Some of the Allen-Vercoe lab, August 2018
Some of the Allen-Vercoe lab, September 2017
(Most of) the Allen-Vercoe Lab, Summer 2016
The Allen-Vercoe Lab, CBS BBQ, June 2014
The Allen-Vercoe lab, Gutsy Walk for the CCFC, June 2012
Dr. Kathleen Schroeter
Process and Production Manager, NuBiyota
Kathleen is working on various aspects of manufacture and quality control of microbial ecosystem therapeutics products.
Motto: "May the force be with you"
Hobbies: Sports, sports and more sports, reading, gaming, cooking, hiking, spending time with her dogs
Dr. Rafael Peixoto
Research Scientist, NuBiyota
Rafael is working to understand the interactions between sIgA molecules and the gut microbiota, and how these interactions might shape gut microbial communities.
Motto: "What is essential is invisible to the eyes"
Hobbies: Soccer, meditation, and travel.
Dr. Christian Carlucci
Research Scientist, NuBiyota
Christian works on the development and characterization of human gut microbiome therapeutics.
Motto: "People don't forget"
Hobbies: Playing in a rock 'n' roll band
Dr. Kyla Cochrane
Research Scientist, NuBiyota
Kyla is NuBiyota’s bioinformatics expert and lends her skills to the development of novel ecosystem therapeutics.
Motto: “Think twice, code once”
Hobbies: Painting, travel and my cat, Jones.
The NuBiyota production team
Motto: Don't count the days, make the days count.
Hobbies: Reading, Gaming, Rock Climbing and Fantasy Football
Motto: Such is life…
Hobbies: animals, reading, gym, cooking
Motto: "Never tell me the odds"
Hobbies: Star Wars, Reading, Board/Video games, and spending time at the cottage
Hobbies: Ultimate Frisbee, golf, and cooking
Motto: Don't Panic
Motto: "Don't take life too seriously, no one gets out alive anyway."
Hobbies: Cooking, gaming, running, and binge-watching Netflix shows.
Kaitlyn is studying gut ecosystems derived from patients with IBD in the Roboguts. Her project aims to understand what drives the dysbiosis in such ecosystems, and how such imbalance may be mitigated through the use of, e.g. probiotics. She is particularly focusing on the role of Lachnospiraceae family bacteria in gut microbial ecosystem function.
Motto: "When a flight is proceeding incredibly well, something was forgotten."
Hobbies: Travel, baking, aviation
Sandi, who is co-supervised by Dr. Marc Aucoin, Univ. of Waterloo, is using the Robogut to model metabolic changes in gut microbial ecosystems, in turn using NMR-based metabonomics. She is applying these techniques particularly to the study of microbial ecosystem therapeutics (attempting to answer the question, "what makes a healthy ecosystem healthy?"). Sandi is also working to understand how metabolic changes in the gut modulate pathogenesis in neonatal NEC. For this work, our main collaborators are the Claud lab at the University of Chicago: https://microbiome.uchicago.edu/directory/erika-claud
Motto: "it is more like a big ball of wibbily wobbly timey wimey...stuff"
Hobbies: ultimate Frisbee, board games, sci-fi shows
M.Sc. candidate, preparing to transfer from M.Sc. to Ph.D. Caroline is working on adapting the Robogut model system to the culture of the mouse microbiome, in order to study how the microbial ecosystem of mice susceptible to colorectal cancer is perturbed during disease.
Motto: “Just be nice”
Hobbies: experimenting with foods, lifting things to be able to experiment with foods, and befriending dogs
Simone is creating defined microbial ecosystems from fecal samples collected from children who went on to develop type-1 diabetes. She will use these model ecosystems to study the metabolite profiles of these ecosystems under different perturbation stress, and, in conjunction with the Danska lab at Sick Kids [please insert link: http://www.sickkids.ca/Research/Danska-lab/] , to understand the role of these ecosystems in immune system activation.
Motto: I can and I will.
Hobbies: Reading, Hiking, Painting and Chess
Jacob is working to understand how the human gut virobiome can contribute to microbial ecosystem dynamics and interactions. His project is being carried out in collaboration with the Pride lab [please insert link: http://www.thepridelaboratory.org/home.html] at the University of California, San Diego.
Motto: "No crackers, Gromit! We've forgotten the crackers!"
Hobbies: Insect evolution, insect poems, insect neurology, viruses, rugby, hockey, rugby.
Ph.D. candidate (start date January 2019)
Avery will be working to understand how Fusobacterium nucleatum can invade host cells, and its potential role as a modulator of colorectal cancer.
Motto: “Get $*it done!”
Hobbies: Cooking, writing, working weekends.
Bioinformatics M.Sc. candidate
Mbita is applying bioinformatics approaches to the analysis of metabolites and 16S rRNA gene profiles of infants at risk for developing type 1 diabetes.
Motto: Every day it gets a little easier. But you have to do it every day. That's the hard part.
Hobbies: Dancing, baking, yoga, bingeing TV/movies
M.Sc., Research Tech.
Michelle contributes her considerable technical expertise to all of the projects within the lab, and also oversees the work to culture, characterize and archive novel bacterial species from the human gut. If you don't know how to culture a microbe, ask Michelle, as she probably does!
Motto: "Hakuna matata"
Hobbies: Volleyball, addictive TV shows, more volleyball ...
Lab ManagerChris does all the things that keep the lab running smoothly, including animal work, biosafety, purchasing and accounting, shipping and receiving paperwork, due diligence and maintenance & repair of equipment. He also is the go-to person for batch and chemostat fermentation method development.
Motto: "If you're not going to do it right, don't bother!"
Hobbies: Watching bad reality TV shows, wind-gazing, fixing stuff.
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