Research Opportunities

Updated August 31, 2019

We are currently recruiting one or more highly motivated doctoral or postdoctoral trainees who are interested in exploring the potential of using cancer hypermutation for genetic engineering applications.  Our group is 100% committed to supporting the professional aspirations of all trainees, in any career track of choice.

When applying to join the research group, please include up to date transcripts, C.V. or résumé, and a brief statement of purpose expressing why you're interested in joining our lab specifically. Due to limiting time (and attention) constraints, it will not be possible to respond to each and every query.  Only candidates who are likely to be a good fit for our group (in terms of academic qualifications, prior experience, research interests, etc.) will receive a response. Dr. Chan's email address is:



Principal Investigator

Dr. Chan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Caltech.

He then attained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Washington, based on dissertation research carried out in the laboratory of Dr. Mark B. Roth at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

After a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Drs. Dmitry A. Gordenin and Michael A. Resnick at the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Dr. Chan started as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Immunology and a member of the Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology at the uOttawa Faculty of Medicine in July, 2016.  He also holds a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair, investigating the Molecular Basis of Cancer Mutagenesis. As of August, 2019, Dr. Chan is also a Faculty Affiliate of the uOttawa Institute for Science, Society and Policy.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Suzana P. Gelova

Ph.D. in Biology

(Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, 2014)

Ph.D. Trainees


Ghadir Makki

M.Sc. in Molecular Biology (Lebanese University, Beirut, 2018)

B.Sc. in Biology (Lebanese University, 2016)

M.Sc. Trainees


Reena M. Fabros

B.Tech. in Biotechnology summa cum laude

(McMaster University, 2016)


Bledar Xhialli

B.ASc. in Chemical Engineering magna cum laude and

Honours B.Sc. in Biochemistry magna cum laude

(uOttawa, 2017)


B.Sc. Trainees


Emma McGurk

B.Sc./B.A.Sc. student in Biochemistry/Biotechnology

Former Trainees

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Nathan Liang

Honours B.Sc. Student in Translational and Molecular Medicine (TMM)


Salma Alasmar

Honours B.Sc. student in Biopharmaceutical Science (Medicinal Chemistry)


Kassidy Doherty

B.Sc. student in Biopharmaceutical Science (Genomics)


Aisha Barkhad

Honours B.Sc. student in Biochemistry (Microbiology & Immunology)


Jasmine Bhatti, B.Sc. rotation student in Translational & Molecular Medicine

Jenny Cho, B.Sc. rotation student in Translational & Molecular Medicine

Aurgho Datta, B.Sc. student in Biomedical Science (UROP)

Jamie Zhen, B.Sc. student in Biomedical Science (UROP)

Reda Silarbi, B.Sc. student in Biomedical Science