Group Members

Susanne Bechstedt

Assistant Professor | email

Sanni grew up in Berlin, Germany. After research excursions into ion channels and sensory neurons, her passion got captured by the cytoskeleton. She now vouches to make microtubules great again.
Sanni’s short career in ultimate frisbee did not quite pay the bills. Though, she still enjoys chasing plastic as well as riding her bike and torturing students. 

Senior science writer and lab cheerleader

PhD: Max Planck Institute

Lia Paim

Post-Doctoral Scholar | email

Lia was born and grew up in Porto Alegre, Brazil. She moved to Montréal for her Ph.D., where she developed research on cytokinesis and chromosomal instability in embryos. As a Postdoc, she is using CRISPR/Cas9 and live-cell microscopy to investigate the role of microtubule-associated proteins on mitotic spindle assembly and cell division. Outside the lab, she enjoys running, going to music concerts and being tortured by her cat.

Senior Cell Biology expert

PhD: Université de Montréal

Tatiana Lyalina

Research Assistant | email

Tatiana graduated from Saint Petersburg Chemical Pharmaceutical Institute (Bsc in Biotechnology). After that, her passion for science resulted in obtaining two Master's degree in Biotechology and Chemisty. Tatiana likes working with proteins and wants to contribute to the evolution of science. In her spare time, she is interested in art, photography, tennis, and figure skating.

MSc: Université de Montréal

Thomas Kucharski

Research Associate | email

PhD: McGill University

Nicholas Price

Ms student | email

Nicholas is from Edmonton, Alberta where he completed his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the University of Alberta. His passion lies in unraveling the intricacies of protein aggregation and its implications for neurodegenerative disorders. Specifically, his research focuses on the aggregation of microtubule associated proteins in diseases such in MSA. Beyond the lab, he finds joy in climbing, playing guitar, and cycling.

Bsc: University of Alberta

Emma Le

Research Assistant | email

Emma grew up in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam and moved to Vancouver to complete her bachelor’s degree in chemical biology. Throughout her undergraduate, she had a diverse experience in research – from developing safe oncolytic virus platform to solving 3D enzyme structure using cryo-EM. She hopes to shine some light on many unknown structure and function in the cell using the different microscopes. Emma loves reading and discussing books, discovering good local food, and improving her badminton skill.

Bsc: University of British Columbia

Kalouna Kra

Post-Doctoral researcher | email

Kalouna obtained her PhD in structural biology in France. She enjoys studying proteins using structural biology or biophysical techniques such as electron microscopy or SAXS. As a postdoc, she will use cryo-electron microscopy to study the structure of assemblies formed between MAPs and microtubules or free tubulin. Outside the lab, Kalouna enjoys reading, dancing, and traveling.

PhD: Université Paris-Saclay

Thomas Esneault

Mitacs student |

Thomas was born in France and studied in Grenoble. He moved to Montréal for his Master's in Biotechnology under the Mitacs program. His research focuses on using CRISPR/Cas9 technology to generate human genome-edited cell lines. Specifically, Thomas is working on creating knockout and knock-in cell lines to advance our understanding of microtubule associated protein function. In his free time, Thomas enjoys tinkering but especially loves the mountains, which is why he enjoys skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer.

Msc in Biotechnology

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Bechstedt Lab Alumni

Undergraduate Students
  • David Ma, Bsc in anatomy and cell biology (with honors), 2023
  • Graduate Students
  • Thomas McAlear, PhD in cell biology, 2023
  • Azriel Abraham Lopez Jauregui, MSc in cell biology, 2020
  • Postdoctoral Fellows & Research Assistants
  • Shantoshini Dash, Research Associate, 2023
  • Visiting Students
  • Luiz Eduardo da Silva, Exchange PhD student, 2023-2024
  • Zoé De le Court, Exchange Master's student, 2023
  • Abel Xavier Francis, Mitacs exchange student, 2023
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