IIDR Trainee Day 2022

Shaping the future of infectious
disease research 



Event details

Join us November 16th, 2022 in person at CIBC Hall

8:30 AM- 4:30 PM 
reception to follow

Trainee Day, an annual event hosted by the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research, has become the ideal forum to recognize and celebrate the innovative work being done by the Institute’s students and Postdoctoral Fellows.

Abstracts are due September 23rd, 2022 to be considered for talks and awards.

Abstracts for poster presentations are due October 7th, 2022

Registration closes October 28th, 2022.

This event is open to all IIDR faculty, staff, undergraduate & graduate students, Postdoctoral Fellows, technicians, and clinicians. For further inquiries, please contact the Trainee Day Student Chair,

Use #IIDRTraineeDay2022 to post about the event.



Trainee Day is one of my favourite events of the year—it gives us, as an institute, the opportunity to celebrate the amazing academic and research achievements of our students. Their continued commitment to learning throughout such an unusual year has been an inspiration to us all, and we’re so excited to showcase their amazing work through more than 50 poster presentations and a set of diverse talks. 


This year’s event has been aptly promoted using the hashtag “#Fighting4Tomorrow.” Indeed, our trainees have stepped up in the face of the pandemic, taken on new responsibilities, and contributed to important research with life-saving implications. Their recent contributions to infectious disease research will have impact not only tomorrow, but for many years to come. 


I want to personally give a warm welcome to our keynote speaker this year, Dr. Jim Collins. Dr. Collins is a Professor of Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a member of the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences & Technology Faculty. His fascinating research program applies synthetic biology methodology to create next-generation diagnostics and therapeutics—something I’m very excited to learn more about. He’s also done fantastic work in the antibiotic resistance field, a major focus of the IIDR’s David Braley Centre for Antibiotic Discovery. 


While Trainee Day is a time for celebration of our achievements and successes, it is also a time for us to remember and honour former IIDR trainee Michael Kamin Hart, who passed away in 2011. We are tremendously grateful to the Hart family for their ongoing support of the prestigious Michael Kamin Hart Memorial Scholarships, which allow us to recognize students and staff who embody Michael’s excitement and passion for scientific discovery. Trainee Day also marks an opportunity for us to honour Michael Kiley, a loving father and friend who lost his battle to a drug-resistant infection a decade ago. In his memory, the Michael Kiley Scholarship in Antibiotic Resistance will be awarded to a student who is making significant contributions to the field of antibiotic research. 


On behalf of the IIDR, thank you for celebrating with us! Our trainees are the lifeblood of our institute, and their amazing work gives us great pride. Enjoy the talks, the poster presentations, and the event — hopefully next year we can once again gather together under one roof. 


Dr. Lori Burrows 

Interim Director 

Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research

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Prof. Martha Clokie
Professor of Microbiology,
Department of Genetics and Genome Biology
University of Leicester
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Prof. Clokie is an internationally renowned expert in bacteriophage biology with over 100 published papers. Over the last 15 years, she has pioneered studies of developing phages for therapeutic purposes for humans and animals. She has a track record of carrying out the fundamental science needed to use phages in applied settings evidenced by her work on human associated Clostridium difficile and Salmonella 

associated with pigs.  Much of Prof. Clokie’s work uses genomic and structural approaches to identify key traits associated with phage efficacy to clear infection. Her work also incorporates studying phage-bacterial interactions in physiologically relevant models and in animal trials. Her recent publications led to two recent British Research Council awards to design phage products for use in livestock. She has had projects funded directly by Industry (Enbiotix funded 

C. difficile phage therapeutic programme) and others with close Industry collaborations (eg. ABagri on phages for use in poultry).  Prof. Clokie developed and regularly runs a course to teach phage biology to African academics, as part of a Gates funded ‘Phages for Global Health’ Yale-Leicester collaboration. All of her applied work is routed in fundamental biology and her early phage research was focussed on understanding how ocean bacteriophages controlled their marine bacterial hosts. Her work paved the way for a new research field which is still very much active, that of determining complex ways that phages interact with their bacterial hosts. 



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Dr. Lesley MacNeil

Associate Professor at McMaster University

Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences 


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Dr. Jakob Magolan

Associate Professor at McMaster University

Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences 


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Sommer Chou (Trainee Day co-Chair)

Ph.D. Candidate - Wright and MacNeil labs

Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences


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Victoria Coles (Trainee Day co-Chair)

Ph.D. Candidate - Burrows lab

Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences