Current Members

Lawrence Kazak, PhD (University of Cambridge)Assistant Professor (2018-present)
Lawrence KazakLawrence completed his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge in the lab of Ian J. Holt. He conducted postdoctoral work at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, in the lab of Bruce M. Spiegelman. Lawrence has dedicated his research career towards understanding the biology of mitochondria. He is endlessly fascinated by their diversity. 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 the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.


Janane F. Rahbani, PhD (McGill University) Postdoc (2018-present)
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 PhD in the Sleiman group at McGill. During his PhD, 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. Currently, he is exploring mitochondrial energetics at the molecular level. Janane’s research is currently supported by a Canderel Postdoctoral Fellowship. Read Janane’s papers.


Anna Roesler, BSc (University of Saskatchewan) – MSc candidate (2018-present)
Anna earned her BSc 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. Prior to joining our team, Anna was a lab technician at the U of S where she focused on the isolation and culture of primary epithelial cells to be used for bioassays. She is excited to bring her experience in molecular biology and metabolism to the Kazak lab!

Faiz Hussain, BSc (McGill University) – MSc candidate (2018-present)






Natalie Constantin, BSc candidate 4th year (McGill University) Biochemistry honors student (2018-present)
Natalie is entering her fourth year of Honours in Biochemistry at McGill. She has spent her summer in the Kazak lab with a SURA (Faculty of Science Undergraduate Research Award). Now that she has learned the ropes, Natalie will begin her independent research on creatine-dependent thermogenesis in brown adipocytes.


Alyson Jiang, BSc candidate 2nd year (McGill University)  lab volunteer

Alyson is entering her second year at McGill and is excited to join the Kazak lab to learn more about the mechanisms controlling brown fat thermogenesis and the role of metabolism in cancer.