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.

Cardona Lab Summer 2022 Team

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.

Andrew Hogan

Ph.D. Candidate, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar

His mission: to fight bad bugs by discovering novel antimicrobial targets and drugs. @MicrobeAndrew

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.

Krish Patel

Summer Student URA award

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

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.

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.

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).

Former Members

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