Lawrence Kazak, Ph.D. (University of Cambridge)
– Assistant Professor, Goodman Cancer Research Centre and Department of Biochemistry
– Canada Research Chair in Adipocyte Biology
Lawrence completed his Ph.D. with Ian J. Holt at the University of Cambridge, MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit in 2013. Lawrence moved to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, where he worked in the lab of Bruce M. Spiegelman, focusing on identifying novel molecular determinants of energy metabolism in adipose tissue. Lawrence joined McGill University in 2018. His research has been supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and by the National Institutes of Health.  His lab is currently supported by CIHR, NSERC, and the Terry Fox Research Institute.

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research assistant

Bozena Samborska, MS.c. (University of Guelph)
Bozena completed her M.Sc. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Guelph studying protein structure and function of cyanobacterial carboxysomes. She has been a Research Assistant at McGill University since 2011 in the lab of Dr. Russell Jones studying metabolism in cancer cells. In the Kazak lab, she is investigating creatine metabolism in T cell function. In her spare time, she is a maker of delicious bean-to-bar chocolate. Read Bozena’s papers.


Janane F. Rahbani, Ph.D. (McGill University)
Janane hails from a small but historical village in Lebanon. After finishing his Masters degree in physical chemistry at the American University of Beirut, he moved to Montreal where he completed his Ph.D. in the Sleiman group at McGill. During his Ph.D., he had the opportunity to design many DNA nanoarchitectures and expand the functionality of higher-order DNA structures as new platforms for guest encapsulation and cellular delivery. In the Kazak lab, Janane is studying the role of creatine kinase in adipocyte thermogenesis using inducible tissue-specific knockout mouse models. His research is currently supported by a Charlotte and Leo Karassik Foundation Fellowship. Read Janane’s papers.

graduate students

Anna Roesler, B.Sc. (University of Saskatchewan) – M.Sc. candidate
Anna earned her B.Sc. in Biochemistry at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S). She completed an Honours research project in the lab of Scot Leary where she studied functional interactions involved in human mitochondrial disease. In the Kazak lab, Anna is studying mitochondrial import mechanisms, as well as using new genetically-engineered mouse models to precisely study the role of UCP1-dependent thermogenesis in protection from obesity.

Faiz Hussain, B.Sc. (McGill University) – M.Sc. candidate
Faiz is a born and raised Montrealer. He completed his B.Sc. at McGill University.  During his undergrad, his honours research projects included work on development of improved gene editing techniques through novel CRISPR variants and elucidating breast cancer metabolic mechanisms. In the Kazak lab, Faiz is exploring how protein-protein interactions regulate creatine-dependent thermogenesis.

Tianxiao (Peter) Yang, B.S. (UCLA)Ph.D. candidate
Peter is from many different parts of the world. Prior to coming to McGill, he was in the Eisenberg lab at UCLA, studying the structural biology of Tau aggregation as it pertains to neurodegenerative diseases. In the Kazak lab, he now hopes to understand the metabolic effects of creatine on adipocytes and cancer cells. Outside of science, Peter is interested in art, writing, film, and the San Antonio Spurs.


Miranda Medeiros, (McGill, Biochemistry)U2 undergraduate
Miranda is a native Montrealer. She is currently an undergrad student at McGill majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Biotechnology. In the Kazak lab, she is working alongside Anna Roesler. She is also a recipient of the Canderel Rising Star award and enjoys writing poetry.


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