The CSM Executive consists of the President, Past President, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, Meetings Secretary, and Graduate Student Representative.
Dr. Christopher Yost President
Christopher K. Yost, PhD is a Professor with the Biology Department at the University of Regina. He received his PhD. in the Biological Sciences Department at the University of Calgary in 1998, and has experience as a research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (Lacombe Research Centre, Lacombe, Alberta) and as a research associate at the University of Aarhus (Aarhus, Denmark). Dr. Yost is a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Microbes, The Environment and Food Safety. His research interests are focused on agricultural topics and include plant-bacteria interactions and the movement of enteric pathogens from the environment to food. His current research activities in plant-bacteria interactions include the characterization of genetic networks involved in the cell envelope development in Rhizobium and genetic networks involved in rhizosphere colonization. His research interests in food safety include fecal source tracking for irrigation water protection and improving fresh produce food safety. Dr. Yost is an active, engaged member of the CSM. He has contributed previously as section Co-Chair and Chair for the Applied and Environmental Microbiology division. He has also frequently volunteered as a judge for the student oral and poster competitions.
University of Regina Department of Biology
3737 Wascana Parkway
Contact T: (306) 585-5223 | F: (306) 337-2410 |
Dr. Charles Dozois Past President
Charles M. Dozois, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier one of the four research centres of Institut national de recherche scientifique (lNRS), which is part of the Université du Québec network. Dr. Dozois holds a Canada Research Chair in Infectious Bacterial Diseases. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1995 from the Université de Montréal, and conducted post-doctoral research in veterinary immunology at the Institut National de recherche Agronomique (INRA), Toulouse, France, and in bacterial genetics and pathogenesis at Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA. His research focuses on bacterial pathogenesis with interests in pathogenic Escherichia coli, Salmonella and food and water-borne infections. His research has focused on the importance of bacterial gene regulation during extra-intestinal infections of importance to both human and animal health. He has contributed to further understanding the importance of bacterial metal transport systems (iron, manganese and zinc), and bacterial adherence for virulence of pathogenic E. coli, and molecular epidemiology and clonal diversity of pathogenic E. coli strains. His current research interests include development of alternative strategies to the use of antibiotics for controlling bacteria of importance to animal health, food safety and zoonotic infections. Dr. Dozois has received fellowships from INRA (government of France), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and was the recipient of the Fisher Award from the Canadian Society for Microbiologists.
INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier Director and Associate Professor
531 boul. des Prairies
Laval, Québec, H7V 1B7
Christine Szymanski is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Alberta. She is also a Subgroup Leader and Steering Committee member for the Consortium for Functional Glycomics, a Principal Investigator in the Alberta Glycomics Centre, and an Alberta Innovates Strategic Chair in Bacterial Glycomics.
Her laboratory uses multidisciplinary approaches to characterize pathways responsible for generating bacterial glycoconjugates, and exploist bacteriophage recognition proteins that bind to these structures for the development of novel platforms in agricultural and food safety applications. These studies are now expanding to the analyses of carbohydrate metabolism by the gut microbiome, immune recognition of bacterial carbohydrates, and development of glycoconjugate vaccines against other bacterial pathogens, viruses and fungi.
Christine graduated with a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Winnipeg followed by a PhD from the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Alberta. Her postdoctoral studies were conducted at the Naval Medical Research Center in Maryland before she joined the National Research Council in Ottawa as a Research Scientist. Christine became a faculty member at the University of Alberta in 2008.
University of Alberta Alberta Innovates Scholar
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Cross-appointee, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Principal Investigator, Alberta Glycomics Centre
6-061 Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2E9
Contact T: (780) 248-1234 | F: (780) 492-9234 |
Dr. Andrew Lang 2nd Vice President
Andrew Lang received his PhD in 2000 from the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at the University of British Columbia where he worked in the laboratory of J. Thomas Beatty. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s. The Lang lab at Memorial has two main research areas. One is focused on bacteriophage-like elements called Gene Transfer Agents (GTAs) and their role in genetic exchange in bacteria. The other is focused on influenza A viruses in wild birds.
Memorial University of Newfoundland 232 Elizabeth Ave.
Department of Biology
St. John''s, NFLD
Contact T: 709-864-7517 | F: 709-864-3018 |
Dr. Mohan Babu Secretary-Treasurer
Mohan Babu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Regina. Dr. Babu currently holds a CIHR New Investigator award and is a Maud-Menten Finalist of the CIHR Institute of Genetics. He is a member of the Canadian Society of Microbiology, Human Proteome Organization, and Canadian National Proteomics Network.
After graduating in Molecular Pathology from the TNAU in India in 2002, Dr. Babu pursued post-doctoral studies at the Ohio State University, University of California Davis, and at the University of Toronto. From 2007-2012, he was a research associate at the Banting and Best Department of Medical Research and Terrence Donnelly Centre at the University of Toronto.
Babu has developed and applied advanced proteomic, functional genomic, and bioinformatic methods to characterize genome-wide protein and epistatic interaction networks in the budding yeast and gram-negative bacterium, and mammalian cell systems. His group also developed advanced proteomics using affinity purification coupled with mass spectrometry technology to analyze the molecular composition of protein complexes and interactions related to major diseases in humans.
University of Regina Department of Biochemistry
Contact T: (306) 585-4192 |
Dr. Russell Hynes Meetings Secretary
Russ Hynes is a Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Saskatoon Research Centre and an adjunct professor in the Department of Food and Bioproduct Sciences, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, University of Saskatchewan. His research includes microbial screening, selection, formulation development and delivery of biopesticides with the objective of expanding biocontrol practices for managing agricultural pests in Canada. Born in Montréal, he received his BSc, MSc. and PhD in microbiology from the Macdonald Campus of McGill University. Before joining AAFC Russ was a Research Associate at the Plant Biotechnology Institute, National Research Council, O.E.C.D research fellow at Bristol University and a Senior Research Scientist with Agriculture Biologicals (ESSO, Agrium Inc.) developing microbial inoculants for the legume producers in Western Canada and the U.S.A.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Department. of Bioprocesses and Bioproducts
107 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X2
Contact T: (306) 385-9452 | F: (306) 956-7247 |
Mr. Ryan Buensuceso Graduate Student Representative
Ryan Buensuceso is a PhD student at McMaster University in the department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, under Dr. Lori Burrows. His research focuses on the chemotactic regulation of twitching motility in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Ryan was born in the small town of Pincourt, Quebec, west of Montreal. He graduated with a BSc in Microbiology and Immunology from McGill University in 2008. Following this, he moved to London, ON and received his MSc in Microbiology and Immunology from The University of Western Ontario in 2011. In September of that year, he began his PhD studies in the Burrows Lab at McMaster University.
McMaster University Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences
1280 Main Street West
Health Sciences Centre 4H13
Contact T: 905 525-9140 x26583 |
Mrs. Wafaa Antonious Secretariat
Canadian Society of Microbiologists 17 Dossetter Way
Ottawa, ON K1G 4S3
Contact T: (613) 421-7229 | F: (613) 421-9811 |
CSM-SCM Secretariat 17 Dossetter Way
Ottawa, ON K1G 4S3