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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.

Summer Students of the Month

Name/Position: Mirna Ragheb, Summer Student

PI: Dr. Andrew Halayko

Where are you from? Egypt

What was your training before coming to your lab? I finished my third year of the Bachelor of Nursing program at U of M. I did not have any previous training in research before joining the lab last summer.

What is your research focused on? My project this summer focuses on the role of oxidized phosphatidylcholine (OxPC) in asthma. More specifically, I try to learn more about the signaling pathway of OxPC in human airway smooth muscle cells.

What are hobbies/interests away from the lab? Reading, cycling, cooking

What is your long term plan? I plan to work as a registered nurse in an internal medicine unit.

What is something on your bucket list? Visit Magdi Yacoub Foundation Aswan Heart Center

If you could have dinner with anyone who would it be? Sir Magdi Yacoub, one of the world’s most famous cardiothoracic surgeons

 

Name/Position: Daisy Liu

PI: Dr. Richard Keijzer

Where are you from? Winnipeg, MB

What was your training before coming to your lab? Bachelor of Science Degree at Queen’s University

What is your research focused on? Congenital diaphragmatic hernias and congenital pulmonary airway malformation particularly in newborns

What are hobbies/interests away from the lab? I enjoy dancing, music, and going on food adventures.

What is your long term plan? Complete my medical degree and residency

What is something on your bucket list? Living in Italy and Greece for a few months to years

If you could have dinner with anyone who would it be? Massimo Bottura owner of Osteria Francescana, a 3 Michelin star restaurant in Modena Italy eating his pasta

 

Name/Position: Landon Falk, Summer Student

PI: Richard Keijzer

Where are you from? Winnipeg Manitoba

What was your training before coming to your lab? I had only had very basic training in my labs in university, so I didn’t know what to expect! Over the past 3 years I have developed so many valuable and interesting skills that are applicable both in the lab and in everyday life.

What is your research focused on? Our lab is interested in the abnormal lung development in babies born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia meaning they have a hole in their diaphragm and abnormally stiff lungs, it is our goal to fix this abnormal lung development before the babies are born. In our lab we study microRNA’s which are small non-coding RNA’s that regulate gene expression, more specifically we are looking at the role of miR-200b in hypoplastic lung development.

What are hobbies/interests away from the lab? In my spare time I like to relax and spend time with my dog. I also love working with children and teach swimming lessons as well as tutor children with autism.

What is your long term plan? Currently, my long term plan is to go to medical school and become a pediatric oncologist, I’m in the process of preparing for the MCAT this summer so we will see what happens!

What is something on your bucket list?  I would really like to travel to Europe

If you could have dinner with anyone who would it be? I would really love to be able to sit down and have dinner with my entire family at once.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events:    
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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