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ABOUT CSM  ::  Executive & Council  ::  Executive

2017 - 2018 Executive

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

Andrew  Lang
Dr. Andrew Lang

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
A1B 3X9

T: 709-864-7517  |  F: 709-864-3018  |   

Christine Szymanski
Dr. Christine Szymanski
Past President

Christine Szymanski is a Professor in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Alberta. She is also a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center at the University of Georgia. Christine is an Alberta Innovates Strategic Chair in Bacterial Glycomics and sits on the executive of the Society for Glycobiology and the Consortium for Functional Glycomics.

Her laboratory uses multidisciplinary approaches to characterize bacterial glycoconjugate pathways and to exploit bacteriophage glycan binding proteins for the development of novel platforms in agricultural and food safety applications. These studies are now expanding toward understanding the role carbohydrates play in the interactions between the gut microbiome, bacteriophages and enteric pathogens.

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 and a faculty member at the University of Georgia in 2016.

University of Alberta
AITF iCORE Strategic Chair in Bacterial Glycomics
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Cross-appointee, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology

CEO VaxAlta Inc.

6-061 Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2E9


University of Georgia
Professor, Department of Microbiology
Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
315 Riverbend Road
Athens, Georgia, 30602
T: (706) 542-4439
Email: cszymans@uga.edu

T: (706) 542-4439  |   

Marie Elliot
Dr. Marie Elliot
1st Vice-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
McMaster University
Department of Biology
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON, L8S 4K1

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

Janet Hill
Dr. Janet Hill
2nd Vice 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
University of Saskatchewan
Department of Veterinary Microbiology
52 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7H0H3

T: 306-966-7242  |   

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 Vogt
Dr. Stephanie Vogt
Post Doc Representative

Stefanie Vogt is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Brett Finlay at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests centre on understanding how bacterial pathogens survive life in the challenging conditions of the mammalian gut. Her current research projects include examining how enterohemorrhagic E. coli senses and responds to the gut microbiota, elucidating the size and cause of Citrobacter rodentium population bottlenecks during colonization of the mouse gut, and determining how the C. rodentium Cpx envelope stress response promotes host infection.

Stefanie received a PhD in Microbiology & Biotechnology from the University of Alberta in 2013 and an MSc from the University of Calgary in 2008.

University of British Columbia
Finlay Lab
Michael Smith Laboratories
University of British Columbia
#301 - 2185 East Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4

T: (604) 822-2493  |   

Rhiannon Wallace
Dr. Rhiannon Wallace
Graduate Student Representative

Rhiannon Wallace received her BSc with honors in Microbiology in 2013 from the Department of Biology at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus.In September 2013, she started graduate studies in the lab of Dr. Louise Nelson at UBC Okanagan. Her current research interests, in collaboration with the British Columbia Tree Fruit Cooperative, aim to find more sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives to control postharvest disease of pome fruit. Her current research activities: 1. Investigate the use of Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR) to control postharvest disease of pome fruit during commercial cold and Controlled Atmosphere storage; 2. Elucidate the mechanisms of action utilized by the PGPR to inhibit fungal growth on apple.

In 2014 she was the recipient of the Terry Beveridge poster presentation award for the Applied and Environmental Microbiology section at the CSM annual conference in Montreal, QC. In 2015- 2016 she served as a CSM Graduate Ambassador. At the 2016 annual CSM conference in Toronto, ON she participated in the student award symposium. She currently serves on the Graduate Student Advisory Committee and Biology Graduate Student Society Executive at UBC Okanagan.

Rhiannon plans to complete her PhD in fall of 2017 and hopes to pursue work as a postdoctoral fellow in the area of food microbiology.

University of British Columbia
Department of Biology
Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
University of British Columbia Okanagan
1177 Research Road, Science Building
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

T: 250-718-7147  |   

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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