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The Pelling Lab

The Pelling Lab is an exploratory space at the University of Ottawa dedicated to understanding the limits of living systems. The lab is composed of a diverse group of experimentalists open to the possibilities that occur at the interface between disciplines. We are generally interested in understanding how living cellular systems can be controlled, manipulated and re-purposed using non-genetic and non-pharmacological approaches. By pushing living systems to artificial limits the lab has discovered surprising behaviours and an astonishing ability of cells to adapt and respond to unusual stimuli.

Laboratory Founder and Director

Dr. Andrew E. Pelling

Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor

Administrative Assistant:

Sharon King | 

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Charles M. Cuerrier

PhD Pharmacology

Graduate Students

Sophie Chagnon-Lessard

PhD Student, Physics

Corinne Gullekson

PhD Student, Physics

Sebastian Hadjiantoniou

PhD Student, Biology

Ryan Hickey

PhD Student, Physics

Maxime Leblanc-Letour

PhD Student, Physics

Daniel Modulevsky

PhD Student, Biology

Matthew Walker

PhD Student, Biology

Undergraduate Students

Isra Dawod

BSc Student, Biomedical Science

Jessica Holmes

BSc Student, Chemistry

Yuryi Murenko

BASc Student, Engineering

Ras-Jeevan Obhi

BSc Student, Physics

Isabel Shore

BSc Student, Biomedical Science/Biophysics

Maryam Tarar

BSc Student, Biochemistry/Biophyiscs

Visiting Scientists and Residents

Prof. Cesar A. Tischer

Visiting Professor

Universidade Estadual de Londrina

Christine Beaudoin

Anthropologist in Residence

Elaine Whittaker

Artist in Residence

Dr. Paula Faria-Tischer

University of Ottawa Visiting Professor


Jess Krieger, New Harvest Fellow, Visiting Scientist, Kent State University, 2017

Abi Glencross, New Harvest Fellow, Kings College London, 2017

Alexandre Leclerc, BASc Student, NSERC USRA, 2015


Adriana Prystay, BSc Student, NSERC-CREATE Fellowship, uOttawa UROP, 2012-2014


Dr. Kristina Haase, PhD Student (2009-2014) and Postdoctoral Fellow (2014-2015)


Claire Edrington, NSERC-CREATE Fellowship, uOttawa UROP, 2014-2015


Cory Lefebvre, NSERC USRA, uOttawa UROP, 2013-2015


Joshua Taylor, BSc Student, NSERC USRA, 2014


Craig Bryan, BSc Student, 2013-2014


Jacob Kuba Rogowski, BSc Student, uOttawa UROP Award, 2013-2014


Dr. Benjamin Watts, Technician for the Biophysics, Biosensing and Biomaterials Core Facility (Godin, Tabard-Cossa and Pelling Labs)


Genevieve Ruest, PhD Student, Artist-in-Residence, Concordia University, 2013


Cameron Smithers, BSc Student, 2013


Zeinab Al-Rekabi, PhD Student, NSERC CREATE Fellowship, 2008-2013


Dr. Dominique Tremblay, Postdoctoral Fellow, FQRNT Fellowship, MITACS Fellowship, 2010-2013


Alexandre Leclerc, BASc Student, uOttawa URS Award, uOttawa UROP Award, NSERC USRA, 2010-2013


Dr. Nickolay V. Bukoreshtliev, Postdoctoral Fellow, NSERC CREATE Fellowship, 2011-2013


Joan Macadangdang, MSc Student, 2009-2012


Safi Sayeed, BSc Student, NSERC USRA, 2012


Justin Roy, BSc Student, Summer Researcher, 2011


Louise Guolla, MSc Student, NSERC Fellowship, Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2009-2011


Jiashan Wang, NSERC CREATE Fellowship, 2009-2011


Anne Niemetz, Visiting Artist, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 2011


Dr. Patricia Kunda, Visiting Scientist, Baum Group at the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, University College London, Summer 2010


Dr. Shivani Sharma, Visiting Scientist, Project Scientist California NanoSystems Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, Summer 2010


Jonathan Melong, BSc Student, NSERC USRA, Dalhousie University, 2009


Zichun Ken Tang, BSc Student, Summer Researcher, University of Toronto, 2009


Yaron R. Silberberg, PhD Student, BBSRC Fellowship, University College London, 2006-2009

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