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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.

BReaTH 3 Minute Thesis Competition

Congratulations to Shana (1st Place; left) and Naghmeh (2nd Place; right), our two BReaTH 3MT winners.

Special thanks to our judges who took the time to help us with our competition.

Please visit our twitter page to see all the fantastic photos from the event!






Student of the Month

Name/Position: Dustin Ameis (M.Sc. Student)       

PI: Richard Keijzer

Where are you from? Winnipeg

What was your training before coming to your lab? Very little research training. Popped into a St. Boniface Research Centre lab briefly, and had some cookbook-like lab experiences from my undergrad classes. I majored in Biopsychology, but I do lung work now.

What is your research focused on? Lung development generally speaking. Specifically, the role of the RNA-binding protein Quaking in lung development. In the near future, culturing lung organoids (lung-like tissue structures grown in vitro).

What are hobbies/interests away from the lab? Rock climbing, skate skiing, cycling, rollerblading, yoga, writing.

What is your long term plan? A blending of clinical and research careers (MD/PhD).

What is something on your bucket list? Learn a new language.

If you could have dinner with anyone who would it be? A hippopotamus. I suspect it would be entertaining.


2017 Calendar of events
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
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22 12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

Anurag Sikarwar – Trainee Talk
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 29 12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

Dr. Adrian West – PI Talk
FRIDAY OCTOBER 13 12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

Lojine Ayoub – Trainee Talk
FRIDAY OCTOBER 20 12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

Javad Alizadeh – Trainee Talk
FRIDAY OCTOBER 27 12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

Dr. Barb Triggs-Raine – PI Talk


FRIDAY NOVEMBER 3 12:00-1:00pm

Room 501E

Yujiao Xing – Trainee Talk
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 10 12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

Sanjana Syeda – Trainee Talk
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17 12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

TBD (New Students) – Trainee Talk
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 24 12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

TBD – PI Talk
FRIDAY DECEMBER 1 12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

TBD (New Students) – Trainee Talk
FRIDAY DECEMBER 8 12:00-1:00pm

Room 500

TBD (New Students) – Trainee Talk
FRIDAY DECEMBER 15 12:00-1:00pm

Room 500



Recent Trainee Accomplishments

July 2017

Naghmeh Khoshgoo “MicroRNA-200b regulates distal airway development by maintaining epithelial integrity” Scientific Reports  pub

June 2017

Dustin Ames & Naghmeh Khoshgoo “Abnormal lung development in congenital diaphragmatic hernia” Semin Pediatr Surg pub



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

Student Resources

Grants, Awards, Travel

Grants and Awards Guide 2017

Travel Grant Checklist

Travel Grant Application

New Student Guides

University of Manitoba Physiology Student Handbook

CHRIM, Biology of Breathing and BReaTH Logos

CHRIM Logo Use

CHRIM PowerPoint Template

Biology of Breathing (BOB)


Research Logos

University of Manitoba


Research Manitoba

CIHR (Contact Page)


Allergen (Contact Page)


Canada Research Chairs (Contact Page)



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Linked In


Research Gate

Respiratory Disease Info

Canadian Thoracic Society Tool Kit

COPD Tool Kit