Welcome to the McCormick Laboratory at  Western University

 
 

Recent Lab News:


Brent successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Identification of a two-component class IIb bacteriocin in Streptococcus pyogenes by recombinase-based in vivo expression technology”. Brent is below on the left with Western’s Goblet of Knowledge....




















The lab welcomes Jacklyn Hurst who has started her Honors Thesis with us for the year.


Adrienne recently defended her MSc thesis and started a new job with Public Health Ontario in Toronto - Congratulations Adrienne!

 

Dr. Katherine Kasper, B.Sc.Honors, M.Sc., Ph.D., Microbiology and Immunology, Western University


Postdoctoral Associate (March 2013-)

Kelcey Patterson, B.Sc. Honors, Biology, Acadia University


Ph.D. Candidate (Sep 2007-)

Delfina Siroen, B.Sc. Honours, Biochemistry, M.Sc. Biochemistry, Western University


Research Associate (Feb 2009-)

Dr. McCormick is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and a Scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute.


We are located on UWO campus in the  Sieben's-Drake Research Institute Room 133.


Office phone: (519) 661-3309

Lab phone: (519) 661-2111 x80951

Fax: (519) 661-3499

Email: John McCormick

Research in our laboratory has a primary focus on bacterial toxins called “superantigens”. We are interested in the molecular biology and evolution of bacterial superantigens from Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus aureus, the role of these toxins in toxic shock syndrome, and how to engineer superantigens as targeted anti-cancer immunotherapeutics. We also have additional interests in the molecular genetics and biotechnology of probiotic lactobacilli. Our team uses a range of multidisciplinary techniques including bacterial genetics, immunology, protein biochemistry, functional genomics and in vivo models of infectious disease.

Dr. Lorea Baroja, H.B.Sc, Biology, Simon Bolivar University, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Catholic University of Leuven


Research Associate (2011-)

Ivor Mohorovic, B.Sc Honors (2015), Microbiology and Immunology, Western University


MSc Candidate (Sept 2015-)

Joseph Zeppa, BMSc Honors, Microbiology and Immunology, Western University


PhD candidate (Sept 2011-)

William McTavish, B.Sc Honors, Microbiology and Immunology, Western University


MSc Candidate (Sept 2015-)

The Team:

Jacklyn Hurst, Undergraduate Student, Microbiology and Immunology, Western University


Honors Thesis Student (Sept 2015-)

Nick Tonial, Undergraduate Student, Microbiology and Immunology, Western University


NSERC Summer student and Research Assistant (May 2015-)

Charlotte (Charly) Coleman, Undergraduate Student, Microbiology and Immunology, Western University


Summer Undergraduate Research Student and Scholar Elective Student (May 2015-)

Christie Davis, Undergraduate Student, Bachelor of Science, Western University


Research Assistant (2014-)