LAB MEMBERS

DR. ANTONIO RUZZINI

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR 

Assistant professor, Department of Veterinary Microbiology

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

University of Saskatchewan

Associate member, Department of Biochemistry Microbiology and Immunology, University of Saskatchewan

Member of Molecular Design Research Cluster (U of S, CoM)

Member of the Proteomics Research in Interactions and Structure of Macromolecules (PRISM) Group (U ofS)

Education & Training

Post-doctoral fellow, Harvard Medical School (2014-2017), supervised by Dr. Jon Clardy

Post-doctoral fellow, University of Paris-Sud (2013-2014), supervised by Jean-Luc Pernodet

Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of British Columbia (2008-2013), supervised by Lindsay Eltis

BSc, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Trent University (2008)

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DR. POONAM DHINDWAL

Post-Doctoral Fellow
(pod898@usask.ca)

  • Post-doctoral fellow, University of Saskatchewan, Canada (2020-)

  • Ph.D., Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Saskatchewan, Canada (2015-2020)

  • MSc, Biotechnology, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, India (2012-2014)

  • BSc, Microbiology and Biochemistry, St. Xaviers University, Mumbai, India (2011-2014)

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KATHYANA DEEYAGANHAGE

PhD candidate
(hkd912@mail.usask.ca)

  • BSc, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (2013-2017)

  • Research interest: Antimicrobial peptides and their mechanism of action

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RADWA ASAR

PhD candidate
(rra016@mail.usask.ca)

  • Bachelor of Pharmacy, University of Alexandria, Egypt (2009)

  • MSc in Pharmacognosy, University of Alazhar, Egypt (2017)

  • Research interest: Bile modification by the bison gut microbiome

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DR. ELHEM YACOUB

Post-Doctoral Fellow co-supervised by Dr. Murray Jelinski
(elhem.yacoub@usask.ca)

  • Post-doctoral fellow, University of Saskatchewan, Canada (2020-)

  • Ph.D., Biology, University of Tunis El Manar – Pasteur Institute of Tunis (2017) 

  • M.Sc, Microbiology, University of Tunis El Manar – Pasteur Institute of Tunis (2011) 

  • B.Sc, Life Sciences – Biotechnology, University of Tunis El Manar (2008) 

  • Research interests: Mycoplasmas, beef feedlot pathogens & AMR

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DANIEL KOS

MSc candidate, co-supervised by Dr. Murray Jelinski
(daniel.kos@usask.ca)

  • BSc, University of Victoria (2021)

  • Research interest: BRD pathogens & AMR in beef feedlots 

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FATIMA MASOOD

MSc candidate co-supervised by Dr. Sarah Wood
(fam088@mail.usask.ca)

  • BSc, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Saskatchewan, Canada (2021)

  • Research interest: European foulbrood diseases in Bees

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JENNY LIANG

Lab technician
(jel434@mail.usask.ca)

  • BSc, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (2012)

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MALLORY NORFIELD

 Summer student

Mallory is entering her 4th year in the College of Agriculture majoring in animal biosciences. 
She is co-supervised by Dr Ruzzini and Dr Jelinski for her 4th year thesis project.

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RYLAN BAHREY

Summer student

Rylan is entering his 3rd year in Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology at College of Medicine. His project involves screening antimicrobial peptides against different classes of bacteria. 
In his spare time, he enjoys singing and participating in broadway plays.  

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ALI RIZVI

Summer student

Ali is entering his 2nd year in Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology. He is working along with Radwa in understanding the kinetics of Bile salt hydrolase. He enjoys programming and is also involved in protein modelling using autofold4.

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KOA PLANEDIN

Summer student

Koa is co-supervised by Dr Ruzzini and Dr. Jelinski Lab. She is working alongside Daniel on BRD pathogens and AMR in beef feedlots.

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IRYNA

Project student

Iryna has joined Ruzzini lab as a project student and is working on understanding the mechanism of action of leaderless bacteriocins from S. aureus

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PAST LAB MEMBERS

- RICHA JAIN, UNDERGRADUATE SUMMER STUDENT & LAB TECHNICIAN, 2019-2021

- KENDRA MCGOUGAN, DVM SUMMER STUDENT, 2021

- AIMEN KHAN, UNDERGRADUATE SUMMER STUDENT, 2018 & 2019

- JESSIE HEISLER, BMI UNDERGRADUATE THESIS STUDENT, 2020-21


- COLE SIMON, BMI UNDERGRADUATE THESIS STUDENT, 2019-2020

- ALIX NELSON, DVM SUMMER STUDENT, 2018 (CO-SUPERVISED BY DR. J. RUBIN)