Franklin is entering his second year at the University of Manitoba as a biology student. He joined the miRacla lab this summer with hopes of garnering basic research experience and techniques. He is currently working with another lab member to investigate the role of the quaking gene in lung morphology.
In his spare time Franklin enjoys volunteering, spending time with family and friends, and playing a few video games.
Nolan joined the lab in January 2017 and is completing his final year for his Bachelor of Science degree with a joint major in Biochemistry-Microbiology through the co-operative program at Université de Saint-Boniface. Passionate about medicine and pediatrics, Nolan is grateful to be working with Dr. Keijzer and the miRacla team to understand the pathogenesis of CDH. He is currently using his knowledge in immunology, molecular biology, and biochemistry to study abnormal pulmonary protein expression due to the abolition of miR-200b expression and to elucidate the mechanisms behind nitrofen-induced diaphragmatic hernias. Nolan hopes to pursue a career in medicine in the field of pediatrics and to one day lead a pediatric research team to help as many children as possible.
When not in a lab coat, Nolan can be found at the gym teaching strength endurance and powerlifting classes, in a dojo practicing martial arts, or by a piano writing music.
Henry is a medical student entering his 2nd year at the University of Manitoba. Having previously completed a B.Sc, he joined the miRacla Lab this summer to further develop his research skills and contribute to the understanding of congenital respiratory disorders. Over the summer, he will be studying the expression of Cadherin-26 in CPAM to explore its involvement in the disease.
Outside of his studies, Henry fills his time with commitments in student politics and cultural education. He also enjoys playing basketball, weight training, and expanding his wardrobe and shoe collection.
Sean graduated from the University of Winnipeg in the spring of 2017 with a BSc. in Biology before beginning medical school at the University of Manitoba in August 2017. He will be in the lab over the next two summers working towards completing a BSc. Medicine with Dr. Keijzer and Dr. Tse.
Sean's project involves the use of in vitro and in vivo models to study the use of nanoparticles as a trans placental delivery vehicle for miR-200b therapy. This includes examining any potential maternal and fetal toxicities, developmental effects, bio distribution and bioavailability and the effectiveness of its trans placental transport.
In his spare time he enjosy playing golf, playing and listening to music and cheering on the Jets.