Dr. Sara N. Andres

Sara received her BSc in Biochemistry (2005) from the University of Guelph. She then completed her PhD in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences (2011) at McMaster University under the supervision of Dr. Murray S. Junop. In 2012 Sara joined the laboratory of Dr. R. Scott Williams at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in North Carolina before returning back to McMaster University to establish her lab in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences in 2017. Sara's love of science continues outside the lab, where she studies food science through baking treats for her lab, and physics by playing goal in her hockey league.


Catie Luck

Catie received her MSc in Physics (2017) from the University at Buffalo. She joined the lab in 2020 as a laboratory technician, and currently manages the x-ray diffraction and protein crystallization equipment as part of the McMaster X-Ray Diffraction Facility. She also works in the Centre of Microbial Chemical Biology, performing experiments and training users on instrumentation in the lab. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her dog, bake, and play and watch sports.


Dana Sowa

PhD candidate (2019-present). Dana obtained her BSc in Biochemistry and Biotechnology from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2019. She is currently investigating DNA DSB repair mechanisms in bacteria. She currently holds a NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship Doctoral (PGS-D) award. Outside of the lab she enjoys playing competitive video games and reading the occasional fantasy book.

Monica Warner

PhD candidate (2019-present). Monica completed her Honours Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from McMaster University. She is now working on DNA repair mechanisms in the lab. Outside of the lab, Monica loves to read and enjoys going on hikes with her friends.

Kristi Lichimo

MSc candidate (2022-present). Kristi received her BSc in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of British Columbia. She holds an Ontario Graduate Scholarship and is currently investigating DNA damage bypass mechanisms in bacteria. Outside of the lab, Kristi enjoys playing badminton and volleyball (badly), painting, and making tacky crafts for people.

Caitlin Doubleday


Harman Dev

Anmol Marwaha

Ashravi Vora

Interested in our work and would like to join the lab? Contact us to see if we have any openings!


Graduate Students

Andriana Tetenych - 2020-2022

Lucas Koechlin - 2018-2020 - @ Western University Medical School

Undergraduate Students

Evan Hum - 2021-2022

Hana Nazal - 2021-2022

Sahil Karnani - 2021-2022

Eugenia Yeung - 2017-2018 - @ University of Ottawa Medical School

Krish Khurana - 2017-2018 - @ McMaster University MBDC program

Cody Caba - 2018 - @ Research and Industry

Pardis Balari - 2018-2019 - @ Queens University Medical School

Akile Ozkan - 2018-2019 - @ University of Sydney School of Dentistry

Joshua Marando - 2018-2019 - @McMaster MSU President

Jose Rascon - Summer 2019 Mitacs Globalink Intern

Veronica Tran - 2018-2020 -@ McMaster University Graduate School

Harry Sandhu - 2019-2020 - @ McMaster University MBDC program

Tarin Moni - 2019-2020

Neeti Jain - 2019-2020 - @ McMaster University Undergraduate

Anthea Mo - 2020

Noorisah Khan - 2020 - @ McMaster University MBDC program

Benhur Amare - 2020

Prakhar Shah - 2020 - @ McMaster University Undergraduate

Amir Ali Akhlaghi - 2021 - @ McMaster University Undergraduate

Nethmi Rajapakse - 2021 - @ McMaster University Undergraduate