Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. StudentsThesis TitleWhere are they now?
Anchal Varma, Ph.D. Biology 2023Enzymatic regulation of hepatic carbohydrate metabolism in freeze-tolerant wood frog, Rana sylvatica [Abstract]PDF, University of Toronto
Aakriti Gupta, Ph.D. Biology 2022Complex yet coordinated: regulation of transcriptional factors and cell signaling pathways to endure anoxia in Rana sylvatica [Abstract]Cryostasis, Ottawa
Gurjit Singh, Ph.D. Biology 2022Role of glucose-induced transcription factor signalling and mitochondrial epigenetics in stress tolerant wood frog, Rana sylvatica [Abstract]PDF, Harvard University
Stuart Green, Ph.D. Biology 2021Regulation of citric acid cycle enzymes and related pathways in the skeletal muscle of hibernating Richardson’s ground squirrels, Urocitellus Richardsonii [Abstract]PDF, University of Toronto
Hanane Hadj-Moussa, Ph.D. Biology 2021Molecular adaptations of mammalian hypoxia tolerance: Regulation of oxidative damage, neuroprotection, and microRNA [Abstract]Post Doctoral Research Scientist, Babraham Institute
Samantha Logan, Ph.D. Biology 2021Roles of inflammatory signaling and microRNA in the adipose stress response of hibernating Ictidomys tridecemlineatus [Abstract]Clinical Chemist, Alberta Precision Labs
Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Calgary
Alexander Watts, Ph.D. Biology 2020Regulation and modification of peripheral circadian molecular clocks in 13-lined ground squirrels during hibernation [Abstract]Law School
Rasha Al-attar, Ph.D. 2020Frozen but alive: Molecular responses to autophagy, angiogenesis and energy metabolism in the stress-tolerant wood frog, Rana sylvatica [Abstract]PDF, Harvard University
Liam Hawkins, Ph.D Biology 2020The molecular biology of dehydration tolerance: Regulation of gene expression and function in Xenopus laevis [Abstract]Data scientist and software engineer, ASV
Kama Szereszewski, Ph.D. Biology 2019Regulation of antioxidant defenses, DNA damage repair, the immune response, and neuroprotection during hibernation in the thirteen-lined ground squirrel [Abstract]Spiderwort, Ottawa
Christine Childers, Ph.D. Biology 2019Reversible enzyme phosphorylation as a mechanism for metabolic adaptation to dehydration in the skeletal muscle of the African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis [Abstract]CPI, UK
Bryan Luu, Ph.D. Biology 2018 Molecular responses to whole-body dehydration in a sequenced vertebrate, Xenopus laevis: Regulation of antioxidants and metabolism by the Sirtuin protein deacetylases [Abstract]MD, McGill University
Sanoji Wijenayake, Ph.D. Biology 2017 No Oxygen? No Problem! Epigenetic mechanisms of anoxia tolerance in a champion anaerobe, the red-eared slider turtle (Trachemys scripta elegans) [Abstract]Assistant Professor, University of Winnipeg
Shannon Tessier, Ph.D. Biology 2014Regulation of gene expression over cycles of torpor-arousal in thirteen-lined ground squirrels [Abstract]Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Ryan Bell, Ph.D. Chemistry 2014Regulation of skeletal muscle carbohydrate metabolism during mammalian hibernation [Abstract]PDF, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Neal Dawson, Ph.D. Biology 2014Front line antioxidant defenses in the freeze tolerant wood frog, Rana sylvatica: An in-depth analysis of mechanisms of enzyme regulation [Abstract]PDF, Biology, McMaster University
Cheng-Wei (Mike) Wu, Ph.D. Biology 2014Molecular adaptations of mammalian hibernation: Roles of metabolic signaling regulation in the torpor-arousal cycle [Abstract]PDF, University of Florida, Gainsville
