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Post Doctoral Fellow

Omar El-Halfawy, Ph.D.

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Omar El-Halfawy, Ph.D.

Position: Post Doctoral Fellow

About: Originally from Egypt, Omar received his B.Sc. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Alexandria University. After working as a Community Pharmacist, he received his M.Sc. in Pharmaceutical Microbiology from Alexandria University. He then moved to Canada and completed his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Western Ontario focusing on mechanisms of intrinsic antibiotic resistance mediated by metabolites and other bacterial small molecules. Omar joined the Brown Lab in October 2015.

 
 

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Omar is part of the wall teichoic acid research group. He is searching for novel therapeutics against the notorious methicillin-resistant S. aureus. He is exploring the wall teichoic acid biosynthetic pathway as one of the potential targets.

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Brent Weber, Ph.D.

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Brent Weber, Ph.D. 

Position: Post Doctoral Fellow

About: Brent obtained his PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Alberta in 2016 where he investigated bacterial secretion systems. Brent joined the Brown Lab as a post-doctoral fellow in November 2016, and is currently investigating new ways to treat antibiotic resistant bacterial infections. He was awarded a Michael G. DeGroote Fellowship and a CIHR Post-doctoral Fellowship. Outside of the lab, Brent enjoys playing soccer and hockey. 

 

 
 

 

 

Mike Ellis, Ph.D.

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Mike Ellis, Ph.D. 

Position: Post Doctoral Fellow

About: Mike obtained his PhD in Biochemistry from Western University in 2016 where he investigated mechanisms of post-transcriptional regulation of bacterial transposons in the lab of David Haniford. Mike joined the Brown Lab as a post-doctoral fellow in January 2017 and is part of the chemical genomics group where he is discovering new ways to treat bacterial infections. Mike is currently supported by a CIHR Post-doctoral Fellowship. Outside of the lab Mike enjoys cooking, reading about commercial aviation, and spending time with his family.

 

 
 

Research Interest: My overarching research interest lies in exploring bacterial stress responses to develop platforms for antibacterial drug discovery and new tools for studying mechanism(s) of action for novel antibiotics. Some of my work is part of a collaboration with the lab of Dr. Brian Coombes where we are identifying fresh leads for antimicrobial treatments effective against systemic infections by Salmonella spp. Other ongoing projects revolve around using chemical genomics to study the function of small non-coding RNAs (sRNA) in E. coli and Salmonella Typhimurium and developing next-generation sequencing based platforms for chemical genomics in a number of Gram-negative bacteria.

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