Welcome to the McCormick Laboratory at  Western University


Recent Lab News:

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

The lab welcomes Nicholas Tonial who will join the lab this summer on an NSERC USRA award and Charly Coleman who will join as a Microbiology and Immunology Summer Undergraduate Research Studentship (SURF). Nick will be working on our streptococcal bacteriocin project and Charly will work on our toxic shock syndrome project. Welcome to the lab Nick and Charly!


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-)