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

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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. I am a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar in the Molecular Architecture of Life program.


Mitacs Industrial Postdoctoral Fellow

B.Sc. University of Guelph

Ph.D. University of Guelph (Biochemistry)

Evan MalLette

In high school I learned about the curious but amazing world of molecular biology and the vast number of proteins that 20 amino acids have arranged into to make everything in life possible. Throughout my undergraduate degree and graduate studies in biochemistry, I learned about structural biology and the mechanics of enzyme catalysis and protein-protein interactions. Despite all we know about how proteins function, there are seemingly endless questions still to be answered about cellular functions and opportunities to exploit molecular biology to solve biological issues. As part of the Mitacs Accelerate program, I aim to develop a selection of optimized synthetic proteins designed and optimized in silico with our industrial partner ProteinQure Inc. for eventual use in combined cancer therapeutics.  

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Summer student (URA program)

B.Sc. University of Guelph (2016-pre)

nicole leblanc

I am in my 4th year of my bachelor’s in molecular biology and genetics with a statistics minor. I am very passionate about synthetic biology and am a member of the iGEM Guelph team and the president of the Guelph Synthetic Biology Club. This passion brought be to begin volunteering in the Zhang lab which has turned into working on a summer and 4th year research project. In the future, I plan on pursuing my PhD in the synthetic biology field.

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B.Sc. University of Guelph (2016-pre)

Doris Do

I am currently a fourth year Bachelor of Science Student majoring in Microbiology with Co-op, and minoring in Biotechnology. I have past experience working in a plant biotechnology lab and look forward towards expanding my knowledge in protein engineering. I am highly interested in how the interactions between biological systems and technology can help improve the well-being of human life. I was highly drawn towards the therapeutical-based research being conducted in the Zhang lab and hope to make a positive influence in the evolving field of synthetic biology.  

Lab Alumni

Maria Rosales Gerpe

Postdoctoral Fellow, 2018-2019 | Current position: Scientific writer

Dirk HaCkenberger

Project student, 2018-2019 | Current position: PhD student at McMaster

Marcos Ibrahim

Project student, 2018-2019 | Current position: Medical school student