Jing Zhang, Ph.D. Biology 2013Roles of Akt signaling and its downstream pathways in wood frog freeze tolerance [Abstract]Defense Research and Development Canada, Toronto
Kyle Biggar, Ph.D. Biology 2013Cell cycle regulation by post-translational and post-transcriptional mechanisms in an anaerobic extremist – The anoxic tolerant turtle, Trachemys scripta elegans [Abstract]Assistant Professor, Biology, Carleton Univ., Ottawa
Benjamin Lant, Ph.D. Biology 2011The anoxia tolerant crayfish: a profile of stress response [Abstract]PDF, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
Anastasia Krivoruchko, Ph.D. Biology 2010Turtle anoxia – biochemistry and gene regulation in an anaerobic extremist [Abstract]Research scientist, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
Amal Malik, Ph.D. Biology 2009Cellular adaptation to dehydration stress: Molecular adaptations for dehydration tolerance in the African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis [Abstract]Environmental Health Sciences and Research Bureau, Health Canada, Ottawa
Christopher Dieni, Ph.D. Chemistry 2008Regulation of enzyme function in freeze tolerance. [Abstract]Assistant Professor, Dept. Chemistry, Ursinus College, Pennsylvania, USA
Khalil Abnous, Ph.D. Chemistry 2007Regulation of metabolic enzymes during hibernation in ground squirrels [Abstract]Assistant Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Mashad University of Medical Sciences, Mashad, Iran
Hapsatou Mamady, Ph.D. Biology 2006Mammalian hibernation: gene expression and transcription factor regulation of the unfolded protein response, apoptosis and atrophy in ground squirrels. [Abstract]Research Associate, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa
Chris Ramnanan, Ph.D. Biology 2006Regulation of metabolism in estivating land snails: role of reversible protein phosphorylation. [Abstract]Assistant Professor, Dept. Innovation in Medical Education, University of Ottawa
Pier Morin, Ph.D. Chemistry 2006Transcriptional regulation in the hibernating thirteen-lined ground squirrel, Spermophilus tridecemlineatus. [Abstract]Assistant Professor, Dept. Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Moncton, New Brunswick
Dave McMullen, Ph.D. Chemistry, 2004Molecular and biochemical adaptations in two cold-hardy gall insects. [Abstract]Patent agent, Arnold & Porter, Washington, DC
Amritha De Croos, Ph.D.Chemistry, 2003Gene and protein regulation in liver of the freeze tolerant wood frog, Rana sylvatica. [Abstract]Quality & Regulatory specialist, Northern Digital Inc., Kitchener, ON
Sean Eddy, Ph.D. Chemistry, 2003Hibernation and gene expression. [Abstract]Computational biologist, University of Michigan Health System
Dayre McNally, Ph.D. Chemistry, 2002Freezing survival and gene expression in wood frogs. [Abstract]Medical doctor, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa
Kevin Larade, Ph.D. Biology, 2002.Response to anoxia exposure by the marine snail, Littorina littorea: transcription and translation patterns of differentially expressed genes and proteins. [Abstract]Laboratory Quality Manager, Crime Laboratory Unit, Boston Police Department, Boston, MA
Dustin Hittel, Ph.D. Biology 2001Physiological role of differentially expressed genes and their protein products in the hibernating 13-lined ground squirrel Spermophilus tridecemlineatus. [Abstract]Assistant Professor, Dept. Kinesiology, University of Calgary
Tammy English, Ph.D. Biology 2000.Differential gene expression in response to freezing and anoxia in the intertidal marine gastropod, Littorina littorea. [Abstract]Research grant development advisor, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
