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ABOUT CSM  ::  Executive & Council  ::  Executive

2022 - 2023 Executive

The CSM Executive consists of the President, Past President, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, Meetings Secretary, Post Doc Representative and Graduate Student Representative.

Pascale  Beauregard
Dr. Pascale Beauregard

Dr. Pascale B. Beauregard is an associate professor of Biology at University of Sherbrooke. She did her undergraduate studies in biochemistry at Université de Montréal (2002), and stayed in the same institution for her PhD on a non-mendelian phenomenon in fission yeast (2009). She then joined the Kolter group as a postdoctoral fellow to learn all things bacterial-related (Harvard Medical School; 2010-2014). Her current research group is exploring diverse subjects gravitating around bacterial biofilms, including interaction with plants, Alzheimer’s disease, horizontal gene transfer and nutrient acquisition, with a focus on Gram-positive bacteria. Because of her background, she has also a deep interest for the chemistry underlying the interactions between bacteria and their biotic and abiotic environment. Dr Beauregard served on the Local Organizing Committee of the 2019 CSM Annual Conference.

Université de Sherbrooke
Département de biologie, bureau D8-1014
2500 boul. Université
Sherbrooke (Qc) Canada
J1K 2R1

T: (819) 821-8000 #62065  |   

Alexander  Ensminger
Dr. Alexander Ensminger
Past President

Dr. Ensminger is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto, where he has led a highly collaborative team of microbial systems biologists since 2011. Using the model organism, Legionella pneumophila, he and has team have made significant contributions in three areas of bacterial pathogenesis: effector function (with a focus on a special class of proteins called “metaeffectors”), CRISPR-Cas genome defense, and experimental evolution. Dr. Ensminger also serves as Associate Chair of Undergraduate Education in the Department of Biochemistry and co-chaired the 2016 CSM General Meeting. After growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he attended Haverford College, a small liberal arts school outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his Ph.D. (focused on mammalian epigenetics and non-coding RNAs) in the laboratory of Andrew Chess at the Whitehead Institute at MIT. For his postdoc, Dr. Ensminger received training as a microbiologist under the expert mentorship of Ralph Isberg at the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts.

University of Toronto
Department of Biochemistry; Molecular Genetics
Toronto, ON M5G 1M1

T: 416-978-6522  |   

Kari Dunfield
Dr. Kari Dunfield
1st Vice-President

Dr. Kari E. Dunfield, is a Professor and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Environmental Microbiology of Agro-ecosystems, in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph. She received her BSc in the Biological Sciences Department at the University of Calgary in 1995, and her MSc in the Department of Plant Agriculture (1999) and PhD in the Department of Soil Science at the University of Saskatchewan (2002). She worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Maine, Darling Marine Center, and joined the University of Guelph in 2004. Working at the intersection of microbiology, ecology, and soil science, her work investigates the microbial communities and microbial processes driving the global processes that help support life on Earth, and focuses on climate change, soil conservation, human pathogens and antimicrobial resistance genes in the environment, and food security. She is passionate about educating the public about the importance of soils, and is the Executive of a knowledge mobilization and outreach program, called Soils@Guelph, and the North American Representative for UN-FAO Global Soil Partnership (Pillar 1). Dr. Dunfield has contributed previously to the CSM as the Co-Chair of the Education and Careers Committee and is currently the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Microbiology.

University of Guelph
Canada Research Chair, Professor
School of Environmental Sciences
306 Alexander Hall
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

T: 519-824-4120 x58088  |   

Jonathan D. Van Hamme
Dr. Jonathan D. Van Hamme
2nd Vice President

Jonathan Van Hamme is Professor of Microbiology and founding Director of the TRUGen Applied Genomics Laboratory at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia. He received an Honours B.Sc. in Co-Op Biology with a Chemistry Minor from the University of Waterloo in 1996, and a Ph.D. in petroleum microbiology from the University of Waterloo in 2000. Thanks to the encouragement of his Ph.D. supervisor, Dr. Owen Ward (CSM President, 1996-1997), he attended his first CSM Annual Meeting in Guelph in 1998 and was hooked. After three years with the National Resources Canada at their National Centre for Upgrading Technology, where he was leading work on microbial biotechnologies for heavy oil upgrading, he joined Thompson Rivers University in 2003 and established his own research program with a major focus on biodegradation of organic pollutants. His group is currently focused on uncovering the biochemical basis of bacterial per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) metabolism. He served for ten years as an editor for Biodegradation, is currently an editor for the Canadian Journal of Microbiology, and previously served the CSM as Meetings Secretary (2009 – 2011). He currently serves as Chair and the CSM representative of the Biological and Chemical Defence Review Committee.

