Host-Pathogen Interaction Laboratory
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Students

Previous Students

Dong Liu Dong   got   his   Bachelor   Degree   in   Medicine   from   Third   Miltary   Medical   University   (Chongqing,   China).   He completed   his   PhD   degree   in   Immunology   under   Dr.   Jude   Uzonna’s   supervision.   His   research   was   mainly focused    on    the    role    of    PI3Ks    and    phosphoglycans    in    host    resistance    and    susceptibility    against    murine leishmaniasis. He currently holds a PDF position at Yale University. Degree: Ph.D. Year admitted: 2006 Year Graduated: 2011 Current Position: PDF, Yale University
Helene Muleme Helen   completed   her   Bachelor   of   Science   degree   in   Biology   from   the   University   of   Western   Ontario.   She specialized   in   Zoology.   She   completed   her   Master   of   Science   degree   with   Dr.   Jude   Uzonna   and   graduated   in 2010.   Her   research   focus   was   the   importance   of   parasite-derived   arginase   in   the   pathogenesis   of   Leishmania major.   Currently   Helen   lives   in   Ottawa   Ontario   and   is   looking   forward   to   pursuing   a   second   Bachelor   of Science   degree   in   Nursing.      she   spends   her   spare   time   with   friends   and   family   especially   her   very   active toddler. Degree: M.Sc. Year admitted: 2006 Year Graduated: 2009 Current Position: Research Associate, University of Ottawa
Laudina Sika Degree: B.Sc. honors Year admitted: 2015 Year Graduated: 2015 Current Position: University of Winnipeg
Gaelle Camus Degree: B.Sc. honors Year admitted: 2005 Year Graduated: 2012 Current Position: Medical Student, Laval University
Richard Azinwi Richard   worked   as   a   summer   student   in   Dr,   Jude   Uzonna's   lab   during   his   undergraduate   study   in   Microbiology at   the   University   of   Manitoba.   His   project   was   geared   towards   understanding   the   role   of   parasite   derived arginase   in   the   establishment   of   Leishmania   infection.   Richard   spent   sometime   in   Cangene   Coporation   in Winnipeg   before   enrolling   in   a   Masters   in   Business   Administration   (MBA)   at   the   University   of   Saskatoon.   He currently works as a Commercial Account Manager with Royal Bank of Canada. Degree: B.Sc. honors Year admitted: 2009 Year Graduated: 2010 Current Position: Banker, RBC Winnipeg
Vasilis Shindle Degree: Middle School Year admitted: 2009 Year Graduated: 2009 Current Position: B.Sc. Student
Eun Ji Lee Degree: High School Year admitted: 2009 Year Graduated: 2010 Current Position: B.Sc. Student University of Manitoba
Ifeoma Okwor Dr.   Ifeoma   Okwor   holds   a   Doctor   of   Veterinary   Medicine   (DVM)   from   Ahmadu   Bello   University,   Nigeria,   as   well as   Masters   of   Science   (Immunology)   and   a   Doctor   of   Philosophy   (Medical   Microbiology)   both   from   University of   Manitoba,   Canada.   Her   PhD   thesis   was   focused   on   understanding   the   role   of   parasite   dose   as   well   as members    of    the    Tumour    Necrosis    Factor    Superfamily    (TNFSF)    in    the    regulation    of    immune    response    to cutaneous   leishmaniasis.   Data   from   her   research   were   presented   in   many   international,   national   and   local conferences   and   also   published   many   high   impacts   in   peer-reviewed   journals.   She   also   received   numerous research,    academic    and    travel    awards,    including    the    prestigious    Canadian    Institute    for    Health    Research Doctoral Award.  Dr.   Okwor   is   a   recipient   of   the   Research   Manitoba   Post   Doctoral   Fellowship   award   and   is   currently   a   post- doctoral fellow in the Department of Immunology in the University of Manitoba. Degree: M.Sc., Ph.D. Year admitted: 2005, 2010 Year Graduated: 2008, 2015 Current Position: PDF, University of Manitoba
Siru Wang Siru   (Sarah)   was   supervised   by   Dr.   Uzonna   and   Dr.   Zhirong   Mou   for   different   periods   of   time   during   her   high school   education   and   undergraduate   program,   conducting   scientific   research.      Siru’s   projects   were   mainly focused   on   studying   the   anti-parasitic   activity   of   a   novel   synthetic   compound   on   the   basis   of   macrophages   and aslo   nvestigating   the   impact   of   Dimiazene   aceturate   (Berenil)   on   microRNA   (miRNA)   expression   in   macrophages. She   is      currently   a   B.Sc.   student   in   General   Science   at   the   Univesity   of   Manitoba.   In   her   spare   time,   she   loves reading, painting, singing,etc. Degree: High School Year admitted: 2011 Year Graduated: 2013 Current Position: B.Sc. Student University of Manitoba
Salipa Sinkala Degree: B.Sc. honors Year admitted: 2007 Year Graduated: 2008 Current Position: Lab Technologist, Tennessee USA
Alicia Palfi Degree: B.Sc. honors Year admitted: 2007 Year Graduated: 2008 Current Position: PhD student, University of Manitoba
Olivia Ihedioha Olivia   got   her   Doctor   of   Veterinary   medicine   (DVM)   degree   from   the   University   of   Nigeria,   Nsukka   in   2009.   She was   supervised   by   Dr.   Chuka   Ezema   and   her   research   focuses   on   understanding   the   probiotic   effect   of   yeast (Saccharomyces   cerevisiae)   on   hematological   parameters   and   growth   performance   of   pullet   fed   palm   kernel cake   based   diet.   In   2013,   she   obtained   her   M.Sc.   degree   in   Veterinary   Pathology   from   the   University   of   Nigeria, Nsukka    under    the    supervision    of    Prof.    J.O.A    Okoye    and    the    title    of    her    work    was    “Comparison    of    the susceptibility    and    pathology    of    local    Velogenic    Newcastle    Disease    (VND)    virus    infection    in    cockerels    and pullets”.   She   also   obtained   her   second   M.Sc.   degree   from   the   department   of   Pathology,   University   of   Manitoba under   the   supervision   of   Drs.   Yvonne   Myal   and   Jude   Uzonna.      Her   work   focused   on   understanding   how Prolactin-Inducible-Protein   (PIP)   influences   host   immunity   by   regulating   intracellular   signaling   pathways   in macrophages. She enjoys listening to music and watching movies. Degree: DVM, M.Sc. Year admitted: 2013 Year Graduated: 2015 Current Position: TBD Email: zobix2004@yahoo.co.uk
