Lab Personnel




Current Lab personnel & their research interests.


Sheng Ying (Post-doctoral Fellow)

Plant Molecular Biology & Metabolic Engineering
Eric Fedosejevs

Eric Fedosejevs (Biology PhD Student)

Molecular and biochemical characterization of sucrose synthase and its in vivo phosphorylation in developing castor oil seeds

Mina Ghahremani (Biology PhD Student)

Structural and functional characterization of AtPAP26 glycoforms from phosphorus starved Arabidopsis thaliana 

Kyla Stigter (Biology MSc Student)

Role of purple acid phosphatases in phosphorus metabolism of Arabidopsis thaliana  

Mike Ting (Biology MSc Student)           

 Molecular and biochemical aspects of bacterial-type PEP carboxylase isozymes from Arabidopsis thaliana

Suzanne Gerdis (Biology MSc Student; co-supervisor, Prof. Wayne Snedden)

Autophosphorylation studies of RcCDPK1, the Ca2+-dependent protein kinase that catalyzes inhibitory phosphorylation of bacterial type PEP carboxylase at Serine-451 in developing castor beans
Francesco Morriello (Biology BSc thesis student)

Does in vivo phosphorylation of castor bean sucrose synthase at serine-11 protect the enzyme from proteolytic degradation? 

Nicole Unterlander (Biochemistry BSc thesis student)

Metabolic studies of the bio-oil accumulating green alga, Chlorella vulgaris 

Maxwell Choka (Biology BSc student & Plaxton lab volunteer; and 2015 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) awardee
from the American Society of Plant Biologists)

Functional analysis of the lectin curculin in Arabidopsis phosphate starvation response

Some Former Lab Graduates (and their current affiliations)

  • Prof. Joonho Park, Assistant Prof. & Head of Biochemistry Division, Dept. of Chemistry, Seoul National Univ. of Science & Technology (South Korea)
  • Prof. Greg Moorhead: Prof., Dept. of Biological Sciences, Univ. of Calgary
  • Prof. David Law: Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Biology, Lakehead Univ.
  • Prof. Gale Bozzo: Assist. Prof., Dept. of Plant Agriculture, Univ. of Guelph
  • Prof. Allison McDonald: Assist. Prof., Dept. of Biology, Wilfrid Laurier Univ.
  • Prof. Trevor Moraes: Assist. Prof., Dept. of Biochemistry, Univ. of Toronto
  • Prof. Florencio Podestá: Prof., CEFOBI, Univ. of Rosario (Argentina)
  • Prof. Jean Rivoal: Prof., IRBV, Univ. of Montreal
  • Prof. David Palma: Assist. Prof., The Univ. of Western Ontario
  • Dr. Brendan O'Leary: Discovery Early Career Researcher Awardee (DECRA), Plant Energy Biology, Univ. of Western Australia
  • Dr. Karina Tripodi: Research Associate, Dept. of Biochemistry, Univ. of Rosario
  • Dr. Stephen Duff: Senior Research Scientist and Associate Fellow, Monsanto Company (St. Louis, MO, USA)
  • Dr. Vinay Singh: Adjunct Prof., Dept. of Biochemistry, Queen’s Univ.
  • Dr. Raj Sangwan: Research Director, Central Institute Medicinal Plants, Lucknow (India)
  • Dr. Neelam Singh: Research Director, Central Institute of Aromatic & Medicinal Plants, Lucknow (India)
  • Dr. R. Glen Uhrig: Post-doctoral Fellow, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Dr. Hue Tran: Research Manager, Oncolytics Biotech, Calgary
  • Dr. Richard Hodgson: Research Scientist, Ontario Cancer Instit., Univ. of Toronto
  • Dr. Maria Theodorou: Physician, Belleville, Ontario
  • Ms. Whitney Robinson: Lawyer working for Toronto area law firm
  • Ms. Allyson Hill: Senior Policy Advisor for The Minister of Energy, Province of Ontario (Queen's Park, Toronto)
  • Mr. Vasko Veljanovski: Post-doctoral Fellow, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore OK
  • Mr. Brenden Hurley: PhD Student, Dept. of Cell & Systems Biology, Univ. of Toronto