Team Members

Maria Vera Ugalde, PhD: Principal Investigator.

María Vera Ugalde

Maria obtained her PhD from the University of Navarra, Spain. She moved to New York City for her postdoctoral training with Evgeny Nudler at NYU Medical Center, where she became interested in the regulation of the stress response. Then, she moved to the laboratory of Robert Singer in Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she developed single-cell and single-molecule fluorescence microscopy approaches to resolve the stress response.

Graduate Students

Lokha RanjaniLokha Ranjani Alagar Boopathy. PhD Student.

I am very excited to start my research on age related neurodegenerative diseases as a first doctoral student in Dr. Maria Vera’s laboratory. I am fortunate to be a part of this laboratory and use Single-Molecule Fluorescence microscopy approaches in my research work.

Suleima Jacob-Tomas.

Suleima obtained her BSc in Animal Science from Berry College located in Rome, Georgia, USA. She traded the warmness of South Georgia and moved to Montreal where she attained her MSc in Neuroscience from McGill University. She is interested in understanding how complex neural interactions can influence an organism’s behaviour in the hope of someday contributing to our ability to intervene and heal. Outside of lab she enjoys spending time with her two furry boys, Chuy and Tuchis.

AlanAlan Xiao. Master Student.

I graduated from University of Toronto and received my bachelor’s degree in biochemistry in 2019. I moved to Montreal to start my master thesis project in McGill. I am interested in the regulation of gene expression within cells. My main focus right now is to study the decay mechanism of heat shock protein, HSP70 in yeast cells.

Honors Students Biochemistry

Maanasa Koripalli

I am a third-year biochemistry student doing my honors project in Maria’s lab. I am grateful for the opportunity to apply what I learn in my classes to a research setting and learn new techniques applied to study of the heat shock response. It has been amazing to be part of an incredibly hardworking and collaborative team and I look forward to learning more in the future.

Undergraduate Students

Emma Beadle

Emma Beadle

I am an undergraduate studying biochemistry. My main interest is in cellular biology as it relates to disease. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and contribute to the work done in the lab.

Ryan HuangRyan Huang

I am a first-year undergraduate student in life sciences. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to learn biochemistry lab techniques and participate in frontier biochemistry research about heat shock response. I am very excited to start my first research experience.

Jennifer JiangJennifer Jiang

I am a Bioengineering undergraduate with the choice of stream in Biomolecular and Cellular Engineering. I am from Vancouver, B.C., and I am on the McGill Table Tennis Team. I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the team and to study the effects of autophagy and heat stress on processing bodies and HSP mRNA.

Zoe Wefers


Former Undergraduate

Sonya MadanSonya Madan

I am a biochemistry undergraduate student entering my third year and very grateful to have been offered my first research position. Though I have a hypothesis about what I want to do in the future, I am excited and open to experimenting in different fields and projects before drawing any conclusions.

Former Visiting Students

Irene GarciaIrene Garcia

I am a Biotechnology student from Spain that wants to focus on her Bachelor’s Thesis in Maria’s teamwork. I have always wanted to become part of a research team, and starting in Maria’s lab amazes me. I want to learn laboratory techniques that could help me. I am also very interested in knocking how it is to be part of a real team and the day a day in a laboratory. I am not sure what field interests me the most because I am very curious, so I am open to great opportunities like this.

María Vera Ugalde

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