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Sylvie Lahaie
M.Sc. Student
McGill University
(2016 - present)

I’ve obtained a B.Sc in Neuroscience and Mental Health minor in Biology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. My first research project was in Dr. Natalina Salmaso laboratory, where I was working with a mouse model of depression and studying their astrocyte morphology. Next, I started my Masters in the Integrated Neuroscience Program at McGill University September 2016. I joined Dr. Artur Kania’s lab at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) where I began to work on axon guidance in motor neurons in both chick and mouse embryonic stem cells. I am currently investigating the molecular mechanism in ephrin B2 and netrin-1 synergy signaling in medial lateral column motor neurons (LMCm).



Daniel Morales
PhD Student
McGill University
(2012 -  present)

I am studying the principles of axonal growth and guidance during embryonic development, with a focus on the molecular mechanisms of ephrin:Eph signaling in growth cones, using lateral motor column motor neurons as a model.



Ronan da Silva 
PhD Student
McGill University

(2016 - present)

The goal of my project is to describe molecular cues that act in establishing the somatotopic organization of pain circuits. Sensory circuits are connected in a way to create an accurate representation of each body part in the opposite side of the brain, which allows us to locate sensory stimuli in space.  Given that each body part is represented in the opposite side of the brain, we hypothesized that commissural axon guidance plays a critical role in establishing these maps. In particular, we are investigating how the axon guidance molecules DCC and Robo3 act in controlling the formation of contralateral body representations as well as the consequences of their loss to spatial perception of pain.

Brian Roome
PhD Student
McGill University

(2014 - present) 

I first began my studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland, obtaining a B.Sc in Biochemistry/Behavioural Neuroscience. During my undergraduate training I worked with Dr. John Weber investigating the effects of alcohol consumption during adolescence on motor coordination in young rats. I did my M.Sc with Dr. Jacqueline Vanderluit, and worked to construct a functional and anatomical map of the mouse forelimb motor cortex, as well as develop new behavioural tests for forelimb motor function. I am currently doing my doctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. Artur Kania, investigating how spinal projection neurons carry noxious information to the brain. Specifically, I am investigating how classes of developing spinal neurons, each identified by developmental gene expression, contributes to spinal projection neuron pools in adulthood. Using this approach, I can study the function of different projection neuron subtypes to understand how each type contributes to the transmission of pain to the brain.

Farin Bourojeni
PhD Student
McGill University

(2014 - present)

I received a Bachelor’s degree (B.Sc. Honours) in Biological Sciences. During my undergraduate years, I did rotations in a variety of labs to become exposed to multiple streams of biology. In my final year, I became very interested in spinal cord development and regeneration. I completed my projects in the role of electrical currents in axon regeneration and eventually spinal cord injury. I continued to obtain a Master’s degree (M.Sc. Neuroscience) from Queen’s University where I examined the distribution of specific proteins on motoneuron dendritic projections. In 2014, I joined the Dr Kania’s lab as a PhD student in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience at McGill University. I am currently using a variety of genetics tools and behavioural assays to examine the development and the functional maintenance of neural circuits involved in somatosensation at spinal and supraspinal levels.

Wren Boehlen
Undergraduate student
McGill University
(2016 - present)

I am currently an undergraduate student at McGill University, in the BSc. Neuroscience program. In the Dr Kania Lab, I am studying the neuronal networks transmitting pain from the periphery to the brain. More precisely I am continuing a project initiated by Alastair Garner, a PhD candidate, analyzing the differences between neuronal cells in the spinal cord that respond to different type of painful stimuli. I believe this experience to be a great training for my possible future medical career.

 

Julie Cardin
Research Assistant

Genotyping

Meirong Liang
Research Assistant

Laboratory Management

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