Thinking of joining the McArthur laboratory? We are looking for Undergraduate Students to join the lab as thesis students, as part of inquiry or research project coursework, as paid Co-Op students, or as McMaster Work Program placements. Undergraduate students from departments in the Faculties of Health Science, Science, and Engineering are all welcome. Graduate students can join currently funded projects in the laboratory, are encouraged to obtain external funding, and should read up on the Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program. Similarly, Postdoctoral Trainees are recruited depending upon currently funded projects in the laboratory. Postdoctoral trainees are encouraged to pursue external funding. Lastly, depending upon funded projects, Research Assistant positions may be available in the lab.

Andrew G. McArthur, Ph.D.
Department of Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4K1
Office: MDCL 2322, Lab: MDCL 2317 (both accessible via MDCL 2308)
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 21663 | Twitter | Google ScholarLinkedIn | GitHub


  • Amos Raphenya (Bachelor of Computer Engineering, McMaster University, 2008), Lead Software Developer
  • Brian Alcock (MSc Biology, McMaster University, 2015), Lead Biocurator
  • William Huynh (BHSc Biochemistry & Biomedical Science, McMaster University, 2020), Curator-Developer & Help Desk
  • Romeo Chalil (BHSc Biochemistry & Biomedical Science, McMaster University, 2020), Curator-Developer & Help Desk
  • Sheridan Baker (PhD, University of Guelph, 20201), CanCOGeN SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Team

Graduate Students & Post-Docs

  • Kara Tsang (Bachelors – Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization, McMaster University, 2016), PhD Student
  • Jalees Nasir (Bachelors – Chemical Biology, McMaster University, 2017), PhD Student
  • Arman Edalatmand (Bachelors – Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences, McMaster University, 2020), MSc Student
  • Amos Raphenya (Bachelor of Computer Engineering, McMaster University, 2008), Part-Time MSc Student

Masters Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization

2020-2021 Mentees: Nneka Ugwu, Sohaib Syed, Reeta Nan

Summer Undergraduates

  • Emily Panousis (4th year BHSc Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization student)
  • Mateusz Wlodarski (4th year BHSc Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences student)
  • Mugdha Dave (HBSc Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization, 2021)

 Past Lab Members

Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Trainees


  • 2020 Ashraf Bazan (MSc, American University in Cairo, 2019), P.D. Student in Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences, McMaster University
  • 2018-2020 Dr. David Speicher (Ph.D., Griffith University, 2012), Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 2018-2020 Martins Oloni (B.Sc. 2018), Masters Student in Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences, McMaster University
  • 2016-2018 Krishna Srinivasan (B.Sc. 2016), Masters Student in Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences, McMaster University
  • 2005-2006 Shanda Birkeland (B.Sc. 2003), Masters Student in the Marine Biological Laboratory – Brown University Joint Program (degree completed at The University of Georgia)
  • 2005-2006 Dr. Heather M.H. Goldstone (Ph.D. Biological Oceanography from WHOI-MIT, 2003).  Marine Biological Laboratory – Ellison Program in Global Infectious Disease Postdoctoral Scientist

Undergraduate Students

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Sheldon Pereira, Arjun Sharma, Biren Dave, Daim Sardar, Justin Jia, Kara Tsang, Pearl Guo, Sachin Doshi, Tariq Elsayegh, Zachary Lin, Annie Cheng, Branavan Sivapathasundaram, Briony Lago, Godwin Chan, Kirill Pankov, Mohammad Khan, Shan (Jonsson) Lui, Suman Virdee, Anastasia Koutoucheva, Bhavya Singh, Tammy Lau, Alexandra Florescu, Amro ElRafie, Anatoly Miroshnichenko, Arman Edalatmand, Hafsa Omer, Malvika Agarwal, Mateusz Faltyn, Megane Bouchard, Pardeep Gill, Rachel Tran, Rafik Werfalli, Sally Min, Anna-Lisa Nguyen, Corie Niu, Gene Liang, Hamna Imtiaz, Marcel Jansen, Romeo Chalil, Sarah Yaqoob, Sohaib Syed, William Huynh, Bahar Golbon, Jasmine Yang, Komal Kaur, Megan Kwong, Prabakar Shan, Xingjian (Jim) Jiang

Research Assistants 


  • 2020-2021 Ahmed Draia (Masters Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization, 2020) , COVID-19 Project Co-Ordinator
  • 2005 Alexandria Papa (UMass Amherst), Summer Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • 2005 Jeremiah Bernier (Oregon State), Summer Research Assistant
  • 2004 Matthew Beverly (B.Sc. Bioinformatics, 2004), Intern in Computational Biology as part of the Northeastern University Masters in Bioinformatics Program
  • 2003-2005 Shanda Birkeland (B.Sc. 2003), Research Assistant for Giardia, Schistosoma, and Trypanosoma Gene Expression Projects.
  • 2003-2005 Michael Cipriano (B.Sc. 2003), Research Assistant for Giardia Genome Project Database
  • 2001-2003 Sarah (Pacocha) Preheim (B.Sc. 1997), Research Assistant for Giardia Gene Expression Project.

Marine Biological Laboratory – Ellison Visiting Scholars in Global Infectious Diseases


  • 2005 Dr. Elijah Githui, Department of Molecular Genetics, National Museum of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya. Project: Bioinformatic characterization of Plasmodium cytoskeletal and amine metabolism proteins.
  • 2004 Dr. Raphael Isokpehi, South African National Bioinformatics Institute, University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa. Project: Integrative computational analysis of spliceosomal proteins of selected protozoan parasites.
  • 2004 Dr. Steven Aley, Department of Biology, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas. Project: Bioinformatic reconstruction of the metabolism of Giardia lamblia.
  • 2003 Sedrick Anderson (Ph.D. student), Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee. Project: Global gene expression patterns and Trypanosoma brucei serine/threonine protein phosphatase 5.

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