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ABOUT CSM  ::  Executive & Council  ::  Executive

2021 - 2022 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.

Ayush Kumar
Dr. Ayush Kumar

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   |   

Janet Hill
Dr. Janet Hill
Past President

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  |   

Alexander Ensminger
Dr. Alexander Ensminger
1st 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   |   

Pascale Beauregard
Dr. Pascale Beauregard
2nd Vice President

Dr. Pascale B. Beauregard obtained her B.S. in biochemistry from Université de Montréal (2002) and completed her PhD thesis under the supervision of Dr Luis Rokeach (2009, Université de Montréal). She then went on to Harvard Medical School (2010-2014, Boston) in the laboratory of Dr Roberto Kolter, where she started exploring the relations between Bacillus subtilis and plants. Dr Beauregard joined the biology department at Université de Sherbrooke in 2014, where her group investigates many topics gravitating around bacterial biofilms, including interaction with plants, horizontal gene transfer, nutrient acquisition and Alzheimer’s disease.

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

T: (819) 821-8000 #62065  |   

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  |   

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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CSM-SCM Secretariat
17 Dossetter Way
Ottawa, ON K1G 4S3

Tel: (613) 421-7229

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