Lawrence Kazak, PhD (University of Cambridge)
– Assistant Professor, Goodman Cancer Research Centre and Department of Biochemistry
– Canada Research Chair in Adipocyte Biology
Lawrence completed his PhD with Ian J. Holt at the University of Cambridge, MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit in 2013. He then moved to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, where he worked on adipocyte thermogenesis in the lab of Bruce M. Spiegelman. Lawrence joined McGill University as an Assistant Professor in 2018. His lab is currently supported by CIHR, NSERC, CFI and the Terry Fox Research Institute. 

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Bozena Samborska, MSc (University of Guelph)
Bozena completed her MSc 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.



Anna Roesler, MSc (McGill University)
Anna earned her BSc in Biochemistry at the U of Saskatchewan. She completed an honours research project in the lab of Scot Leary where she studied functional interactions involved in human mitochondrial disease. Anna completed her MSc in the Kazak lab. Her project is focused on the use of novel genetically-engineered mouse models to precisely study the role of UCP1-dependent thermogenesis in protection from obesity.



Janane F. Rahbani, PhD (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 PhD in Chemistry at McGill. In the Kazak lab, Janane is studying the role of creatine kinase B 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.

Damien Lagarde, PhD (Université de Toulouse)
Damien was born by the Mediterranean sea in the small French town of Sète. During his PhD, under supervision of Dr Audrey Carrière, he studied the role of lactate flux in the metabolic activity of beige and brown adipose tissues. In the Kazak Lab, Damien is investigating differences between germ line deletion, compared to inducible deletion, of Ucp1 to identify the role of UCP1 in obesity and metabolic diseases. He divides his spare time between hiking, cycling and cooking. Read Damien’s papers.





Faiz Hussain, PhD candidate 
Faiz is a born and raised Montrealer. He completed his BSc at McGill University. He started his MSc in the Kazak lab and has fast-tracked to the PhD program at Mcgill. Faiz is exploring how the futile creatine cycle is triggered downstream of thermogenic inputs, using using CRISPR/Cas9 technology, chemogenetics and classical enzyme biochemistry and bioenergetics.

Christien Dykstra, MSc candidate 
Chris grew up in Edmonton and received an honours degree in Biochemistry at the U of Alberta. At McGill he is working on elucidating the the role of adrenergic signaling on the regulation of CKB expression. He likes to spend his spare time with his synthesizers. 



Kazak Lab Alumni

Anna Roesler, MSc (2018-2020)

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