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ABOUT CSM  ::  Executive & Council  ::  Executive

2019 - 2020 Executive

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

Janet Hill
Dr. Janet Hill

Janet Hill is a Professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology at the University of Saskatchewan. She was born in Toronto. Dr. Hill received her B.Sc.H. in Biology and Ph.D. in Microbiology at Queen’s University, followed by postdoctoral training at the University of Illinois and the National Research Council. Her graduate and postdoctoral studies included insect and plant virology, human parasitology, molecular diagnostics and bioinformatics. Dr. Hill’s research interests are in the area of microbial diversity and ecology, and the role of complex microbial communities in animal and human health. She also conducts research and diagnostic investigations of veterinary infectious disease. Dr. Hill is a developer of DNA barcoding approaches based on the universal cpn60 gene and her lab is the home of cpnDB, a public database of chaperonin sequences. Dr. Hill is an enthusiastic teacher and research mentor of undergraduate and graduate students. She joined the CSM in 1992.

University of Saskatchewan
Department of Veterinary Microbiology
52 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7H 0H3

T: 306-966-7242  |   

Marie  Elliot
Dr. Marie Elliot
Past President

Dr. Elliot attended the University of Alberta, where she received her B.Sc. in 1995 and her Ph.D. in 2000, working with Dr. Brenda Leskiw. From 2000-2004, she was an Alberta Heritage Foundation post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Prof. Mark Buttner at the John Innes Centre, a British government research institute in Norwich, UK.

In 2005, she joined the Department of Biology at McMaster University, where she is currently a Professor. She has received an Early Researcher Award from the Government of Ontario (Ministry of Research and Innovation), held a Canada Research Chair in Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Genomics from 2005-2015, and is a McMaster University Scholar.

She has served as co-chair of the 2010 annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM) (with TurloughFinan of McMaster) and the 2015 ASM Conference on Prokaryotic Cell Biology and Development (with Michael Laub of MIT). Over the last two years, she has chaired the Molecular Genetics and Cellular Microbiology section for the CSM. She is an Editor of Applied and Environmental Microbiology and is a member of the Editoral Boards for Molecular Microbiology and the Journal of Bacteriology. She currently serves on the Scientific Executive Committee for the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research at McMaster University.

McMaster University
Department of Biology
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON, L8S 4K1

T: (905) 525-9140 x24225  |  F: (905) 522-6066  |   

Ayush Kumar
Dr. Ayush Kumar
1st Vice-President

Ayush Kumar is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology, University of Manitoba. Ayush received his Masters degree in Microbiology from Awadh University in India and his PhD in Microbiology from the University of Manitoba. He did his post-doctoral work at Colorado State University. Ayush’s laboratory studies the mechanisms of multidrug resistance and virulence in Acinetobacter baumannii and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. His group is also studying the microbiological quality of drinking water from First Nation communities in Manitoba. Ayush has served the CSM as Secretary-Treasurer and also as the member of the Local Organizing Committee for the 68th Annual Conference.

University of Manitoba
Department of Microbiology
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

T: 204-474-8286  |   

Alexander Ensminger
Dr. Alexander Ensminger
2nd Vice 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  |   

Mohan Babu
Dr. Mohan Babu

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
Regina, SK
S4S 0A2

T: (306) 585-4192  |   

Christopher Yost
Dr. Christopher Yost
Meetings Secretary

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
Regina, SK
S4S 0A2

T: (306) 585-5223  |  F: (306) 337-2410  |   

Stephanie Jones
Dr. Stephanie Jones
Post Doc Representative

Stephanie Jones completed her B.Sc. in Biology at Syracuse University in 2012, and is currently finishing her Ph.D. in the lab of Dr. Marie Elliot at McMaster University. Her research focuses on understanding the growth and development of Streptomyces bacteria, known for their antibiotic production capabilities and their complex life cycle. She discovered a novel form of Streptomyces development termed exploration, and has been working to characterize the genetic and biochemical factors underlying this form of development. Steph has found exploration involves the cooperation of two cellular growth mechanisms, and alters microbial community dynamics through various competition and communication strategies. Her work in the Elliot Lab has been supported by an NSERC Vanier scholarship. Steph will be starting a postdoc at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology in the lab of Dr. Mike Laub in September 2018, where she will be studying the evolution of chromosome dynamics and toxin-antitoxin systems in bacteria.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Building 570-68, Koch Biology Building
31 Ames St
Cambridge, MA
USA, 02142

T: (647) 620-7103  |   

Olivia Ihedioha
Dr. Olivia Ihedioha
Graduate Student Representative

Olivia Ihedioha is a PhD student at Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM),Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac), University of Saskatchewan. She is working with tuberculosis (TB) research team at VIDO-InterVac led by Drs. Andrew Potter and Jeffrey Chen. Research interest focused on understanding the pathogenesis of bovine tuberculosis and vaccine development. Bovine tuberculosis caused M. bovis results in major financial losses to the cattle industry and also poses a serious health risk to people in many countries. Vaccines are invaluable medicines that help prevent infections. Despite the urgent need, there is no licensed vaccine available to prevent bovine tuberculosis. To develop an effective vaccine, an understanding of the pathogenesis of bovine tuberculosis is important and specifically, how certain biomolecular products released by M. bovis interact with the host immune system. Ongoing research by our team focused on assessing the immunogenicity of three different classes of M. bovis biomolecular signatures - proteins, cell wall lipids and cell surface sugars on bovine dendritic cells, which are immune cells key to controlling TB. In the long-term, these studies will contribute to our understanding of bovine TB pathogenesis and may benefit efforts to develop effective vaccine for this devastating disease.
Website: http://www.vido.org.

University of Saskatchewan
Department of Veterinary Microbiology
VIDO InterVac, 120 Veterinary Road
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E3

T: 306-966-1529  |   

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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17 Dossetter Way
Ottawa, ON K1G 4S3

Tel: (613) 421-7229

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