Our Team

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Susantha Gomis BVSc, MVetSc, PhD, Dip ACPV Principal Investigator


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Noor Shaik Research Associate


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Betty Chow-Lockerbie BSc, MLT Department Lab Manager


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Shelly Popowich BSA Research Officer


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Roya Zand BSc, MSc Past Member


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Davor Ojkic DVM, MSc, PhD Adjunct Professor - Veterinary Pathology

Dr. Davor Ojkic is an adjunct professor in the Department of Veterinary Medicine, WCVM and serves on graduate student committees. He is a virologist/immunologist at the Animal Health Laboratory, University of Guelph.


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Lisanework Ayalew DVM, PhD, Dip ACVM Adjunct Professor - Veterinary Pathology

Dr. Lisanework Ayalew is currently an Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology, Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathology, WCVM and serves on graduate student committees. He was previously a Professional Research Associate in our poultry group.


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Suresh Tikoo DVM, MVSc, PhD Collaborator

Dr. Suresh Tikoo is a collaborator in our research group, and serves on graduate student committees.


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Faizal Careem BVSc (Hon), MVM, PhD, Dip ACPV, Dip AVCM (Virology) Collaborator

Dr. Faizal Careem is a collaborator with our research group. He is a professor and head of the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary.


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Marianna Foldvari BSc, DPharmSci, PhD Collaborator

Dr. Marianna Foldvari is a collaborator in our research group, and serves on graduate student committees. She is currently a professor at the School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo.


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Karen Schwean-Lardner BSc (Agr), MSc, PhD Collaborator

Dr. Karen Schwean-Lardner is a collaborator in our group. She is currently a professor at the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, University of Saskatchewan.


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Chang-Seon Song PhD Collaborator

Dr. Song is a collaborator in our research group. He is currently a professor at the Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea.


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Thushari Gunawardana BVSc, PhD Collaborator

Thushari completed her PhD in 2018 and worked in our lab as a post-doctoral fellow. She recently accepted a faculty position at the University of Peredeniya.


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Khawaja Ashfaque Ahmed BVSc&AH, MVSc, PhD, Dip ACVM Collaborator

Dr. Ahmed is a collaborator in our research group. He is currently Virologist and Divison Head at the Abbotsford Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.


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Ashish Gupta BVSc&AH, MVSc, MVetSc, PhD Collaborator

Ashish completed his PhD in 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Gomis, then joined the team as a post-doctoral fellow. He then completed the MVetSc program at the Department of Veterinary Pathology in anatomic pathology. Ashish has recently accepted a faculty position in the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary.


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Amy Taylor BSc, DVM Collaborator

Amy was part of our lab during summer 2020. She recently accepted a poultry veterinarian position with Sunrise Farms.


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Neil Ambrose HND Ag, DVM, Dip. ACPV Collaborator

Dr. Neil Ambrose is a collaborator in our research group. He is currently the Director of Veterinary Services, Sunrise Farms.


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Shanika Kurukulasuriya BVSc, PhD Past Member

Shanika completed her PhD and post-doctorate in our laboratory. She is currently a MVetSc student in Clinical Pathology, Department of Veterinary Pathology, WCVM.


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Kalhari Bandara-Goonewardene BVSc, PhD Past Member

Kalhari completed her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Gomis. She is currently a post-doctoral research scientist at the National Center for Foreign Animal Diseases in Winnipeg, MB.


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Ruwani Karunarathna BVSc, PhD, Dip ACVM Past Member

Ruwani recently completed her PhD in December 2019. She is currently working in the bacteriology lab at Prairie Diagnostic Services.


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Mengying Liu BScAgr, MSc Past Member

Mengying recently completed her MSc. She is currently employed with Prairie Diagnositcs Services.


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Arzhang Shayeganmehr DVM, DVSc Past Member

Arzhang is currently a PhD student in Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Saskatchewan.


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Alexa Dixon BSc, DVM Past Member

Alexa was a student in our lab during summer 2020. She recently completed her DVM and will be starting an exciting new career in mixed practise.


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Lisa de Melo Santana Past Member - MITACS Globalink

Lisa joined our lab during the summer of 2019, as a MITACS Globalink Intern. Her project was entitiled "Divergence and ontogeny of immune cell profiles in neonatal meat and egg type chickens". She is currently finishing her DVM program in Brazil. Best of luck!


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Monica Kunze BSc Past Member

Monica was a summer student with our group in 2018 and 2019. She is currently a DVM student at The University of Melbourne.