About Us

Our Story

We are proud of the wide diversity represented in our group.  Although we come from different cultural backgrounds, we share a passion for research and the joy of discovery.  Our group provides a healthy and nurturing environment that allows everyone to develop to their fullest potential – and have a lot of fun along the way!

Our Approach

We enjoy our multidisciplinary approach to science.  Rather than comprising sub-groups of specialists, our group gives everyone the opportunity to learn organic synthesis, protein biochemistry, tissue culture and analytical methods.  We believe this broad training at the interface of chemistry and biology is ideally suited for both academia and the modern biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries.

Meet the Keillors!

The Keillor group brings together skilled, passionate researchers from the fields of molecular biology to synthetic chemistry, and everywhere between!.

Pauline Navals, PDF

PhD, Chemistry, University of Sherbrooke

Hometown: Fonsorbes, France

Development of chemical tools for a better understanding of TG2 and its functions

Email: [email protected]

Eric Gates, PhD (NSERC PGSD)

BSc (Hons), Chemistry-Biology, University of New Brunswick

Hometown: Hampton, NB

Design, synthesis, and evaluation of transglutaminase factor XIII specific inhibitors

Email: [email protected]

Alana Rangaswamy, PhD (NSERC CGSD)

MSc, Chemistry, Dalhousie University

Hometown: Kitchener, ON

Investigating novel enzymatic functions in bacterial transglutaminase

Email: [email protected]

Lavleen Mader, PhD (NSERC CGSD)

BSc (Hons), Biochemistry, University of Windsor

Hometown: Windsor, ON

Design, synthesis, and evaluation of interchangeable reversible and irreversible hTG2 inhibitors

Email: [email protected]

Sarah Watt, MSc

BSc (Hons) Biopharmaceutical Sciences, University of Ottawa

Hometown: Mississauga, ON

Acrylamide active site warheads: a mechanistic study

Email: [email protected]

Sammir Shad, MSc

BSc (Hons) Chemical Biology, McMaster University

Hometown: Newmarket, ON

Design, Synthesis and Evaluation of Potential hTG2 Inhibitors

Email: [email protected]

Daniel Wallace, MSc

BSc (Hons), University of Ottawa

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Design, synthesis, and evaluation of hTG2 inhibitors

Email: [email protected]

Janique Charlebois, BSc (Hons)

Biomedical Sciences

Hometown: Gatineau, QC

Reversible hTG2 inhibitors

Namita Maunick, BSc (Hons)


Hometown: Deux-Frères, Mauritius

Design, synthesis, and evaluation of hTG2 inhibitors

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