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Personnel

Dale Laird

Dale Laird

Professor and Canada Research Chair

Research Interests / Specializations: Gap Junctions and Disease
Qing Shao

Qing Shao

Research Associate

Biography: Dr. Shao joined the laboratory as a Research Associate in 1998. She received her PhD in China followed by a 4 year postdoctoral period in Japan. As a senior research scientist with an excellent molecular and cell biology background, she not only takes the initiative in planning new and innovative experiments for her own projects, but also provides valuable insights and day-to-day supervision to the postdoctoral fellows, students and technicians in their research activities.
Jessica Esseltine

Jessica Esseltine

Postdoctoral Fellow

Biography: Dr. Esseltine received her BSc Biology (Honours Genetics) as well as her PhD at UWO. She completed 1.5 years of postdoctoral training in Seattle at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (University of Seattle Washington). Jessica's research specialties include signal transduction and intracellular trafficking. She has much experience and enthusiasm for various advanced microscopy techniques including confocal, TIRF, FRET and GSD.
Nicole Novielli

Nicole Novielli

Postdoctoral Fellow

Biography: Dr. Novielli completed her BSc Physiology and PhD Medical Biophysics at UWO. She completed 1 year of postdoctoral training at the Princess Margaret Cancer Research Centre in Toronto and 2 years of postdoctoral training at the University of Guelph. She specializes in vascular physiology and microvascular connexin and pannexin mediated communication and their role in disease.
Tao  Huang

Tao Huang

Visiting Scholar

Biography: Dr. Huang received his PhD in Japan and worked as a post doctoral fellow in Dr. Laird's lab from 2011-2013. He has come back to the lab for one year as a visiting scholar from Shenyang Medical College in China. His current research interests focus on Panx1 channel activity and the role of Cx43 in adipogenic differentiation.
Julia Abitbol

Julia Abitbol

PhD Candidate

Biography: Julia completed her BSc at Western University in 2014 with an Honours Specialization in Biology and minor in medical cell biology. She is currently investigating the roles of connexins and pannexins in the ear and their contributions to hearing loss.
Akina Chiu-Yi Au

Akina Chiu-Yi Au

PhD Candidate

Biography: Akina received her BSc in honours biology and major in medical cell biology at Western University in 2016. Her current project focuses on epidermal connexin biology and their role in human epidermal diseases.
Michelle Shum

Michelle Shum

MSc Candidate

Biography: Michelle completed her BMSc at Western in 2016 with an Honours Specialization in Medical Cell Biology. Her project focuses on the trafficking and dynamics of pannexins in polarized and non-polarized cells.
Rianne Beach

Rianne Beach

MSc Candidate

Biography: Rianne completed her BMSc at Western in 2017 with an Honours Specialization in Physiology & Pharmacology. Her project focuses on how hearing loss linked connexin26 mutants affect the phenotype of inner ear derived HEI-OC1 cells.
Jamie Ching

Jamie Ching

MSc Candidate

Biography: Jamie completed her BMSc at Western University in 2017 with an Honours Specialization in Physiology and Pharmacology. She is currently investigating the role of Pannexin 1 in trilineage differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells.
Kevin  Barr

Kevin Barr

Research Technician

Biography: Since graduating from UWO with a BSc in Zoology, Kevin's research has primarily focused on reproduction and development. He is the manager for various mouse models which are used by the lab.
Eric  Press

Eric Press

Research Assistant

Biography: Eric completed his BMSc in Physiology and was supervised by Dr. Laird for his MSc in Physiology and Pharmacology. He is developing standard operating procedures and optimized live cell imaging techniques for for the Zeiss LSM 800 confocal microscope. He also provides technical support to new trainees.