Carole Parent, Lab Leader

To me, science is a lifestyle, and a lot of what I do revolves around my lab and colleagues. I am passionate about mentoring students, postdocs, and junior faculty. I love to spend time with my family. I like to bike and to travel. I love art, fashion, and design and have a knack for decoration. Finally, I love to eat and discover new cuisines.

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Peilin Shen, Lab Manager

My priority is to organize and manage daily lab operations, I make sure that my colleagues can run their experiments without a hitch.  Apart from lab activities, I love to channel my creativity by crafting gourd and eggshells. 


Shuvasree SenGupta (Sree), Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I am fascinated by the versatile responses of neutrophil. Currently, I am seeking to understand neutrophil biology in the context of breast cancer metastasis. I love mentoring students and cultivating the next generation of scientists.  Besides benchwork,  I love reading books and enjoy sketching. I have also started exploring the craft of science blogging lately, find below my first ever attempt to write a blog on the emerging role of neutrophils in COVID-19.


Subhash Arya, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

"They are as sick that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing” from Merchant of Venice, act 1, scene 2. Inspired by similarities in human behavior and biology, I seek to understand the mechanisms involved in creating a balance between pro-resolving and inflammatory responses of immune cells, currently neutrophils. When I am not at work, I love to paint, cook, run and learn about evolution and psychology.

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Lauren Hein, Graduate Stuent, Cancer Biology

I am a graduate student in the Cancer Biology Graduate Program.  I am interested in deciphering the impact of neutrophils on the migration and invasion of cancer cells.  In my free time, I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and knitting.

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Fatima Javed, Graduate Stuent, Cell and Developmental Biology

I am a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. My work focuses on understanding how neutrophils, the most abundant immune cells in our blood, migrate towards a site of infection and injury. I also love talking about science with people from all walks of life. When I’m not in the lab, I am either hanging out with my family and friends, cuddling with my cat, Zoe, or reading novels. To learn more about me professionally, please click on the link below:

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Kristen Loesel, Graduate Stuent, Cancer Biology

I am a graduate student in the Cancer Biology Graduate Program. I study how extracellular matrix topography alters invasive breast cancer cell migration and metastasis. Outside of the lab, I enjoy playing word games, reading, cooking, and playing tennis.

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Rachael Baliira, Graduate Stuent, Cancer Biology

I am a graduate student in the Cancer Biology Graduate Program.  I am co-mentored by Carole Parent and Pierre Coulombe for my thesis project aimed at exploring vimentin’s role in neutrophil migration, signal-relay, and overarching contribution to immune infiltration. In science, seeing is believing, and the use of color makes it all the more beautiful to the observer. That is why I am excited to incorporate powerful microscopy tools such as LSM 880 and Zeiss Observer (colibri)  to capture the biology of intermediate filaments in migratory cells with well deserved artistic flair.

Outside of the lab, I enjoy karaoke, hikes, preparing traditional Ugandan dishes, and spending time with friends and family.

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Yang Xu, Graduate Stuent, Pharmacolog

I am a graduate student in the Department of Pharmacology. I am co-mentored by Carole Parent and Pierre Coulombe. My research interest lies in understanding the temporal and spatial relationships between DNA damage and neutrophils, as an effector of inflammation, at the initial and mid-course stages of skin tumorigenesis using in vivo mouse model. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, watching movies, and cooking.


Sam Collie, Graduate Student, Cell and Molecular Biology

I am a graduate student in the Cell and Molecular Biology program. I am fascinated by the unique biology of the granolytic cell, the neutrophil. My current goal is to understand and characterize the mechanism by which neutrophils produce extracellular traps that function in a variety of physiological contexts. I am also interested in how this plays into neutrophils canonical functions of migration and inducing an inflammatory response. Outside of lab, I enjoy climbing, swimming and playing games of all kinds. 

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Shehroz Malik, Undergraduate Student

​I am a senior undergraduate student graduating in May 2021 with a focus on Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. I work alongside Cosmo Sunders to elucidate the role of TorsinA in neutrophil chemotaxis. Besides science, you can find me volunteering at a hospital or playing pick-up basketball at recreation centers.



Gaurie Gunasekaran, Undergraduate Student

I am an undergraduate student majoring in Biology. I work with Lauren Hein to investigate the role of neutrophils in modulating cancer cell migration. In my free time, I like to volunteer and shadow at hospitals, play the trombone, and sing classical carnatic music.