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Current Members


Martin Smith

Principal Investigator

Computational biologist with broad expertise in genomics and bioinformatics. 

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Shawn Simpson

Research Associate/Bioinformatics

Mr Simpson has a MSc in computer scientist with expertise in bioinformatics and computational biology. 



Bastien Paré

Research Associate/Nanopore sequencing

Dr Paré has a BSc in microbiology from Université Laval, a MSc in clinical and biomedical Sciences, a PhD in experimental medicine and has worked in private industry. Dr Paré is working on a variety of research projects involving molecular biology and genomics. 


Valeriu Boza

Software Engineer

Mr. Boza has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering with diverse professional expertise in financial application development. He is developing software solutions related to the integration of genomics data into health care.


Vanda Gaonac'h-Lovejoy

PhD Student

Ms Gaonac'h-Lovejoy completed an MSc in Pharmacology before embracing the dark side and pursuing a PhD in bioinformatics. Her current project is trying to unravel the mysteries of dark matter in the human genome through the lens of RNA structure.


Mélanie Sagniez

PhD Student

Ms Sagniez has a biological engineering degree and has worked as a biobank manager and clinical trials quality assurance officer. Her thesis is focused on the rapid diagnosis and stratification of paediatric leukemias using nanopore sequencing. 


Léa Kaufmann

PhD Student

Ms Kaufmann's background spans animal and plant biology, statistics, and computer modelling. Her research focuses on using nanopore sequencing and deep learning to investigate the human (epi)transcriptome, with applications in rapid screening and precision medicine.


Anshul Budhraja

PhD Student

Ms Budhraja is a bioinformatician who specializes in single-cell transcriptomics. Her project involves interrogating the host immune response to viral infection and vaccination via the development and optimization of innovative long-read single-cell sequencing applciations. 


Niña Dungca

PhD Student (co-supervised with Dr Soren Gantt)

Ms Dungca has a BSc and MSc in Pharmacy with professional experience in molecular biology, biotechnology and viral infection diagnostics. Her project aims to optimize long read sequencing strategies to study cytomegalovirus transmission and evolution. 

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Nicolas Roy

Technical aid

Mr Roy is a Microbiology and Immunology undergraduate student who contributes to different projects in the laboratory,



Dr Marieke Rozendaal
Henry Xing

Dr Kirston Barton

James Ferguson

Shawn Carswell


Kristina Atanasova (MSc)
Dr Jean-Pierre Séhi-Glouzon

Hasindu Gamaarachchi (PhD)

Simon Hardwick (PhD) 

Maina Bitar (PhD)

Kai Martin (MSc)

Julia Tran (MSc)


Ramya Ramesh (BSc IIT Madras)
Jonathan Therrien (BSc UdeM)
Yanis Bencheik (BSc McGill)
Yuxin Zhou (BSc McGill)
Clément Vinet-Ouellet (BSc UdeM)
Jean-Marc Awogni (BSc Poly-MTL)

Mingyuang Chi (BSc, MITACS)

Medina Mohammed (BSc)

Brent Bevear (Honour's)
Kimi Tanaka (BSc)


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