Robin Yates Laboratory

Yates Mates


Dr. Neil McKenna, PhD. Senior Research Associate

Ben Ewanchuk, BSc (Co-op). MD/PhD Candidate

Ben completed his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the University of Victoria and joined the Yates Lab in 2014 to pursue a joint PhD/MD. He has since wrapped up his PhD with several publications and has moved on to the MD portion of his program.

Jenny Nguyen, BSc. PhD Student

Jenny completed her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary with a background in microbiology. She joined the Yates Lab in July 2018 to pursue a PhD in Medical Sciences. Her research interests include membrane fusion/fission machinery and phagosome biochemistry. During her free time, Jenny likes to keep updated with all the latest TV shows, hit the gym and sip tequilas, not necessarily in that order.

Tanis Orsetti, BSc. MSc Student

Tanis joined the Yates Lab in July 2019 after completing her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of British Columbia. She is currently pursuing a MSc in Medical Science. Her research interests include T-cell biology and cell-cell communication. In her free time, Tanis is enlightening the lab with her crazy anecdotes and the wild stories of her past.

Shranjit Lail, BSc. MSc Student

Shranjit aka Shangit aka Shiva completed his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary. He joined the Yates lab in September 2019 and is pursuing a MSc in Medical Sciences. His research interests include Hoxb8 immortalization and lentiviral transduction. In his free time, Shranjit likes to cruise around town in his luxury Jaguar or enjoy some social drinks.

Jose Chiriboga, BSc. MSc Student w/ Dr. Amy Warren

Jose came to the Yates Lab in August 2019 from North Carolina State University and is pursuing a MSc in Veterinary Medicine under the direct supervision of Dr. Amy Warren. His research interests include immunology in domestic species. In his free time, Jose keeps a close eye on his cattle colonies back at home in Ecuador. If not, he’s staying up-to-date with the up-and-coming Calgarian food scene.

Melanie Moore, BSc. MSc Student w/ Dr. Jonathan Canton

Melanie joined the Yates Lab in January 2021 and is pursuing a MSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Her research interests include molecular biology and genetics where she is proving to be a whiz at molecular cloning techniques. In her free time, Mel can be found at the rink playing ice hockey, hitting up the Calgary food scene, or most importantly, immersing herself in the sweet bliss that is sleep.

Gerone Gonzales. BSc. MSc Student w/ Dr. Johnathan Canton

After acquiring a BSc in Biochemistry at the University of Calgary, Gerone joined the Yates Lab in September 2021 and to pursue a MSc degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology under the direct supervision of Dr. Johnathan Canton. Currently, Gerone is investigating endosomal pore formation in the context of antigen presentation in dendritic cells. During times when science is not her artistic medium, Gerone enjoys painting, as well as travelling the world and being amongst friends and family.

Hank the Hunk, Cowboy. Contortionist, Lab Mascot

From a toy store, Hank was brought to the Yates Lab in 2019 where he has grown to be an integral member of the lab. He is currently on hiatus from his duties as a cowboy to become an object of the lab’s numerous shenanigans. View his gallery of varying proportions below.

Former Members

Graduate Students

  • Dr. Catherine Greene, MSc. PhD. (PhD student)
  • Dr. Rhiannon Campden, MSc. PhD. (PhD student)
  • Dr. Dale Balce, PhD. (PhD student)
  • Dr. Euan Allan, MSc. PhD. (PhD student)
  • Dr. Joanna Rybicka, DVM. PhD. (PhD student)
  • Dr. Sibapriya Chaudhuri, MSc. PhD. (MSc student)

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

  • Dr. Caleb Grey, PhD.
  • Dr. Corey Arnold, PhD.
  • Dr. Philip Vernon, PhD.
  • Dr. Samuel Cheung, PhD.
  • Dr. Pankaj Tailor, PhD.
  • Dr. Payman Pirzadeh, PhD.
  • Dr. Baoquan Li, PhD.
  • Dr. Regina Krohn, MSc. PhD.

Undergraduate Students

  • Liam Wilkinson (Co-op research student)
  • Andrew Geppert (Co-op research student)
  • Adrian Söderholm (Exchange student – Karolinska Institutet)
  • Vanessa Hill (BSc honours student)
  • Tian-Hui Li (BHSc honours student)
  • Kaitlin Oxby (BHSc honours student)
  • Devin Aggarwal (Undergraduate research student)
  • Jason Lemmon (Undergraduate research student)
  • Raymond Lam (Undergraduate research student)
  • Laura Montoya (Undergraduate research student)
  • Samneet Mangat (Undergraduate research student)
  • Uilst Bat-Erdene (Undergraduate research student)
  • Hala Said (Undergraduate research student)
  • Fiona Tran (Undergraduate research student)

Where Are They Now?

  • Dr. Caleb Grey
  • Dr. Catherine Greene
  • Dr. Corey Arnold
  • Dr. Rhiannon Campden
  • Dr. Dale Balce
  • Dr. Euan Allan
  • Dr. Joanna Rybicka
  • Dr. Sibapriya Chaudhuri
  • Teacher
  • Funding Catalyst, Thin Air Labs
  • Senior Lab Manager, University of Ottawa
  • Staff Research Associate, Medlior Health
  • Staff Scientist, Vir Biotechnology
  • Associate Professor, University of Nevada
  • Veterinary Pathologist, Charles River Laboratories
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of California-San Francisco

The Many Shapes of Hank