Claudia Acevedo-MorantesPostdoctoral Fellow
Claudia is a postdoctoral fellow and joined the Mahal lab in November 2020. She received her Bachelor of Biology degree from the University of Antioquia (Colombia). She also received a Master of Science in Molecular Biology from the University of Puerto Rico and her Doctoral degree in Biochemistry from the University of Alberta. She is currently working on identifying the underlying biosynthetic enzymes that lead to glycan motifs bound by lectins, via CRISPR/Cas9 –mediated editing.
Shuhui ChenPhD candidate
Shuhui Chen is a PhD candidate currently living in New York and working at NYU. She graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY, US) with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Biophysics. She is working on lectin microarray analysis in cancer pathogenesis and infectious disease.
Faezeh Jame-ChenarbooPhD Student
A native of Iran, Faezeh Jame-Chenarboo received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the Alzahra University of Tehran and a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from the Medicinal Plants and Drugs Research Institute at Shahid Beheshti University. She joined the Mahal Lab in September 2019 and is currently working on the regulation of sialylation. In addition to being passionate about science, Faezeh likes playing music and reading.
Thu ChuPhD Student
Thu Chu is a PhD candidate in the Mahal Lab and joined the lab in 2015. She earned a Bachelor of Chemistry with honors from Vietnam National University. She is currently working on miRNA regulation. In her spare time, she likes to hike, read, and explore new hobbies such as origami, embroidery, and cross-stitch to keep herself staying curious.
Helia Dehghan HaratiPhD Student
Helia is a PhD student and joined the Mahal Lab in September 2019. She received her Bachelor of Science in Applied Chemistry from Khajeh Nasir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. She also received a Master of Science in Phytochemistry (semisynthesis of natural products) from Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran. She is currently working on the regulation of O-glycans.
Md Reazul IslamPhD Student
Md Reazul Islam is a Ph.D. student and joined the Mahal Lab in January 2020. Reazul was born and raised in Bangladesh and received his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Dhaka in 2011 and his Master of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology from the same university in 2013. After completing his Master’s, he was employed as a faculty member at the University of Asia Pacific for two and a half years and then at the University of Dhaka for several years. He is currently on a study leave from the University of Dhaka to complete his PhD. His research focuses on understanding microRNA regulation of glycosylation.
Ric QinPhD Student
Ric Qin joined the Mahal Lab after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2017. Ric’s research focuses on the host glycomic responses in infectious diseases, network analysis of glycosylation pathways, and madeleine recipes.
Fatema Tuz ZohoraMaster's Student
Fatema Tuz Zohora was born and raised in Chittagong, a beautiful coastal city in Bangladesh, which is famous for having the largest port in the country. She received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Science & Technology Chittagong (USTC). She is currently working as a Master’s student in the Mahal Lab and joined in September 2019. Her research interest focuses on the miRNA regulation of glycogenes associated with N-linked branching pathway. Outside of the lab, Fatema has a profound interest in music, and in her spare time plays the ukulele, watches movies and loves to cook (a newfound interest during the global pandemic).
Dr. Dawn MacdonaldResearch Scientist
Dawn joined the Mahal Lab in September 2019 and is a molecular biologist/cell biologist with extensive experience working with mouse models. Her research interests have focused on bacterial pathogenesis, atherosclerosis, the mitotic checkpoint and tumour hypoxia and now glycobiology. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology (Honours) at the University of Guelph in 1987 and obtained her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Alberta in 1994.
Dr. Guanmin MengResearch Scientist
Guanmin obtained her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Zhejiang University. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the field of Biochemistry at the University of Alberta from 2015 to 2019. In October 2020, Guanmin joined the Mahal Lab as a staff scientist and is currently working on lectin microarray analysis. To date, Guanmin has published 21 papers.
Dr. Angela SacherAdministrator
Angie obtained her PhD in Translation Studies from the University of Alberta and joined the Mahal Lab in August 2019. She has many years of experience in business administration and finance and is the Administrator for the Mahal Lab Group. Outside of work, Angie loves spending time with her family and pursuing her passion for photography.