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LAB MEMBERS

Priniciple Investigator

email: momar.ndao@mcgill.ca

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Karine Sozogni-Desautels DVM, MSc, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

email: karine.sonzogni-desautels@mail.mcgill.ca

Karine Sonzogni-Desautels grew up in the province of Quebec and has always been devoted to animal well-being. She did her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and her Master's in Veterinary Science in Pathology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Montreal. Next she did her PhD in Parasitology at the Institute of Parasitology of McGill University. Since her PhD, she is continuing the development of a vaccine made of recombinant proteins to prevent cryptosporidiosis in newborn dairy calves. As a postdoctoral fellow, she also tests several new therapeutic options against cryptosporidiosis in collaboration with national and international companies. Moreover, she is part-time Clinical Veterinarian at the Animal Resource Division of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.

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Dilhan Perera BSc

Research Trainee; PhD student

email: dilhan.perera@mail.mcgill.ca

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Dilhan Perera grew up in Guelph, ON and moved to Montreal to complete his BSc at McGill University in Microbiology and Immunology. He is now pursuing his PhD, developing several vaccine candidates for schistosomiasis and COVID19 in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada, Baylor College of Medicine, Mount Sinai University, and the Univerisity of Toronto. During the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic he took to social media as a science communicator and has since won several teaching assistantship and community outreach awards. 

Funding: (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) Doctoral Research Award: Canada Graduate Scholarships 

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Jackson Chen BSc

Research Trainee; MSc student

email: jackson.chen@mail.mcgill.ca

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Jackson F. Chen was born in Fujian, Fuzhou, China but immigrated to Canada when he was six and grew up in Mississauga, ON. He then moved to Montreal to complete his BSc Honours at McGill University in Immunology in June 2021. He is now pursuing his MSc in Experimental Medicine on using CRISPR-Cas9 genetic engineering to develop a live attenuated vaccine for  cryptosporidiosis, the second highest leading cause of death by diarrheal pathogens in children under the age of five years of age in low- and middle-income countries. This project is in collaboration with the Rosalind & Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre, Université de Montréal, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California - San Diego. During the pandemic, he took to social media to spread awareness on how the gut microbiome can affect a person’s overall health (with his friends) and volunteered as a senior mentor for Youreka Montreal to supervise aspiring secondary school/CÉGÉP students on dry lab research experiments.

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Cal Koger-Pease BSc

Research Trainee; PhD student

email: cal.koger-pease@mail.mcgill.ca

Cal Koger-Pease is originally from San Francisco, California. They recently finished their BSc in Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University, completing their honours thesis investigating siRNAs against SARS-CoV-2 and the innate immune response to the virus. They will be joining the Ndao lab this fall for graduate studies, researching vaccine candidates for schistosomiasis.

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Co-Supervised Students

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Esma Mouhoub
BSc

Research Trainee; MSc student
Co-supervised by Dr. Michael B Reed

email: esma.mouhoub@mail.mcgill.ca


 

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Mohamed Daoudi
BSc, MSc, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Co-supervised by Dr. Martin Olivier

email: mohameddaoudi25@gmail.com

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Esma Mouhoub grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan and moved to Montreal to complete her BSc at McGill University in Microbiology & Immunology, and Psychology. She is now pursuing her MSc, under the supervision of Dr. Ndao and Dr. Reed, developing vaccine candidates for schistosomiasis using recombinant BCG technology. During her time as a graduate student, she has held multiple TA positions in the department of Biology and served as an internal affairs committee member for the post-graduate student society. 

Mohamed Daoudi is from Morocco with a PhD in Medical Entomology and Vector-borne Diseases. His last years of investigation at Cadi Ayyad, Semlalia Faculty of Science in Morocco were dedicated to emerging Sand fly-borne pathogens and focused on Leishmania with other studies on viruses, vector, and reservoirs ecology. Mohamed has also a strong background in epidemiology, specifically around public health and entomology, and holds a MSc in Biology, Environment and Health. He is now a post-doctoral fellow at the Research Institute of McGill University Health Center conducting research to develop accurate surveillance tools for precise diagnosis, and to prevent transmission of Tick-borne diseases in Quebec. He is using various “omics” technologies to produce a global view of the microbiome of the tick and its future application for the development of diagnostic tools.

Previous Students

Adam Hassan BSc, PhD
Co-supervised by Dr. Brian J Ward 


Sunny Liu 
BSc

Francesca Battelli BSc

Milena Kukolj 
BSc

Selena Yu BSc, MSc
Co-supervised by Dr. Martin Olivier 


Francesca Fargnoli BSc

Morgan Gold
 BSc

Maxime Lemieux BSc, MSc


Nicholas Zelt BSc, MSc

Alessandra Ricciardi BSc, PhD
 

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