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The Marcogliese lab

The Marcogliese Lab aims to be an inclusive, diverse, and dynamic group of enthusiastic scientists with expertise across a variety of disciplines, including molecular & cell biology, genetics, and biochemistry.

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Paul C Marcogliese, PhD

Principal Investigator


Email: Paul.Marcogliese<@>

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Danielle M Pascual, BSc

PhD Student


Email: pascuald<@>


Yina Her

MSc Student

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Zoe Goldstone-Joubert

MSs Genetic Counselling Student

Email: goldstoz<@>


Delaram Jebreili Rizi

MSc Student

Email: jebreild<@>

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Harsimran Kaur

Research Technician 

Email: Harsimran.Kaur<@>


Bara Bashir

USRA Summer Student


Mark Piasecki

National Brain Bee Champion

Summer Student

Paul received both a BA and BSc from Carleton University. He completed his Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2016 in the Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine at the University of Ottawa, under the supervision of Dr. David S. Park. There he studied mouse, fruit fly, and cellular models of Parkinson's disease. Paul completed his postdoctoral training with Dr. Hugo J Bellen at Baylor College of Medicine in 2022.  During his postdoc, Paul studied rare forms of neurological disorders using Drosophila.


Outside the lab, Paul spends his time with his family, developing scientific outreach, and finding creative outlets.

Danielle received her BSc in Psychology with a minor in Biological Sciences from the University of Manitoba in Spring 2022. She is broadly interested in neuroscience, neurodegeneration, and disorders of the brain. Her current project in the Marcogliese lab continues work on the underlying causes of IRF2BPL-related neurological conditions like NEDAMSS, ASD, and parkinsonism. She will examine IRF2BPL function in flies, mice, and human cells.


Outside the lab, Danielle enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, instruments and spending time with her family and dog, Simba. 

Yina completed her BSc in Psychology from University of Manitoba in Spring 2023. Yina is interested in neurological disorders and the aging brain.

Outside the lab, Yina enjoys spending time with her cat Tokyo, weight lifting and cooking.

Zoe received her BSc Honours in Genetics from the University of Manitoba. She is currently completing her MSc in Genetic Counselling at the University of Manitoba. In the lab her project is to use flies to help discern the phenotype spectrum of variants in KAT6A and KAT6B disorders.


Outside the lab, Zoe enjoys cycling, cross-country skiing, playing soccer and being outdoors. 

Delaram completed her Master of Science degree in genetics at the University of Shahrekord, Iran, in September 2022. She holds a keen interest in neuroscience, particularly in neurodegeneration and brain disorders. Her ongoing research in the Marcogliese lab focuses on investigating how altered Wnt signalling in the SYNGAP1 gene contributes to neurodevelopmental disorders by using Drosophila melanogaster models.


Apart from her academic pursuits, Delaram finds joy in cooking, playing the violin, cherishing moments with her family, and expressing her creativity through painting.

Harsimran obtained by BSc in Psychology student from University of Manitoba in 2024. She is really interested in statistical analysis and different neurological processes that cause neurological disorders.

In her leisure time, I like to cook and take a walk in the park near my house.


Brittany Melvin

ENRRICH Summer Student

Hanna Spring

USRA Summer Student

Lab Alumni

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Alondra Griffiths

Anthony Kozak

Brian Eyitene

Anisha Sharma

D. Magtibay

A. de la Cruz

Bara Bashir

Adedayo Oladejo

Harsimran Kaur

Catherine Bland 

Mahkam Shariatzadeh


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