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Zoya Aamir, Graduate Student
Brian Chung, Graduate Student
Ayse Bahar Ercan, Graduate Student
Melissa Galati, Graduate Student
Jacalyn Kelly, Graduate Student
Dave Lee, Graduate Student
Logine Negm, Graduate Student
Julie Bennett, Clinical Research Fellow
Anirban Das, Clinical Research Fellow
Victoria Forster, Postdoctoral Fellow
Johnny Li, Postdoctoral Fellow
Liana Figueiredo Nobre, Clinical Research Fellow
Nuno Miguel Nunes, Postdoctoral Fellow
Sumedha Sudhaman, Postdoctoral Fellow
Vanessa Bianchi, Research Project Coordinator
Melissa Edwards, Clinical Research Project Manager
Karen Fang, Assistant Research Technologist
Martin Komosa, Research Project Coordinator
Rodney Lyn, Research Project Coordinator
Julia Marinescu, Research Project Coordinator
Lauren Sambira, Research Project Coordinator
Darya Semenova, Assistant Research Technologist
Lucie Stengs, Research Technologist Susie Wang, Research Technologist Cindy Zhang, Research Project Manager
Dr. Uri Tabori
Senior Scientist, Principal Investigator
Dr. Tabori’s group investigates the genetic mechanisms that control tumour progression and survival and his program has three areas of research: 1) Telomere maintenance in cancer. Since telomeres and telomerase control the ability of cancers to recur, the Tabori lab has been studying how inhibiting this pathway can exhaust the ability of cancer cells to regrow causing relapse. 2) Dr. Tabori is studying factors which contribute to aggressiveness
and spontaneous growth arrest of paediatric low-grade astrocytomas. Together with Drs. Hawkins, Bouffet and others, he established the PLGG taskforce and constructed a database of >1,000 patients and tumours allowing for the utilization of genomic tools and techniques to study specific mechanisms affecting survival in these children. 3) Dr. Tabori established
the International Biallelic Mismatch Repair Deficiency Consortium. Biallelic Mismatch Repair Deficiency is a genetic syndrome that is associated with a high risk of glioma formation during childhood. Using genomic and genetic tools, the Tabori lab is studying which genetic events can be traced and treated to prevent cancer initiation and progression.
Research Support: AACR Stand Up To Cancer, BioCanRx Enabling Studies Program, b.r.a.i.n.child, Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Genome Canada, Israel-Canada Joint Research Program, Making Headway Foundation, Ontario Centres of Excellence, PLGA Foundation, SickKids Garron Family Cancer Centre, SickKids Pitblado Cancer Centre, The V Foundation for Cancer Research
Dr. Michael D. Taylor
Senior Scientist, Principal Investigator
Dr. Taylor’s laboratory uses genetic tools to investigate how normal cells turn into brain tumours. Genomic analyses and genetic tools allow the team to create new animal models
of medulloblastoma and ependymoma so that novel targeted therapies can be developed. This multi-layered approach using laboratory-driven scientific discovery and bioinformatics allows for rapid clinically-important changes to brain tumour therapy, such that the quality of life of patients can be drastically improved.
The Taylor group is in an enviable position, as they have direct access to the more than 1,800 tumours and associated sequencing data that form part of the Medulloblastoma Advanced Genomics International Consortium (MAGIC). MAGIC is a SickKids based consortium that consists of clinicians, scientists, and pathologists from around the world who have collectively contributed medulloblastoma samples to the genomics efforts in Toronto. This sequencing project is likely the largest single RNA-Seq dataset on a specific cancer type sequenced
to date and represents a rich source of data on medulloblastoma for their lab and for others.
Research Support: b.r.a.i.n.child, Canadian Cancer Society, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Genome Canada, McLaughlin Centre for Molecular Medicine, Meagan’s Hug (Meagan Bebenek Foundation), National Institutes of Health (USA), Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, SickKids Garron Family Cancer Centre, Stand Up To Cancer, Swifty Foundation, Terry Fox Research Institute, V Foundation, Worldwide Cancer Research
Sara Ahmed, Graduate Student Polina Balin, Graduate Student Anders Erickson, Graduate Student Vernon Fong, Graduate Student Liam Hendrikse, Graduate Student Kyle Juraschka, Graduate Student Kaitlin Kharas, Graduate Student Sachin Kumar, Graduate Student John Lee, Graduate Student
Bryn Livingston, Graduate Student Michelle Ly, Graduate Student
Ncedile Mankahla, Graduate Student Stuart Matan-Lithwick, Graduate Student Winnie Ong, Graduate Student
David Przelicki, Graduate Student
Alexandra Rasnitsyn, Graduate Student
Cory Richman, Graduate Student
Olga Sirbu, Graduate Student
Patryk Skowron, Graduate Student
Randy Van Ommeren, Graduate Student
Maria Vladoiu, Graduate Student
Evan Wang, Graduate Student
Namal Abeysundara, Postdoctoral Fellow Stephen Armstrong, Postdoctoral Fellow Pasqualino De Antonellis, Postdoctoral Fellow Laura Donovan, Postdoctoral Fellow
Joonas Haapasalo, Postdoctoral Fellow
Chai Jin Lee, Postdoctoral Fellow
Antony Michealraj, Postdoctoral Fellow Carolina Nör, Postdoctoral Fellow
Olivier Saulnier, Postdoctoral Fellow
David Scott, Postdoctoral Fellow
Hiromichi Suzuki, Postdoctoral Fellow
Abhirami Visvanathan, Postdoctoral Fellow
Jiao Zhang, Postdoctoral Fellow
Florence Cavalli, Senior Bioinformatician
Craig Daniels, Project Manager/Scientific Writer Tajana Douglas, Research Technologist
Ning Huang, Research Technologist
Betty Luu, Research Technologist
Jonelle Pallotta, Research Technologist
Raul Suarez, Research Technologist
William Wang, Research Technologist Xiaochong Wu, Senior Research Associate

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