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OUR TEAM

STAFF

Damien Faury

Damien Faury, MSc

Lab Manager

Damien obtained a Protein Engineer degree in a former life and then decided to cross the Atlantic Ocean to see what life looked like in the New World.  Once here, he completed an MSc in Applied Microbiology and then joined the Jabado lab as its very 1st member… in 2003. Since then, his role has evolved but his passion remains the same. He makes sure conditions are there for everyone to work in a good and safe research environment. The thematic of his research project is liquid biopsy. He plays soccer and is a big fan of that sport. With 3 boys at home, he almost has his own team.

Caterina Russo

Caterina Russo, MSc

Research Assistant

Caterina is a native Montrealer. She obtained her BSc in Biochemistry at McGill University and an MSc at Concordia University-CO-OP. Her focus was on characterizing the structure and function of the mouse oxytocin receptor gene. She has been working for Mcgill University as a Research Assistant for nearly thirty years. She has worked in several labs at the RVH, Goodman Cancer Centre, MNI and is now at the Glen under the supervision of Dr. Nada Jabado. The list of techniques she acquired over the years is quite extensive. She is now mainly involved in elucidating the role of histone H3 mutations and their involvement in the oncogenesis of pediatric tumors. In her spare time, Cathy enjoys gardening, working out at the gym, watching movies, ancient history, reading and long walks with her dog.

Nikoleta Juretic

Nikoleta Juretic, MSc,PhD

Project Manager

Nikoleta joined the Jabado lab in 2015 after an eventful youth spanning Croatia, Canada, Japan and the Philippines and research subjects ranging from plants to insects and monkeys. Following a PhD at McGill University on the role of transposable elements in plant genome evolution, she started working as a project manager on large-scale genomics research projects and has been involved in a number of projects funded by Genome Canada, Genome Quebec and the NIH. In her free time, Nikoleta enjoys traveling, reading novels, jogging, dancing and yoga.

Augusto Faria Andrade

Augusto Faria Andrade, MSc,PhD

Research Associate

Augusto completed his BSc in Biology and his Master’s degree in Genetics. During his PhD (Science, Genetics) at University of São Paulo (Brazil), he studied the effects of DNA methylation inhibition in pediatric medulloblastoma. Next, he was a postdoctoral fellow at INSERM U1194 (France), where he worked aiming to unravel mechanisms of cancer resistance and immune response to chemotherapy.

Augusto joined Dr. Jabado lab in March 2019 as a postdoctoral fellow and transitioned to a research associate position in August 2022. Currently, he is working on studying the role of K27M histone mutation in gliomagenesis using mouse models and screening for effective drug combinations. Outside of the lab, he spends his time swimming, listening to music and exploring Montreal for the best beers/food.

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Amel Chaouch, MSc,PhD

Research Associate

Amel graduated in pharmacy from the Faculty of Pharmacy of Algiers (Algeria) and later earned a Master’s degree from the Faculté de Pharmacie de l’Université Paris 5 in France. She then moved to Montreal for a Ph.D. in Biology at McGill University, focusing on histone mutations and epigenome remodeling using the Drosophila melanogaster (fruitfly) model. Having completed her Ph.D. in 2021, Amel joined the Jabado lab as a Research Associate, continuing her work with histone mutations using the same fruitful model. Her hobbies outside of academia include reading or listening to detective novels, spending time with friends, and exploring museums and art exhibits.

Alex Nassar

Alexander Nassar, MSc

Research Assistant

Alexander majored in biology at the University of Toronto and obtained his master's degree in quantitative genetics from the University of Edinburgh. He joined the Jabado lab in 2023 and is co-supervised by the Kleinman lab. Alexander became interested in cancer genetics and epigenetics during his master's and is enthusiastic about developing his bioinformatic skills, especially for analysing single-cell level data sets. In his free time, he enjoys reading novels, playing tennis, and pencil drawing.

Nmesoma Theo-Emegano

Nmesoma Theo-Emegano, BSc

Lab Technician

Nmesoma completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, Mississauga, with studies in Biotechnology and Psychology. After her degree, she worked at the Structural Genomics Consortium, Toronto, where she worked on identifying and purifying potential therapeutic targets in the mammalian reproductive system. Her undergraduate degree and her volunteer work with children sparked her interest in high grade pediatric gliomas, and she decided to join the lab in 2024 to pursue her Master’s degree. She looks forward to developing her research skills and prowess to improve the prognostic outcomes of these gliomas. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, sewing, crocheting, watching reality TV shows and dancing.

Lea Saroufim

Lea Saroufim, BSc

Lab Technician

Lea completed her BSc. in Anatomy & Cell Biology at McGill University in 2023. Throughout her degree, she got involved in immunological research at the research institute where she investigated the immune response to helminth infections. She also volunteered remotely with the Autism & Developmental Disorders Lab at Stanford University. Lea joined the Jabado lab in 2024 because of her sparked interest in pediatric brain tumours; she hopes to develop her research skills and refine her learning alongside the team. Outside of the lab, she enjoys skiing with friends, traveling to discover different cultures, and connecting with her friends and family.

