The Lab

By , June 29, 2009

Principal Investigator

Amro Zayed, PhD
York University Research Chair (Tier II) in Genomics
Associate Professor of Biology

Amro Zayed is an Associate Professor of Biology and York University’s Research Chair in Genomics. He completed his doctorate in Biology (PhD 2006) at York University, then held a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Illinois’ Department of Entomology (2006-2008). Dr. Zayed later served as a Fellow for the Institute for Genomic Biology’s Genomics of Neural & Behavioral Plasticity Theme at the University of Illinois (2008-2009). Dr. Zayed rejoined York University’s Department of Biology in 2009, where he leads a research program on the genetics, genomics and behaviour of social insects using the honey bee as a model organism. Zayed received the Governor General’s Gold Medal in 2007, the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation’s Early Researcher Award in 2010, and the Faculty of Science’s Early Career Researcher Award in 2014, a York Research Chair in 2015, and YorkU’s President Emerging Research Leadership Award in 2017. He was recently awarded the Entomological Society of Canada’s Gordon C. Hewitt Award for outstanding contributions to the field of entomology.

Postdoctoral fellows and Researchers Associates

Dr. Clement Kent, Senior Research Associate [September 2015 – Now] [clementk (at) yorku.ca]

Dr. Matt Betti, Postdoctoral fellow [September 2017 – Now] [matthew.betti (at) gmail.com] Co-advised with Dr. Jane Heffernan.

Dr. Alivia Dey, Research Project Manager [May 2016 – Now] [aliviadey27(at)gmail.com]

Graduate Students

Nadia Tsvetkov [PhD candidate, 2014 – Now] [nadiats(at)yorku.ca]

Kathleen Dogantiz [PhD candidate, 2016 – Now] [kdogantz@yorku.ca]

Dova Suttner [PhD candidate, 2017 – Now, dovasuttner (at) gmail.com]

Kailey Michnal [MSc candidate, 2015 – Now; Co-supervised with Dr. Sheila Colla] [kvmichna@gmail.com]

Harshilkumar Patel [MSc candidate, 2016 – Now] [harshill@my.yorku.ca]

Stephen Rose [MSc candidate, 2016 – Now] [arose13@my.yorku.ca]

Tanushree Tiwari [MSc candidate, 2016 – Now] [tiwari.tanushree@gmail.com]

Mohammad (Arshad) Imrit [MSc candidate, 2017 – Now, imarshad (at) my.yorku.ca]

Visiting Scholars

Nicholas Smith, Behaviour & Genetics of Social Insects Lab, University of Sydney, Australia. Visiting PhD student, Summer 2017.

Professor Charles Whitfield, Dept. Entomology, University of Illinois. Sabbatical visitor [September 2016 to December 2016]

Claudinéia Costa. Visiting PhD student. São Paulo State University, Brazil [September 2016 to December 2016]

Samir Kadri. Visiting PhD student, São Paulo State University, Brazil [September 2014 – 2015] [samirkbr(at)yahoo.com.br]

 

Past Members:

Postdoctoral fellows and Researchers Associates

Dr. Clement Kent, Postdoctoral Research Associate [2011- 2013], NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow [2009 – 2011] [clementk(at)yorku.ca]
Now Senior Scientist at Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus

Jennifer Albert, MSc. [2013-Now]
Co-supervised with Dr. Laurence Packer

Graduate Students:

Kathleen Dogantiz [MSc candidate, 2015 – 2016] [kdogantz@yorku.ca] – Currently doing a PhD in the lab
Brock Harpur [PhD candidate, 2012 -2016] – NSERC PDF  NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Donnelly Centre, University of Toronto; b.harpur[at]gmail.com]
Nadia Tsvetkov [MSc 2012 -2014] [nadiats(at)yorku.ca] – Currently doing a PhD in the lab
Daria Molodtsova [MSc 2013 – 2015] [dmolodtsova(at)gmail.com]
Shermineh Minai [MSc, 2010 – 2012] [shminai(at)yorku.ca]  – Currently a researcher at Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto.
Brock Harpur [MSc, 2010 – 2012] [b.harpur(at)gmail.com] – Currently doing a PhD in the lab.

 

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