Welcome to the McCormick Laboratory at  Western University


Recent Lab News:

Thank you to CIHR for renewing our operating grant for 5 more years!

Off to Italy! Joe gave a talk at the 8th International Conference on Gram-positive Microorganisms in Montecatini Terme, Italy at the end of June and John spoke at the Staphylococcal Diseases - Gordon Research Conference in Lucca, Italy in mid-July.

Adrienne recently defended her MSc thesis - Congratulations Adrienne!

Congratulations to Stacy, Katie and Joe who recently had their paper entitled “Superantigens modulate bacterial density during Staphylococcus aureus nasal colonization” published in the journal Toxins.

Joseph Zeppa was awarded a well-deserved Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Congratulations Joe!

The lab welcomes the Undergrad Army this summer including Nicholas Tonial who will join the lab this summer on an NSERC USRA award, Charly Coleman who has joined as a Microbiology and Immunology Summer Undergraduate Research Studentship (SURF) and Amanda Dentremont who joined as a Research Assistant. Christie Davis will also continue on as a research assistant this summer. Welcome to the lab everyone!


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 Mohorovic, B.Sc Honors, 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-)