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Our Awesome Team!

(Obviously except Sam!)

Principal Investigator: Sampath Kumar Loganathan
Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
Co-Director, Head and Neck Cancer Research Laboratory 

Junior Scientist, Cancer Research Program
Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre

Associate membership
1) Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Institute 
2) Department of Experimental Surgery
3) Department of Experimental Medicine

4) Department of Biochemistry 

Education: Ph.D. Biochemistry, University of Alberta (Supervisor: Dr. Joe Casey) 

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute (Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Schramek)

Research Interests: in vivo and in vitro models of Cancer, CRISPR gene editing, cell signaling, molecular mechanisms of disease and drug discovery

Other Interests: Photography, reading (not science), soccer and wilderness

Contact: sampath.loganathan@mcgill.ca


Graduate Student: Yue Yan

Education: B.Sc. Biology, 2021, McGill University                                                                                       M.Sc. Otolaryngology, 2023– McGill University
                  Ph.D. Experimental Medicine Candidate

Research Interests: Exploring metabolic dependencies of HNSCC tumours in mouse models

Other Interests: Reading, Drawing

Contact: yue.yan@mail.mcgill.ca


Graduate Student: Adway Kadam 

Education: B.Tech Biotechnology, VIT Vellore, India        
                       MSc. Applied Biotechnology, McGill University
                       PhD Candidate, Experimental Surgery

Research Interests: CRISPR based mouse models of cancer

Other Interests: Football, Painting, Gaming

Contact: adway.kadam@mail.mcgill.ca


Graduate Student: Zahra Kardan

Education:  B.Sc. Cellular and Molecular Biology, Shahid Beheshti                         University, Tehran, Iran                                                                                               M.Sc. Candidate, Experimental Surgery, McGill University

Research Interests: Cancer biology, Bioinformatics, Neurogenetics.

Other Interests: creative writing, painting, adventures

Contact: zahra.kardan@mail.mcgill.ca


Graduate Student: Ali Taqvi

Education: Honours B.Sc. Human Biology: Fundamental Genetics, University of                        Toronto (2017-2021)
                        M.Sc. Candidate, Experimental Medicine, McGill University

Research Interests: CRISPR gene-editing technology, Head & Neck Cancer, Cancer Research  and Translational Biology 

Other Interests:Arcade, Games, Baking, Fitness, Netflix, Online Shopping 

Contact: ali.taqvi@mail.mcgill.ca


Graduate Student: Tuan Khang Huynh

Education: H.B.Sc. Life Science, University of Toronto, 2022. 
                  M.Sc. Candidate, Experimental Medicine, McGill University

Research Interests: Molecular oncology, Cellular Biology, Physiology

Other Interests: Jogging, tennis, playing instruments

Contact: tuan.k.huynh@mail.mcgill.ca


Research Assistant: Nahid Golabi
(Dr. Loganathan and Dr. Sadeghi Lab)


Research Interests:

Other Interests:

Contact: nahid.golabi@mail.mcgill.ca


Post Doctoral Fellow:  Dr. Amina Laham   
                                   Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

Education: Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine, McGill University, QC 

Research Interests:  Cancer research, Crisper Cas 9 screen, targeted therapy, and cancer therapeutics

Other Interests: Reading, shopping and watching movies. 

Contact: amina.laham@mail.mcgill.ca 


Graduate Student: Drishti Soni
(jointly supervised with Dr. Lawrence Kazak, Goodman Cancer Research Institute)

Education: B.Sc. Biochemistry, University of Delhi, India
                 M.Sc. Biotechnology, Mahararaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India
                 Junior Research Fellow, CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, India
                PhD candidate, Department of Biochemistry, McGill University

Research Interests: Exploring the effect of obesity in breast cancer development using in- vivo genome wide-CRISPR screen.

Other Interests: cooking, baking, travelling

Contact: drishti.soni@mail.mcgill.ca


Laboratory Technician (part-time): Adele Lopes

Education: B.Sc. Pharmacology 3rd year, McGill University 

Research Interests: CRISPR gene editing,  Rett syndrome and MeCP2, epigenetic regulators of disease, and cancer biology

Other Interests: running, music, and reading

Contact: adele.lpoes@mail.mcgill.ca


Lab Alumni

  Name                                                                                                     Year                                                                   Current Position

 Logine Ghadban                                                                          2021-2022                                                       Dental School      

Negin Nasim (EXSU623 course student)                                             2021-2022                                             QC Analyst, Charles River

Xavier Ng (Summer Research student)                                2021-2022, 2022-2023                  M.Sc, Experimental Medicine McGill

Dr. Marc-André Gauthier, MD (M.Sc. Otolaryngology)                             2021-2023                                   Clinical Residency, McGill   

Yue Yan (M.Sc. Otolaryngology)                                                              2021-2023          PhD Experimenal Medicine, Loganathan lab!

Shabeeba Muhammed Ashraf (Post-doctoral Fellow)                      2023-2024                                                           n/a