People

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
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Staff

  • 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

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  • 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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  • 2020 Rachel Tran (Bachelors – Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences), Biochem 4A15 Thesis Student
  • 2020 Marcel Jansen (Bachelors – Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization), BiomedDC 4A15 Thesis Student
  • 2020 Sohaib Syed (Bachelors – Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization), BiomedDC 4A15 Thesis Student, CARD:TB
  • 2019 Anatoly Miroshnichenko (Bachelors – Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization), BiomedDC 4A15 Thesis Student, #TeamVirulence
  • 2019 Rafik El Werfalli (Bachelors – Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization), BiomedDC 4A15 Thesis Student, #TeamVirulence
  • 2019 Sally Min (Bachelors – Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization), BiomedDC 4A15 Thesis Student, #TeamVirulence
  • 2018 Pardeep Gill (Honours Biochemistry – Biomedical Research Specialization), Biochem 3R06 Project Student – Pathogen gene family molecular phylogenetics
  • 2018 Tammy Lau (Honours Biochemistry – Biomedical Research Specialization), Bioinformatics Summer Student 2017 & 2018, Biochem 3R06 Project & Biochem 4T15 Thesis Student – antimicrobial resistance k-mer metagenomics analytics
  • 2018 Alexandra Florescu (Bachelors of Health Sciences), Biochem 3A03 Project Student – antimicrobial resistance phenotypic data harmonization
  • 2018 Bhavya Singh (Bachelors of Biology), Biology 4C12 Project Student – virulence molecular epidemiology algorithms
  • 2017 Anastasia Koutoucheva (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), Mitacs Globalink Intern
  • 2017 Arjun Sharma (Honours Biochemistry – Biomedical Research Specialization), Volunteer CARD*Shark developer, Bioinformatics Summer Student 2016 & 2017, Biochem 3R06 Project Student & more!
  • 2017 Suman Virdee (Bachelors – Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization), Bioinformatics Summer Student 2017, BiomedDC 4A15 Thesis Student – Stem Cell RNA-Seq Pipelines
  • 2017 Kirill Pankov (Bachelors – Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization), Bioinformatics Summer Student 2016 & 2017, BiomedDC 4A15 Thesis Student – Cnidarian P450 diversity phylogenomics
  • 2017 Annie Cheng (Bachelors – Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization), BiomedDC 4A15 Thesis Student – Mobilome bioinformatics
  • 2017 Jonsson Liu (Bachelors – Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization), BiomedDC 4A15 Thesis Student – Virulence bioinformatics
  • 2017 Godwin Chan (Bachelors – Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization), BiomedDC 4A15 Thesis Student – CryoEM bioinformatics
  • 2016 Briony Lago (Chemical Biology), Chem Biol Co-Op Placement – Human and zebrafish transcriptome studies
  • 2016 Biren Dave  (Honours Biochemistry – Biomedical Research Specialization, McMaster University), Biochem 3A03 Project student, BioChem Co-Op Placement – Comprehensive Antibiotic Resistance Database & more!
  • 2016 Sachin Doshi (Bachelor – Master Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization Program, McMaster University), 3rd year volunteer – CARD*Shark text mining algorithms
  • 2016 Zachary Lin (Bachelor – Master Biomedical Discovery & Commercialization Program, McMaster University), BiomedDC 4T15 Thesis Student – Clostridium difficile molecular epidemiology
  • 2015 Justin Jia (Honours Biochemistry – Biomedical Research Specialization, McMaster University), BioChem Co-Op Placement – Comprehensive Antibiotic Resistance Database
  • 2015 Pearl Guo (Computer Science, University of Waterloo), Summer Co-Op Placement – Resistance Gene Identifier
  • 2015 Daim Sardar (Honours Integrated Science Program, McMaster University), iSci 3A12 Independent Project – rRNA mutations conferring drug resistance
  • 2015 Tariq Elsayegh (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland MB-BCh BAO), External Project Placement – Mechanisms of colistin resistance
  • 2014 Sheldon Pereira (Biology & Pharmacology C0-Op, McMaster University), Summer Comprehensive Antibiotic Resistance Database (CARD) Curator (with G. Wright, McMaster University)
  • 2012 Austin Yan (McMaster University), Summer Comprehensive Antibiotic Resistance Database (CARD) Curator (with G. Wright, McMaster University)

Research Assistants 

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  • 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

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  • 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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