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STUDENTS  ::  Studying Microbiology in Canada

Studying Microbiology in Canada

McMaster University


Department Pathology & Molecular Medicine


Overview The Faculty of Health Sciences offers Graduate programs in various areas of the Health Sciences. The Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine is involved in the Medical Sciences Graduate Program, along with other departments in the faculty. An interdisciplinary approach to learning is emphasized in all of the Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Program.

The division of Clinical Pathology encompasses the disciplines of hematology, genetics, microbiology, clinical chemistry, immunology and histocompatability. Similar to anatomic pathology, the primary mandate of this division is to provide clinical services to hospitals in the Hamilton region, facilitated through the Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program (HRLMP).



Research Facilities The research laboratories in the Health Sciences Centre at McMaster are well-supported and augmented by those in associated institutions located in Hamilton, e.g. the Hamilton Civic Hospitals Research Centre, the Father Sean O'Sullivan Research Centre and the Hamilton Regional Cancer Centre.

A number of well-equipped on-campus facilities are available for use including the:

- Central facility of the Institute for Molecular Biology which provides important services to faculty using molecular biological techniques, including oligonucleotide and peptide synthesis and automated DNA sequencing
- Central Animal Facility
- Central Analytical Facility
- Occupational & Environmental Health Laboratory
- Electron Microscope (and Confocal Light Microscope) Facility
- Computer Services Unit.
- Health Sciences Library



List of Faculty Agro, Albert

Alexopoulou, Iakovina - Autopsy and Renal Pathology

Alowami, Salem - Clinical (translational) research in skin and breast cancer.

Arsenault, Larry

ASHKAR, Ali A. - Innate Immunity, NK/NKT cells, IL-15, Mucosal Immunity, Toll-like Receptors, dsRNA, Tumor, Stem Cell Transplantation

Austin, Richard - Molecular biology of vascular disease and thrombosis

Aziz, Tariq

Balion, Cynthia – Clinical Chemistry

Ball, Alexander

Belbeck, Larry

BIENENSTOCK, John - Mast Cells, Neuro-Immune, Mucosal Immunity, Probiotics, Behaviour

Blajchman, Morris - Transfusion Medicine and hemostasis

Bourgeois, Jacqueline – Pediatric pathology

Boutross-Tadross, Odette - Gynaecological and Breast pathology

BRAMSON, Jonathan - T lymphocyte, Genetic Vaccine, Gene Therapy, Virus, Cancer, Flow Cytometry

Brook, Michael - Silicone chemistry, stabilizing enzymes in silicones and silica, passivating biomaterials

Buchanan, Michael - Monohydroxide regulation of blood and vascular wall cell adhesivity, and it's relationships to actue thrombus formation and chronic intimal hyperplasia. Oral monohydroside therapy and the treatment, prevention and regression of vascular hyperplasia.

Butler, Richard - plasticity of highly differentiated cells in adult mammals.

Carter, Ronald – Medical Genetics; Cancer Genetics

Chen, Vicky - Diagnostic Cytopathology, Head and Neck Pathology and Hematopathology

CHERNESKY, Max A. - Rapid Diagnosis, Infections, Immunization, Methods, Mechanisms, Pathogenesis, Laboratory

Chetty, Tony - Metabolic Syndrome, diabetes Prevention, Lipid Metabolism and Obesity.

Chorneyko, Katherine – Diagnostic electron microscopy and its clinical applications in platelet dysfunction, renal glomerular diseases, muscle disorders, neoplastic and metabolic processes; Renal Pathology; General Surgical Pathology and Cytology.

CLARK, David A. - Pregnancy Immunology, Tolerance, Cytokines, Transfusion immunomodulation, CD200, fgl2

Clarke, Bryan

Coyle, Anthony - T cell costimulation and activation.

Cutz, J-C

Daya, Dean - gynecologic and urologic pathology

Deb, Pratima

Delaney, Kathleen

DeNardi, Franco - Clinical gastrointestinal disease and interstitial laser photocoagulation.

Deodhare, Sanjeev -Hematopathology

Doering, Laurie - Stem Cells, Neural Transplantation and CNS Disorders.

