McPhee lab welcomes summer undergraduate researchers

This summer, the McPhee lab is happy to welcome two new undergraduate researchers to the lab. Riasad Aziz is the recipient of a Ryerson Undergraduate Research Opportunities award while Abuzar Abedin is the recipient of NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Award. These awards will support Riasad and Abuzar as they get their projects up and running. Riasad will be working on projects related to PhoP-mediated regulation of polymyxin B and host-defense peptide resistance while Abuzar will examine regulatory circuits that result in altered E. coli morphology to determine whether these alterations change resistance to host-defense peptides.

McPhee lab at CSM 2016

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At the recent Canadian Society for Microbiologists meeting, held right here in Toronto, Mario Vargas and Youn Hee Cho presented posters describing their work in the lab. The conference was great and both Mario and Youn Hee’s work was well received by others attending the conference. Congratulations to both!

McPhee lab students at Ryerson Science Symposium

At our recent Ryerson University Science Symposium, Youn Hee Cho, Veronica Cojocari, Lauren Phillips and Farid Azadian presented posters describing their progress in the lab. Everyone presented their work incredibly well and they got to spend the day telling other students and faculty about all of their hard work and getting tips on how to move projects forward. Onward and upward!IMG_2362




Dr. McPhee at ASM2015

Dr. McPhee recently attended the annual American Society for Microbiology meeting in New Orleans where he presented his work describing the role of a propanediol utilization system in the fitness of adherent-invasive E. coli. The meeting was a massive event with hundreds of fantastic presentations of new developments in the role of the microbiome in host health and disease, interesting environmental microbiology and loads of great metagenomic research. There might have been some beer consumed as well – but we aren’t telling specifics!ASM2015 poster

Youn Hee Cho receives Ryerson URO award


Youn Hee Cho, a fourth year undergraduate researcher in the McPhee lab was awarded a Ryerson University Faculty of Science Undergraduate Research Opportunity Award. This award will allow Youn Hee to develop her project on how adherent-invasive E. coli are able to resist human host-defense peptides. Congratulations Youn Hee!

McPhee lab receives NSERC funding


We are excited that we were successful in NSERC’s most recent Discovery Grant competition. This award will allow us to answer our basic questions related to how enteropathogens are able to resist host-defense peptides, a critical component of our innate immune system. We’re grateful to the grant-writing/editing team here at Ryerson for all of the help in preparing the grant and to the anonymous (and very gentle) reviewer who liked what he/she read.

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McPhee lab up and running


It’s been a fairly slow start at getting our research program off the ground, but thanks to the support of other faculty here at Ryerson, particularly Dr. Martina Hausner who is sharing her valuable laboratory space with me, we are off to the races. Stay tuned for future developments!