Lab Snowshoeing

Current Members

Principle Investigator

Natalie Strynadka

  • Professor of Biochemistry
  • Ph.D., University of Alberta, 1990

Email: ncjs(at)

Research Assistants

  • Liza de Castro

  • Marija Vuckovic

    • M.Sc., University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 2001
    • B.Sc., University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1995
  • Greg Wasney

    • Research assistant, Structural Genomics Consortium, University of Toronto, 2012
    • Research assistant, Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, 2003
    • Research assistant, University of British Columbia, 2000
    • B.Sc., University of Manitoba, 1997

Research Associates

  • Liam Worrall

    X-ray hub manager

    • Ph.D., University of Edinburgh, 2007
    • M.Res., University of York, 2001
    • B.Sc., University of Manchester, 2000

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

  • Julien Bergeron

    MSFHR Fellow

    Project: Architecture and assembly of the T3SS basal body.

    • Ph.D., King’s College London
    • M.Res., Imperial College London
    • B.Sc., King’s College London
  • Solmaz Sobhanifar

    Banting/MSHFR Fellow

    Project: Study of bacterial antibiotic resistance through structural and biochemical investigation using cell-free expression.

    • Ph.D., Frankfurt University, 2010
    • M. Sc., University of British Columbia, 2005
    • B.Sc., University of British Columbia, 2002
  • Gesa Volkers

    MSFHR Fellow

    Project: Structural Characterization of Sialic Acid Related Enzymes and Transporters.

    • Ph.D., Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University Greifswald, 2011
    • M.Sc., Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University Greifswald, 2008
  • Nobu Watanabe

    Project: Structural studies of type VII and III secretion system.

    • Ph.D., University of Alberta
    • B.Sc., University of Victoria
  • Christian Lizak

    Project: TO BE ADDED.

    Email: clizak(at)

    • Ph.D., TBA
    • B.Sc., TBA
  • Natalie Zeytuni

    Project: TO BE ADDED.

    Email: nataliez(at)

    • Ph.D., TBA
    • B.Sc., TBA

Graduate Students

  • Brianne Burkinshaw

    Project: Interactions between Salmonella effector proteins and their host cell target.

    • B.Sc., University of Northern British Columbia
  • Dustin King

    Dustin King

    Project: New Delhi Metallo-β-Lactamase: Structural Insights into β-Lactam recognition and Inhibition.

    • B.Sc., University of Northern British Columbia
  • Matt Solomonson

    Matt Solomonson

    Four-Year Ph.D. Fellowship

    Project: Mycobacterial secretion.

    • B.Sc., University of Alberta
  • Sean Workman

    Project: TO BE ADDED.

    Email: sean.d.workman(at)

    • Ph.D., TBA
    • B.Sc., TBA
  • Andrew Alexander

    Project: TO BE ADDED.

    Email: andrew.alexander(at)

    • Ph.D., TBA
    • B.Sc., TBA
  • Franco Li

    Project: TO BE ADDED.

    Email: francokakitli(at)

    • Ph.D., TBA
    • B.Sc., TBA

Summer Students

  • Michael

    Project: TO BE ADDED.

    • B.Sc., TBA
  • Michael

    Project: TO BE ADDED.

    • B.Sc., TBA



  • Emilie Lameignere

    Reserach Associate, CBR, UBC

  • Gerd Prehna

    Senior Structural Biology Research Specialist, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

  • Susan Safadi

    Physiotherapy, ON

  • Rob Gruninger

    Research Associate, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge, AB

  • Thomas Spreter

    Senior Scientist, Zymeworks, Vancouver, BC

  • Andrew Lovering

    Lecturer, University of Birmingham, UK

  • Leo Lin

    Associate Scientist, iProgen Biotech, Vancouver, BC

  • Francesco Rao

    Postdoctoral fellow, University of Dundee, UK

  • Raz Zarivach

    Senior lecturer, Ben-Gurion University of the Negav, Israel

  • Trevor Moraes

    Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, ON

  • Matthew Caines

    Postdoctoral fellow, MRC LMB, Cambridge, UK

  • Igor D’Angelo

    Zymeworks, Vancouver, BC

  • Paula Lario

    Team Leader, Zymeworks, Vancouver, BC


  • Angel Yu

    Postdoctoral fellow, BC Cancer, Vancouver, BC

  • Hojun Lee

    Postdoctoral fellow, UC Berkeley, CA

  • Mike Gretes

    Postdoctoral fellow, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

  • Mark Wilke

    Intellectual property lawyer, Smart & Biggar, Vancouver, BC

  • Cecilia Chiu

    Senior Research Associate in Antibody Engineering, Genentech, CA

  • Calvin Yip

    Assistant Professor, UBC, BC