Dr. Laurie Graham – Senior Research Associate (more)
Dr. Qilu Ye - Research Associate (more)
Robert Eves – Research Assistant (more)
Connor Scholl – PhD candidate (more)
Mathias Bell - MSc candidate (more)
Thomas Hansen - MSc candidate (more)
Jocelyn Lee - MSc candidate (more)
Trina Dykstra-MacPherson - Undergraduate student (more)
Blake Soares - Undergraduate student (more)
Joanna Stanczyk - Undergraduate student (more)
Rohid Ramesh - Undergraduate student (more)
Dr. Laurie Graham
Senior Research Associate and Adjunct Assistant Professor
I am writing Laurie’s bio because she is too modest to do justice to her many talents and the huge contribution she makes to the smooth running of our lab. Laurie completed her PhD with Dr. Virginia Walker in the Department of Biology at Queen’s and joined us for post-doc research in the 1990’s when we were beginning to isolate and characterize insect antifreeze proteins. Since then, we have published close to 40 papers together including a couple in Science and Nature. Laurie is an expert in molecular biology from the ‘pre-kit’ days. Her amazing skills in bioinformatics are helping us mine the wealth of genomic and transcriptomic data that is being deposited every year. In addition to being a rigorous scientist, Laurie is a spouse, mom, hockey player, and a life-long learner with a passion for science, astronomy, minerology, oceanography, and nature. /Peter Davies
Photo credit: Thomas Hansen
Hi, my name is Rob. I have worked in the department with many of the current and former members of the Davies Lab members since 1999. In 2016, with Sherry Gauthier's 'semi-retirement', I joined the Davies lab as full-time Research Assistant. I help to keep the lab running smoothly by ordering supplies, maintaining and repairing equipment, and ensuring Health and Safety compliance through persononnel training and updating standard operating procedures. My roles include being familiar with all techniques and protocols used by the Davies lab to ensure that knowledge remains with the lab when researchers move on. I help train newcomers to the lab in techniques and protocols. My current research projects include studying the structure-function relationships of ice-binding proteins, and the use of antifreeze proteins for cell, tissue and organ preservation.
Dr. Qilu Ye
In Dr. Davies' Lab, I specialize in using X-ray crystallography and complementary small-angle X-ray scattering to study structure-functional relationship in a variety of proteins. These include the calpain family of calcium-dependent proteases, ice-binding proteins and bacterial adhesins. My research generally starts with recombinant protein production and purification, protein crystal growth, followed by solving the protein structure. The 3D-structures provide valuable information for further investigations on these proteins by our group. Although the path to determine the protein crystal structure is not even, I truly like science and enjoy my research achievements. My hobbies include swimming and gardening.
Hello! My name is Connor and I am a PhD student in the Davies lab. I completed my undergraduate degree here at Queen's in Biochemistry, but four years wasn't enough time here! My current research involves identifying and characterizing antifreeze proteins from different Collembola (springtails) all over the world. Using ice-affinity chromatography we can collect the native AFP proteins to look at their activity, sequence, and structure. From this gold-mine of AFPs we hope to characterize new families of AFPs that may be used in cryotechnologies. You can often find me scorekeeping and full of school sprit at Queen's Gaels sporting events!
Hello, my name is Mathias, and I am a Masters student in the Davies lab. I grew up on Vancouver Island on the west coast. After completing an undergraduate biochemistry degree in the French Immersion stream at the University of Ottawa, I came to Queen’s to pursue graduate studies. My research focuses on calpain-3, a member of the calpain family of proteases with a series of unique sequence features. We are studying the interaction between calpain-3 and titin and how calpain-3’s unique sequence features are involved in this interaction. When not working in the lab, I enjoy reading, playing piano, and hiking in Frontenac Park.
My name is Thomas Hansen and I'm a Master's student in the Davies Lab. After obtaining my BSc in biochemistry from the University of Ottawa, I taught high school biology in Colombia for six years, the last four of which were with Colegio Colombo Británico, an IB academy in Cali. ¡Cali es Cali! It had always been my intention to continue my education, so in being here, I'm living the dream! I'm working with ice nucleation proteins (INPs), which as their name suggests, nucleate ice crystal formation at temperatures as warm as -2 °C. INPs have been studied for decades but to date, no one has solved their structure nor their mechanism. I'm doing my best to change that, so I've been at the bench doing functional work and behind the keyboard running simulations. Collaborating with the other talented people on this page has been invaluable in progressing toward our goals.
Hi! I'm Jocelyn, a MSc student in the Davies lab. I am from Markham, Ontario, although I spent my early childhood between Taiwan and Canada. Before joining the Davies lab as a thesis project student, I interned for 16 months at a vaccine company. I also studied abroad in Japan as part of a program centred around intercultural business and collaboration. My MSc thesis project is a study of ice nucleation proteins, which are produced by certain species of Gram-negative bacteria. When I'm not working, you'll find me making music, playing video games, or cheering on the Toronto Raptors!
Fifth-Year Undergraduate Student
Hello hello! My name is Trina; I am a fifth-year biochemistry specialization student (Combined BScH/MSc Program). I completed my BCHM 421/422 project in the Davies Lab last year and am staying to continue working on the calpain project, specifically investigating mutations in IS2 and their effects on calpain-3 and titin binding. A fun fact about me is that I have been figure skating since the age of 7; so, you can normally find me in a rink either coaching or skating with the varsity team!
Fourth-Year Undergraduate Student
Hi! My name is Blake and I'm currently a fourth-year biochemistry specialization student carrying out my 421/422 thesis project in the Davies Lab. Along with several other lab members, I will be investigating different carboxy-terminal ligand-binding domains of a variety of bacterial RTX adhesins to uncover their functional role in bacterial colonization. If I'm not in the lab, I am usually playing guitar, watching esoccer and football, or playing video games!
Fifth-Year Undergraduate Student
Hey! My name is Joanna Stanczyk and I am a 5th-year biochemistry specialization student. I am currently working on research for my BCHM 421/422 project on bacterial RTX adhesin proteins with a special interest in bacterial species that are pathogenic to plants. When I am not in the lab I love doing outdoor activities like kayaking, biking, and gardening. In the future I hope to pursue a career with a focus on agricultural biotechnology.
Third-Year Undergraduate Student
Hello! I'm Rohid, currently a third-year Biochemistry specialization student at Queen's. I'm thrilled to be a part of the Davies Lab, where I actively contribute to various research initiatives. My primary focus involves yeast counting in the antifreeze protein project. Additionally, I get the ability to observe and actively assist in critical research activities. This opportunity allows me to apply my academic knowledge practically, enhancing both my skills and the lab's research capabilities. Fun fact: I'm an avid sports enthusiast enjoying basketball, hockey, and soccer. I also have a passion for cooking!