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 finances. 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! 

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.

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 an avid thrill-seeker.

Alex Michaud

MSc Candidate
HBMSc (Western University)

Alex investigates sepsis-induced immunosuppression with a focus on conventional CD8+ T cell responses. He has a strong passion for science and cooking. If he manages to do either in a day, it’s a good day!

Sofya Ulanova

Undergraduate Student

Sofya is working to develop an in vitro model system in which mouse MAIT cell responses to viral pathogens are monitored and manipulated.

Eric Li

Undergraduate Student

Eric is investigating human peripheral blood MAIT cell responses to vitamin B2 metabolites of microbial origin in vitro.

Nicole Wang

Undergraduate Student

Nicole shares our passion for immunology and will soon be joining our team!

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!