Team Members

Maria Vera Ugalde, PhD. Principal Investigator.

María Vera Ugalde

Maria obtained her Ph.D. 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 at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she developed single-cell and single-molecule fluorescence microscopy approaches to resolving the stress response.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Celia Alecki, PhD. FRQS fellow.

I obtained a master’s in genetics at the University of Bordeaux Segalen, France. I moved to Montreal and obtained a Ph. D. in biochemistry at the University of Montreal, during which I studied the function of R-loops in the targeting of Polycomb group protein in Drosophila. Joining Dr. Vera Ugalde lab as a postdoc, I will continue studying the function of R-loops in mammals in the context of the stress response.



Graduate Students

Lokha RanjaniLokha Ranjani Alagar Boopathy. Ph.D. 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. Ph.D Student. Vanier Fellow.

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 behavior in the hope of someday contributing to our ability to intervene and heal. Outside of the lab she enjoys spending time with her two furry boys, Chuy and Tuchis.


Undergraduate Students

Luca Lazzari. NSERC fellow Summer 2022.

I am a third-year undergraduate studying Pharmacology and Therapeutics. I am interested in cellular biology and how dysregulation of essential processes leads to disease





Delina Efrem.

I am an undergraduate student from Toronto studying Biochemistry and BIotechnology. My main focus is on the biomolecular mechanisms of eukaryotic cells as it relates to neurodegenerative diseases. I am beyond excited for this opportunity to learn new techniques and gain experience in the field of research and computational science. 




Idia Boncheva.

Idia is currently completing her bachelors in the department of microbiology and immunology, with the purpose of accumulating as much knowledge as possible in her few years as an undergrad. Her interests include the study of disease progression and treatment, science communication, and global health.


RyanRyan 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.




Former Lab Members

Mater Students

  • Alan Xiao (2019-2021).

Honor and BIOC 396 Undergraduate Students

  • Zoe Wefers (Winter 2022).
  • Emma Beadle (Fall 2021).
  • Ryan Huang (Summer 2020).
  • Maanasa Koripalli (Fall 2020-Winter 2021).

Undergraduate Students

  • Jennifer Jiang (Summer 2020-Fall 2021).
  • Sonya Madan (Summer 2019-Fall 2020).

Visiting students from Universidad Francisco de Vitoria

  • Aitana Garia Bueno Rico (Winter 2022).
  • Irene Garcia de Andres (Winter 2020).


María Vera Ugalde

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