Andreas Fahlman, Ph.D. Biology 2000Physiology of hydrogen diving and implication for hydrogen biochemical decompression. [Abstract]Assistant Professor, Department of Life Sciences, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, Texas
Shaobo Wu, Ph.D. Biology 1999.Differential gene expression under environmental stress in the freeze tolerant wood frog, Rana sylvatica. [Abstract]Research scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada,Ottawa
Tolga Bilgen, Ph.D. Biology 1998.Differential gene expression response to low temperature exposure in cold hardy insects. [Abstract]Pharmaceutical advertising, McCann Corp., New York
Justin MacDonald, Ph.D. Biology 1998Enzyme thermal adaptations and signal transduction in ground squirrel hibernation. [Abstract]Associate Professor, University of Calgary, Calgary
Kyra Cowan, Ph.D. Chemistry 1998Reversible phosphorylation control of metabolism during prolonged environmental stress. [Abstract]Scientist, Genentech Inc., San Francisco, CA
Brad Thatcher, Ph.D. Biology 1997.Properties of enzymes from mammalian hibernators: structure-function relationships. [Abstract]Vice-President, SynX Pharm Corp., Toronto
Bill Willmore, Ph.D. Biology 1997Molecular adaptation to anoxia and recovery from anoxia in freshwater turtles. [Abstract]Associate professor, Carleton University, Ottawa
Jean Grundy, Ph.D. Chemistry 1996.Antioxidant defenses during estivation in the spadefoot toad, Scaphiopus couchii. [Abstract]Product Safety Directorate, Health Canada, Ottawa
Denis Joanisse, Ph.D. Biology 1995Metabolism during overwintering in two species of cold hardy goldenrod gall insects. [Abstract]Professor, Laval University, Quebec City
Clark Holden, Ph.D. Biology 1995Signal transduction …and cryoprotectant production in freeze tolerant vertebrates [Abstract]Patent Agent, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Ottawa
Hossein Mehrani, Ph.D. Chemistry 1994Regulation of glycogen metabolism by protein phosphorylation during stress [Abstract]Professor of Biochemistry, Bagheiatollah Medical Science University, Tehran, Iran
Yanjing Su, Ph.D. Chemistry 1992Phosphofructokinase from white skeletal muscle and liver of rainbow trout. [Abstract]Process development director, Dow Chemical, San Diego,CA
Tom Churchill, Ph.D. Biology 1992Metabolic biochemistry of freeze tolerance in vertebrates. [Abstract]Professor, Surgical-Medical Research Unit, University of Alberta Medical School, Edmonton
Bill Plaxton, Ph.D. Biology 1984Metabolic adaptations of marine gastropod molluscs to environmental anoxic stress. [Abstract]Professor of Biology & Biochemistry, Queen’s University, Kingston

M.Sc. Students

M.Sc. StudentsThesis Title
Mackenzie Parent, M.Sc. Biology 2023Epigenetic adaptations for survival of extreme dehydration in the estivating African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis [Abstract]
Kurtis Douglas, M.Sc. Biology 2023Response of DNA and histone lysine methylation regulators
during anoxia-reoxygenation and dehydration-rehydration
in wood frog (Rana sylvatica) skeletal muscle [Abstract]
Mairelys Naranjo Vera, M.Sc. Biology 2023Histone arginine methylation in the freeze-tolerant wood frog, Rana sylvatica [Abstract]
Tighe Bloskie, M.Sc. Biology 2021Methyl epigenetic mechanisms in the freeze-tolerance response of Rana sylvatica nervous tissue [Abstract]
Sarah Breedon, M.Sc. Biology 2021MicroRNA biogenesis and expression in the anoxia-tolerant red-eared slider turtle, Trachemys scripta elegans [Abstract]
Aline Ingelson-Filpula, M.Sc. Biology 2021A winter’s tale: microRNA biogenesis and regulation in the freeze-tolerant grey tree frog, Hyla versicolor [Abstract]
Ranim Saleem, M.Sc. Biology 2020Enzymatic regulation in the liver of the freeze-tolerant wood frog in metabolically depressed states [Abstract]
