Welcome to the McCormick Laboratory at  Western University


Recent Lab News:

John presented the keynote lecture at the 7th Annual Catherine Mulvale Surviving Strep-Strategies for Life Lecture at the Toronto Invasive Bacterial Disease Network. This video of the event has been posted that you can watch here.

Congratulations to Dr. Stacey Xu on her successful PhD defense! Stacey has left to start postdoctoral work with Scott Gray-Owen at the University of Toronto. Good luck Stacey!

Joseph Zeppa won the Canadian Society of Microbiologists Terry Beveridge Poster Award in the Infection and Immunity section for his presentation entitled “Vaccine approaches targeting colonization by Streptococcus pyogenes” at the joint Canadian Society of Microbiologists/International Unions of Microbiological Societies in Montreal. Congratulations Joe!

Congratulations to Ram, Delfina, and Stacey for their paper published in Clinical and Experimental Immunology entitled “Th2-polarized invariant natural killer T cells reduce disease severity in intra-abdominal sepsis”.

Congratulations to Stacey, Kevin, Joe and Lorea for their paper published in Infection and Immunity! Superantigens subvert the neutrophil response to promote abscess formation and enhance Staphylococcus aureus survival in vivo.

Congratulations to Katie, Joe, Adrienne, Stacey, Delfina and Lorea for for their paper published in PLoS Pathogens! Bacterial superantigens promote acute nasopharyngeal infection by Streptococcus pyogenes in a human MHC class II-dependent manner.

Brent Armstrong, B.Sc. Honours, Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of Guelph

Ph.D. Candidate (Sep 2007-)

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

The Team (summer 2014)

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 and how to engineer superantigens as 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-)

Adrienne Wakabayashi, BMSc Honors, Microbiology and Immunology, Western University

MSc Candidate (Sept 2012-)

Ivor Mahorovic, Undergraduate student (Microbiology and Immunology), Western University

Honors Thesis Student (Sept 2014-)

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

PhD candidate (Sept 2011-)

William McTavish, Undergraduate student (Microbiology and Immunology), Western University

Honors Thesis Student (Sept 2014-)