Team Members

Maria Vera Ugalde, PhD: Principal Investigator.

Maria 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.

Research Assistant

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

Graduate Students

Lokha 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.

Alan 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.

Undergraduate Students

Sonya 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.

María Vera Ugalde

McIntyre Medical Sciences Building
3655 promenade Sir-William-Osler
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1Y6

email: maria.veraugalde@mcgill.ca