Our team is diverse culturally, professionally, and in every aspect you can imagine!. 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. Andrew Hogan

 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar

Andrew just graduated and we are looking forward to what is next….

In the meantime, Andrew is working in several projects that spin off Ph.D. work.


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?


Rebecca Lohmann

Master’s Student, Canada Graduate Scholar

Becca is linking metabolism with virulence in Burkholderia one mutant at a time!

Atif Ul Aftab


Atif has a passion for bioinformatics and machine learning and he is our python guru.


Ryan Darragh

Honors Project Student

Welcome, Ryan! With Zhong Ling Ryan is screening Burkholderia strains for interesting bioplastic degradation activities.


Dr. Anna Motnenko

Postdoctoral Fellow

With a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Oxford University, Anna is developing plant-based antibiotics. Winter in Winnipeg? Not a problem if you smile!

Zisan Rahman

Ph.D. Candidate, U of Manitoba Graduate Fellow

Zisan is using our CRISPRi library to determine mechanism of action of new antimicrobials. Does he dream in 96-well format?

Dustin Maydaniuk

Ph.D. Student, Canada Graduate Scholar

Dustin is focused on elucidating the role of reactive oxygen species in antibiotic killing.


Zayra Yael Batun

Master’s Student, MITACS scholar

A former MITACS summer intern Zayra will develop biocontainment strategies in bacteria of biotechnological interest.

Jules Novmisky Nechcoff

Master’s Student

Commited to antimicrobial research, Jules will predict and confirm antibiotic activity  in compounds extracted from virtual small molecules libraries.

Sarah Iqbal

Honors Project Student

Welcome, Sarah! CRISPRi mutants to confirm mechanism of actions are waiting for you.

Anisur (Ryaz) Rahman

With a strong background in bioinformatics, Ryaz is joining our lab in May!

Former Members

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