Welcome to the McCormick Laboratory at  Western University

 
 

Recent Lab News:

Congratulations to Brent (and Christine, Nick, Adrienne and Joe) for their new RIVET paper discovering the first documented class II bacteriocin in S. pyogenes now published in Scientific Reports.


Congratulations to Lorea, Christine, and Katie (and Stacey, Dan and Jingru too) for their TSST-1 regulation story recently published in the Journal of Bacteriology!


The lab sadly says good bye to Ivor as he heads off the the big smoke (aka Toronto) to pursue industry positions.


Jacklyn and Lana have now officially started their Master’s degrees, and Akshay and Charly and starting their Honors thesis projects.


































 

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


Postdoctoral Associate (March 2013-)

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

Our laboratory has a primary focus on the bacterial toxins known as “superantigens”. These toxins function by directly activating T cells of the adaptive immune system, and we are interested in understanding how the toxins contribute to the bacterial life cycle as well as infections caused by the bacterial pathogens Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus aureus. As superantigens activate your immune system, we also have significant efforts to engineer these proteins as targeted immunotherapeutics. In addition, we are interested in mechanistic studies of toxic shock syndrome, and 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-)

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


PhD candidate (Sept 2011-)

The Team - Summer 2016 (where’s Katie??)

Jacklyn Hurst, Honors BMSc, Microbiology and Immunology, Western University, Western University


MSc Candidate (Sept 2016-)

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


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

Dr. Brent Armstrong, B.Sc. Honours, Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of Guelph, PhD (2015) Microbiology and Immunology, Western University


Postdoctoral Fellow (January 2016- )

Akshay Sule, Undergraduate student, Microbiology and Immunology, Western University


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship student (May 2016-)

Erica De Jong, Undergraduate student, Microbiology and Immunology, Western University


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship student (May 2016-)

Kirsten Bloomfield, Undergraduate student, Microbiology and Immunology, Western University


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship student (May 2016-)

Alex Zhou, Undergraduate student, Microbiology and Immunology, Western University


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship student (May 2016-)

Lana Estafanos, B.Sc., Microbiology and Immunology, Western University


Master’s Candidate (September 2016-)