I joined GGCN Lab at UBC in 2018 to pursue a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a project focusing on single-cell heterogeneity and Breast Cancer Anthracycline treatments.   I have experience working in the Pharmaceutical industry in Montreal, where I also obtained my Masters in Molecular Biology in 2016 from the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer/University of Montreal. In 2014, I completed my Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Jacobs University Bremen in Germany.  I am originally from Senegal, but I have turned into a globetrotter for the sake of knowledge acquisition. I love cooking and going for short runs when time permits.



Master's Candidate

In 2017 I graduated from the University of Washington with my B.Sc in Microbiology. Unsure of what to accomplish next I started an internship with the GGNC lab to learn the practicalities of genomics research. In the end I found the work so rewarding I decided to stay and complete my Masters in Pharmacogenomics. During my time in the lab I have worked on a broad range of projects ranging from a study on the impact of clinical application of PGx testing to the development of a chemical yeast phenotyping screen. My main thesis project investigates the effect of simulated microgravity on transcription in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and our lab's lovely model organism Baker's yeast!



PhD Candidate

I obtained my bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria and later moved to the University of Glasgow UK for my MSc in Medical Genetics & Genomics. It was during my MSc degree program that I became so passionate about functional genomics. Interestingly, I found Nislow/Giaever lab at UBC as best fit to achieve my research objectives, and I'm currently a PhD candidate in Genome Science & Technology. My research work involves the use of high throughput technologies to investigate mechanisms of drug actions as well as genes and cellular pathways involved in chemical toxicity. When not busy, I play/watch soccer, read the news or socialize with family and friends.



Undergraduate co-op

I am a 4th year undergrad student and I am currently pursuing an honors in Biology. I am a co-op student in the GGCN lab and will soon be pursuing my honors project here too.  A few fun facts about me are that on average, I have moved cities every 2 years of my life and the longest I have stayed in a place is for 4 years (here in Vancouver).


Mina Khoshnoodi

PhD Student

I received my BSc and MSc from the University of Tehran and the Royan institute in Iran, respectively. Then, I joined the GGCN lab in September 2020. My research is focused on 3D cell culture by taking the mammalian cells for spin! We have a new smaller version of the Rotating Wall Vessel (RWV), called Spinpod, which simulates low-shear modeled microgravity. Our goal is to make spheroids from different cell lines using Spinpod and, investigate the effect of low-shear modeled microgravity on gene expression. I love cooking and trying new foods! When not in the lab, I usually hike and bike around Vancouver, but not in rainy days😉



Research Associate



Undergraduate co-op

I am a 4th-year Biochemistry student. When not immersed in science, I'm either at the kitchen stove or mentoring immigrant and refugee youth.



PhD Student

Having finished my  Bachelor's and Master's degree in chemistry (University of Tehran, Iran), I fell in love with molecular biology and genetics. After graduation, I worked for six months at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Centre for Bioimaging Sciences, before starting my PhD at UBC. Here, in the GGCN lab, I make an effort on yeast genetics to make it resistant against cosmic radiations! As a side-project, I've been recently working on a very cool project on drug synergy! When not in the lab, I listen to podcasts, read books, watch F.R.I.E.N.D.S, and bore people to tears by talking nerdy to them!



Graduate Student


I study the genetics of variable drug response and aim to pharmacogenetically assess the contribution of these variants in human drug targets to drug exposure.

Academic Profile:

Ph.D. student (current), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

M.S. Bioinformatics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, U.S.A.

B.Tech. Biotechnology, GITAM Institute of Technology, Visakhapatnam, India

Grad Office: 6618-2405Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver,

BC Canada V6T 1Z3



PhD Student

I was trained as an evolutionary molecular biologist in my PhD at the University of Alberta, Rich Palmer’s lab, where I combined my undergraduate and master’s trainings as a marine biologist with my love and enthusiasm towards genetics to study mating system and population genetics of barnacles, one of Darwin’s favourite animals. Then, I joined Tim Hughes lab at the University of Toronto as a postdoctoral fellow to study the mechanisms of gene regulation and co-evolution of C2H2 transcription factors and repeat elements in the genomes of different species. In the GGCN lab, I am studying how different factors such as pharmaceutical drugs and cosmic radiation affect the gene expression and genomic interactions in model organisms. When not doing science, I bike and hike, watch movies, read books, and hang out with family and friends.


Apologies for the mess on the part of our lab that makes us the proudest. If you are currently missing from this page, please email Hamid Gaikani at gaikani@mail.ubc.ca

  • Nicolas Coutin | PhD student (Method Development for High Throughput Biology), 2016-2020 

  • Angelo Lanzilotto | MITACS Postdoctoral Fellow, 2018-2019

  • Kipling NG | Co-op student, 2020-2021

  • Sam Breaux | Master student (Pharmacogenomics: from experimental design through patient interactions), 2018, 2021