Meet The Team
Marc started his grad studies in 2021 under Dr. Cullingham, with co-supervision from Dr. Ludwig (PHAC) and Dr. Lapen (AAFC). His work revolves around understanding the factors associated with mosquito-borne disease presence in urban, rural, and natural environments. He employs a multidisciplinary approach, utilizing landscape genomics, vector ecology, and GIS tools to unveil habitat and climatic conditions linked to the rate and direction of viral transmission. By studying the relationships between vector/host interactions and virus activity, Marc aims to create tools to help better track and predict disease hotspots. Outside of research, he enjoys fishing, hiking, travelling, DJing, and hanging out with friends and family.
Melanie has been studying parasitoid wasps at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada since 2017. During her BSc at Carleton University, she joined the GP3 lab to complete her thesis: a biodiversity assessment of Microgastrinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) in the Ottawa area. As of May of 2023, she began her graduate studies with the GenARCC project, and is taking a population genetics approach to look into insect decline due to climate change and anthropogenic activity.
Melanie has also taken an interest in cacti – specifically a disjunct population of Opuntia fragilis near Kaladar, Ontario. She is performing a population genetics study to hopefully gain a sense of the population’s origins and time of establishment.
Melanie’s topics of interest include parasitology, polyploidy, sex determination systems, and sex allocation. You may contact her at email@example.com
Mina, is a PhD student in Dr. Catherine Cullingham's lab. Her work centers on unraveling the genetic mechanisms that empower jack pine (Pinus banksiana), to withstand pests, and pathogens, specially Mountain Pine Beetle and Western gall rust. By focusing on deciphering the genetic code of jack pine, she aims to pinpoint the genes responsible for resistance and harness this knowledge for the benefit of our forests. In addition, Mina delves into identifying shared genetic factors within conifers that confer resistance to both climate change and pests or pathogens, aiming to uncover common genes responsible for these dual adaptations. This research not only deepens our understanding of conifer resilience but also provides crucial insights for the conservation and sustainable management of our forests in a changing world.
Donovan is a graduate student in the labs of both Dr. Catherine Cullingham at Carleton University and Dr. Bryan Brunet at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. An aspiring resident “bug guy,” Donovan is researching several species of aphids that are pests of blueberry crops. He hopes to uncover why one species is a vector of Blueberry Scorch Virus, while other closely related species do not spread the disease. When he’s not marveling over anything with six legs, Donovan enjoys board games, windsurfing, and…marveling over anything with six legs.
Jess is a graduate student who joined the lab in 2021, after finishing her bachelor’s at Carleton University. Her research is a part of the TRIA-FoR research grant looking at the eastern spread risk of mountain pine beetle using host genetic ancestry. Her work primarily focuses withing the jack x lodgepole pine hybrid zone. Her academic interests included landscape ecology, conservation, genetics and is passionate about STEM education. In her free time, Jess enjoys hiking, camping and trivia.
Grace joined the lab in 2023 and is starting her master’s project, comparing tools and methods for genotype-environmental associations to study local adaptations in lodgepole and jack pine. She completed her honors bachelor’s in forensic science at Trent University and is broadly interested in bioinformatics, population genetics, as well as research geared toward conservation. Outside of academics, she enjoys the outdoors, swimming, and drawing
Caroline is a graduate student who joined the GP3 lab in 2022, to begin her master’s program at Carleton University. This comes after completing her honours bachelor’s degree in biopharmaceuticals with a specialization in genomics at uOttawa. Her academic interests include population genetics, bioinformatics, and ecology. Her research focuses on a genomic analysis of the Mountain Pine Beetle in its range expansion, as a part of the TriA-FoR project. In her free time, Caroline loves doing arts and crafts or being outdoors in nature.
Bianca is a 4th year honours student in the Cullingham Lab completing an undergrad degree in molecular and cellular biology. Her thesis project this year is investigating the genetic and spatial diversity of SNP markers in jack pine, that have been identified as being potentially associated with resilience to mountain pine beetle in lodgepole pine. Outside of academia, she enjoys travelling, reading, bingeing TV, and snuggling with her dog.
Julia is broadly interested in wildlife conservation and ecology with a focus on population genetics. After completing an honours bachelor’s degree in zoology at the University of Calgary, Julia transitioned into a master’s program at Carleton University in the Cullingham lab. In this position, she is researching how assisted gene flow (specifically genetic rescue) affects the viability of small, isolated animal populations. Julia hopes to work as a wildlife conservation practitioner following her academic career. Outside of academia, Julia enjoys being active outdoors, playing piano, and baking.
Danya completed her master’s research with Dr. Cullingham on pine tree genomics, specifically looking at differential introgression in the lodgepole X jack pine hybrid zone in western Canada. Her academic interests include the conservation of nature and ecology. Danya enjoys being active outside and wants to work in a field that helps safeguard the future of Canada’s amazing natural landscapes. Outside of academics, she enjoy horseback riding and anything that involves being around animals.