Capo di tutti capi

Mikko Taipale, PhD

Assistant professor, glorious leader.

Education: University of Oulu (MSc), EMBL Heidelberg (PhD), Whitehead Institute (Postdoc)

Hometown: Helsinki, Finland

Other activities: Ice hockey, cooking, flying

  • Doing things that PIs do (not experiments) 90% 90%
  • Doing experiments 10% 10%
  • Fixing liquid handling robots 10% 10%

Mandy Lam, PhD

Lab manager

Education: University of Toronto (BSc, PhD)

Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario

Other activities: Knitting, not ballet


  • Lab managering 70% 70%
  • Doing experiments 30% 30%
  • Chasing Mikko’s receipts 10% 10%

Chris Mogg, MSc


Education: Carleton University (BSc, MSc)

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario

Other activities: Baking goodies, watching YouTube


  • Doing lab technician things 75% 75%
  • Helping Mandy 25% 25%
  • Attempting to impose order upon chaos 10% 10%

Juline Poirson, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow

Education: University of Strasbourg, France (MSc and PhD)

Hometown: Isle-Aubigny, France

Other activities: Climbing, running, drawing

  • Discovering E3 ligase/DUB/target interactions 75% 75%
  • Inhibiting the proteasome 25% 25%
  • Making many, many, many stable cell lines 10% 10%

Irene Trinh, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow

Education: University of Toronto (BSc and PhD)

Hometown: Chatham, Ontario

Other activities: Baking, knitting

  • Studying rewired interaction networks in disease 80% 80%
  • TMT multiplexing 20% 20%
  • Dealing with two postdoc advisors 10% 10%

Hunsang Lee, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Education: Simon Fraser University (BSc), Seoul National University (PhD)

Hometown: Seoul, Korea

Other activities: Cycling (for now)

  • Developing methods for ligand/receptor interactions 70% 70%
  • Trying to kill all 293T cells 25% 25%
  • CRISPRing everything 15% 15%

Jessica Lacoste, BSc

Graduate Student

Education: Dalhousie University (BSc)

Hometown: Thornhill, Ontario

Other activities: Taking pictures of Todd, running

  • Phenotyping Mendelian disease mutations 70% 70%
  • Taking pictures of cells (not cats) 20% 20%
  • Staring at microscopy images on a giant monitor 20% 20%

Nader Alerasool, MSc

Graduate Student

Education: University of Esfahan (BSc), University of Heidelberg (MSc)

Hometown: Esfahan, Iran

Other activities: Still nothing interesting

  • Making proteins meet new partners… 75% 75%
  • …and studying the outcome of these encounters 25% 25%
  • Cloning, cloning, cloning 10% 10%

Benjamin Piette, MSc

Graduate Student

Education: Université de Montréal (BSc, MSc)

Hometown: Berthierville, Quebec

Other activities: Watching movies

  • Characterizing the Hsp70/Hsp40 interaction network 75% 75%
  • Learning the tricks of mass spectrometry 15% 15%
  • Dealing with two PhD supervisors 20% 20%

Dmitri Segal, BSc

Graduate Student

Education: University of Western Ontario (BSc)

Hometown: Richmond Hill, Ontario

Other activities: Ice hockey

  • Mapping the interactome of 14-3-3 isoforms 65% 65%
  • Trying to find a better name for 14-3-3 proteins 25% 25%
  • Playing hockey with old men (Puckheads) 20% 20%

Akashdeep Dhillon

Graduate Student

Education: University of Western Ontario (BSc.)

Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario

Other activities: Student councils, volunteering with children as a student mentor, chasing after my puppy Suzie who enjoys chewing and hiding my socks.

  • Identifying regulators involved in protein degradation 90% 90%
  • Looking for Nader 15% 15%
  • Helping other people look for Nader 5% 5%

Syed Haider

Undergraduate Student

Education: University of Toronto

Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan

Other activities: Cricket, ranting over the TTC

  • Killing all kinds of cells 72% 72%
  • Finding new ways to kill cells 37% 37%
  • Feeling remorse for killing cells 1% 1%