The Proteomics Team
Adam Burgener, PhDPrinciple Investigator
Research Scientist at the JC Wilt Infectious Disease Research Centre, Public Health Agency of Canada.
Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Manitoba
Visiting Professor, Department of Medicine Solna, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
John Schellenberg, PhDResearch Associate at the University of Manitoba
Primary research interests include phylogenetic and functional/ecological analysis of organisms in the vaginal microbiota, including Lactobacillus, Gardnerella and Prevotella, combining culture-based techniques with omics to build a global view of microbiome/host interactions in the female genital tract.
Post Doctoral Fellows
Alicia Berard (PhD)Post Doctoral Fellow
Alicia specializes in molecular biology and the proteomic analysis of viral infections. She is currently working on novel ways of modelling of mucosal infection in vitro
Peter McQueen (PhD)Post Doctoral Fellow
Peter holds a strong expertise in mass spectrometry. His work focuses on developing novel proteomic methods for data independent acquisition (DIA) mass spectrometry, analysis of post translational modifications, and metabolomics.
Christina Farr Zuend (PhD)Post Doctoral Fellow
Christina’s research is focused on investigating mucosal and microbial factors that contribute to HIV susceptibility in adolescent women, as well as elucidating mucosal correlates of vaccine effecacy to better design prevention options.
Michelle PernerGraduate Student
Michelle is a PhD student at the University of Manitoba. She studies vaginal secretions from women in South Africa who participated in a clinical trial, which tested the efficacy of a vaginal gel containing tenofovir, an anti-HIV drug, to prevent HIV infection.
Kenzie Birse (MSc.)Research Manager
Kenzie is the lab's research manager. Her specific research intrests include the influence of the microbiome and menstrual cycle on women's health and susceptibility to infectious diseases. Kenzie received both her Master of Science (Medical Microbiology, Feb 2016) and Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences, Oct 2012) from the University of Manitoba.
Laura Romas (MSc.)Bioinformatic Analyst
Laura is the lead bioinformatic analyst with the Proteomics Team. Her research interests include understanding the role of the GI mucosa in disease susceptibility, developing/improving HIV prevention therapeutics, and she has a passion for big data.
Max AbouLaboratory Technician
Lauren GirardResearch Assistant
Trisha VeraCo-op Student
Lani KotyrbaCo-op Student
Past Lab Members
Irene XieBSc. Medical Student