kheiri

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Co-supervised Ph D Student/Research Assistant (Jan 2018 - July 2019)

Current: Ph. D student at Mechanical Engineering department, University of Toronto

Mindy Kim

2019 Summer Research Student

2019 BSc, Cornell University
2019, Summer Research Student
Current:  Research assistant, Harvard University

Claudia Arndt, B. Sc 

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2016-2019, Thesis student and Research assistant (co-supervised with the Park lab)
2018 BSc, University of Toronto, Major: Molecular Genetics
Establishing the C. elegans and Drosophila models for ALS-causative mutations
Current: MD program, Western University

Raymond Zeng

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2019 UROP Summer Student
Major: Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto

Lili Chen

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2019, Visiting Ph. D student, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, the Gao lab
Neuromodulation of the C. elegans motor circuit

Sebastian Market, Ph.D


Visiting Ph. D student from the Stigloher lab. Project: LM/EM array-tomography of the high-pressure frozen C. elegans samples.

Current: postdoctoral fellow, John's Hopkins

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Shangbang Gao, Ph. D
Ph.D, Biophysics, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Science
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2006-2016
Visiting Professor, 2016 - Present
Current: Professor, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Lab Website
Asuka Guan, MSc
Master's student, 2012 - 2015
Current: Research Associate, University of Texas
Maria (Ria) Lim, Ph.D
Ph.D UPenn, Neuroscience
Postdoctoral fellow, 2012-2016
Current: Assistant Professor, Saint Louis College of Pharmacy, Saint Louis
Jyothsna Citturi, Ph.D
Ph.D Student, 2009 - 2015
Current: Postdoctoral Fellow, Rutgers' University
Salvadore Alcaire, MD
Masters Student
Current: Dentist, Toronto
Michelle Po, Ph.D
Ph.D Student, 2009 - 2015
Current: Medical Writer, SCRIPT Medical
Lin Xie, Ph.D
PhD Student
Current: Investment Associate for the biotechnology sector, HEDA Ventures
Tetyana Pekar, MSc
M.Sc Student
Valeriya Laskova, MSc
Masters Student
Current: Clinical Research Coordinator, Canadian Centre for Clinical Trials
Louis Barbier, MSc
Masters Student
Current: Medical Writer, Toronto
Calvin Mok, Ph.D
Masters Student
Current: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Washington
John Calarco, Ph.D
PhD Student
Current: Assistant Professor, Department of Cell and Systems Biology,
University of Toronto
Hang Li, MD
Current: The Okamoto lab, Technician, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute
Nicholas Watkins, MSc
Masters Student
Current: Genetic Counselor, Mount Sinair Hospital, Toronto
Magali Bouhours, Ph.D
2005-2010, Postdoctoral Fellow
2002-2005 Ph.D, University Paris VII, Neuroscience
Current: Bilingual Resouce Distribution Coordinator at Health Nexus
Christine Hwang, MD
Masters Student
Current: Physician, Toronto
Taizo Kawano, Ph.D
1998-2003 Ph.D, Hobe University, Genetics
2003-2012 Postdoc and Research Associate, Zhen Lab
Current: Assistant Professor, International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine, University of Tsukuba
Edward Yeh, Ph.D
1995-2001, Ph.D, University of Toronto, Molecular Genetics
2001-2007, Postdoctoral Fellow
Current: CHEO
Yu Liu, MSc
Masters Student
Current: Programmer, Toronto
Roma Chlupaty, Ph.D
Current: Freelance writer, consultant, currently living at London and Prague
Kyota Aoyagi, Ph.D
2001-2005, Ph.D, Tokyo University, Neuroscience
2005-2007, Postdoctoral Fellow
Current: Senior Associate Professir, Kyorin University, Japan
Edward Liao, Ph.D
Ph.D Student
Current: Senior Reseach Associate, Buck Institute, California
Sharon Ng, MSc
Masters Student
Current: Research Scientist, GSK
Joanne Kim, Ph.D
Masters Student
Current: Senior Consultant, Ontario Ministry of Health
Lori Nelson
Administrative Assistant
Current: Manager, Imperial Oil
Kevin Zhang, BSc
Summer Students
Current: Medical School, University of Toronto
Soomin Maeng, BSc
2016-2018 Undergraduate Research Student
2018 B.Sc, University of Toronto. Majors: Physiology, immunology, and Computer science
Danqian Cao, BSc
2018 Summer Intern: Motif analyses for C. elegans connectomes
Current: 4th year undergraduate student, Quan Lab, Department of Physics, Chinese University of Science and Technology
Jerry (Zhitong) Wang, BSc
2015-2017 Summer student and 4th year thesis student
Current: Ph.D program, Caltech
Sebastian Britz, BSc
2016 Visiting Ph.D student: C. elegans connectome and correlative microscopy
Current: Ph.D student, Stigloher Lab, University of Wurzburg, Germany
Albert Lin
2017, Visiting Ph.D student 
Establishing a calcium imaging line for olfaction neurons
Current: Ph. D student, Samuel Lab, Harvard University
Andreas Cuentas Condori
2018 Visiting Ph.D student
EM reconstruction of the GABAergic motor neurons,
Current: The Miller Lab, Vanderbilt University
Quan Wen, Ph.D
2017, 2018 Visiting Professor, Chinese University of Science and Technology
Lab website
Yan Li, Ph. D
2007-2011 PhD University of Manitoba
2011-2014 Postdoctoral Fellow: University of Connecticut (The Wang Lab)
2015-2017 Postdoctoral Fellow
Current: Research Staff, Zhen Lab
Tianqi Xu, BSc
2018: Visiting Ph.D Student
The Wen Lab, Department of Physics,
Chinese University of Science and Technology
Katarina Pankova, Ph.D
PhD, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2017-2018
Charline Roy
2017 Visiting Ph.D Student, NeuroMyoGene Institute
Cell-sorting of dissociated C. elegans neurons and muscles
The Bessereau Lab, Lyon, France