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Welcome to BReaTH (The Biology of Breathing Research Trainee’s Hub). Biology of Breathing (BoB) offers a multidisciplinary and interactive training environment for basic and clinical science post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate summer students.
Name/Position: Naghmeh Khoshgoo/ PhD candidate
PI: Richard Keijzer
Where are you from? Iran
What was your training before coming to your lab? MSc in Cellular and Molecular Biology
What is your research focused on? MicroRNA Therapy for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
What are hobbies/interests away from the lab? Yoga, hiking, camping and swimming
What is your long term plan? Independent researcher on microRNAs in development and diseases.
What is something on your bucket list? Traveling to different parts of the world
If you could have dinner with anyone who would it be? With Albert Einstein
Name/Position: Chelsea Day
PI: Richard Keijzer
Where are you from? I’m from Manitoba and have lived here my whole life
What was your training before coming to your lab? I had little to no training before coming to the Keijzer lab, but have learned a lot in my past 2 summers and learning a lot more this year as well.
What is your research focused on? Congenital diaphragmatic hernia and miR-200b
What are hobbies/interests away from the lab? I play ringette, run and love to bake
What is your long term plan? I would like to work in health care and continue to do research.
What is something on your bucket list? Backpack through Europe
If you could have dinner with anyone who would it be? Jennifer Doudna
Name/Position: Mariel Talabis, summer student
PI: Dr. Shyamala Dakshinamurti
Where are you from? Born and raised in Winnipeg, Mb
What was your training before coming to your lab? I am a biochemistry major at the University of Winnipeg; I just completed my second year.
What is your research focused on? Our lab focuses on persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn. Specifically, I am looking at how hypoxia affects the activity of the enzyme adenylyl cyclase.
What are hobbies/interests away from the lab? I love reading and creative writing. I also love being outdoors.
What is your long term plan? As of right now, my main goal is to complete my biochemistry degree and then attend medical school, although I am also keeping my mind open to other careers in health care and the health sciences.
What is something on your bucket list? I would love to travel the world and visit all the continents, even Antarctica!
If you could have dinner with anyone who would it be? I would love to have dinner with the author of my favourite book, Jenny Han.
Name/Position: Ana Valeria González Abrego/ Summer intern
PI: Dr. Adrian West
Where are you from? Mexico
What was your training before coming to your lab? I ́m still an undergrad, I’ll finish my Bachelor degree in Biomedical Engineering this December. I have worked on other research projects in ITESM but mainly in the electric field of biomedical engineering. Although I have taken theoretical courses, this is my first encounter with cell culture and 3D bioprinting.
What is your research focused on? We are working with C2C12 cells to find the best way to do 3D bioprinting with them.
What are hobbies/interests away from the lab? Playing basketball and tennis, Painting
What is your long term plan? Come back to Grad school next year.
What is something on your bucket list? See an open heart surgery.
If you could have dinner with anyone who would it be? Sofia Vergara
– Trainee Talk
“Pragmatic Trial Design”
Northern Great Plains Lipid Conference (June 3-4, 2017):
Thomas Mahood: Changes in lung tissue proteome in an allergen challenge mouse model of asthma.
Aruni Jha: Peroxidation of phosphatidylcholine: a signature for allergen- induced airway responses and allergen specificity.
Aruni Jha: Cigarette smoke exposure generates a unique peroxidized phosphatidylcholine fingerprint in the lung.
Dr. Chris Pascoe: Oxidized phosphatidylcholine induces cox2 gene expression and cytokine secretion by human airway smooth muscle cells.
Dr. Chris Pascoe: Oxidized phosphotidylcholine, a bioactive product of oxidative damage, causes airway epithelial barrier impairment.
Dr. Chris Pascoe: Intranasal simvastatin prevents allergen challenge-induced changes in lipid metabolites (talk).
Thomas Mahood: Prenyltransferase expression and function in lung fibroblasts from moderate copd patients (talk).
Naghmeh Khoshgoo “MicroRNA-200b regulates distal airway development by maintaining epithelial integrity” Nature Scientific Reports (Accepted May 30th, 2017)
Project: “Role of oxidized phospholipids in the pathophysiology of asthma”
Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Halayko
Current Chair of BReaTH
Project: “The Role of Protein Prenylation in Asthma and COPD”
Executive Member of BReaTH
Project: “Mechanobiology regulation of airway epithelial barrier function”
Supervisor: Dr. Adrian West
Project: “Role of Microrna-200b in Normal and Abnormal Lung Development Associated with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia”
Supervisor: Dr. Richard Keijzer
Past Chair of BReaTH
Supervisor: Neeloffer Mookherjee
Project: “Effect of Simvastatin on Airway Inflammation and Hyperresponsiveness”
Past Head of BReaTH
Project: “Methylome of Infant Diabetes”
Supervisor: Dr. Vern Dolinsky
Project: “Enhanced Expression of GPCRs in Autoimmune Diagnotics”
Supervisor: Dr. Prashan Chelikani
For more information contact the BReaTH team firstname.lastname@example.org
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