Dolling, Jo-Anna - Molecular Genetics and Cytogenetics

Elavathil, Leelamma

Evelegh, Michael - Development of diagnostic tests for the early detection of cardiovascular disease and cancer; Defining the relationship between cholesterol in the skin and cardiovascular disease risk; Development of novel technologies applicable to in vitro diagnostics

Fernandes, John – Forensic pathology; the impact of ‘club’ drugs; Gunshot injury; Perinatal and placental pathology; Pathology of high risk obstetrics; Evidence based practice of medicine; Impact of decreased length of stay on the outcome of clinical care; Impact of decreased length of stay on the outcome of clinical care; Impact of health sector economic distribution on clinical outcomes; Evaluation of community based teaching.

Fletch, Andrew – Spontaneously occurring rat models of dysmelination; Analgesics and pain management; Infectious diseases caused by viral protozoan agents

FOLEY, Ronan S. - Gene Transfer, Dendritic Cells, Adenoviral Gene Transfer, Cytokines, Stem Cells, Clinical Trials

Freeman, Viola – Rapid chromosome diagnosis; Association of radiation exposure and abnormal chromosome segregation; Twinning in spontaneous abortions; Non-disjunction in Down syndrome; Neoplasia

GAULDIE, Jack - Cytokine and Dendritic Cells, Inflammation and Immunity, Fibrosis, Tumour Immunotherapy, Interleukin-6, Gene Therapy

Grey, Vijaylaxmi - Determinants of bone health in Cystic Fibrosis

Gohla, Gabriella - Breast pathology; Skin pathology

Groves, David - Development, implementation and assessment of new diagnostic technologies, including molecular diagnostic tests

Groves, Hallie – The effect of different strategies to stimulate and link the learning of anatomy in problem-based learning programs; the computer capture and processing of digital images of anatomical material for use in the development of educational resources; The determination of the factors that cause stress of anxiety in students working in an anatomy lab, and strategies for modifying these factors; the use of ultrasound in the anatomy lab for teaching ‘living anatomy’

Guzowski, Ann

HARNISH, Delsworth G. - HPV, Molecular Biology, Education

Haslam, Richard - Signal transduction pathways involved in the regulation of blood platelet function

Hassell, John

Hayward, Catherine

Heddle, Nancy

Hill, Stephen – Markers of cardiac injury and outcome prediction in Acute Coronary Syndrome; Homocysteine and vascular disease; Apolipoprotein E

Hitt, Mary - Development of Adenovirus Vectors for the Gene Therapy of Cancer

Hortelano, Gonzalo – Gene therapy

Horsewood, Peter – Development of non-invasive diagnostic assays; Production and characterization of monoclonal antibodies; Development of immunoassay and immunodiagnostic methods; Immunochemical methods of analysis; Mechanisms of thrombocytopenias and the role of specific platelet molecules in hemostasis; Mechanisms of platelet activiation; Transfusion medicine procedures; risk factors in atherosclerosis; Detection of cancer markers

Igdoura, Suleiman - Molecular genetics of sialidase and its role in monogenic as well as multifactorial diseases

Jayaratne, Padman – Microbial source tracking, Microbial Pathogenesis, Molecular diagnostics, Environmental gene pool, Antibiotic resistance.

Jones, Kim - Interactions between tissue engineering and the host response

JORDANA, Manel - Allergic Inflammation, Asthma, Peanut-induced Anaphylaxis, Immune Regulation, Cytokines, Chemokines, Co-stimulatory Molecule

Kapusta, Linda - prostate carcinomas.

Karmali, Mohamed - Epidemiology, pathogenesis, and public health significance of emerging zoonotic enteric pathogens

KAUSHIC, Charu - Mucosal Immunology, Female Genital Tract, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Sex Hormones, HIV, Vaccines

Kay, Michael - Pulmonary pathology, pulmonary vascular disease, pulmonary hypertension, drug-induced lung disease.

