Lawrence Kazak, PhD (University of Cambridge) – Assistant Professor
Lawrence 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 at 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 and the National Institutes of Health.
Janane Rahbani, PhD (McGill) – Postdoc
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 excited to join the Kazak lab and explore mitochondrial energetics at the molecular level.
Kai Sheng, MSc (McGill) – Research Assistant
Kai completed his MSc Degree in Experimental Medicine at McGill under the guidance of Dr. Simon Wing, studying the Ubiquitin-proteasome system during spermatogenesis. During his MSc, he developed solid skills of biochemistry. Next, he joined a genetic/bioinformatics group, led by Dr. Erwin Schurr at McGill, as a Research Assistant, where he learned and embraced concepts in computational biology. Kai is excited to join the Kazak lab to explore the physiological relevance of adipocyte creatine cycling in vivo.
Natalie Constantin – McGill Biochemistry 4th year summer student
Natalie is entering her fourth year of Honours in Biochemistry at McGill. She has developed her lab skills through course work and volunteering, and is excited to learn and examine mechanisms of mitochondrial energetics. She joins the Kazak lab for the summer with a SURA (Faculty of Science Undergraduate Research Award).
Sojeong Leem – McGill Biochemistry 4th year summer student
Sojeong hails from Busan, a large port city in South Korea. She is entering her fourth year of Honours in Biochemistry at McGill. She is very excited to join the Kazak lab and learn about creatine energetics in mitochondria. She joins the Kazak lab for the summer with a Canderel Rising Star Student Summer Internship.