Lab Members

Lab Members (2016) - left to right:
Tamara Western, Veronique Brule, Michael Ogden, Jonathan Palozzi, Bronwen Forward

Tamara Western, Principal Investigator
Associate Professor


I started at McGill in 2003 after crisscrossing the continent for several years (PhD, University of British Columbia, BC, 1998; Postdoc Waksman Institute-Rutgers University, NJ, 1999-2001; Research Associate, back at UBC, 2001-2003).

Trying to find out how things work is my passion and I¹m happiest settled down in front of a good microscope with cool stuff to look at.

When not working on cell biology, I like to read and write mysteries of the non-biological type or play with my small daughter.

Educational Background

BSc (Hon) (1992):
Mitochondrial Genome of Chlamydomonas moewusii with Dr. Robert W. Lee
Biology Department, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

PhD (1998):
Ovule and Seed Coat Development in Arabidopsis thaliana with Dr. George W. Haughn
Botany Department, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Sabbatical Replacement Professor (1998-1999):
Genetics and Developmental Biology
Biology Department, Okanagan University College, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Postdoctoral Fellow (1999-2001):
Flower Development in Arabidopsis thaliana with Dr. Xuemei Chen
Waksman Institute, Rutgers University, Pistcataway, New Jersey, USA

Research Associate (2001-2003):
Seed Coat Development in Arabidopsis thaliana with Dr. George W. Haughn
Botany Department, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Ph.D. Candidates
   
Bronwen Forward
Project: Role of MEN4 in Arabidopsis mucilage secretory cell differentiation.
Flax (Linum usitatissimum) mucilage secretory cell differentiation & L. usitatissimum RHM gene family.
   
Véronique Brulé veronique.brule@mail.mcgill.ca
Project: Biomechanics and plant actuation in the resurrection plants Selaginella lepidophylla and Myrothamnus flabellifolius.
   
M.Sc. Candidates
Michael Ogden
Project: Targeting of mucilage to ring-shaped apical domain in Arabidopsis seed coat mucilage secretory cells.
   
B.Sc. Honours Candidates
   
Jonathan Palozzi jonathan.palozzi@mail.mcgill.ca
Project: Role of MEN4 beyond the seed coat and MEN4 interactors
   

Former Lab Members
   
Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Fellows
     
Uday Divi Postdoctoral fellow
Present position: Research Associate CSIRO, Australia
2010-2011
Andrej Arsovski
Postdoctoral fellow
Present position: PDF, University of Washington
2010
Ashraf Abdeen
Postdoctoral fellow
Present position: Professor, Hebron University
2008-2010
Andrej Arsovski
Ph.D. Student
Present position: PDF, University of Washington
2004-2010
Heather McFarlane M.Sc. Student
Present position: Ph.D. student, University of British Columbia
2006-2008
James Schafhauser M.Sc. Student
Present position: Ph.D. student, McGill University
2005-2008
     
Undergraduate Research Project Students & Research Assistants
     
Lucy Federico Independent Studies Student 2012
Nanqing Zhu Workstudy Student 2011-2012
Connor Thompson Independent Studies Student 2012
Norman Yau Undergrad. Research Assistant 2011-2012
Cheng-En Tsai Undergrad. Research Assistant 2011
Genevra Myers Workstudy Student 2010-2011
Varuni Nagulesapillai Independent Studies Student 2011
Zhiyuan Ma
Workstudy Student
2009-2010
Christopher Smendziuk
Independent Studies Student
2009
Laura Guzman Uribe
Undergraduate Research Assistant
2009
Nicolay Hristozov
NSERC-USRA Summer Student, Undergrad Research Assistant, Independent Studies & Workstudy Student
2007-2009
Bronwen Forward
Workstudy Student
2009
Tatiana Nevarko
Undergraduate Research Assistant
2009
Bronwen Forward
Independent Studies Student
2008-2009
Sana Ghani
Workstudy Student
2008-2009
Sarah Pantelidis
Independent Studies Student
2008
Faisal Kassam
Undergraduate Research Assistant
2008
Lu Yao
Workstudy Student
2007-2008
Natalie Martin
NSERC-USRA Summer student + Independent Studies student
2007
Deidre Clark
NSERC-USRA Summer student + Workstudy student
2007
Michelle Kwok
Independent Studies student + Undergraduate Research Assistant
2007
Henry Benjamin
Undergraduate Research Assistant
2007
Michelle Wang
Independent Studies student
2006-2007
Felicia Kim
Workstudy Student
2006-2007
Charles Vincent Rajadurai
NSERC-USRA Summer student
2006
Marina Gerbin
Independent Studies student
2005-2006
Sapna Gopala
Independent Studies student
2005-2006
Kate Brown
Workstudy student
2005-2006
Helene Virasith
Workstudy student
2005-2006
Gilese Turner
Undergraduate Research Assistant
2005-2006
James Schafhauser
Undergraduate Research Assistant
2005
Rebecca Haber
Independent Studies student
2005
Victoria Bond
Undergraduate Research Assistant
2005
Helen Rodriguez
Independent Studies student
2005
Amine Osmani
Workstudy student
2004-2005
Sonia Rehal
Workstudy student
2004-2005
Esterina D'Asti
Undergraduate Research Assistant
2004
Andrej Arsovski
Independent Studies student
2003-2004
     
Technicians & Research Assistants
     
James Schafhauser Research Assistant 2008
Tieling Zhang Technician 2006-2007
JS Moore Research Assistant 2004
Phoenix Bouchard-Kerr
Research Assistant
2004

 

Last update: July 28, 2016