Thompson Rivers University
Biological Sciences,
Kamloops, BC
V2C 0C8.

T: 250.377.6064  |   

Mazen Saleh
Dr. Mazen Saleh

Following his undergraduate and Master's studies at the University of Waterloo, he joined the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto. Under the supervision of Professor Jean Gariepy, his doctorate studies were focused on the biophysics of microbial protein toxins. Prior to joining the Department of Biology at Laurentian University, he spent time as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and Colorado State University.

Laurentian University
Department of Biology
Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6

T: 705-675-1151 ext 2434  |  F: 705-675-4859  |   

Denice Bay
Dr. Denice Bay
Meetings Secretary

Dr. Denice Bay is an assistant professor (as of June 2015) in the Department of Medical
Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Bay began her studies at the University of Manitoba where she completed both her BSc (in 2000) and PhD (in 2007). Her PhD thesis examined mitochondrial voltage dependent anion channel (VDAC) folding and function from the fungus Neurospora crassa with Dr. Deborah Court. During her post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Raymond Turner's lab at the University of Calgary (in 2007-2015), Dr. Bay examined TolC-independent efflux pumps, the role of biofilm formation in efflux mediated antimicrobial resistance, and protein secretion system structure-function in Enterobacteria. Her current research program explores how antiseptics and disinfectants contribute to antibiotic resistance in critical priority bacterial pathogens.

University of Manitoba
Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Rm 514 BSMS, 745 Bannatyne Ave
Winnipeg, MB R2K 1N4

T: 2049775679  |  F: 2047893926  |   

Sarah Piché-Choquette
Dr. Sarah Piché-Choquette
Post Doc Representative

Sarah Piché-Choquette is a Postdoctoral fellow working in the laboratory of Dr. Petr Baldrian at the Institute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences. She completed her B.Sc. in Microbiology and Immunology at the Université de Montréal and her Ph.D. at the Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie Research Centre – INRS. Her postdoctoral research focuses on how microorganisms respond to forest management and climactic events, including how they adapt their carbon- and energy-acquisition strategies to drought and rewetting events, as well as how their biodiversity and biogeography diverge between primeval and managed forests.

Czech Academy of Sciences
Institute of Microbiology
Vídeňská 1083, 142 20 Praha 4-Krč
Prague, Czech Republic

T: +420 241-061-111 (2734)  |   

Camille  Ou
Ms. Camille Ou
Graduate Student Representative

Camille Ou is a Ph.D. student at Université de Montréal. She is working with Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi in the laboratory of Dr. France Daigle and co-supervised by Dr. Charles Dozois from Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie Research Centre – INRS. Her research focuses on characterizing fimbriae regulation of S. Typhi, a human specific pathogen. With the current antibiotics resistance crisis, treatments are becoming less efficient. Thus, better understanding of S. Typhi pathogenesis will contribute to the identification of new therapeutic targets.

Université de Montréal
Department of Microbiology, Infectiology and Immunology
2900 Bd Édouard-Montpetit,
Montréal, QC H3T 1J4

T: (514) 343-6111 (3135)  |   

Wafaa Antonious
Mrs. Wafaa Antonious

Wafaa Antonious has been providing secretariat services for CSM since 2008 first through the Canadian Federation of Biological Socieites (CFBS). When CFBS folded at the end of 2008, Wafaa resumed providing secretariat services through her own company "Rofail Conference and Management Services (RCMS) as of January 2009. Wafaa's services for CSM includes providing support to CSM Executive (services and consultation), organizing the annual conference when requested, maintaining the website, book keeping, dealing with inquiries from members and others related to CSM activities. Through RCMS, Wafaa provides secretariat services to other organizations and organizes scientific workshops, meetings and conferences from 20 - 800 attendees. Wafaa graduated in 1983 with a BA in English from Faculty of Linguistic, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt and moved to Canada within a month of her graduation.

Canadian Society of Microbiologists
17 Dossetter Way
Ottawa, ON K1G 4S3

T: (613) 421-7229  |   

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Ottawa, ON K1G 4S3

Tel: (613) 421-7229

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