Kelton, John - Investigating the immune mechanisms in various clinical platelet disorders

KOLB, Martin - Lung Fibrosis,Tissue Repair, GeneTherapy, Small Animal Imaging, Drug Trials, Clinical Research

Kwiecien, Jacek

Lach, B - Pathology and immunohistochemistry of human Herpes Simplex Encephalitis and other viral infections of the CNS; Mitochondrial encephalomyopathies; Pathology, biochemistry and tissue culture studies; Muscle pathology in Leber's optic atrophy - tissue culture, mitochondrial DNA and ultrastructudy; Neurooncology

Lee, Christine - Optimal laboratory methods of diagnosis and treatment of Clostridium difficile--associated diarrhea; refining microbiologic diagnosis of sexually transmitted diseases; and, diagnosis and management of nosocomial infections (intravenous catheter infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia

Lee, Jonathan - Apoptosis and the regulation of mitosis

LICHTY, Brian - Vesicular Stomatitis Virus, Coronavirus, Cancer, Myeloma, Interferon

Loeb, Mark - Emerging infectious diseases, infections in seniors, influenza and other respiratory infections, and antimicrobial use and resistance

Luxton, Allan

Lytwyn, Alice

Marci, Joseph - Investigating the mechanisms involved with regulating the assembly and secretion of hepatic lipoproteins; Utilizing proteomics-based technologies to investigate specific cellular and intracellular mechanism associated with the development of atherosclerosis.

MAHONY, James B. - Infectious Diseases, Chlamydia Pneumoniae, Virology, Atherosclerosis, Pathophysiology, Gene Expression, SARS, West Nile Virus

Main, Cheryl – Sexually Transmitted Infections; Electronic Educational Learning Tools; Laboratory Safety

MARGETTS, Peter J. - Adenovirus, Fibrosis, Angiogenesis, Gene Therapy, Laser Capture Microdissection, Gene Regulation, Renal Disease, Peritoneal Dialysis

McDERMOTT, Mark R. - Mucosal Immunity, Vaccine Development

McKay, Derek - Neuroimmune regulation of gut function and elucidation of the active role of the epithelium in mucosal immunity.

McQueen, Matthew

Medina, Maria

Meyer, Ralph - malignant hematology

Mohialdin, Vian – Radiology; Anatomy

Moore, Jane

MOSSMAN, Karen - Virus Pathogenesis, Interferon, Immune Evasion, Signal Transduction, Tissue Culture, Gene Therapy, Cancer Therapy, Oncolytic Viruses

Nowaczyk, Malgorzata - Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome

Ofosu, Frederick - Platelet Responses to Thrombin

Pennie, Ross - Use and abuse of antibiotics in outpatient practice; Diagnosis and management of acute otitis media in children.

Perdue, Mary - Physiology and pathophysiology of the small intestine and colon, examining the complex interaction between immune cells, nerves and epithelium that regulate mucosal function in health and result in dysfunction during disease

Petrich, Astrid

Poinar, Hendrik

Potter, Murray - inborn errors of metabolism

Powers, Peter - diagnosis, prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism.

Provias, John - neuro-oncology/angiogenesis

Radhi, Jasim - Anatomic Pathology; Gastrointestinal and Pancreatic tumors.

Ramsay, Jennifer – Pediatric and placental pathology; Dermatopathology; Gastrointestinal pathology; Endocrine pathology

RICHARDS, Carl D. - Inflammation, Arthritis, Synovium, Cytokines, Matrix Metalloproteinases, Adenovirus

Riddell, Richard

Rosenfeld, Jack - Bio-analytical chemistry

ROSENTHAL, Kenneth L. - Mucosal Immunity, Mucosal Vaccination, Recombinant Adenovirus Vectors, CpG DNA, Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Cytotoxic T Lymphocyte (CTL), Chemokines

Ross, Catherine

Shali, Ari

Shaughnessy, Stephen - Effects of anticoagulants on bone morphology and metabolism

Shaw, Danielle

Sheffield, William - Natural and recombinant coagulation proteins that either stimulate or suppress coagulation.

Sheardown, Heather - To develop polymeric biomaterials that interact with the cells and tissues of the surrounding biological environment and to characterize both the materials and the biological environment.

