Meet The Team
Jann Ang, M.Sc
Jann is the Lab Manager for the Miller Lab. She started her research career by doing her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry specializing in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering at McMaster University. Jann did her 4th year undegraduate thesis on Malaria where she studied the sequence requirements for the inner membrane complex (IMC) proteins to form the pellicle of the parasite.
Jann continued her passion for research by doing her Masters Degree in Chemistry (Biochemistry) at University of Waterloo. She studied the in vitro modification of monoclonal antibodies using a glycosyltransferase.
Outside of the lab, Jann enjoys baking and is always up for a hike!
Kimberly Braz-Gomes, PhD, Post-doctoral fellow
Kimberly is a postdoctoral fellow, cross-appointed between the Miller lab in the department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences and Dr. Jonathan Bramson’s group in the department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine. She completed her Bachelor of Science from Brock University in Neuroscience. She then went on to pursue her Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Kimberly’s research is currently focused on the development of a high throughput screening (HTS) method for antibodies using deep sequencing to generate chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells that target specific tumor antigens.
In her spare time, Kimberly loves to travel, try different kinds of food, shop online, play soccer and watch hockey (Go Leafs!).
Jonathan Mapletoft, M.Sc, PhD Candidate
Jonathan is a PhD candidate in the Miller laboratory. He completed his Masters of Science at Laurentian University in Chemical Sciences where he studied the potential use of ribosomal RNA degradation as a tool for anti-cancer drug discovery. He also completed his Bachelors of Science (Honours) at Laurentian University where his undergraduate thesis explored the effects of chemical denaturants on the zinc status of anthrax lethal factor.
Jonathan is currently investigating the effects of the protein senataxin on class switch recombination in B cells, which is the mechanism by which B cells produce the various antibody isotypes.
Outside of the lab Jonathan enjoys playing tennis, going hiking, watching movies, and playing video games.
Ali Zhang, M.Sc,
MD PhD Candidate
Ali is a PhD candidate in the Miller laboratory. He completed his Master of Science at Western University in Microbiology and Immunology, where he studied the interaction between adenovirus E1A and the transcriptional repressor BS69. He also completed his Honours Bachelors of Medical Sciences at Western, where he studied the interaction between human papillomavirus E7 and the cell cycle regulator p27kip1 for his thesis project. Ali will be investigating the mechanisms by which broadly neutralizing antibodies protect against an influenza virus infection.
In his spare time, Ali enjoys watching movies and crushing his enemies in Dota.
Hannah is a PhD candidate in the Miller Laboratory. She completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences degree at McMaster in the Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization program. Her senior thesis project in the Miller laboratory focused on exploring the role of IgA mediated NETosis during viral infection and autoimmune conditions including; systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis. She will be continuing her work on this project to try and elucidate the downstream Fc- signalling pathways involved in potentiating IgA mediated NETosis.
Outside of the lab Hannah enjoys a nice glass of wine, reading and watching movies.
Michael D'Agostino, M.Sc, PhD Candidate
Michael is a PhD candidate, who completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario where he worked with Dr. Jeremy Burton studying the urinary microbiome and its interactions with the nervous system. Michael then came to McMaster for his graduate studies where he completed an M.Sc. in the lab of Dr. Zhou Xing investigating the role of memory alveolar macrophages in control of tuberculosis. Michael will be elucidating the mechanisms behind original antigenic sin within the scope of repeated influenza vaccination.
In his free time, Michael enjoys concerts, catching up with his friends, watching/playing sports, the gym, Netflix and playing with his dog. Not necessarily in that order.
Art is a M.Sc candidate in the Miller laboratory. He completed his Honours Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Human Biology: Health and Disease at the University of Toronto, where he developed a strong interest for host-pathogen interactions and immunological responses. His research focuses on examining the relationship between viral infections and the development of ALS.
Art began his research career as a Research Assistant at SickKids hospital in the Paediatric Emergency Medicine department. He is excited to transition into the wet lab environment where he can expand his research skills. In his spare time, Art enjoys hiking, reading, playing basketball and boardgames. Especially, beating people in Catan
Fourth Year Thesis Student
Yonathan is a fourth-year student in the Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization (BDC) program. Currently, he is studying how polyclonal antibodies cooperate to protect against influenza virus infection. He is excited to further develop his immunological and virological skillset in a lab environment.
Outside of the lab, Yonathan is a huge health advocate with a deep passion for lifeguarding. In his spare time, Yonathan enjoys volunteering and watching the Edmonton Oilers dominate the NHL
Fourth Year Thesis Student
Andrew is a fourth year student in the Honours Biochemistry program. He is currently exploring the role of viral infection on SOD1 misfolding and spread in the context of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He is excited to understand the connection between common viral infections and neurodegenerative diseases.
Outside the lab, Andrew is a tutoring coordinator, advocate in the Hamilton community, and enjoys fitness, spending time with friends, and everything science related.
Top (Left to Right): Hannah Stacey, Jonathan Mapletoft, Ali Zhang Art Marzok, Andrew Chen
Bottom (Left to Right): Michael D'Agostino, Matthew Miller, Jann Ang, Kimberly Braz-Gomes, Yonathan Agung