Welcome to the McCormick Laboratory at  Western University


Recent Lab News:

Kelcey’s paper entitled “Control of established colon cancer xenografts using a novel humanized single chain antibody-streptococcal superantigen fusion protein targeting the 5T4 oncofetal antigen” was recently accepted for publication in PLoS One. We’ll post the link as soon as it is online.

Adrienne, Joe, Ram and Stacey presented posters at the London Health Research Day.


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-)

Stacey Xu, BMSc Honors, Microbiology and Immunology, Western University

Ph.D. Candidate (Sept 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

Kevin Gilmore, Undergraduate student (Anatomy and Cell Biology), Western University

Research Assistant (May 2011-)

The Team:

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-)

Dr. Ram Anatha, BScH, MD University of Ottawa,

General Surgery Residency Program (2010-)

Master’s Candidate (Sept 2012-). (co-supervised by Dr. Mansour Haeryfar)

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

MSc Candidate (Sept 2012-)

Anna-marie Edwards, Undergraduate student (Biochemistry), Western University

Honors Thesis Student (Sept 2013-)