Present Lab Members

Crystal Engelage (Schmerk) 

Laboratory Manager
HBSc (Lakehead University) 
PhD (University of Victoria) 

Crystal performs the essential duties of bridging the gap between the bench and administration.  She prepares and/or manages our human and animal ethics protocols and grant financials. When not buried in paperwork, Crystal investigates protective and pathogenic immunological attributes of metastatic tumor microenvironments in colorectal cancer. She enjoys taking money from the other lab members on poker nights! 

Kyoungok (Janice) Kim

Laboratory Technician
MSc (Sungkyunkwan University, Korea)  

Janice has been a technician with the Haeryfar lab since the fall of 2014. She keeps the lab running like a well-oiled machine and takes expert care of our mouse colonies. She’s also a stickler for the rules! 

Rashed Rashu

Laboratory Technican

MSc (University of Manitoba)
BMSc MSc (University of Dhaka,

Rashed recently completed his Masters in Immunology at the University of Manitoba. He is bringing his expertise in immunological techniques to tackle a variety of research projects while also helping to take care of our mouse colonies and other important lab duties.

Maxine Golden

Laboratory Technican
MSc (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa)

Maxine has returned to Canada after spending time performing Medical Virology research in South Africa and the Netherlands. She is working hard with our COVID-19 research team on the development and optimization of coronavirus vaccines.

Joshua Choi

PhD Candidate
MSc (Lakehead University)
HBSc (University of Toronto) 

Josh is working to develop and optimize glycolipid-based immunotherapies for cancer and sepsis.

Patrick Rudak

PhD Candidate
HBSc (McMaster University) 

Patrick investigates how mediators of physiological/psychological stress govern innate-like T cell functions, especially those directed against malignancies.

Jenna Benoit

MSc Candidate
BMSc (Western University)

Jenna is currently investigating the influence of aging and immunosenescence on vaccine-elicited T cell responses. She is also a martial artist and avid thrill-seeker.

Mansour Haeryfar

Principal Investigator
Doctorate in Laboratory Medicine (National University of Iran)
MSc (University of Manitoba)
PhD (Dalhousie University)

Mansour is interested in anticancer immunotherapy and anti-pathogen immunity. He is a soccer player, a collector of ancient coins, and a Seinfeld buff!