Principal Investigator:

Jean-Paul Paluzzi, Ph.D.


Post-doctoral fellow(s):

Dr. Leena Thorat

Project: Neuroendocrine and other mechanisms for overcoming desiccation stress in insects.

Graduate Students:

Farwa Sajadi (PhD candidate)

Project: Anti-diuretic hormones and their actions in the adult Aedes aegypti mosquito.


Salwa Afifi (M.Sc. candidate)Project: ACP and other GnRH-related peptides in insects.


Britney Picinic (M.Sc. candidate, co-supervised with Dr. Andrew Donini) Project: Hormonal regulation of aquaporins in osmoregulatory organs of mosquitoes.


Sydney Silver (M.Sc. candidate, co-supervised with Dr. Andrew Donini)Project: Molecular identification of ion transport mechanisms in papillae of midge larvae.


Thomas Nguyen (M.Sc. candidate) Project: Neuropeptides regulating gut epithelial physiology in mosquitoes.


Jinghan Tan (M.Sc. candidate) Project: Nervous system-gut axis neuropeptides in adult mosquitoes.


Undergraduate students in the lab:

Marishia Agard (BIOL4000 thesis)
Shruti Patel (practicum student)

Lab alumni:

Student (course, term)                                 Current position                                    

Aryan Lajevardi (MSc, 2017-2019)                 Medical school (Florida)

Melisa Deluca (research practicum)               Optometry (U Waterloo)

David Rocco (PhD, 2014-2019)                      Research Scientist (Custom Biologics)

Hanad Adan (BIOL4000, FW18/19)                MSc student (Queens U)

Manpreet Kooner (BIOL4000, FW18/19)        (pursuing further studies)

Doeon Lee (BIOL4000, FW18/19)                  (pursuing further studies)

Ola Salama (two-term practicum student)      MSc student (U Manitoba)

Azizia Wahedi (MSc, 2016-2018)                   Medical school (Oxford)

Daniel Correia (BIOL4000, FW17/18)            M.Biotech (U of T)

Ali Uyuklu (MSc, 2015-2017)                         Medical school (St. George's)

Melanie Paez (MSc, 2015-2017)                   Respiratory Therapy (Michener Institute)

Talor Ber (research practicum, FW15/16)     Medical school (Meharry Medical College)

Farwa Sajadi (BIOL4000, FW16/17)             PhD student (York U)

Fidan Guseynova (BIOL4000, FW16/17)      Science Academic Advisor (York U)

Basma Nazal (BIOL4000, FW16/17)             MSc student (Guelph)

Christine Paputsis (BIOL4000, FW15/16)     M.Biotech (U of T)

Alireza Oryan (BIOL4000, FW15/16)            Dental school (Rutgers)

Andreea Matei (BIOL4000, FW15/16)          Medical school (U of T)

Carmela Curcuruto (BIOL4000, FW15/16)   PharmD (U Waterloo)

Azizia Wahedi (BIOL4000, FW15/16)           Research Tech., Sick Kids

Doo Hyun Kim (BIOL4000, FW14/15)          Dental school (NYU)

Afra AlDhaheri (BIOL4000, FW14/15)          Medical school (U.A.E.)

Mikwi Cho (BIOL4000, FW13/14)                 MSc candidate (U Alberta)

Anam Qudrat (BIOL4000, FW13/14)            PhD candidate (U of T)