News 2014

December 2014

One of the oldest broadsheet newspapers in Ontario, Guelph Mercury, publishes an article on the findings of a former PhD student from the Ashkar lab, Nicole Barra, titled "Guelph's scientist's research provides clue in how to fight obesity." The article was in reference to her 2012 paper, Interleukin-15 treatment induces weight loss independent of lymphocytes.

October 2014

Ali Ashkar named Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Natural Immunity and NK cell Function.  Read more...

Human Granzymes: Related but Far Apart

Fatemeh Vahedi, Nya Fraleigh, Caitlyn Vlasschaert, Janet McElhaney, Pejman Hanifi-Moghaddam

Published Online: October 09, 2014

The absence or overexpression of IL-15 drastically alters breast cancer metastasis via effects on NK cells, CD4 T cells, and macrophages.

Gillgrass A, Gill N, Babian A, Ashkar AA.

J Immunol. 2014 Dec 15;193(12):6184-91. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.1303175. Epub 2014 Oct 29. 

Lab Morale Day 2014

The Ashkar Lab visited Ripley's Aquarium of Canada for their Annual Lab Morale Day.
More pictures...


September 2014

Grand Challenges Canada, a federally-funded program which aims to fund innovative ideas to combat global health issues, has recently announced the McMaster project, to be led by Dr. Carlos Filipe and Dr. Ali Ashkar. Read more...

July 2014

Dr. Ali Ashkar is promoted to a full professor position in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine! Read more...


June 2014

PhD student, Amanda Lee, performs a speed poster presentation and receives a travel scholarship at the 1st Annual Perey Symposium at McMaster Innovation Park

May 2014

Two fourth year thesis students, Yalda Karimi and Branson Chen, join the Ashkar Lab

Master's students, Evan Lusty, Mira Shenouda, and Mahsa Shafaei, attend and present at the 2014 Canadian Cancer Immunotherapy Consortium in Quebec City


Restoration of innate immune activation accelerates Th1-cell priming and protection following pulmonary mycobacterial infection.

Lai R, Jeyanathan M, Shaler CR, Damjanovic D, Khera A, Horvath C, Ashkar AA, Xing Z.

Eur J Immunol. 2014 May;44(5):1375-86. doi: 10.1002/eji.201344300. Epub 2014 Apr 4.


Taylor KE, Chew MV, Ashkar AA, Mossman KL.

J Virol. 2014 May 7.


April 2014

T helper cell IL-4 drives intestinal Th2 priming to oral peanut antigen, under the control of OX40L and independent of innate-like lymphocytes.

Chu DK, Mohammed-Ali Z, Jiménez-Saiz R, Walker TD, Goncharova S, Llop-Guevara A, Kong J, Gordon ME, Barra NG, Gillgrass AE, Van Seggelen H, Khan WI, Ashkar AA, Bramson JL, Humbles AA, Kolbeck R, Waserman S, Jordana M.

Mucosal Immunol. 2014 Nov;7(6):1395-404. doi: 10.1038/mi.2014.29. Epub 2014 Apr 30.

Master's student, Evan Lusty, receives an Ontario Graduate Scholarship

March 2014

Master's student, Evan Lusty, receives W.E. Rawls Memorial Scholarship

February 2014

Fatemeh (Leila) Vahedi joins the Ashkar Lab as a research associate