• Mario Esposito

    Mario Esposito I received my BSc. in Biology at Wilfrid Laurier University focusing on molecular genetics in April of 2017 after completing an honours thesis project in comparative genomics. My research focused on determining where function is conserved… Read More

  • Dr. Chloe Robinson

      Chloe is a postdoctoral fellow and STREAM project manager within the Hajibabaei Lab, having previously completed her PhD in 2018 at Swansea University (UK). Her research background is largely in DNA-based environmental research, with focus on developing new… Read More

  • Marissa Chee-A-Tow

    I am a fourth year Arts & Science student at the University of Guelph, specializing in biology, biotechnology and French with a certificate in business. I started volunteering in Dr. Hajibabaei’s lab in February 2020. I assist with… Read More

  • Josip (Joe) Rudar

    I received my BSc.H in Microbiology from the University of Guelph. Following this I continued my education and received both a BEd and MBinf from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Guelph respectively and am… Read More

  • Carley Maitland

    I am a fourth-year Wildlife Biology and Conservation student at the University of Guelph. I began volunteering in the Hajibabaei Lab in my first year of university before being hired in April 2018 as a laboratory technician. The biomonitoring projects,… Read More

  • Genevieve M. Johnson

    Integrative Biology PhD student: I am interested in applications of molecular biology for ecological monitoring and management.  My project builds upon the lab’s stream-biomonitoring efforts.  I am using RNA sequencing to study the transcriptomes of benthic arthropods in… Read More

  • Dr. Teresita M. Porter

    I am a Genomics Research Scientist with the Great Lakes Forestry Centre, Natural Resources Canada and a Visiting Research Scientist with the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph.  My research background is in ecology and evolution, mycology,… Read More

  • Siavash Nazari

    Siavash Nazari BSc (MSc Student) I received my BSc. in Computer Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in July 2015. I have a passion for nature and the magnificence of the living, and throughout my undergraduate studies I… Read More

  • Rachel Smith

    Rachel Smith, BSc. (Laboratory Technician) I completed my B.Sc. in Marine and Freshwater Biology at the University of Guelph. I started in the Hajibabaei lab as an undergraduate NSERC USRA summer student in 2014, continued working through the… Read More

  • Shannon Eagle

    Shannon Eagle, MSc. (Laboratory Manager) I completed my B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics and my M.Sc. in Evolutionary Biology both at the University of Guelph. As an undergraduate student, I worked in the Hajibabaei lab. There I… Read More

  • Kristen Dienst

    Kristen Dienst (Undergraduate Student) I am a third year Animal Biology student at the University of Guelph, and I have been a part time work study student in the Hajibabaei lab since January 2015. I aspire to become… Read More

  • Françoise Kanga

    Françoise Kanga, PhD Françoise Kanga obtained a PhD in Applied Biological Sciences (2012) and a MSc in Nematology (2005), both from the University of Ghent, Belgium. She also holds a diploma in Agricultural Sciences from the Faculty of… Read More

  • Dr. Katie McGee

    Katie McGee, Ph.D My research involves using DNA metasystematics via Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) to study the ecology and biochemistry of soil organisms in the environment, with the goal of understanding the mechanisms of soil biotic community dynamics and their role… Read More

  • Shadi Shokralla

    Shadi Shokralla, Ph.D. Dr. Shokralla’s graduate training, in conjunction with the Stanford Genome Technology Centre, was in molecular techniques for detection of microbial resistance amongst clinical isolates of bacteria. His main research interest is in technology development within… Read More

  • Gina Capretta

    Gina Capretta  BASc., B.Ed., (MSc. Student) After completing a BASc. from McMaster University in 2002, I headed for Teacher’s College at the University of Toronto and earned a B.Ed (Biology/Chemistry) with a specialization in gifted education. Over the… Read More

  • Nicole Fahner

    Nicole Fahner, HBSc. (MSc. Student) Before coming to the University of Guelph for graduate studies, I attended the University of Toronto where I received an Honours B.Sc. in Forensic Science and Biology. Through some work experience in the… Read More

  • Michael Wright

    I received my B.Sc in Biology from Trent University, Peterborough in April 2011 after completing an honours thesis project on mosquito diversity in rural vs. urban habitats. During my undergrad I had the opportunity to both take (June… Read More

  • Lisa Ledger

    Lisa Ledger, B.Sc. (M.Sc. Student) After completing a bachelors degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Guelph in June 2010, I started graduate work in the Hajibabaei lab in January of 2012. One of the overarching… Read More

  • Joel Gibson

    Project Manager – Biomonitoring 2.0 and Postdoctoral Research Fellow Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, 
Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph My M.Sc. and Ph.D. research was on the evolutionary biology of Diptera.I employed life history, morphological, and molecular… Read More

  • Ian King

    Ian King, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow I completed my PhD in Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology at the University of California, Riverside, working under Paul De Ley in the Department of Nematology. My research involved establishing a biomonitoring programme… Read More

  • Dr. Mehrdad Hajibabaei

    Associate Professor Centre for Biodiversity Genomics & Department of Integrative Biology Dr. Mehrdad Hajibabaei is an internationally recognized expert in molecular evolutionary biology and environmental/ecological genomics and bioinformatics. He has published 121 publications with over 13,000 citations (h-index… Read More

  • Stéphanie Boilard

    Stéphanie Boilard, B.Sc.H Laboratory Technician I started in the Hajibabaei lab in the summer of 2009 as a third year Molecular Biology and Genetics student when I held an Undergraduate Research Assistanceship position. I returned to school the following fall… Read More