Singal, Dharam - Major histocompatibility complex, HLA, in man

Singh, Gurmit - Experimental Cancer Therapy for breast and prostate cancer; Mitochondria as a target for cancer chemotherapy; Strategies to modulate bone metastasis; Molecular and cellular mechanisms of photodynamic therapy

SMAILL, Fiona - HIV Infection, Infectious Diseases, Diagnostic Microbiology, Meta-Analyses, Pregnancy

Smieja, Marek - interaction between infections, inflammation, and chronic cardiovascular and respiratory diseases

SNIDER, Denis P. - Mucosal Immunity, T Cell Activation, Dendritic cell, Inflammation, graft-versus-host reaction (GVHR)

Srigley, John - pathology of tumours of the genitourinary tract including those of the prostate gland, urinary bladder, kidney and testis.

STÄMPFLI, Martin R. - COPD, Asthma, Immunology, Tolerance, Experimental Research

Sur, Monalisa - Neuropathology and Hematopathology.

Trus, Michael - investigating the role of aberrant gene expression in the pathogenesis acute myelogenous leukemia and therapeutic measures that restore normal gene expression in this disease.

Underdown, Brian

Vincic, Lydia

Walsh Jennifer - Anatomic Pathology, Gynecological and Non-gynecological Cytology, Hematology and Autopsy

WAN, Yonghong - Dendritic Cells, Tumor Immunology, Cancer Vaccines, T Cells, Gene Therapy, Genetic Immunization, Adenovirus

Wang, Jack - Genotype-phenotype correlation study in cytogenetic rearrangements such as deletion, duplication, inverted duplication

Warkentin, Theodore – To characterize the pathophysiology, frequency, clinical presentation, diagnostic testing and treatment of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia; To characterize the pathophysiology, frequency, clinical presentation, diagnostic testing, and treatment of bleeding gastrointestinal angiodysplasia associated with cardiovascular disease

Waye, John – The study of human genetic disease, particularly the relationship between genotype and phenotype; Forensic identity testing.

West-Mays, Judith - Molecular and Genetic Mechanisms Regulating Eye Development and Disease

Whyte, Peter - Tumor suppressor genes and cell cycle regulation

XING, Zhou - Host Defense, T Cells, Macrophages, Cytokines, Mycobacteria, Pneumonia, Gene Transfer, Vaccines

Yamamura, Debra

Yang, Pinchang - Relationship of allergic reactions and inflammation in the intestinal mucosa, that involves brain and gut interaction, intestinal mucosa immune regulation, allergic mediators signal transduction and protein regulatory mechanisms, antigen transepithelial transportation and intestinal epithelial barrier functions

Young, Edward – Hemostasis and thrombosis, anticoagulants; Biological effects of heparin and related molecules; Extensive use of biochemical techniques such as gel and affinity chromatography; gel eletrophoresis; coagulation assays; uses of radiolabeled tracers; small animal and cell culture models.

Younglai, Edward - Identification of environmental pollutants in human reproductive fluids and the effects of similar mixtures on developmental reproductive processes.

Zhang, C - molecular biology and pathogenesis of human viral pathogens


Financial Support Available McMaster University provides four types of financial support to full-time students.

- teaching assistantships
- graduate scholarships
- endowed scholarships
- bursaries.

Teaching assistantships are provided to many graduate students offered admission to regular full-time programs. Duties vary according to department but will usually consists of tutorials, lab demonstrations and marking. The University provides graduate scholarship awards to most full-time graduate students in Ph.D. programs and in some Master's programs. Such scholarships are awarded annually based upon academic merit. A Ph.D. student is normally funded for four years. Students in Master's programs are usually supported for their first three to six terms depending on the department.
The endowed scholarships and bursaries have various conditions and amounts attached to them. All incoming students and currently enrolled students are automatically eligible and considered for all four types of financial assistance subject to the above eligibility conditions.

McMaster University has adopted a policy of ensuring that all full-time Ph.D. students earn at least $17,500 per year. Many programs have support levels in excess of this amount.



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Phone: 905-521-2100
Fax: 905-577-0198
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