News 2015

September 2015 

 Richard Hogg, a PhD candidate, and Sophie Poznanski, a fourth year thesis student, join the lab. 

August 2015

The Ashkar lab attends the Annual McMaster Immunology Research Centre barbecque at Christie Conservation Area.


The breast tumor microenvironment alters the phenotype and function of natural killer cells.

Krneta T, Gillgrass A, Chew M, Ashkar AA. Cell Mol Immunol. 2015 Aug 17. doi: 10.1038/cmi.2015.42. [Epub ahead of print]

PMID: 26277898


July 2015

We are very sad to wish another one of our wonderful fourth year thesis students, Yalda Karimi, farewell. She will be continuing on to receive her medical degree at Western University's Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. Congratulations and we wish you luck Yalda, we will miss you! 


June 2015

We are extremely sad to wish our fourth year thesis student, Branson Chen, farewell as he will be continuing on to complete a Master's degree at the University of Toronto's Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology. Congratulations and good luck Branson, we will miss you! 




2015 Annual Perey Symposium

The Ashkar lab attends the Annual MIRC Perey Symposium at McMaster Innovation Park. Our students had a fantastic time presenting scientific posters, oral presentations and three-minute theses.

Congratulations to our Master's student, Mira Shenouda, who was awarded with both the Lay Poster Presentation Award and a travel scholarship for the best scientific poster presentation. Well done Mira! See more...

March 2015

Fourth year thesis students Branson Chen and Yalda Karimi present their posters at the Annual BHSc (Honours) Poster Day in MUSC at McMaster University. See more...

February 2015

Defective NOD2 peptidoglycan sensing promotes diet-induced inflammation, dysbiosis, and insulin resistance.

Denou E, Lolmède K, Garidou L, Pomie C, Chabo C, Lau TC, Fullerton MD, Nigro G, Zakaroff-Girard A, Luche E, Garret C, Serino M, Amar J, Courtney M, Cavallari JF, Henriksbo BD, Barra NG, Foley KP, McPhee JB, Duggan BM, O'Neill HM, Lee AJ, Sansonetti P, Ashkar AA, Khan WI, Surette MG, Bouloumié A, Steinberg GR, Burcelin R, Schertzer JD.

EMBO Mol Med. 2015 Feb 9. pii: e201404169. doi: 10.15252/emmm.201404169. [Epub ahead of print] 

January 2015

Tina Nham, a third year co-op student, joins the Ashkar lab.