McDermott Lab

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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.


Kamran Ebrahimian  ( (MSc candidate)

Project:  Role of MEF2 protein interactions in heart disease

Previously, Kamran obtained an MSc in Molecular Biotechnology, University of Barcelona where his  project concerned analysis of the molecular role of dysferlin in  rhabdomyosarcoma.

Michael Chimenti ( (MSc candidate)

Project:    Protein:protein interaction analysis in muscle


Vijay Elango ( (PhD candidate)

Project:    Cardiomyocyte re-programming