Zephanie Lung, M.Sc. Biology 2019Regulation of DNA damage repair in response to freezing and anoxia in the wood frog, Rana sylvatica [Abstract]
Jessica Mattice, M.Sc. Biology 2018Regulation of glutathione-based antioxidant defenses in response to dehydration stress in the African Clawed frog, Xenopus laevis [Abstract]
Trong Nguyen, M.Sc. Biology 2017Regulation of glutamate dehydrogenase and lactate dehydrogenase in the freeze tolerant wood frog, Rana sylvatica [Abstract]
Hanane Hadj-Moussa, M.Sc. Biology 2017 Micromanaging freeze tolerance: The biogenesis and regulation of microRNAs in frozen frogs [Abstract]
Sam Logan, M.Sc. Biology 2017Control of selective mRNA translation over the torpor-arousal cycle of thirteen-lined ground squirrels [Abstract]
Stuart Green, M.Sc. Biology 2017Regulation of urea cycle related enzymes in response to freezing in the wood frog, Rana sylvatica [Abstract]
Alex Watts, M.Sc. Biology 2016 Involvement of reversible protein methylation in 13-lined ground squirrel hibernation [Abstract]
Liam Hawkins, M.Sc. Biology 2016Histone methylation in the freeze-tolerant wood frog, Rana sylvatica [Abstract]
Tony (Yichi) Zhang, M.Sc. Biology 2016The molecular mechanisms underlying skeletal and cardiac muscle remodeling in the hibernating thirteen-lined ground squirrel [Abstract]
Rasha Al-attar, M.Sc. Biology 2016Regulation of the nuclear factor activated T cell (NFAT) family of transcription factors in the freeze tolerant wood frog, Rana sylvatica [Abstract]
Sam Williamson, M.Sc. Biology 2015 Epigenetic underpinnings of freeze tolerance in the goldenrod gall fly Eurosta solidaginis and the goldenrod gall moth Epiblema scudderiana [Abstract]
Ryan Girgrah, M.Sc. Chemistry 2015 SMAD transcription factor expression in anoxia-tolerant Trachemys scripta elegans and dehydration-tolerant Xenopus laevis: A comparative study [Abstract] 
Anthony Ruberto, M.Sc. Biology 2015Regulation of lactate dehydrogenase and glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase in mammalian hibernation [Abstract]
Jean Abboud, M.Sc. Biology 2015Regulation of pyruvate kinase and glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase in the freeze tolerant goldenrod gall fly: Role in polyol cryoprotectant production [Abstract]
Kama Szereszewski, M.Sc. Biology 2014Less is mTOR: Regulation of protein synthesis via the insulin signalling pathway in the anoxia-tolerant red-painted slider Trachemys scripta elegans [Abstract]
Andrew Rouble, M.Sc. Biology 2014Reversible protein acetylation in the regulation of mammalian hibernation [Abstract]
Christine Childers, M.Sc. Biology 2014Regulation of skeletal muscle glycolysis during dehydration in the aestivating African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis [Abstract]
Bryan Luu, M.Sc. Biology 2013Regulation of protein translation and cell cycle processes by reversible protein phosphorylation in response to dehydration in the African clawed frog [Abstract]
Yulia Maistrovski, M.Sc. Biology 2013Regulation of anti-apoptotic pathways in skeletal muscle and liver of an estivating species, Xenopus laevis [Abstract]
Julie Wu, M.Sc. Biology 2013Effect of fermentation rate of dietary fibre on short-term satiety, long-term food intake and gut hormone response in male rats [Abstract]
Altaf Mahmud, M.Sc. Biology 2012An investigation of the relationship between dietary fiber, fecal bacterial composition, and colon cancer [Abstract]
Helen Alyx Holden, M.Sc. Biology 2011Anuran adaptations to climatic stress: Immune responses and the SMAD family in the wood frog and the African clawed frog. [Abstract]
Katrina Sullivan, M.Sc. Biology 2011Expression pattern of the novel freeze-responsive genes li16, fr10 and fr47 in the wood frog, Rana sylvatica. [Abstract]