Min Gong Min   owned   B.Sc.   degree   in   Plant   and   food   Science,   and   recently   finished   his   master   program   in   biochemistry from   Dalhousie   University.   Min’s   project   aimed   at   discovery   of   anti-inflammatory   peptides   (inhibitor   of   pro- inflammatory   cytokines)   from   potato   tuber   protein   and   this   project   was   mainly   completed   in   the   department of   Immunology,   under   the   supervision   of   Dr.   Jude   Uzonna   in   2014.   Now   Min   is   pursuing   new   direction   of   his further research. Degree: M.Sc. Year admitted: 2014 Year Graduated: 2014 Current Position: Dalhousie University
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Emeka Okeke Emeka   holds   a   bachelor's   degree   in   chemistry   from   the   University   of   Nigeria.   He   did   his   master's   program under   the   supervision   of   Dr.   D.   V.   Soldatov   working   on   the   design   and   synthesis   of   novel   host-guest   systems   at the    University    of    Guelph,    Ontario.    After    his    master's    program,    Emeka    decided    to    pursue    his    interest    in biomedical   research   and   came   to   the   University   of   Manitoba   for   a   doctorate   in   immunology.   His   PhD   research involved   the   investigation   of   the   role   of   the   immune   system   in   the   regulation   and   pathogenesis   of   septic   shock using a murine model. Degree: B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. Year admitted: 2010 Year Graduated: 2016 Current Position: PDF, Ann Arbor, Department of chemical engineering
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Shiby Kuriakose Shiby   holds   a   Masters   degree   in   Medical   Microbiology   from   Manipal   University,   India.   Her   PhD   project   was   on ‘Modulation   of   Trypanosoma   congolense   induced   host   immune   response   by   the   trypanolytic   compound Berenil’.   She   has   several   years   of   diversified   experience   in   diagnostic   and   clinical   Microbiology   labs.   Her passion   is   to   advance   and   pursue   her   career   in   the   field   of   Clinical   Microbiology   and   tackle   new   challenges. Her spare time hobbies are doing art with her kids, cooking and listening to music. Degree: M.Sc., Ph.D. Year admitted: 2009 Year Graduated: 2016 Current Position: Research scientist
Forough Khadem Forough   completed   her   B.Sc.   degree   in   Plant   Biology   (2004),   (University   of   Tehran,   Iran)   where   her   research project   was   aimed   on   expression   of   Phytase   in   microorganisms   and   its   use   in   animal   feeds   to   increase   the   P- availability.   She   then   graduated   from   her   M.Sc.   degree   in   Plant   Biology   In   2008   (Tarbiat   Modares   University   and Pasteur   Institute   of   Iran,   Iran).   Her   M.Sc.   thesis   was   entitled   "the   comparative   study   of   the   extracted   alkaloids of    Berberis    species    from    Khorasan    ecological    region    and    their    effects    on    the    growth    and    viability    of Mycobacterium   bovis    BCG".   She   developed   her   biomedical   research   and   leadership   skills   while   she   was   working as   scientific   workshop   director,   IT   administrator   &   publication   director   in   Rastadaroo   Pharmaceutical   Company (2006-2009)   before   she   moved   to   Canada   on   December   2009.   Forough   completed   her   Ph.D.   in   the   Department of   Immunology   (2016),   where   she   worked   under   the   supervision   of   Dr.   Jude   Uzonna.   Her   project   was   entitled “Regulation   of   Immunity   to   Visceral   Leishmaniasis   by   Regulatory   T   cells   (Tregs)   and   Hepatic   Stellate   Cells (HSCs)”.   She   received   several   research,   academic   and   travel   awards,   was   a   finalist   in   the   2016   U   of   Manitoba 3MT   thesis   competition   and   has   received   the   prestigious   Lindau   Nobel   Laureate   meeting   nomination   award (at   the   CSHRF   2016)   to   attend   the   2018   Nobel   Laureate   Meeting   Physiology   or   Medicine.   She   is   Currently   a Business   Development   Specialist   at   Mitacs   and   WCIO   (Western   Canadian   Innovation   Offices   -   U   of   Manitoba TTO    (Technology    Transfer    Office))    where    she    hopes    to    help    translate    bench    side    research    to    applicable products   or   bed   side   application   via   bridging   academia   to   industry.   Her   spare   time   activities   are   computer based    advertisement,    website    designing,    statistical    analysis    and    book    editing,    painting,    cooking,    baking, watching TV, sports (chess, badminton, swimming) socializing and volunteering. Email: forough.khadem@umanitoba.cafkhadem@mitacs.ca, fkkhadem@gmail.com Degree: B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. Year admitted: 2010 Year Graduated: 2016 Current Position: Business Development Specialist at Mitacs and WCIO
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