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McDermott Lab Members (Current)



Current Research Associates/Technicians/Post-Doctoral Fellows:


Catherine Chan (

Role : Lab Manager/Lab Support


 Xiaodong Gao (

Role: Project support:  Animal husbandry and colony maintenance


Dr. Tetsuaki Miyake (

Project:   Characterization of protein networks in striated muscle development


Dr. Sara Hashemi (MITACS Industrial fellowship in collaboriation with Sanofi Pasteur, Markham, ON


Project: Next Gen sequencing approaches in cultured cells


Current Graduate and BSc Honours students:

DanDan Sun ( (PhD candidate)

Project: Role of AP-1 in skeletal muscle development and regeneration


Amira Moustafa ( (PhD candidate)
Project :  Identification and function of MEF2 protein networks in cardiac muscle


Soma Tripathi ( (PhD candidate)

Project: Nuclear function of Smad7 in skeletal muscle


Tracey Edwards   ( (MSc candidate)

Project: Regulation of autophagy in skeletal muscle progenitor cells.

Michael Chimenti ( (MSc candidate)

Project:    Protein:protein interaction analysis in skeletal muscle


Vijay Elango ( (PhD candidate)

Project:    Cardiomyocyte re-programming


Avinash Tripathi ( (MSc candidate)

Project: Regulation of muscle transcription factors by post-translational modification


Sameer Safi  ( (BSc Honours student)

Project: Regulation of Smad7 in skeletal muscle