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October 22, 2017
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4th Year Thesis and Graduate Students

Research in the McDonald lab is conducted by undergraduate students, graduate students, and research assistants.


Graduate Students

Divyang Patel, M.Sc. candidate, Jan. 2014-present

Expression of oyster alternative oxidase in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Undergraduate Students

Laura Siracusa, Biology Honours Thesis, Sept. 2014-

Alternative oxidase genes in Canadian metagenomes 

Hillary Peon, Biology Honours Thesis, Sept. 2014- 

Plastoquinol terminal oxidase in tobacco 

Joanne Liang, Chemistry Honours Thesis, Sept. 2014- 

Expression of human uncoupling proteins in an inducible system in Saccharomyces cerevisiae 


Carly Goldberg, Sept. 2014- 

McDonald Lab Alumni

Marc Del Grande, Research Assistant, July-August 2014

Jaspreet Singh, Biology Honours Thesis, Sept. 2013-April 2014, Evidence for the presence of the alternative oxidase pathway in the copepod Tigriopus californicus

Nooria Polda, Chemistry Honours Thesis, Sept. 2013-April 2014, Towards the characterization of mitochondrial alternative oxidase from Physcomitrella patens protonema tissue

Devang Nijsure, Chemistry Honours Thesis, Sept. 2013-April 2014, Assessing enzymatic superoxide production in myelin protein and alternative oxidase containing yeast strains.

Felicia Amanda, M.Sc. candidate, Sept. 2013-April 2014

Derek Szeto, Volunteer 

Karina Neimanis, M.Sc. candidate, September 2011-July 2013, Alternative oxidase in the moss Physcomitrella patens.

Aaron Robertson, HE thesis, Fall/Winter 2012-2013, Expression of the oyster alternative oxidase in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

Kaleb Shelton, BI thesis, Fall/Winter 2012-2013, Alternative oxidase of Caulobacter segnis.

Amit Kumar, MITACS Globalink Program, Summer 2013, Alternative oxidases of Arabidopsis thaliana.

Chris Araujo, Fall/Winter 2012-2013, Volunteer Research Assistant

Kyle Schaltz, BI499 Fall/Winter 2011-2012, Summer Undergraduate Research Assistant 2012, Expression of the oyster alternative oxidase in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

Bounmy Inthavong, Research Assistant, July/August 2012, Bacterial alternative oxidases.

Kyle Cole, BI495 Fall 2011, Bacterial alternative oxidases.

Erika Lui, Research Assistant, Summer 2011, Mitochondrial isolations from non-angiosperm plants.