While studying Biochemistry at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, I became interested in neuroscience and did my Master’s thesis on vanilloid pain receptors in the laboratory of Dr. Ferdinand Hucho. For my Ph.D., I joined the lab of Dr. Gerhard Multhaup and was working on molecular causes of Alzheimer’s disease. I continued Alzheimer’s disease research in Dr. Roberto Cappai’s lab in Melbourne, Australia, as a postdoctoral research fellow. Later, I started developing my own projects and supervised students at FU Berlin as Senior Scientist. I also organized a conference on Regulated Intramembrane Proteolysis, a research field that became the core theme of my current research program at McGill University.
Felix Oestereich, Ph.D. student
Felix received his Master’s degree (German University Diploma) in Biochemistry from Freie University Berlin. He performed his Master’s thesis in the Munter lab investigating the relationship of amino-acid hydrophobicity and formation of Amyloid-beta peptides (Oestereich et al., Biochemistry 2015). He is currently working on his PhD in Neuroscience as a member of the Integrated Neuroscience Program (IPN) at McGill University. Felix is interested to analyze the impact of cholesterol metabolism and cholesterol metabolizing proteins on Alzheimer disease pathology. He is an expert in many biochemical techniques such as molecular biology, ELISA, western blot, qPCR, and MALDI-MS.
Sandra Paschkowsky, Ph.D. student
Sandra receveid her Master’s degree (German University Diploma) in Biochemistry from Freie University Berlin. In her Master’s thesis, she investigated signaling pathways through bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) receptors. Being interested in signal transduction in general, Sandra joined the Munter lab at McGill University in September 2013 as a PhD student in the Pharmacology Graduate Program. Sandra’s research interests are focused on rhomboid proteases in the brain. She particularly investigates a potential link of rhomboid proteases to Alzheimer disease - which exists indeed: Paschkowsky et al., JBC 2016!
Sherilyn has been an undergraduate in our lab and started her Master's thesis in September 2017. She is taking on the project on the rhomboid protease RHBDL4. Is this protease physiologically relevant in Alzheimer's pathology?
Sasen started her master's thesis in September 2017 and is working together with Felix on the cholesterol metabolism project. Her emphasis is the link to the well-established risk factor gene ApoE e4.
Jackie is co-supervised by Dr. Jason Young, Department of Biochemistry, and is doing her Bsc project. She has taken on work on the RHBDL4 project and will search for interacting proteins.
Jing Lian, Research Assistant
Past Lab member
Jing joined us in February 2016 and is working on both themes, rhomboid proteases and cholesterol. She is our good soul of the lab!
Past lab member
Sebastian is a biochemistry student from Germany, who joined our lab for his Master's thesis project for 6 month. He studied changes in the brain of mice with altered cholesterol metabolism.
Paoula Gueorguieva, Research Assistant
Past team member
Paoula received her Bsc in Neuroscience from Emory University, Atlanta. She has managed our mouse colony for the first three years, and has established immunohistochemistry in our lab.
Medi Hamzé, Master's thesis
Past team member
Mehdi graduated from Freie University Berlin where students are encouraged to perform their Master's thesis in laboratories abroad - so Mehdi joined our lab for his thesis. He analyzed the impact of rhomboid proteases on Amyloid-beta formation using cell culture systems and was so productive that he became co-author on the JBC 2016 paper! Thank you for having joined our lab!
Past PHAR598/599 Undergraduate Research Projects
Leo joined our lab for a full term 2015/2016 to do experiments on the impact of cholesterol on APP processing.
Meijuan Niu, Research Assistant
Past team member
Mei joined us for one year 2015 and was doing a lot of molecular biology in our lab.
Past Graduate internship students
Erik studied Medicine in Mainz, Germany, and did a 3-months internship in our lab. He joined Felix’ project and investigated the influence of cholesterol on APP processing.
Anna studied Biochemistry at Free University Berlin and did a 3-months internship joining Sandra’s research project on rhomboid proteases. She received a German DAAD stipend.
Past Undergraduate Internships
Lotus Lu Lotus started lab work as a volunteer 2015.
Sibat Anam Sibat volunteered in 2015.
Mellissa Gaudet Mellissa was our first summer student in 2013!
Gauthier Schang Gauthier unpacked the pipettes and was the first student in our lab at McGill! It was a pleasure!