Current Group Members
  • Timothy V.Beischlag, PhD
    Pricipal Investigator

    Dr.Beischlag received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1996. There he cloned and studied the transcriptional regulation of dopamine receptor genes. Following his Ph.D., Dr.Beischlag's post-doctoral research began at the University of California/Los Angeles where he studied and characterized the molecular determinants of aryl hydrocarbon receptor-mediated gene transcription. He continued this work at the University of California/San Diego. In 2004, Dr.Beischlag joined the Center for Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis at Pennsylvania State University as an assistant research professor. Dr.Beischlag joined the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2007.

  • Mark Labrecque, BSc
    PhD Candidate

    Mark Labrecque received his BSc. in Cell Biology and Genetics from the University of British Columbia in 2007. In 2009, he joined the Beischlag Lab as a MSc. candidate where he studied the role of ARNT, AHR and ER in endocrine disruption and estrogen-mediated signalling. Following his MSc project, Mark transferred to the PhD program in 2011 and began studying the role of the retinoblastoma protein in hypoxia driven metastasis and cancer progression. In 2014, he was awarded Prostate Cancer Canada's Robert C Watson Graduate Studentship to continue his studies and plans to go to medical school after his PhD to complete his requirements for a career in clinical cancer research.

  • Hadi Esmaeilsabzali, MSc
    PhD Candidate

    Hadi received a B.A.Sc. in biomedical engineering from the School of Medicine, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran in 2003, and a M.A.Sc. in control engineering from the School of Electrical Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran in 2006. His research interests include: immunomagnetic cell manipulation; development of lab-on-a-chip bioMEMS for rare-cell detection, isolation, characterization, and point-of-care testing devices; single-cell biomanipulation; and machine vision applied to these areas.

  • Samaneh Khakshour, MSc
    PhD Candidate

    Samaneh Khakshour received her B.A.Sc. degree from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran, in electrical engineering, and the M.A.Sc. from the Khajenasir Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in biomedical engineering, in 2007, and 2009, respectively. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. degree in the school of mechatronic systems engineering, Simon Fraser University, Surrey, BC, CA. She is currently a Research and Teaching Assistant in Simon Fraser University. Her current research interests include biomechatronics and mechanical feature characterization of cancerous cells.

  • Mandeep Takhar, BSc
    M.Sc. Candidate

    Mandeep Takhar received her BSc. (honours) from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada, in Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology in 2012. She is currently working toward her MSc. degree in the school of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, CA. Her research interests include looking at the role of the retinoblastoma protein and hypoxia on tumour growth and metastasis.

  • Rebecca Nason, BSc
    M.Sc. Candidate

    Rebecca Nason received her BSc degree in Health Science from Simon Fraser University in 2014. She is beginning her masters of science in health science in the Fall of 2014 and plans to study the microenvironment of metastatic prostate cancer cells.

  • Alexandra Reers, BSc
    M.Sc. Candidate

  • Lilian Wong, MET
    Research Assistant

    Lilian Wong received her BSc in biological sciences at Simon Fraser University in 2010. She finished her Master of Environmental Toxicology degree in the Beischlag Lab. Her research project involved studying the effects of legacy and emerging persistent organic pollutants on endocrine signalling pathways in mammalian cancer cell lines. She recently completed an 8-month co-op at Environment Canada, where she conducted toxicogenomic studies to examine gene expression changes in salmonid fish exposed to environmental contaminants..

  • Stephanie Santacruz
    Lab Manager

    Stephanie Santacruz received her B.Sc. degree at Simon Fraser University in 2013. She completed her honours program on the deregulation of gene expression when prostatic cancer cells are exposed to hypoxia. She is currently working as a Lab Manager and Research Assistant at Simon Fraser University and her future goals are to eventually go to Medical School and become a Physician.

Kevin Tam
Lab Manager, 2008-2011
Julienne Jagdeo
M.Sc. Candidate, 2008-2011
Christina Chiu
Health Sciences Undergraduate Honor Student, 2008-2010
Mary Choi
Health Sciences Undergraduate Honor Students, 2010
Nikita Soares
Undergraduate Volunteer, 2008-2010
Christine Wang
Molecular Biology&Biochemistry Undergradute Honor Student, 2008-2010