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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

Email: hery<@>


Alondra Griffiths

Research Technician

Email: Alondra.Griffiths<@>


Zoe Goldstone-Joubert

MSs Genetic Counselling Student

Email: goldstoz<@>


Anthony Kozak

Honours Student

Email: kozaka2<@>


Anisha Sharma

Honours Student

Email: sharm97<@>

Bara Bashir

Adedayo Oladejo

Harsimran Kaur

Catherine Bland 

Mahkam Shariatzadeh

URA Summer student

Honours & ENRRICH Summer student

Co-op student

Co-op student

Honours 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.

Alondra received her BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Winnipeg in 2023. At the moment she is interested in pursuing medicine. As the labs' first research technician, Alondra is involved in multiple lab projects examining the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neurological disease.


Outside the lab, Alondra enjoys spending time outdoors with her dog Dexter, watching the latest true crime documentaries, and have recently obtained a record player and is excited to start a vinyl collection. 

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. 

Anthony Kozak is a fourth year Honours Genetics student at the University of Manitoba. He is interested in the role of different genes in the molecular pathways involved in human neurological disease. In the lab he will help use flies to discern 22q11.2 deletion syndrome genes.

Outside the lab, Anthony enjoys playing tabletop games, travelling, and making music with the university's pep band.

Anisha is a fourth-year Genetics student minoring in Anthropology at the University of Manitoba.  She is interested in exploring and further understanding the intersection of psychosocial and genetic factors contributing to neurodevelopmental disorders. In the lab she will be working on drug repurposing for IRF2BPL-related disorders.


Outside the lab, I enjoy reading, spending time outdoors, and both learning and teaching East Indian Classical dance.

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