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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.

Alexander  Ensminger
Dr. Alexander Ensminger

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  |   

Ayush Kumar
Dr. Ayush Kumar
Past 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   |   

Pascale  Beauregard
Dr. Pascale Beauregard
1st Vice-President

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  |   

Kari Dunfield
Dr. Kari Dunfield
2nd 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  |   

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  |   

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)  |   

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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