postdoctoral researcher alumni
Dr. Laura McKinnon

Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013-2015

Now Assistant Professor at Glendon College

B.S. (York University, Toronto, ON, Canada)
M.Sc. (Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA)
Ph.D. (University of Quebec at Rimouski, Rimouski, QC, Canada)
PDF (Trent University, Peterborough, ON, Canada)

E-mail: lmck"@"glendon.yorku.ca

grad student alumni

Derrick Groom

PhD - Cell & Systems Biology - 2016
Thesis title: "Hummingbird Hovering Energetics and Flight Capacities Across Elevational Gradients."
B.S. (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Currently a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Dr. Alex Gerson at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

E-mail: dgroom"@"umass.edu

Brandy Velten

PhD - Cell & Systems Biology - 2016
Thesis title: "Comparative Identification and Characterization of Myosin Heavy Chain Isoforms in Avian Skeletal Muscle."

B.S. (Texas A&M, College Station, TX, USA)
M.Sc. (University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, USA)

E-mail: brandy.velten"at"mail.utoronto.ca

Lily Hou

MSc - Ecology & Evolutionary Biology - 2015
Thesis title: Automated Serial Sampling in Hummingbirds Obviates Laborious Ecological Studies of Behaviourally Induced Rises in Departure Stores

B.S. (University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada)

E-mail: lily.hou"at"mail.utoronto.ca

Alexander Myrka

MSc - Cell & Systems Biology - 2015
Thesis title: Sweet GLUTs: Quantitative Analysis of Glucose Transporter and Fructolytic Enzyme Transcript Densities in Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris)

B.S. (University of Toronto Scarborough, Toronto, ON, Canada)

Currently lab manager for the Welch Lab.

E-mail: alex.myrka"a"mail.utoronto.ca

Chris Chen

M.Sc. - Cell & Systems Biology, 2012
Thesis title: "Measuring metabolic fuel use and metabolic rate during flight in Archilochus colubris."

Currently in Ph.D. program at York University in the lab of Dr. David Hood.

E-mail: cwchen"at"yorku.ca

Sajeni Mahalingam

M.Sc. - Cell & Systems Biology, 2012
Thesis title: "Neuromuscular control of hummingbird flight kinematics."

Currently in Ph.D. program at McMaster University in the lab of Dr. Graham Scott.

E-mail: mahals4"at"mcmaster.ca

undergraduate and technician alumni

Research technicians:

Amina Allalou - 2012-2013
Prateek Sehgal - 2011-2012

NSERC USRA students:

Mary Shehata: 2016 - thesis title: "Niche partitioning and larval metabolism in sympatric bees."
Amina Allalou: 2012 - thesis title: "Kinetics of GLUT-mediated glucose transport in a bird."

University of Toronto UTEA students:

Tobias Mankis: 2014 - thesis title: "Assessing physiological and behavioural mechanisms of arctic-nesting birds to mitigate the effects of climate change."

Undergraduate honours theses (BIOD95/D98/D99):

Nadia Bayram - 2015-2016 - thesis title: "Differential use of single nectar meals by hummingbirds with varying environmental conditions"
Mahin Semmen (Co-supervisor J. Weir) - 2013-2014 - thesis title: "Diet specialization and rates of avian evolution"
Jodi Gatley - 2012-2013 - thesis title: "Scaling of hovering metabolic rate in hummingbirds."
Amina Allalou - 2011-2012 - thesis title: "Cloning and functional characterization of hummingbird GLUT transporters."
Jason Cheng - 2011-2012 - thesis title: "Tissue level localization of GLUT expression patterns in small birds."
Nauman Malik - 2011-2012 - thesis title: "Fiber typing and muscle ultrastructure in Galliformes."
Michael Verdirame - 2010-2011 - thesis title: "Development of a protocol for automated tracking of wild hummingbirds."
Prateek Sehgal - 2010-2011 - thesis title: "Glucose transporter expression in small birds."
Sajeni Mahalingam - 2009-2010 - thesis title: "Hummingbird caloric intake rate in resonse to varying sugar concentration and nectar volumes."

Directed research (BIOB98/B99) students and volunteers:

Martin Tarzian - 2016
Hussein El-Kechen - 2016
Jounghun Lee - 2016
Ceren Yuksel - 2016
Martin Tarzian - 2016
Jason LoHog Tian - 2016
Nisma Khan - 2016
Ye Kim - 2016
Mary Shehata - 2014-2016
Nadia Baryam - 2014-2016
Madiha Quereshi - 2015-2016
Ji Zhang - 2014-2015
Sonal Prasad - 2015
Sababa Anan - 2015
Marina Fanous - 2015
Kiran Sharma - 2015
Mehrsa Ghobadi - 2015
Mengchi Li - 2015
Jawana Alawie - 2015
Sinthuja Mahendran - 2015
Asad Khan - 2015
Ahmed El-Bombawy - 2015
Malcolm Salter - 2014
Elizabeth Oguntuwase - 2014
Archchana Rajmohan - 2014
Billal Mohamand - 2014
Winnie Lu - 2014
Owais Khurshid - 2013
Jodi Gatley - 2012
Lily Hou - 2012
Amir Ghazavi - 2012
Usama Malik - 2012
Shahin Moallem - 2012
Hiba Rashid - 2011-2012
Wana Shaswary - 2011-2012
Dana Sivakumar - 2011-2012
Jason Cheng - 2011
Kelly Mo - 2011
Amina Allalou - 2011
Nauman Malik - 2010-2011
Sana Maqsood - 2010-2011
Prateek Sehgal - 2010

Kenneth Welch - 2016 - contact the webmaster