CURRENT LAB MEMBERS

Sarah Niccoli, M.Sc.

Honours B.Sc., Lakehead University

M.Sc., Lakehead University
 

Sarah is currently working as a Research Assistant in Dr. Lees’ lab.

 

Ashley Nemec-Bakk, M.Sc.

M.Sc. Biology, Honours B.Sc. Applied Bio-Molecular Science Candidate, Lakehead University

 

Ashley is completing her Ph.D. with Dr. Lees, and is analyzing the effects of low-dose radiation and elevated glucocorticoids on the fetal programming of endogenous antioxidant capacity. Specifically, Ashley is utilizing microPET to analyze basal cardiac glucose uptake, and various techniques to measure oxidative modifications of proteins and the expression and activity of antioxidant enzymes.

 

Jocelyn Bel, M.Sc.

MSc Biology, Master of Business Administration, HBSc Applied Bio-Molecular Science, Lakehead University

 

Jocelyn is currently a PhD Candidate in Medical Biotechnology in Dr. Lees lab and is examining the effects of stress hormones on beiging and inflammation of adipose tissue.  Specifically, Jocelyn is examining how the activation of the β3 Adrenergic pathway within adipose tissue depots interact with chronic stress levels and its implications in metabolism.

 

Riley Voth

Honours B.Sc., Lakehead University
 

Riley is currently working as a Research Assistant in Dr. Lees’ lab.

 

Shayen Sreetharan, M.Sc.

MSc McMaster Univeristy, HBSc McMaster University

 

Shayen is a Ph.D. student from McMaster University in the Radiation Sciences (Radiation Biology) program. His research in Dr. Lees' lab involves studying the effects of ionizing radiation exposure in biological systems. Specifically, Shayen is studying the response of radiation exposure during late gestation in mice and characterizing cellular and physiological effects on offspring. Additionally, Shayen is studying the role of antioxidant enzymes in modulating this radiation response.

 

Alexandrea Macey

4th year Biology, Lakehead University
 

Currently completing HBSC Biology with a concentration in Neuroscience. Alex is currently researching methods to enhance differentiation of mouse myoblast cells to myotubes with the use of the C2C12 cell line as a model. This work has implications in the development of potential therapeutics aimed at promoting muscle  growth in age-related loss of muscle mass. 

 

Paige Perrons

4th year Biology, Lakehead University
 

Currently completing fourth year of Applied Life Sciences with a concentration in Biomedical science. Paige is studying methods to enhance proliferation of mouse myoblast cells from the C2C12 cell line. This work has implications in the development of potential therapeutics aimed at promoting muscle  growth in age-related loss of muscle mass.

 

PAST LAB MEMBERS

Caitlund Davidson

Honours B.Sc. Applied Bio-Molecular Science, Lakehead University

 

Caitlund in completed her Master of Science with Dr. Lees analyzing the effects of low-dose radiation on the fetal programming of glucose metabolism. Specifically, Caitlund utilized microPET imaging of glucose uptake in brown adipose tissue and proteins involved in cellular signaling of glucose metabolism in the liver and brown adipose tissue.  

 

Martina Agostino

Honours B.Sc. Applied Bio-Molecular Science, Lakehead University

 

Martina completed her Master of Science with Dr. Lees analyzing the effects of fibromyalgia on the activation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells.

 

Brenda Huska, M.Sc.

M.Sc. Biology, Honours B.Sc. Physics with a major concentration in Applied Bio-Molecular Science, Lakehead University

 

Brenda completed her Master of Science with Dr. Lees, and is analyzing leucine mediated glucose uptake, from associated insulin increase and direct action on skeletal muscle, in mice using microPET imaging. 

 

Paige Ferazzo, M.Sc.

M.Sc. Biology, Honours B.Sc. Applied Bio-molecular Science, Lakehead University

 

Paige completed her Master of Science with Dr. Lees, and is investigating the ability of ascorbic acid to prevent osteogenesis in muscle tissue (heterotopic ossification) after trauma to the area has occurred. Paige is also investigating the potential of primary skeletal stem cells to be induced into bone lineage.

 

Jessica Sarvas, M.Sc.

B.Sc., Queen's University

M.S., Lakehead University

 

Jessica completed of Master of Science in Biology with Dr. Lees, and is currently studying Pharmacy at the University of British Columbia.

 

Cole Anderson, M.P.H.

Honours B.Sc., Lakehead University

M.P.H., Memorial University of Newfoundland

 

Cole previously worked for Dr. Lees as an undergraduate summer student.

 

Adrian Agostino, B.Sc.

Honours B.Sc., Lakehead University

 

 

Adrian previously worked for Dr. Lees as an undergraduate summer student. He is now completing his first year of studies at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

 

Nicole Hawdon, M.Sc.

B.Sc., Lake Superior State University

M.S., Lakehead University

 

Nicole previously worked for Dr. Lees as a Research Assistant.

 

Breanna Dumke, M.Sc.

Honours B.Sc., Colorado State University

 

Breanna completed her Master of Science with Dr. Lees at Colorado State University.  Breanna’s research project involved studying how immune cells communicate with skeletal muscle stem cells.

 

Breanna is currently working towards becoming a physiotherapist.

 

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