Our Team

Dr. Ayush Kumar, PhD

Dr. Ayush Kumar is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology, University of Manitoba. He completed is BSc (Microbiology and Biochemistry) and MSc (Microbiology) from Dr. R.M.L. Awadh University, Faizabad, India. His PhD work was carried out in the laboratory of Dr. Elizabeth Worobec, Department of Microbiology, University of Manitoba. Dr. Kumar received his post-doctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Herbert Schweizer, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO. He joined the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (now Ontario Tech University) as an Assistant Professor in 2007. Dr. Kumar relocated his laboratory to the University of Manitoba in 2013.

Present Lab Members

Dr. Rakesh Patidar, Post-doctoral fellow

PhD: Barkatullah University, India

MSc: Barkatullah University, India

Rakesh is studying molecular mechanisms of biocide-antibiotic cross-resistance in A. baumannii.

Dr. Soumya Deo, Post-doctoral fellow

PhD: University of Manitoba

MSc: University of Glasgow

Soumya is designing novel antimicrobials that can be used to reduce bacterial growth on hospital surfaces.

Yanqi (Colin) Li, Post-doctoral fellow

PhD: University of Manitoba

BSc: Northwest University (China)

Colin is studying the tri-partite efflux pumps in P. aeruginosa.

Vanessa Kornelsen, PhD Candidate

BSc: University of Manitoba

Vanessa is studying mechanisms of virulence in A. baumannii.

Ellen Sykes, PhD Student

BSc: University of Alberta

Ellen is studying physiological functions of RND efflux pumps in A. baumannii.

Debjyoti Thakur, PhD Student

BSc: Bangalore University (India)

MSc: University of Birmingham (UK)

Debjyoti is characterizing two-component regulatory systems of A. baumannii.

Aamer Kurdi, PhD Student (co-supervised with Dr. Georg Hausner)

BSc: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

MSc: University of Manitoba

Aamer is characterizing novel antimicrobial compound producing fungi.

Anita Murdock, MSc Student (co-supervised with Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst, Soil Science)

BSc: University of Manitoba

Anita is studying the microbiological quality of water in Manitoba First Nation Communities.

Sabrin Bashar, MSc Student (co-supervised with Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst, Soil Science)

BSc: University of Dhaka

Sabrin is studying the presence of antimicrobial genes in the drinking water from Manitoba First Nation Communities.

Tajinder Kainth, MSc Student

BSc: University of Manitoba

Tajinder is studying environmental determinants of antibiotic resistance in A. baumannii.

Amal Ibrahim, MSc Student (co-supervised with Dr. Georg Hausner)

BSc: Sana'a University, Yemen

Amal is characterizing antibacterial metabolites from fungi.

Sydney McLaughlin, VPRI Summer Research Award

BSc: University of Manitoba (in progress)

Sydney is studying multidrug efflux pumps from Acinetobacter baumannii.

Photo credit: Kira Koop (@kirakoop) and Faculty of Science, University of Manitoba

A parody video created by Yasser, Dinesh, and Alex (2014)

Past

Dr. Yanelis Acebo-Guerrero, PDF

Dr. Manu Singh, PhD (2019)

Dr. Malaka De Silva, PhD (2019)

Dr. Dinesh Fernando, PhD (2015)

Mark Unger, MSc (2017)

Yasser Alsaadi, MSc (2014)

Sarah Warren, MSc (2013)

Andrei Bazyleu, MSc (2013)

Sujani Ganeshanantham, MSc (2011)

Jenny Cortez-Cardova, MSc (2010)

Raelene Engelberg, Honors Thesis Student

Owen Barber-Dueck, Honors Thesis Student

Matt Mayor, NSERC USRA

Nathan Glowach, Faculty of Science USRA

Rebecca Zimmer, U Manitoba VPRI Summer Award

Kristen Graham, Undergraduate Researcher

Umema Rafay, U Manitoba VPRI Summer Award (co-supervised with Dr. Georg Hausner)

Kaleigh Ducas-Mowchun, Honors Thesis Student

Shady Rizk, Faculty of Science USRA (co-supervised with Dr. Georg Hausner)

Madison Chapel, NSERC USRA (co-supervised with Dr. Georg Hausner)

Megan Guimond, NSERC USRA

Daniela Noriega, (Mitacs Globalink intern)

Oreofe Okunnu, NSERC Undergraduate Researcher

Sehar Nurpuri, Honors Thesis Student (co-supervised with Dr. Georg Hausner)

Shirley Wang, Honors Thesis Student

Shaheer Shahat, U Manitoba VPRI Summer Award (co-supervised with Dr. Georg Hausner)

Alexa McAdam, Honors Thesis Student

Taylor Morriseau, Undergraduate Researcher (Co-Op program)

Shane Cameron, NSERC Undergraduate Researcher

Swastik Sen, Undergraduate Researcher (Mitacs Globalink intern)

Austein McLoughlin, Honors Thesis Student (co-supervised with Dr. Deborah Court)

Monica Mai, Undergraduate Researcher (co-supervised with Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst)

Jasmine Frost, Honors Thesis Student

Jenna Poole, Undergraduate Researcher

Vincent Law, Faculty of Science Undergraduate Researcher

Sohini Bagchi, Undergraduate Researcher (Mitacs Globalink intern)

Alexander Tsibulski, Undergraduate Researcher (Co-Op program)

Leah Brown, NSERC Undergraduate Researcher

Blake Harris, Undergraduate Researcher

Jasleen Hora, Honors Thesis Student

Aajab Abdulhusein, Undergraduate Researcher

Massimo Narini, Undergraduate Researcher

Jade Greenly, NSERC Undergraduate Researcher

Hira Sohail, Honors Thesis Student

Ian Ngaira, Honors Thesis Student

Tremayne Peart, Undergraduate Researcher (UOIT Summer Research Award recipient, 2010)

Elliot Byrne, Undergraduate Researcher

Sean Chin, Undergraduate Researcher

Courtney Dalton, Undergraduate Researcher (UOIT Summer Research Award recipient, 2009)

Melissa Schultz, Honors Thesis Student

Dr. Alireza Samarbaf, Visiting Scientist

Bukola Fakayode, Visiting Scientist

Ravitej Goteti, Undergraduate Researcher (UOIT Summer Research Award recipient, 2008)

Reza Jafari, Undergraduate Researcher

Elizabeth Racz, Honors Thesis Student

Dr. Kari Kumar, Research Associate