Yan Boucher

Principal Investigator

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Yan is an Associate Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta and a Fellow of the Integrated Microbial Biodiversity (IMB) Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). He holds a B.Sc. in Biochemistry from Université Laval and obtained his Ph.D in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Dalhousie University. He then moved to Australia to study mobile genetic elements as a Macquarie University Research Fellow before going to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a Merck-MIT Computational and Systems Biology Fellow.

Tania Nasreen

Ph.D. candidate
September 2012 - present

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Tania obtained her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her work involves the quantification of toxigenic and non-toxigenic Vibrio cholerae and Vibrio metoecus through qPCR.

Tareq Islam

Ph.D. student
September 2015 - present

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Tareq has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. His principal project is on the ecology and epidemiology of Vibrio cholerae in Bangladesh.

Nora Hussain

M.Sc. student
September 2017 - present


Nora graduated with a B.Sc. with a specialization Microbiology from the University of Alberta. Her Master's research focuses on exploring the Type Six Secretion System's role in structuring environmental Vibrio cholerae populations. 


Kevin Liang

M.Sc. student
September 2017 - present


Kevin holds a B.Sc. in Bioinformatics from the University of Alberta. He is currently working on a core genome multilocus sequencing typing scheme for Vibrio cholerae by analyzing over 900 whole-genome sequences.

Ben Jones

Undergraduate student
July 2017 - present

For his BIOL 398 and 499 projects, Ben is exploring the salt tolerance range of a set of globally isolated Vibrio cholerae strains to see if there are any preferences for salinity concentrations and to determine salt tolerance limits at the strain level.