Our team is diverse, both culturally and professionally. Each of us brings unique talents and personalities and together, we help each other during these unprecedented times.

Dr. Silvia Cardona

Professor and Principal Investigator

Silvia is the lead researcher of this group. She is passionate about research and mentoring the next generation of scientists.

Dr. Anna Motnenko

Postdoctoral Fellow

Anna comes with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Oxford University and an interest in developing novel methods for detecting microbial pathogens. Winter in Winnipeg? Not a problem if you smile!

Andrew Hogan

Ph.D. Candidate, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar

His mission: to fight bad bugs by discovering novel antimicrobial targets and drugs. Andrew is @MicrobeAndrew on Twitter, and if you follow him, you will have fun and learn a lot of microbiology!

Zisan Rahman

Ph.D. Candidate, U of Manitoba Graduate Fellow

Zisan is unstoppable and our CRISPR “go-to person.” Zisan is building a CRISPRi library one 96-well plate of gRNAs at a time! Does he dream in 96-well format?

Dustin Maydaniuk

Ph.D. Student, Canada Graduate Scholar

With passion and determination, Dustin is focused on elucidating the mode of action of novel antibiotic molecules discovered by our collaborator, Dr. Mingdi Yan. Did I say passion? Follow @dustin09t as an advocate for social change!

Zhong Ling Yap

Ph.D. Student, U of Manitoba Graduate Fellow

Zhong Ling is a fan of Burkholderia and its potential for biotechnological applications. Will she discover novel enzymes in Burkholderia genomes?

Follow her on @zhonglingyap

Rebecca Lohmann

Master’s Student, U of Manitoba Graduate Fellow

Becca comes with a Bachelor’s degree from MacEwan University and a strong interest in CRISPR/Cas gene editing methodologies. Burkholderia is waiting for her!

Zayra Yael Batun

Master’s Student, MITACS scholar

Zayra joined our lab as a graduate student after her 2019 MITACS summer internship. Zayra will develop biocontainment strategies in bacteria of biotechnological interest.

Atif Ul Aftab


Atif has a passion for bioinformatics and machine learning and he is our python guru. Afif obtained a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Manitoba.

Aakash Natarajan

Summer Student, NSERC award

We welcome Aakash to our team! Aakash will work on Cefiderocol and its mechanism of action in Burkholderia cenocepacia


Archit Devarajan

Summer Student Mitacs Internship

Welcome, Archit! CRISPRi mutants and new antimicrobials are waiting for you.

Krish Patel

Summer Student URA award

Welcome, Patel! we are all excited with your project on plan-based antimicrobials

Julieta Novomisky Nechcoff

Julieta (Juli) Novomisky is joining the Cardona Lab!

Juli comes with a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology and Molecular Biology from the National University of La Plata (La Plata, Argentina).

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