Our Team

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Principal Investigator

B.Sc. Beijing Normal University

Ph.D. Mount Sinai Hospital and University of Toronto

Postdoc. The Donnelly Centre, University of Toronto

Google Scholar profile

wei zhang

I did my undergraduate in Beijing before coming to Toronto to pursue MSc with John Heddle at York University to do cytogenetics and mutation research. After that I obtained PhD in Daniel Durocher lab at the Lunenfeld Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital and Department of Molecular Genetics at University of Toronto. With a CIHR fellowship and later a Mitacs Elevate Fellowship I further conducted postdoctoral work in the labs of Sachdev Sidhu and Jason Moffat in the Donnelly Centre at University of Toronto. Here in my own lab I propose to combine the expertise I gained from my PhD and Postdoc studies to further understand and modulate DNA damage responses for new biology and novel cancer therapeutics.


Postdoctoral Fellow

B.Sc., M.Sc. University of Ottawa

Ph.D. University of Guelph (Pathobiology)

Research profile

maría Rosales Gerpe

I was born in Havana, Cuba and moved to Canada when I was 14 years old, and later on pursued a Biochemistry B.Sc. at the University of Ottawa. I have always been interested in understanding cellular mechanisms, and this is what drove me to study the properties of retroviruses and host intrinsic defense responses for my Masters under the supervision of Dr. Marc-André Langlois, also at the University of Ottawa. I then sought to uncover the role retroviruses played in cancer and studied adenocarcinoma-inducing ruminant betaretroviruses under the supervision of Dr. Sarah Wootton at the University of Guelph. The study of retroviruses is inextricably linked with the inner workings of the cell; after all, they must exploit the cellular machinery to replicate. I hope to utilize the knowledge I have gained to uncover promising anti-viral and cancer therapeutics at the Zhang Lab.


Undergraduate project student

B.Sc. University of Guelph (2015-pre)

Dirk Hackenberger

I originally came to Guelph pursuing a veterinary degree, however, found that I was captivated by the classes which would point me in a more research based direction. Because of this, I promptly switched majors to biochemistry and took on a molecular biology and genetics minor. I was lucky enough to come into contact with Dr. Zhang through my lab techniques of molecular biology class, and I am very much looking forward to working with him on the various projects that he has taken on. In the future, I am hoping to pursue a PhD, specifically focusing on genetic engineering techniques, and improving investigative methods. 

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Undergraduate project student

B.Sc. University of Guelph (2015-pre)

Marcos Ibrahim

I have done research in a cell hypoxia lab in Guelph with Professor Jim Uniacke, and at the HIV immunology lab with Professor Mario Ostrowski. Now I have a very keen internet in learning in the Zhang lab as I think synthetic bio and protein engineering is the future!