Former Breden Lab Members
Dr. Kevin Henry
Kevin was co-supervised by Dr. Jamie Scott, of the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at SFU. His project compared gene usage and other characteristics of antibodies produced by people with HIV infection, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), a systemic autoimmune disease, and healthy controls. Dr. Henry is now a Research Officer at the National Research Council Canada in Ottawa.
Dr. Ben Sandkam
Ben studied sexual selection in guppies, and his thesis work was characterized by its integrative approach to the problem. His work ranged from field studies in Guyana and Trinidad, to behavioural ecology, to molecular biology (sequencing and cloning opsin genes from guppy retinas to investigate gene expression). Ben continues his studies in the Department of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Ben continues his studies as a post-doctoral fellow in Karen Carleton’s cichlid vision lab at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Corey T. Watson
Corey is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine . During his PhD, Corey worked on the genetics and evolution of duplicated and expanded gene families, including projects on human immunoglobulins/T cell receptors and disease, and the duplication and regulation of teleost LWS opsins.
Dr. Kristen Fay Gorman
Kristen came to the Breden Lab from Suzanne Rutherford's lab at Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She is pioneering the use of teleost models for genetic analysis and identification of risk factors for idiopathic spinal curvature. During her PhD she concentrated on the curveback mutant in the guppy and wavy in medaka. Kristen is now working as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center in Montreal.
Dr. Scott Pavey
During his PhD Scott Pavey studied adaptation and diversification of sockeye populations in the Aniachak Caldera in the Aniachak National Park in Alaska. Dr. Pavey is now the Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Molecular Ecology and Ecological Genomics at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John.
Dr. Heather Alexander
Heather received her PhD in the Breden lab, studying speciation and population structure in the guppy and Endler’s Livebearer. She is presently a post-doctoral research associate at the Bamfield Marine Science Centre.
Dr. John Taylor
John Taylor got his PhD in the Breden lab studying molecular evolution in the guppy. He is a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Victoria.
Dr. Anna Lindholm
Anna Lindholm was a post-doctoral student, supported by NSERC, and shared between the Breden Lab and Jamie Smith's lab at UBC. Anna worked on the highly polymorphic species, Poecilia parae, both in the field, in genetic crosses in Canada and on molecular projects. She then did a second post-doc with Rob Brooks at the University of New South Wales, and is now an independent group leader at the University of Zurich.
Martin received his M.Sc. from SFU, working on the construction of a partial genetic linkage map for the guppy (Poecilia reticulata), based on microsatellites developed in a related group of fishes, Xiphophorus. He is now a Post-doctoral research fellow at University of Waterloo, Canada.
Roozbeh graduated with his B.Sc. from SFU and was involved in mapping QTLs responsible for spinal curvature in medaka and guppy. He is now working on a medical degree at the University of British Columbia.
Jennifer joined the Breden lab as a full-time technician, and was a major force behind mapping of genes for spinal curvature in the guppy and medaka.