Daniela Quail, Principal Investigator
Daniela completed a BSc and PhD at the University of Western Ontario, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. She opened her lab in August 2017 at the Goodman Cancer Institute and Department of Physiology at McGill University, Montreal. She currently holds a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Tumour Microenvironment research.
Sheri McDowell, PhD graduate
Sheri completed a BSc at McGill University, and joined the Quail lab in September 2017 as a PhD student in the Department of Physiology. Her research is focused on the role of obesity-associated inflammation during breast cancer metastasis. Sheri completed her PhD in June 2022 and was the first student to graduate in the Quail lab!
Simon Milette, PhD candidate
Simon completed a BSc in the Interdepartmental Honours program in Immunology, and an MSc in Experimental Medicine at McGill University and the MUHC. He is currently co-supervised by the Quail and Spicer labs, and joined in September 2018 as a PhD student in the Division of Experimental Medicine. His thesis project is focused on the role of the circadian rhythm in the regulation of the immune response to lung cancer.
Lysanne Desharnais, PhD candidate
Lysanne completed a BSc at Ottawa University. She is currently co-supervised by the Quail and Walsh labs, and joined in September 2018 as a graduate student in the Department of Human Genetics, currently completing a PhD at McGill. Her thesis project is focused on the influence of obesity and dietary components on immune checkpoint blockade efficacy in cancer. She is interested in learning more about immunological regulation of lung cancer
Miranda Yu, PhD candidate
Miranda completed her BSc at Queen’s University. She has a research background in basic immunology, with a focus on T cells and chronic infection. In September 2020, Miranda joined the Quail lab as a Ph.D. student. Her thesis investigates the role of the immune microenvironment in glioblastoma progression, and she has a particular interest in monocyte development.
Ozgun Varol, PhD candidate
Ozgun joined the Quail lab in Sept 2022. She recently completed a M.Sc. at the University of Ottawa and is now pursuing her Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine at McGill University. Her thesis project is focused on obesity-associated monocytosis and metabolic regulation of liver metastasis.
Anikka Swaby, PhD candidate
Anikka is currently a MD student at McGill University, and will be completing a PhD in the Quail lab beginning in January 2024. She has a BSc in Nutritional Science and a MSc in Human Nutrition from McGill University. Anikka is interesting in studying how diet imprints the immune system to influence cancer outcomes. She is currently investigating the connection between the microbiome and anti-tumour immunity in response to obesity-inducing diets.
Aline Atallah, PhD candidate
Aline is currently a MD student at McGill University, and will be completing a PhD in the Quail lab beginning in January 2024. She has a BSc in Life Sciences and a MSc in Biomedical and Molecular Sciences from Queen’s University, and a research background in trained immunity. Aline’s current project is focused on interrogating single cell datasets to gain insight into the developmental trajectories of immune cells in the context of cancer.
Alyssa Cristea, MSc candidate
Alyssa completed a BSc at the Université de Montréal and joined the Quail lab in July 2022 to pursue a MSc in Experimental Medicine at McGill University. Her thesis project is focused on the effect of obesity on immunological responses to colorectal cancer progression.
Laura Wu, MSc candidate
Laura completed a BSc in Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University and joined the Quail lab in Sept 2022 to pursue a MSc in Experimental Medicine. Her thesis project is focused on how cellular interactions within the adipose tissue microenvironment fuel primary breast tumour growth, in collaboration with the Kazak lab.
Sarah Petrecca, MSc candidate
Sarah joined the Quail lab in January of 2020. She completed a BSc in Honours Anatomy and Cell Biology and is now pursuing an MSc in Experimental Medicine at McGill University. Her thesis project is focused on the effect of obesity on site-specific metastases. Sarah is currently completing her MD at McGill University concurrently with her graduate training.
Valérie Breton, Lab Manager
Valérie completed a BSc in Biotechnology at Université Sherbrooke. She has >20 years of research experience in cell biology and mouse models of cancer. She joined the Quail lab in August 2017 as a Lab Manager, jointly appointed with the Walsh Lab, and is the point-person for training, operations and technology development.
Benoit Fiset, Bioinformaticist
Benoit has over 30 years of experience in computer science, IT Networking and Internet Security, and is proficient in many computer programming languages which include Perl, R, and Python. He provides critical analytic support and has developed computational pipelines for sequencing analysis, imaging studies, and data integration. He primary appointment is in the Walsh Lab, and joined in November 2017.
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