Spotlight on CoVaRR-Net trainees and highly qualified personnel (HQPs)

CoVaRR-Net brings together highly qualified personnel (HQP) and trainees from across the country and we’re proud to help form the next generation of researchers in Canada.

Our Pillars and Major Initiatives have nominated several outstanding candidates to be spotlighted on this website as recognition of their work. These are just a few of the tremendously talented people we have working on CoVaRR-Net projects (in alphabetical order). We’ll be adding to this list every quarter.

Corey Arnold

CoVaRR-Net Executive Director’s team

Research and Data Manager, Serology and Diagnostics High Throughput Facility, University of Ottawa

Salman Bagheri

CoVaRR-Net Biobank

Research Technician, CoVaRR-Net Biobank

Lauren Caldwell

Pillar 5 – Viral Genomics & Sequencing

Senior Bioinformatician

Traci-lee D. Christianson

Pillar 7 – CoVaRR-Net’s Indigenous Engagement, Development, and Research (CIEDAR)

Research Assistant, CIEDAR and Graduate student, University of Saskatchewan

Danielle Dewar-Darch

CoVaRR-Net Executive Director’s team

Facility and Operations Manager, Serology and Diagnostics High Throughput Facility, University of Ottawa

Yannick Galipeau

CoVaRR-Net Executive Director’s team

PhD student, University of Ottawa

Reuben Samson

Pillar 4 – Functional Genomics & Structure-Function of VOCs

PhD Candidate, Gingras Lab, Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto

Zohaib Anwar

Pillar 6 – Computational Analysis, Modelling and Evolutionary Outcomes (CAMEO)

Postdoctoral research fellow, Center for Infectious Disease Genomics and One Health (CIDGOH), Simon Fraser University

Audray Fortin

Pillar 10 – Antiviral Strategies and Antiviral Therapeutics

Research Assistant and Lab Manager

Justin Jia

Pillar 6 – Computational Analysis, Modelling and Evolutionary Outcomes (CAMEO)

Postdoctoral fellow, Simon Fraser University, and Bioinformatics Lead and Co-Coordinator, CAMEO, CoVaRR-Net

Agatha Komsic-Vranjkovic

CoVaRR-Net Biobank

Research Ethics and Access Officer, CoVaRR-Net Biobank

Carly G Morrisseau

Pillar 7 – CoVaRR-Net’s Indigenous Engagement, Development, and Research (CIEDAR)

Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Alex Hicks

Coronavirus in the Urban Built Environment (CUBE)

Laboratory Technician, Coronavirus in the Urban Built Environment (CUBE)

Mary Jessome

Pillar 7 – CoVaRR-Net’s Indigenous Engagement, Development, and Research (CIEDAR)

Research Manager and PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia

Milca Meconnen

CoVaRR-Net Data Platform and Biobank

Research student, McGill University

Arianna M. Hurtado-Monzόn

Pillar 2 – Host-Pathogen Interactions

Postdoctoral fellow, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization – International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac), University of Saskatchewan

Prachi Ray

Coronavirus in the Urban Built Environment (CUBE)

Research Assistant, Coronavirus in the Urban Built Environment (CUBE)

Philibert Tuyishime

CoVaRR-Net Biobank

Junior research technician, CoVaRR-Net Biobank

Jose Avila Cervantes

Pillar 5 – Viral Genomics & Sequencing

Research Associate, Advanced Genomic Technologies Laboratory, McGill Genome Centre

Tamara Chavez

Pillar 7, CoVaRR-Net’s Indigenous Engagement, Development, and Research (CIEDAR)

Project Manager, CoVaRR-Net

Nada Hegazy

Wastewater Surveillance Research Group (WWSRG)

Environmental engineering PhD candidate, MASc, EIT, University of Ottawa

Aliisa Heiskanen

CoVaRR-Net Biobank

Biobank Coordinator

Sally Lee

Pillar 5 – Viral Genomics & Sequencing

Research Assistant, Advanced Genomic Technologies Laboratory, McGill Genome Centre

Elisabeth Mercier

Wastewater Surveillance Research Group (WWSRG)

Environmental engineering PhD candidate, University of Ottawa

Sana Naderi

Pillar 6, Computational Analysis, Modelling and Evolutionary Outcomes (CAMEO)

Graduate student, Shapiro Lab, McGill Genome Center

Paul Stretenowich

Pillar 5 – Viral Genomics & Sequencing

Bioinformatics specialist, Canadian Center for Computational Genomics (C3G), McGill University

Julian Willett

Pillar 5 – Viral Genomics & Sequencing

Research Associate, McGill Genome Centre