Yazan Abbas - Postdoctoral Fellow

BSc (McGill, 2007), PhD (McGill, 2017)
email: yazan.abbas@gmail.com

Yazan joined the group in October 2017. He holds a BSc and PhD in Biochemistry, the latter earned for structural studies done in the laboratory of Prof. Bhushan Nagar.

Samir Benlekbir - Cryo-EM facility manager

BSc. (Jean Monnet University, 2003), MSc (Jean Monnet University, 2005), PhD (INSA de Lyon, 2009)
email: sb@sickkids.ca

Samir joined the group in June 2009. He holds a BSc in Applied Physics, an MSc in Optics, Imaging and Vision, and a PhD in Materials Science.

Stephanie Bueler - Research Project Coordinator

BSc (McGill, 2002), MSc (McGill, 2006)
email: stephanie.bueler@sickkids.ca

Stephanie joined the research group in January 2006 after completing her MSc in Biochemistry. Stephanie runs the group’s biochemistry laboratory.

Justin Di Trani - Postdoctoral Fellow

B.Sc. (McGill, 2011), PhD (McGill, 2018)
email: justin.ditrani@gmail.com

Justin joined the research group in October 2018 after completing a BSc in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics and his PhD in Chemistry, specializing in physical biochemistry, in the laboratory of Prof. Anthony Mittermaier.

Hui Guo - Graduate Student

BSc (Toronto, 2015)
email: maomao.guo@mail.utoronto.ca

Hui was a summer student in the laboratory in 2014. He did a rotation in the laboratory in the fall of 2015 and joined the laboratory as a graduate student in January 2016. He has a BSc in Biophysics.

Karen O'Brien – Administrative Coordinator 

Theatre Production (Sheridan College 1995)

Public Administration (Ryerson 2007)
email: karen.obrien@sickkids.ca

Karen joined the group in June 2019 after a career in the arts. She assists with our administrative tasks and provides administrative service to two other groups. 

Zev Ripstein - Graduate Student

BSc (Manitoba, 2014)
email: zevripstein@gmail.com

Zev joined the laboratory in January 2015. He did a double major in Biochemistry and Physics for his BSc.

John Rubinstein - Senior Scientist

BSc (Guelph, 1998), PhD (Cambridge/MRC, 2002)
Canada Research Chair in Electron Cryomicroscopy
email: john.rubinstein@utoronto.ca

John joined the Molecular Medicine program at SickKids in 2006. Following a BSc in Physical Sciences he did his PhD and a postdoctoral fellowship with Sir John Walker and Richard Henderson, and a second short postdoctoral fellowship at U of T. He is a Professor in the Departments of Biochemistry and Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto.

Yong Zi Tan - Postdoctoral Fellow

BSc (Imperial College London, 2013), PhD (Columbia University, 2019)
email: yongzi.tan@sickkids.ca

Yong Zi joined the laboratory in 2019. He completed his BSc in Biochemistry in the UK before moving to the USA to do his PhD with Profs. Bridget Carragher and Clint Potter in cryo-EM at The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego. He moved with Drs. Carragher and Potter when they relocated to New York, earning his PhD jointly supervised with Prof. Filippo Mancia.

Thamiya Vasanthakumar - Graduate Student

BSc (Western, 2015)
email: thamiya.vasanthakumar@mail.utoronto.ca

Thamiya joined the laboratory in September of 2015. She has a BSc in Biochemistry.

David Yanofsky - Graduate Student

BSc (Western, 2018)
email: djyanofsky@gmail.com

David joined the laboratory in January of 2019 after a summer project in the laboratory in 2018. He has a BSc in Medical Physics.

Lab Alumni


Dr. Lindsay Baker
PhD Candidate (January 2007 to April 2012). NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Currently: Post-doctoral fellow at Oxford University.

Shawn Keating
M.Sc. Candidate (October 2010 to December 2012). NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship, Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Medical Biophysics Excellence Award, Restracomp studentship (The Hospital for Sick Children).

Dr. Jason Koo
Post-doctoral Fellow (December 2012 to December 2015, jointly with Dr. Lynne Howell's lab). Currently: Therapure Biopharma.

Dr. Wilson Lau
PhD Candidate (September 2006 to December 2011). Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Currently: Assistant Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Dr. Michael Latham
Post-doctoral Fellow (July 2008 to November 2014) NSF and CIHR Fellowships. Currently: Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University.

Dr. Mohammad Mazhab-Jafari

Post-doctoral Fellow (September 2014 to September 2017) CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowships. Currently: Scientist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Assistant Professor, University of Toronto.

Nawaz Pirani
M.Sc. Candidate (September 2007 to October 2009). 

Daniel Schep
M.Sc. Candidate (January 2014 to January 2016). NSERC Scholarship, Medical Biophysics Excellence Award.

Dr. Martin Smith
Post-doctoral Fellow (January 2013 to December 2015) CIHR Fellowship. Currently: Ontario Brain Institute.

Jana Tuhman
M.Sc. Candidate (September 2009 to October 2011).

Dr. Jianhua Zhao
PhD Candidate (January 2011 to January 2016). NSERC Scholarship, Medical Biophysics Excellence Award. Currently: Post-doctoral fellow, USCF.

Anna Zhou
M.Sc. Candidate (January 2014 to January 2016). CIHR Scholarship, Medical Biophysics Excellence Award.

© 2018 by John Rubinstein

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