Lab Members

Dr. Cara Haney

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR – MICROBIOLOGY & IMMUNOLOGY

Dr. Haney received her PhD in Molecular/Cell Biology from Stanford, and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard. She started her lab at UBC in 2016.

Sarzana Hossain

PhD STUDENT – MICROBIOLOGY & IMMUNOLOGY

After receiving her MSc from the University of Toronto, Sarzana Hossain returned to the Haney Lab as a PhD student studying plant immune responses to microbiota.

Annika Briggs

LAB MANAGER/TECHNICIAN

Annika is finishing up her BSc in Biology and joined the Haney lab in May 2021 in collaboration with the Brar lab. She is interested in how plants can shape the rhizosphere microbiome.

Dr. Quentin Geissmann

HUMAN FRONTIERS SCIENCE PROGRAM POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW (Co-supervised with Dr. Juli Carrillo)

Quentin received his PhD from Imperial College, London in 2018 working on behavior in Drosophila. He is applying his background in machine learning and insect behavior to tackle questions related to plant-microbiome-insect interactions.

Dr. David Thoms

NSF POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

Dr. Thoms received his PhD in Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology from Indiana University. He is interested in how plants can discriminate beneficial from pathogenic bacteria and developing cell biology approaches for the plant microbiome.

Dr. Zayda Morales Moreira

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

Zayda received her PhD in Applied Microbiology from University of Saskatchewan in 2021 working on wheat, canola, and lentil microbiomes. She is interested in how plant microbiomes are assembled, transmitted, and preserved in response to specific biotic and abiotic stresses.

Dr. Melissa Chen

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

Melissa received her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2021. Her research focuses on identifying the ecological principals that drive microbial community assembly and pathogen establishment.

Dr. Corri Hamilton

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

Christina Wiesmann

PhD CANDIDATE – MICROBIOLOGY & IMMUNOLOGY

Christina received her MSc from the Microbiology & Immunology department at UBC, and joined the Haney lab in January 2017.

Yang Liu

PhD CANDIDATE – MICROBIOLOGY & IMMUNOLOGY

Yang received her MSc degree in Agronomy from Northwest A&F University in Yangling, China. Her work focuses on how beneficial microbes can modulate local and systemic immunity in plants.

Siyu Song

PhD CANDIDATE – MICROBIOLOGY & IMMUNOLOGY

Siyu received her Bachelor’s degree from Northwest Agriculture & Forestry University in China. She is interested in identifying plant genes that affect the rhizosphere microbiome.

Manisha Dosanjh

RESEARCH TECHNICIAN

Manisha has more than twenty years of research experience in the field of microbiology, molecular biology and immunology, along with lab management.

Now venturing into research in plant-immuno-microbial interactions as part of the Haney lab.

Daniela Yanez

MSc STUDENT – MICROBIOLOGY & IMMUNOLOGY

Daniela is a recent UBC graduate who has transitioned from an undergraduate to a MSc student in the Haney Lab. She is currently studying the genomic distribution of insecticidal and antifungal genes across Pseudomonas.

Leah Fulton

MSc STUDENT – MICROBIOLOGY & IMMUNOLOGY

Kitoosepe (Kitty) Martens

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT – MICROBIOLOGY & IMMUNOLOGY

Kitty is a 4th year student in the Microbiology/Immunology program. She started at the Haney Lab in January 2021 and is working on a method for shaping plant root morphology with root colonizing Magnetospirillum species

Jayni Chang

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT – BIOLOGY

Jayni is a 2nd-year student in the Biology program at UBC, and an interest in botany led her to join the Haney lab in December 2021 as an Undergraduate Academic Assistant.

Aileen Liman

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

Aileen is a 2nd-year student in the Biotechnology program. With an interest in microbial communities, she joined the Haney Lab as a 2022 summer co-op student.

Apsara Srinivas

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

Youqing Lou

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT