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Dr. Natalie Zeytuni

Principal Investigator

Dr. Zeytuni is an assistant professor at the department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University.
Dr. Zeytuni has obtained a BSc in Marine Biology and Biotechnology from the department of Life Sciences at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Fascinated by the raw research potential in the marine environment she later joined Prof. Raz Zarivach laboratory at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev for MSc and PhD studies. In her MSc and PhD studies, Dr. Zeytuni’s trained as a biochemist and structural biologist, specializing in X-ray crystallography, and her studies focused on a bacterial biomineralization system that produces magnetic nano-crystals called the magnetosome. Later, Dr. Zeytuni joined Prof. Natalie Strynadka at the University of British Columbia, Canada for postdoctoral studies. As a postdoctoral fellow she studied the numerous bacterial secretion systems and membrane transporters associated with bacterial pathogenicity. During her postdoctoral training Dr. Zeytuni has specialized in cryo-electron microscopy, membrane protein production and purification as well as membrane-mimetics systems.
Dr. Zeytuni has been awarded with prestigious fellowships and grants during her studies including the Banting fellowship, EMBO long-term fellowship, L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science fellowship and others.

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Prof. Albert Einstein's spirit

Can be only described in equations.

Pure energy.

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Space heater

Chief Thermodynamics Regulator

Supports heat addiction. Essential member.

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Dr. Natalie Zeytuni

Principal Investigator

Dr. Zeytuni is an Assistant Professor at the department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and an associate member of the Biochemistry Department at McGill University.
Dr. Zeytuni has obtained a B.Sc. in Marine Biology and Biotechnology from the department of Life Sciences at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Fascinated by the raw research potential in the marine environment she later joined Prof. Raz Zarivach laboratory at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev for MSc and PhD studies. In her M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies, Dr. Zeytuni’s trained as a biochemist and structural biologist, specializing in X-ray crystallography, and her studies focused on a bacterial biomineralization system that produces magnetic nano-crystals called the magnetosome. Later, Dr. Zeytuni joined Prof. Natalie Strynadka at the University of British Columbia, Canada for postdoctoral studies. As a postdoctoral fellow she studied the numerous bacterial secretion systems and membrane transporters associated with bacterial pathogenicity. During her postdoctoral training Dr. Zeytuni has specialized in cryo-electron microscopy, membrane protein production and purification as well as membrane-mimetics systems.
Dr. Zeytuni has been awarded with prestigious fellowships and grants during her studies including the Banting fellowship, EMBO long-term fellowship, L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science fellowship and others.

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Anshu Saran

PhD student 

Anshu completed her Masters in Biotechnology from McGill University and has a triple major undergraduate degree in Biotechnology, Chemistry, and Zoology from India. Anshu had several enriching research experiences at the McGill and Concordia University - the most notable ones have involved work on the heme-binding role of the enzyme GAPDH and structural aspects of the protein Parkin.

Now Anshu is interested in utilizing structural biology techniques to better understand proteins of medical and biotechnological significance. Here at the Zeytuni lab, Anshu is working on the structural and functional aspects of bacterial secretion system.

When not in the lab, Anshu enjoys reading, playing the piano/ukulele, and experiencing different cuisines

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Laura MacNeil

M.Sc. student

Laura completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of New Brunswick where she majored in Biology. During her time as an undergraduate student, she was fortunate to have several different lab experiences in different areas of biology. 

 

In the Zeytuni lab, Laura will be working on two-component regulatory systems associated with biofuel production. 

 

When not in the lab, Laura loves to travel. She also enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. 

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Prof. Albert Einstein's spirit

Can be only described in equations.

Pure energy.

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Prof. Marie Curie's spirit

Chemical Integrity Officer

Radiation specialist.

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Space heater

Chief Thermodynamics Regulator

Supports heat addiction. Essential member.

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Alumni

Integral part of our journey 

1. Winston Ge - Bachelor honor's thesis student, 2021

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​Gyana Prakash ​Mahapatra

PhD student 

Gyana received his master's degree in Marine Biotechnology from Annamalai University, India. In recent years he has been involved in a series of research projects, where his primary research focus has been on bacterial pathogenesis and protein biochemistry. His most recent project at the Indian Institute of Science focused on studying the structural aspects of bacterial type VII secretion system.

In Zeytuni's lab, Gyana investigates the structure and function of macromolecular machines involved in bacterial pathogenesis using high-resolution Cryo-EM techniques.

Outside of the lab (in the "real life"), Gyana likes music, watching movies, cooking, and sleeping. He also loves to travel to discover new beautiful landscapes and incredible foods!