Dr. 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.

Dr. Marina Ninkov

Postdoctoral Scholar

PhD (University of Belgrade)
MSc ( University of Belgrade ) 

Marina recently completed a postdoctoral research project in France and is bringing us her wealth of experience in the area of immune regulation. She is interrogating the host-microbiome interface in health and disease. She is also investigating how mediators of physiological/psychological stress govern innate-like T cell functions.

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!

Nicole Wang

Undergraduate Student

Nicole is exploring her honors thesis project which focuses on the cross-talk between iNKT and MAIT cells in mouse models.

Gloria Gao

Undergraduate Student

Gloria is examining invariant T cell responses in the central nervous system to complete the research for her honors thesis.

Inbar habaz

Undergraduate Student

After spending a summer with us, Inbar has decided to join us as a graduate student in January 2022. He will be testing the efficacy of several novel strategies in bladder cancer immunotherapy.

Dr. 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!