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Recruiting a new post-doctoral fellow. Please contact:


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Ziv Gan-Or

Associate Professor

Ziv has completed his MD and PhD at Tel-Aviv University and his post-doctoral studies at McGill University. Associate professor, Neurology & Neurosurgery and Human Genetics departments. Co-director of the Clinical Research Unit, Director of the GBA1-Canada Initiative, and Director of the Neurodegenerative Disorders Research Group at the Neuro.

Meron Teferra

Lab manager,

Project manager

Meron completed her BA in psychology and political science at McGill University, and her MSc in health psychology at the University of Bath, UK. Meron is the administrative lab manager and a Project Manager at GP2.

Lorna Chebon-Bore

Project manager

Dr. Lorna Chebon-Bore has completed her PhD in bioinformatics at Rhodes University, South Africa. She is the manager of the GBA1-Canada (G-Can) initiative, a large-scale open science project focused on the GBA1 gene in neurodegenerative disorders.

Priyabrata Halder

Research Associate

Priyabrata Halder completed his PhD at National Brain Research Centre in India, followed by postdoctoral research at University of Pittsburgh and Université de Montréal. His areas of expertise include somatosensory systems and neurodegenerative diseases. He serves as an Academic Associate for the GBA1-Canada (G-Can) initiative.

Konstantin Senkevich

Research Associate

Konstantin is a neurologist who completed his MD at the First Pavlov State Medical University of St. Petersburg and his PhD at the Institute of Experimental Medicine in St. Petersburg. After 4 years of post-doctoral studies in our lab, he is now a Research Associate studying the role of lysosomal genes in RBD and PD.

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Maryam Rezaei

Research Associate

Mrayam completed her PhD in Human Genetics at McGill University. She works as a research coordinator and project manager for the GP2 prodromal study, and developing research protocols and projects in neurodegenerative disorders.

Clarisse Orniacki

Post Doctoral fellow

Clarisse has completed her PhD at the Institut Jacques Monod, Paris, France, in molecular cell biology. She is studying the role of lysosomal proteins that may modify GBA1 activity in Parkinson's disease.

Vibhuti Rambani

Post Doctoral fellow

Vibhuti completed her Ph.D. in Human Genetics at Comenius University, Slovakia. Her work focuses on the genetics of hereditary spastic paraplegia.

Emma Somerville

PhD student

Emma graduated at the University of Western Ontario with Honours BSc in Genetics and Psychology. She is studying how variants affect glucocerebrosidase activity and other potential PD biomarkers. She is also studying the genetics of REM sleep behavior disorder.

Lang Liu

PhD student

Lang completed his BA in cell and systems biology, statistics and mathematics in the University of Toronto. He completed his MSc in biomedical informatics in the Department of Computing, Queens University. His projects are focused on bioinformatic and machine learning approaches using genetics and brain imaging in PD.

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Leah Chifamba

PhD student

Leah graduated from Stellenbosch University (South Africa) with a MSc in human genetics. Her research is focused on the genetics of dementia and neuropsychiatric disorders in neurodegenerative diseases.

Prabhjyot Saini

PhD student

Prabhjyot has completed his MSc in Emory University and served as a Senior Associate at the Department of Neurology in Emory University. He is using advanced statistical methods to study the genetics of RBD and PD.

Cem Parlar

MSc Student

Cem completed his B.Sc. with Neuroscience Major at McGill University. He is studying the role of specific domains in Parkinson's disease-related in disease risk and development.

Amir Rajabi

MSc Student

Amir completed his B.Sc. in biology at Concordia University. He is using advanced analytical methods to study the role of the lysosomal glycosphingolipid pathway in synucleinopathies.

Morvarid Ghamgosar

MSc Student

Morvarid completed her B.Sc. in biotechnology at Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran. She is studying the role of genetic factors in Parkinson's disease.

Jamil Ahmad

Research Associate

Jamil has completed his PhD in Pakistan and his postdoctoral studies in Lyon, France. His research was focused on cancer genomics and neurological diseases. He works on the genetics of PD, RBD, RLS and HSP.

Farnaz Asayesh

Research Assistant

Farnaz completed her MSc in chemistry in Laval University. She is using various genetic methods to study Parkinson's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, multiple system atrophy and REM sleep behavior disorder.

Rui Zhu

Undergraduate student

Rui is a year 2 undergraduate student in the Intergrated Program of Neuroscience. She is studying the role of genetic factors in neurodegenerative disorders.

Cloe Chantereault

Undergraduate student

Cloe is a year 2 undergraduate student in the Biochemistry Program. She is conducting domain demarcation and per-domain analysis of genes nominated for Parkinson's disease risk.

Angie Giannakopoulos

Administrative assistant

Jennifer Ruskey

Research Assistant

Hall of famer

Jennifer has graduated at Princeton University, and performed her MSc studies at the University of British Columbia in evolutionary biology. She worked on the genetics of PD, RBD, RLS and HSP. Currently doing her MD at McGill University, she was the first person in the lab and had a huge impact on building and developing the lab.

Past trainees

Graduate students

Vlad Rudakou

Vlad completed his MSc in our lab, with a thesis focused on identifying common and rare variants in genes involved in Parkinson's disease. He went on to med school in Toronto University.

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Khair Mufti

Khair completed his MSc in our lab, with a thesis focused on the role of PD-related genes in REM sleep behavior disorder. He went on to doing a PhD in pharmacogenomics in University of British Columbia

Lynne Krohn

Dr. Lynne Krohn completed her PhD on the genetics of REM sleep behavior disorder. She moved on to work as a genomics scientist in Alnylam, a pharmaceutical company located in Cambridge.

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Mehrdad Asghari Estiar

Dr. Mehrdad Estiar completed his PhD in our lab with a thesis focused on the genetics of hereditary spastic paraplegia. He went on to do a postdoctoral fellowship at the Broad Institute.

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Eric Yu

Dr. Eric Yu has completed his PhD in our lab, with a thesis focused on applying bioinformatics and machine learning to better understand the genetics of Parkinson's disease. He went on to do a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford.

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Yuri Sosero

Yuri has completed his MD at the University of Bologna, School of Medicine and Surgery. He completed his PhD in our lab, focused on genetic stratification in Parkinson's disease. He is now doing his residency in Psychiatry.

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Jace Jones-Tabah

Postdoctoral Fellow

Jace has completed his PhD at McGill University, in the department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics. In his postdoctoral fellowship, Jace studied neuronal cell models from patients with Parkinson's disease, with a focus on the mechanisms of several lysosomal-related genes. He is now working in Arbor Biotechnologies.

Victoria Mallett
Noreen Mohsin
Leanne Ronciere
Richard Wu

Undergraduate students and visiting scholars

Jiao Li
Denny Choi
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Catie Futhey
Armaghan (Army) Alam
Kathryn Freeman
Etienne Leveille
Elizabeth Bader
Charlise Chen
Aliza Dworkind
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Meygan Brody
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