Mikko Taipale, PhD

The Glorious Leader, capo di tutti capi

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

Hometown: Helsinki, Finland

Other activities: Working from home

  • Doing things that PIs do (not experiments) 97% 97%
  • Doing experiments (ideally) 12% 12%
  • Doing experiments (actually) 1% 1%

Mandy Lam, PhD

Senior Research Associate, Lab Manager

Education: University of Toronto (BSc, PhD)

Hometown: Mississauga, ON

Other activities: Managereering the next feline social media star

  • Ensuring the lab doesn’t spontaneously implode 75% 75%
  • Other lab managering activities 25% 25%
  • Trying to NOT kill Mikko’s plants 10% 10%

Juline Poirson, PhD

Visiting Scientist

Education: University of Strasbourg (MSc, PhD)

Hometown: Isle-Aubigny, France

Other activities: Climbing, running, drawing, taming cats

  • Forcing proteins to interact with each other 60% 60%
  • Finding new ubiquitin ligases 30% 30%
  • Sorting many many many cells 20% 20%

Tanisha Teelucksingh, MSc


Education: University of Guelph (MSc)

Hometown: Brampton, ON

Other activities: Aerial fitness, crocheting and taking too many photos of my cats.

  • High throughput profiling of pathogenic disease variants 55% 55%
  • Brushing up on my microscopy skills 40% 40%
  • Collecting all the pink coloured items in the lab 15% 15%

Guillaume Dugied, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Education: Université Paris Cité (MSc, PhD)

Hometown: Paris, France

Other activities: Baking, cooking, baseball

  • Taking pictures of things pathogenic effectors do to cells 65% 65%
  • Reading about pathogenic effectors 25% 25%
  • Thinking about new assays for pathogenic effectors 20% 20%

He Leng, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Education: Heilongjiang University (BSc, MSc), Peking University (PhD)

Hometown: Harbin, China

Other activities: Ping-pong and badminton

  • Characterizing TFs/COFs interactions 63% 63%
  • Designing superactivators in human cells 27% 27%
  • Beating Dmitri at squash with only a ping-pong paddle 20% 20%

Hanna Cho, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Education: POSTECH (MSc), Korea University (PhD)

Hometown: Seoul, Korea

Other activities: Walking

  • Inducing proximity to oncogenic proteins 64% 64%
  • Finding novel small molecules 23% 23%
  • Learning French…but only as high as her elevator goes 23% 23%

Jack Li, BSc

PhD student

Education: University of Toronto (BSc)

Hometown: Beijing, China

Other activities: Playing first person shooter games

  • Taming dCas13 71% 71%
  • Drinking up all the luciferase reagents 25% 25%
  • Climbing the two flights of stairs between Blencowe and Taipale labs 14% 14%

Michael Ostrovski, BSc

PhD Student

Education: University of Tel Aviv (BSc, computer science), University of Toronto (BSc, molecular genetics)

Hometown: Toronto, ON

Other activities: Bouldering, camping, moving stuff at the gym

  • Taming dCas12 68% 68%
  • Thinking about naked mole rats 26% 26%
  • Splitting his time between the Moffat and Taipale labs 16% 16%

Chloe Reno, BSc

MSc student

Education: York University (BSc)

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Other activities: Long walks

  • More phenotyping of rare diseases (ideally) 67% 67%
  • Cloning her days away 14% 14%
  • Battling robots 29% 29%

Kaiden Thompson, BSc

Summer student

Education: University of Toronto (BSc)

Hometown: Indian Head, SK

Other activities: Cooking, reading, growing plants with sad levels of apartment daylight

  • Tagging endogenous proteins to force them together 54% 54%
  • Generating concerning volumes of lentivirus 40% 40%
  • Educating the lab on the existence of Saskatchewan 16% 16%

Tisha Parikh, BSc

Summer student

Education: McMaster University (HBSc)

Hometown: Brampton, ON

Other activities: Hiking, drawing, reading

  • Identify and characterize proteins of interest involved in viral DNA-triggered signaling pathways 80% 80%
  • Apply my findings to expand our eORFeome database 28% 28%
  • Holding my breath every time I check my cells 2% 2%

Chérine Sifri, BSc

Summer student

Education: University of Toronto (BSc)

Hometown: Toronto, ON

Other activities: Reading, cuddling my dog, and stressing over grad school applications  

  • Finding proteins that induce mitophagy 60% 60%
  • Reading up on degradation pathways 35% 35%
  • Daydreaming about Cambridge 15% 15%

Avi Tabibian

Summer student