Thomas Murooka, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Departments of Immunology and Medical Microbiology
GSK Chair in Immunology and Infectious Disease
Education: Postdoctoral fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA (2009-2014)
Ph.D (Immunology), University of Toronto, Canada (2002-2008)
B.Sc (Microbiology & Immunology), University of British Columbia, Canada (1997-2002)
I am also an active member of the Canadian HIV Cure Enterprise (CanCURE), which is a research collaboration focused on studying HIV persistence and developing strategies towards a functional HIV Cure.
Paul Lopez, B.Sc
Research technician III
Education: B.Sc (Analytical Biotechnology Hons.; Co-op), University of Manitoba, Canada (2010-2015)
Research interests: I'm using live-cell imaging to characterize the cellular dynamics of HIV transfer between infected
macrophages and CD4 T cells in 3D collagen chambers. The goal is to study the kinetics of cell-to-cell
virus transfer within a more dynamic environment, and study how these mechanisms can resist
inhibition by anti-retroviral drugs
Wan Hon Koh, Ph.D.
Education: Ph.D. (Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences) Murdoch University, Australia (2009-2014)
B.Sc. (Biomedical Sciences Hons.), Murdoch University, Australia (2008)
B.Sc. (Molecular Biology), Murdoch University, Australia (2007)
Research interests: I'm studying the dynamics of HIV capture by DCs, and the cellular mechanisms of viral transfer to CD4 T
cells in vitro and in vivo. Understanding the molecules that are involved in this process may uncover
new therapeutic targets to block this mode of HIV transmission.
Romaniya Zayats, B.Sc
Education: B.Sc. (Microbiology), University of Manitoba (2014)
Research interests: I'm using MP-IVM to visualize the dynamic nature of anti-Leishmania T cell responses in vivo, using a new TCR transgenic mouse model that better models T cell responses in humans. The goal is to better the cellular and molecular mechanisms that are in place to permit persistent Leishmania Major infection even after lesion resolution.
Atta Yazdanpanah, M.Sc
Education: M.Sc. (Microbiology), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (2013)
B.Sc. (Veterinary Medicine Laboratory Sciences), Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch (2006)
Research interests: I'm studying the role of mucosal neutrophils as regulators of vaginal epithelial barrier function. Using microscopy and proteomics approaches, my work will dissect how changes in the vaginal microbiota influences neutrophil migration and function. The goal is to better understand the interplay between neutrophils and the epithelium, and how these interactions play a role in sexual HIV transmission.