Yan Boucher

Principal Investigator

UofA Biological Sciences

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.

Paul Kirchberger

Ph.D. candidate
May 2012 - present


Paul holds a B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and two M.Sc. degrees in (1) Molecular Microbiology and (2) Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Graz, Austria. He studies diversity and niche adaptation of non-clinical strains of Vibrio cholerae. When he is not working, he enjoys cooking and eating, fencing, reading, and thinking about evolution.

Tania Nasreen

Ph.D candidate
September 2012 - present


Tania obtained her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her work involves the characterization of the niches of a major lineage of Vibrio cholerae (O1 and O139 serogroup) and the development of on-site molecular detection and quantification of toxigenic and non-toxigenic V. cholerae and Vibrio metoecus.

Fabini Orata

Ph.D. candidate
September 2012 - present


Fabini has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from the University of the Philippines. He studies the extent of gene exchange by horizontal gene transfer in closely-related bacteria, Vibrio cholerae and Vibrio metoecus.

Tareq Islam

Ph.D. student
September 2015 - present



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

Undergraduate student
January 2016 - present


Nora's BIOL 498 and 499 projects involve the screening for the presence and functionality of possible type VI secretion systems in certain strains of Vibrio cholerae and Vibrio metoecus by running competition assays.

Sarim Mirza

Undergraduate student
July 2016 - present

Sarim is a BIOL 498 student, working on the molecular characterization of environmental and clinical Vibrio fluvialis strains from Bangladesh.

Kevin Liang

Undergraduate student
September 2016 - present

For Kevin's BIOL 499 project, he is working on the comparative genomic analyses of over 300 Rhodobacteraceae genomes with the main aim of resolving the taxonomic inconsistencies within this family of microorganisms.