POSTDOCS

Yassine Bouchoucha

Yassine Bouchoucha, MD, PhD

Yassine first completed a PhD in 2012 in Developmental Biology in Paris, France, before resuming studies almost from scratch at medical school, still in Paris. He completed his MD in Pediatrics in 2020 and worked for 3 years as a Clinical Fellow/Instructor at the Institut Curie in Paris. He practised general pediatric oncology and focused his efforts in clinical research in the fields of pediatric brain tumours and retinoblastomas. He joined the Jabado lab in November 2023 as a postdoctoral fellow working on the 3D chromatin states first in high-grade gliomas, then extending the analyses to some rare embryonal tumours. Outside the lab, Yassine employs his time in Montreal learning to skate and ski.

PHD STUDENTS

Alva Annett

Alva Annett, MSc

Alva has a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and master’s degree in bioinformatics from Uppsala University. During her master’s she became interested in pediatric cancer and single cell genomics which made Dr. Jabado’s lab a perfect fit for her PhD. The focus of her project is to analyze histone mutations and their effect on the epigenetic landscape. Her work is mainly computational, and she is co-supervised by Dr. Jabado and Dr. Claudia Kleinman. In her free time Alva enjoys hiking, gardening and having a beer with friends.

Kimia Asghari

Kimia Asghari, MSc

Kimia completed her BSc in Genetics and her Master’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from 2015 to 2022 in Iran at the University of Isfahan. She started to pursue her Ph.D. in Human Genetics at McGill University and her research in the Dr. Jabado lab in June 2022.

She is interested in the role of genes and epigenetics in cancer, as well as the effects of histone mutations on tumorigenesis and their microenvironment. She enjoys swimming, hiking, and ice skating as hobbies.

Wajih Jawhar

Wajih Jawhar, MSc

Wajih obtained his BSc. in Biology in Beirut, Lebanon. He first joined the Jabado lab in 2018 as a MSc. student in Human Genetics, co-supervised by Dr. Livia Garzia. During his MSc., he worked on deciphering genetic drivers of initiation and progression of pediatric sarcomas. Fascinated by epigenetics, he is now pursuing his PhD focusing on dissecting the role of epigenomic dysregulation in mesenchymal development and neoplasia. Other than eureka moments, Wajih enjoys tennis, hiking, and biking.

Abolfazl Maghrouni

Abolfazl Maghrouni, MSc

In 2022, Abolfazl earned his Master's degree in Human Genetics from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. With a prior background and expertise in cancer research, he developed a keen interest in studying chromatin architecture and dynamics during both development and brain tumor formation. Upon joining the Jabado Lab that same year, Abolfazl shifted his focus towards investigating the impact of NSD1 haploinsufficiency on brain development, particularly on homeotic genes. During his free time, Abolfazl enjoys exploring new cafes, swimming, and spending time with friends.

Ahmed El Mouatani

Ahmed El Mouatani, MD, MSc

After his medical training and master's degree in Europe, Ahmed joined the Jabado lab in January 2023 as a PhD candidate. His PhD project focuses on the study of G34R/V mutations in gliomas and the involvement of PDGFR signaling. Outside of the lab, he enjoys cinema, photography, music, and spending time with friends and family.

Claudia Negron Lomas

Claudia Negrón-Lomas, MSc

Claudia completed her BSc in Biotechnology Engineering and a MSc in genetics and molecular biology in Mexico City. Captivated by cancer epigenetics, she joined the Jabado lab on January 2023, and she is co-supervised by Dr. Livia Garzia. Claudia is working on projects focused on studying the role of histone mutations on pediatric and young adult tumors. Outside the lab, her favorite hobby is scuba diving. She loves traveling, working out, and hanging out with friends.

MASTER'S STUDENTS

Evan Puligandla

Evan Puligandla, BSc

Evan completed his BSc. in Pharmacology at McGill University in 2022 and continued with his MSc. in Genetics in the Fall. Evan has been a volunteer and lab assistant in the Jabado lab since 2018, working with all the lab members on many different projects. He is now working closely with Augusto on the Flex project as well as the immune profiling of pediatric low-grade gliomas. Outside of the lab, Evan spends his time working out at the gym or in the pool, listening to music in his room or at concerts, and finding good spots to eat in the city. 

Arash Abolhassani

Arash Abolhassani, BSc

Arash attained his bachelor's degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology in 2022 back in Mashhad, Iran. Driven by a passion for cancer research, he sought to enhance his expertise in the field by engaging in research within a globally renowned laboratory. He joined Jabado’s lab in November 2023 and presently his research focuses on exploring Histone H3.3 mutations involved in impairing neurodevelopment and also developing brain organoids to gain deeper insights into their impacts. Outside of his research pursuits, he finds joy in reading books, working out at the gym, watching documentaries about the cosmos, and of course, having some chit-chat with family and friends.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

VISITING RESEARCHERS

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