Welcome to the McCormick Laboratory at  Western University

 

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/Lab Manager (Feb 2009-)

Dr. McCormick is a 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.

The Team - October 2017 (where’s Del, Vlad and Kathleen?)

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


MSc Candidate (Sept 2016-)

Akshay Sule, Honors Bachelors of Medical Sciences in Microbiology and Immunology, Western University


MSc Candidate (Sept 2017-)

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


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship student (May 2016-August 2016). Honors Thesis student (Sept 2017-)

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


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship student and Work study student (May 2016-May 2017) - Alex is on internship but plans to be back in 2018

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


Master’s Candidate (September 2016-)

Lab news:

The lab welcomes Dr. Stephen Tuff’s from Scotland who recent began his PDF with us, and Erica, Kirsten, Blake and Kerrie (co-supervised with Trevor Shepherd) who have started their Honor’s thesis projects.

Blake Shannon, Undergraduate Research, Microbiology and Immunology


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow and Honors Thesis student (May 2017-)

Steven Nguyen, Undergraduate Research, Microbiology and Immunology


Dean’s Undergraduate Research Program Student and work-study student (January 2017-)

Vlad Podskalniy, 3rd year Microbiology and Immunology student, Western University


Work-study student (Jan 2016-)

Stephen Tuffs, PhD, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh


Postdoctoral Associate (Sept 2017-)

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


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship student (May 2016-August 2016)


Kirstin is sort of an alumni, as she is back Sept 2017 for her Honors thesis.....

Christine Herfst, B.Sc.Honors, Microbiology and Biotechnology, University of Alberta.


Research Technician/Laboratory Manager (2003-)