Shannon Tessier, M.Sc. Biology 2010Molecular adaptations of skeletal muscle and cardiac muscle in the hibernating thirteen-lined ground squirrel, Spermophilus tridecemlineatus. [Abstract]
Marcus Allan, M.Sc. Biology 2010Nuclear factor (NF)-kappaB regulation in the hibernating thirteen-lined ground squirrel, Spermophilus tridecemlineatus. [Abstract]
Allan Letourneau, M.Sc. Biology 2010Phosphorylation of glycolytic enzymes in hibernation. [Abstract]
Craig Brooks, M.Sc. Biology 2009Regulation of NF-κB and p53 in the liver and skeletal muscle of the freeze tolerant wood frog, Rana sylvatica. [Abstract]
Oscar Aguilar, M.Sc. Biology 2009Regulation of the MEF-2 and the SMAD family of transcription factors in the freeze tolerant wood frog, Rana sylvatica [Abstract]
Rabih Roufayel, M.Sc. Biology 2009Regulation of the Rb-E2F pathway in the freeze tolerant wood frog, Rana sylvatica. [Abstract]
Neal Dawson, M.Sc. Biology 2009Regulation of tail muscle energetics during anoxia in the freshwater crayfish, Orconectesvirilis. [Abstract]
Ryan Bell, M.Sc. Biology 2008Regulation of glutamate dehydrogenase in hypometabolic states. [Abstract]
Judeh Lama, M.Sc. Biology 2008Regulation of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase and hexokinase in anoxia-tolerant mollusks: role of reversible phosphorylation. [Abstract]
Mani Mathialagan, MSc Biology 2008Transcription factor regulation in mammalian hibernation: the thirteen-lined ground squirrel as a model. [Abstract]
Jacques Niles,  M.Sc. Biology 2007Freeze tolerant frogs: expression and regulation of transcription factors of the unfolded protein response and the ER-associated degradation [Abstract]
Melanie Bouffard, M.Sc. Chemistry 2007Involvement of FOXO transcription factors and glycogen synthase kinase 3 in the freeze tolerance capability of the wood frog, Rana sylvatica. [Abstract]
Lin Xie, M.Sc. Biology 2007Antioxidant and anti-apoptotic defenses in the anoxia-tolerant turtle, Trachemys scriptaelegans. [Abstract]
Lin Hui Yao. M.Sc. Chemistry 2007Profile of FoxO proteins and MnSOD in two cold-hardy insect species exposed to low temperature. [Abstract]
Jiayun Zhou, M.Sc. Chemistry, 2006Regulation of enzymes of energy metabolism – AMP deaminase and creatine kinase – in an anoxia tolerant turtle. [Abstract]
Guijun (Jeremy)  Zhang, M.Sc. Chemistry 2006Protein chaperones and winter cold hardiness in insects: heat shock proteins and glucose regulated proteins in freeze-tolerant and freeze-avoiding species. [Abstract]
Ashley Woods, M.Sc. Biology, 2005Regulation of protein and phospholipid metabolism in the 13-lined ground squirrel, Spermophilus tridecemlineatus and the wood frog, Rana sylvatica. [Abstract]
Jun Du, M.Sc. Chemistry 2005Anti-apoptotic and antioxidant defenses in the freeze tolerant wood frog, Rana sylvatica. [Abstract]
Keqin Yan, M.Sc. Biology 2005Glucose regulated protein and heat shock protein expression in hibernating mammals.  [Abstract]
Estatira Sepehr, M.Sc. Chemistry 2002Effect of fermentation on folate bioavailability. (joint student w S. Brooks) [Abstract]
Li Zhenhong, M.Sc. Biology 2000Gene expression supporting freeze tolerance in the wood frog, Rana sylvatica. [Abstract]
Shahriar Saeedi, M.Sc. Biology 2000Targeting of calcium calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II to membranes. (joint student w J. Cheetham) [Abstract]
Zhouli Ni, M.Sc. Biology 2000Antioxidant defense in the hibernating thirteen-lined ground squirrel, Spermophilus tridecemlineatus. [Abstract]
Tom Pfister, M.Sc. Chemistry 1999Phosphorylation regulation in two species of cold-hardy goldenrod gall insects. [Abstract]
