Research Team

Principal Investigator

Dr. Jibran Khokhar

Dr. Khokhar completed his undergraduate training at Queen’s University, and his Ph.D. in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Toronto and CAMH, under the supervision of Dr. Rachel Tyndale. During this time, Dr. Khokhar was awarded a CIHR Tobacco Use in Special Populations Fellowship, as well as a publication award for "Best Publication in Neuropsychopharmacology." He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Dartmouth College with Dr. Alan Green. In addition to numerous travel and poster award, Dr. Khokhar held a CIHR Post-doctoral Fellowship as well as NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Dr. Khokhar was recently hired as an Assistant Professor in the Biomedical Sciences Department at the University of Guelph.

Current Graduate Students

Shahnaza Hamidullah


Bryan is a PhD Candidate in the Neurobiology of Dual Disorders Lab at the Ontario Veterinary College and the University of Guelph. Bryan also acts as Community Manager for the Canadian chapters of NeuroTechX; an international, non-profit organization creating innovations in the burgeoning field of neurotechnology. He is also an avid science communicator and promoter, working as a freelance Medical Writer for INVIVO Communications and a Digital Marketing Contributor for the Convergence Initiative.

Hayley completed her undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University in Neuroscience in 2015 and completed her honours thesis project in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. She then went on to receive her M.Sc. in 2018 through the University of Guelph's Molecular and Cellular Biology Department. She joined the Khokhar lab as a Ph.D. student in early 2019 with the goal of uncovering the behavioural and molecular relationships between cannabis use and the development of neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia.

Farah Wahbeh


Current Undergraduate Students

Yasmine Al-Sabagh


Abanoub Aziz Rizk


Katherine Bailey


Danna Ellner Yerushalmi


Jude Frie

Before joining the Khokhar lab, Jude studied electrical engineering at UBC. Jude is interested in bringing novel technologies to the forefront of biology, especially in the application of mental health diagnoses and treatment. He is also interested in studying the functional role of the endocannabinoid system in reward behaviour and addiction, especially during critical periods of development, such as childhood and adolescence, using electrophysiology and instrumental conditioning.

Karling Luciani

Karling is a second year undergraduate student, majoring in Neuroscience at the University of Guelph. She has been a part of the Khokhar lab since May 2018 when she did a President’s Research Assistantship in the summer. She is continuing to help with numerous projects in the lab, including her own project on nicotine self-administration in a rodent model of Schizophrenia. Karling is a mental health advocate in her school and community, and will continue to explore the mechanisms behind different mental illnesses and its effects on the brain.

Claudia Lutelmowski