Current Graduate Students

Official 2018-2019 Lab Portrait

courtesy of Yifan!

Unofficial 2018-2019 Roll Call

2018 - a year in review


Past Graduate Students

Stefanie Bradley (MSc 2018)

  • “Nervous system compensation following tail loss and regeneration in the leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularius)”

Rebecca McDonald (MSc 2017)

  • “Neural stem/progenitor cells and postnatal neurogenesis in the leopard gecko brain”

  • Currently: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine student, University of Guelph

Sarah Donato (MSc 2017)

  • “A spatiotemporal investigation of neural stem/progenitor cells in the body spinal cord of the leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularius)”

  • Currently: Anatomy Technician, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Emily Gilbert (PhD 2016)

Noeline Subramaniam (MSc 2016)

  • "Growth factor expression in normal and wounded skin: an investigation of scar-free wound healing in the leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularius)"

  • Currently: PhD student in the lab of Dr. Philip Marsden, University of Toronto

  • Noeline’s website

Kathy Jacyniak (MSc 2016)

  • "Cardiomyocyte proliferation in the lizard heart: exploring criteria for spontaneous self-repair"

  • Currently: PhD student in the Vickaryous lab, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

Hanna Peacock (MSc 2014)

Jason Vieira (MSc 2014)

Carmon Co (MSc, co-advised by T. Koch)

Richard Gilbert (MSc 2013, co-advised by A. Viloria-Petit)

Samantha Payne (MSc 2012)

Stephanie Delorme (MSc 2011)

Ilinca Lungu (MSc 2011)

Katie McLean (MSc 2010)

  • "Tail regeneration in the leopard gecko, Eublepharis macularius: gross anatomy, histology and patterning"

  • Currently: Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Disa Lim (MSc 2010, co-advised by C. Armstrong)

  • "Heterochronic expression of HSP25 and calretinin in altricial and precocial models of neurodevelopment"

Christopher Zweerman (MSc 2009)

  • "Wound healing and blood cell morphology in the leopard gecko"


Past Undergraduate/Veterinary Students

Ashley Bellin (summer 2018)

  • Cardiac repair following puncture injury to the lizard heart

  • Currently: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine student, University of Guelph

Yifan Liu (Winter 2018)

  • Comparative neuromorphology of Purkinje cells across mice and lizards

  • Currently: MSc student in the Vickaryous Lab, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

Elise DeDecker (2017-18)

  • Cell proliferation following cardiac puncture in the leopard gecko

Jennifer Hung (2016-17)

  • Spatio-temporal investigation of VEGFR2 phosphorylation sites in the skin of the leopard gecko

Rebecca McDonald (2015-16)

  • Tracing the source of regenerate tissue: an investigation of progenitor cells in the skin of the leopard gecko

  • Formerly: MSc student in the Vickaryous lab, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

  • Currently: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine student, University of Guelph

Alaina Macdonald (2015-16)

  • Characterization of neural/stem progenitor cells in the brain of the leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularius)

  • Currently: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine student, University of Guelph

Ellen Denstedt (2014)

  • The role of angiogenesis during full thickness excision wound repair

  • Currently: Veterinarian

Danika Hawthorne (2014)

  • Slow cycling cells in the leopard gecko heart

  • Currently: Doctor of Medicine

Erika Lindgren (2012)

  • The role of neural stem/progenitor cells in regeneration and recovery (review)

Jihee (Marie) Park (2011)

  • Protein expression in the developing chick brain

  • Currently: Juris Doctor

Timothy Tsang (2012)

  • An investigation of joint anatomy and histology in the leopard gecko

  • Currently: Veterinary Student, University of Glasgow

Ersilia Porru (2013)

  • The role of activins during wound healing

  • Currently: Veterinarian

Hanna Peacock (2011)

  • Cartilage regeneration in the leopard gecko tail

  • Currently: PhD student in the lab of Dr. Elizabeth Jones, KU Leuven, Belgium.

Becky Kendall (2011)

  • Muscle regeneration in the leopard gecko tail

  • Currently: Veterinarian

Melissa Allwood (2010)

  • The role of basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF2) in tail regeneration of the leopard gecko

  • Formerly: PhD Student in the lab of Dr. Jeremy Simpson, University of Guelph

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Julia Cecchini (2010)

  • A histological investigation of tail development as a model for appendage formation

  • Currently: Veterinarian

Samantha Payne (2009)

Nadine Vogt (2010)

  • Characterization of blood vessel development during tail regeneration

  • Currently: Veterinarian

Stephanie Delorme (2009)

  • The integumentary skeleton of anurans

  • Currently: Veterinarian

Sarah Wassmer (2009)

  • Development and regeneration of the amphibian eye: lessons and limitations in the biomedical sciences (review)

  • Currently: PhD Student, University of Ottawa/Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Matt Granger (2009)

  • Regeneration of the nervous system in the tail of the leopard gecko

  • Currently: PhD Student, University of Ottawa