Sylvie Lautru, M.Sc. Chemistry 1997Purification and characterization of hexokinase and pyruvate kinase from Eurosta solidaginis. [Abstract]
Dawn Lobsinger, M.Sc. Biology 1996Differential gene expression in response to subzero temperatures in the freeze tolerant wood frog Rana sylvatica. [Abstract]
Peggy Schade, M.Sc. Chemistry 1996Glycogen degradation by alpha-glucosidase. [Abstract]
Steve Greenway M.Sc. Biology 1995The effect of seasonal change and prolonged anoxia on the metabolism of marine molluscs. [Abstract]
Tammy English M.Sc. Biology 1995Enzymes of adenylate metabolism from the skeletal muscle of the hibernating prairie dog. [Abstract]
Marc de la Roche, M.Sc. Chemistry 1995Metabolic adjustment and biochemical adaptation to torpor in mammalian hibernators. [Abstract]
Tina Pannunzio, M.Sc. Chemistry 1994Role of antioxidant defenses in endurance of anoxia and freezing in the marine gastropod Littorina littorea. [Abstract]
Donna Douglas, M.Sc. Chemistry 1993Anoxia induces changes in translatable mRNA during anoxia in Trachemys scripta elegans. [Abstract]
Aleixo Muise, M.Sc. Chemistry 1993Enzymatic regulation of glycerol metabolism in the overwintering gall moth Epiblema scudderiana. [Abstract]
Elizabeth Russell, M.Sc. Chemistry 1993Regulation of carbohydrate metabolism in marine molluscs: freezing and anoxia. [Abstract]
Clark Holden, M.Sc. Biology 1991The enzymatic control of glycerol metabolism in the freeze avoiding gall insect Epiblema scudderiana. [Abstract]
Doris Schafhauser, M.Sc. Chemistry 1990Chicken bone as a support matrix for the immobilization of carbohydrate degrading enzymes. [Abstract]
Ross Whitwam, M.Sc. Biology 1988The covalent modification of phosphofructokinase and pyruvate kinase in a hypometabolic pulmonate. [Abstract]
Dave Kelly, M.Sc. Biology 1988Organ-specific controls of glycolysis in two model systems of facultative hypometabolism mouse. [Abstract]
Roy Cole, M.Sc. Biology 1984Temperature effect on bivalve anaerobic metabolism. [Abstract]
Ajoy Chakrabarti, M.Sc. Biology 1988One-step conversion of cellulose to fructose using co-immobilized cellulase, ß-glucosidase and glucose isomerase. [Abstract]
John Duncan, M.Sc. Biology 1988Glycolytic enzyme binding and metabolic control. [Abstract]
Sandra Korycan, M.Sc. Biology 1984A study of metabolic adaptations of a bivalve mollusc to environmental stresses. [Abstract]
Dan Miller, M.Sc. Biology 1983Hexokinase from the channeled whelk, Busycotypus canaliculatum: physical and regulatory properties. [Abstract]
Keith Male, M.Sc. Biology 1982Metabolic regulation of glutamate dehydrogenase. [Abstract]

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Post-Doctoral FellowsWork in the Storey LabWhere are they now?
Barbara KatzenbackAntioxidant enzymes and antimicrobial proteins in frogs.Assistant Professor, Biology, University of Waterloo, Canada
Eiji KotaniNovel proteins FR10 & Li16 in freeze tolerant wood frogsAssistant Professor, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto, Japan
Marina BatrukovaIon motive ATPases & mammalian hibernationScientific translator, Moscow, Russia
Isabelle MoineauProtein phosphatasesResearch scientist, France
Qinyin CaiStress-induced gene expression.President, BioS&T Co., Lachine
Craig FrankHibernator metabolismAssoc. Prof., Fordham U., NY
Marcelo Hermes-LimaAntioxidant defenses and hypometabolismProfessor, U. Brasilia, Brazil
Stephen BrooksMetabolic regulation and enzymologyResearch Scientist, Health Canada
Basile MichaelidisEnzyme control in anoxia tolerant molluscsResearcher, Thessaloniki U., Greece
Ralph FergusonIntermediary metabolism in fishClinical pharmacologist, Toronto
Jim BallantyneMitochondrial metabolismProfessor, Integrative Biology, U. Guelph, Canada