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2011-2012 BMIGSA Council

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Sylvain Lanouette
VP Academic

For the next year, I look forward to help you turn grad school in the richest period of opportunities, learning and experiences as your VP Academic. The past year has been rich in experiences and progress for the BMIGSA and I hope I can serve again in that fashion for the following year! Currently, I am a Ph.D. candidate in Biochemistry in the Couture laboratory at the Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology. We use structural biology, protein biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology to study protein post-translational modification by methyltranferases.

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Nicole Forbes
VP Internal

I am a 4th year PhD student in Microbiology and Immunology, studying Influenza virulence factors in Dr Earl Brown’s Lab. I have been involved in student council for the past 2.5 years (2009-2010 – VP Academics; 2010-2011 – VP Communications) and am also the editor of the departmental bulletin. I’m originally from Issaquah, Washington (just east of Seattle) and in my spare time I ride my bike, go to concerts, and go camping. I really enjoy graduate school, especially the constant exposure to novel research. As VP Internal, I would do my best to represent the BMI graduate students in Faculty meetings and convey pertinent information to the council.

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Jean-Paul Nadeau
VP External

J-P Nadeau is originally from Whitby, Ontario and completed his B.Sc in Biomedical Sciences here at the U of O in April 2010. He is currently working on his M.Sc in Dr. Thien-Fah Mah’s lab using fluorescence microscopy to study the expression of biofilm-specific antibiotic resistance genes in Pseduomonas aeruginosa. While not in the lab you can find J-P outdoors playing a wide variety of sports, jogging by the canal, or reading about travel or meteorology. J-P took over the VP external in October of 2010 and thus assumed the role of communication between the department and Graduate Student councils mainly by attending the monthly GSAED meetings. J-P looks forward to serving as VP External for 2011-2012.

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Rajen Patel
VP Finance

I am a Ph.D candidate working on infection and immunity in the Sad lab. We look at mechanisms of CD8 T cell activation and antigen presentation in the context of chronic intracellular bacteria. I’m originally from Montreal and I did my undergraduate training in immunology at McGill. My hobbies include running, biking, travelling and I’m a big fan of James Bond movies. I’m hoping to bring some expertise and a lot of enthusiasm to the VP finance position when maintaining the books as well as organizing lots of BMIGSA events for the students to enjoy.

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Rice Honeywell
VP Social

Hey everyone, my name is Rice and I’m running for the position of VP Social. I’m a first year Master’s student studying prostate cancer at the Cancer Centre. I think I’d be great for this position because I’m positive, outgoing and I have experience running social events from my previous student council. I look forward to meeting you!

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Megan Tu
VP Communications

I’ll be a first year Masters student in Microbiology and Immunology this Fall in the Makrigiannis Lab studying the role of the class I MHC receptor, Ly49, in innate immune responses. I’ve just completed my undergrad in Biopharmaceutical Science at Ottawa and am currently working in the lab for the summer. As VP Communications, I look forward to being a liaison between the BMIGSA and graduate students, as well as being responsible for making sure that you know about upcoming events organized by the BMIGSA.

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Doo Yang
Webmaster

Doo is in the MS program of microbiology and immunology / bioinformatics at Dr. Ioshikhes’ lab. He studied microbiology at Seoul National University in Korea and statistics at San Diego State University in California. He has worked for biotech companies mostly involved in projects searching for novel cancer targets. His work as a computational biologist was analyzing GeneChip data and his bioinformatics work, more often than sometimes, extended to fixing computers of biologists. He was introduced to bioinformatics when he worked in a flu vaccine lab looking for a way to verify the vaccine strain. He has web development experience building gene information database. He also worked as an independent web developer making several web sites. He likes to try new tools, tips and toys that help him to be lazy.

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