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Trainee of the Month, Upcoming Events, Trainee Accomplishments, Trainee Profiles, Student Resources

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.

Trainees of the Month

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

 

 

Summer Students of the Month

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

 

 

Upcoming Events:

FRIDAY

APRIL 28

12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

Communication Session

TBA

FRIDAY

MAY 5

12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

ATS Practice Session
FRIDAY

MAY 12

12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

ATS Practice Session
FRIDAY

MAY 19

NO BREATH TALK – ATS in Washington DC
FRIDAY

MAY 26

12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

Shana Kahnamoui Zadeh

– Trainee Talk

FRIDAY

JUNE 2

12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

Dr. Keijzer – PI Talk
FRIDAY

JUNE 9

12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

Anthony Altieri – Trainee Talk
FRIDAY

JUNE 16

12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

Chris Pascoe – Trainee Talk
FRIDAY

JUNE 23

12:00-1:00pm

Room 501E

Gurankit Sokhal – Trainee Talk
FRIDAY

JUNE 30

12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

Dr. Jason Kindrachuck
FRIDAY

JULY 7

12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

Journal Club Series
FRIDAY

JULY 14

12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

Journal Club Series
FRIDAY

JULY 21

12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

Journal Club Series
FRIDAY

JULY 28

12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

Odette Allonby (PhD)

“Pragmatic Trial Design”

FRIDAY AUGUST 4 12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

Summer Student Talks
FRIDAY AUGUST 11 12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

Summer Student Talks
FRIDAY AUGUST 18 12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

Summer Student Talks
FRIDAY AUGUST 25 NO BREATH TALK – SUMMER BREAK
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 1 12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

3-Minute Thesis Prelim Heats
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 8 12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

3-Minute Thesis Finals
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 15 12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

Neilloy Roy –Trainee Talk

Recent Trainee Accomplishments

June

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).

 

 

May

Naghmeh Khoshgoo “MicroRNA-200b regulates distal airway development by maintaining epithelial integrity” Nature Scientific Reports (Accepted May 30th, 2017)

 

 

Trainee Profiles

Your Current BReaTH Team 

Dr. Chris D Pascoe, PhD, BSc

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Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow

Project: “Role of oxidized phospholipids in the pathophysiology of asthma”

Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Halayko

Email: cpascoe@chrim.ca

Current Chair of BReaTH

Thomas H Mahood, MSc, BSc

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Position: PhD Student

Project: “The Role of Protein Prenylation in Asthma and COPD”

Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Halayko

Email: ummahoot@myumanitoba.ca

Executive Member of BReaTH

Neilloy Roy, BSc

 

Position: MSc Student

Project: “Mechanobiology regulation of airway epithelial barrier function”

Supervisor: Dr. Adrian West

Email: umroy52@myumanitoba.ca

   
   

Current BReaTH Members

Naghmeh Khoshgoo

 
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Position: PhD Student

Project: “Role of Microrna-200b in Normal and Abnormal Lung Development Associated with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia”

Supervisor: Dr. Richard Keijzer

Email: NKhoshgoo@chrim.ca

Past Chair of BReaTH

Hadeesha Piyadasa

 
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Position: PhD Student

Project: “TBD”

Supervisor: Neeloffer Mookherjee

Email: hadeesha.piyadasa@umanitoba.ca

 

Aruni Jha, MPharm, BPharm

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Position: PhD Candidate

Project: “Effect of Simvastatin on Airway Inflammation and Hyperresponsiveness”

Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Halayko

Email: AJha@chrim.ca

Past Head of BReaTH

 Prasson Agarwal, PhD

 Position: Post Doctoral Fellow

Project: “Methylome of Infant Diabetes”

Supervisor: Dr. Vern Dolinsky

Email: pagarwal@chrim.ca

Anurag Singh Sikarwar, PhD, MVSc, BVSc & A.H. (Eq. DVM)

 Position: Post Doctoral Fellow

Project: “Enhanced Expression of GPCRs in Autoimmune Diagnotics”

Supervisor: Dr. Prashan Chelikani

Email: umsikarw@myumanitoba.ca

 

For more information contact the BReaTH team breath@chrim.ca

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