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!

Abdullah Akbar, PhD

BSc (Hons), Biopharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Ottawa

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Design, synthesis, and evaluation of transglutaminase irreversible inhibitors.

Ann Lee, NSERC summer research student

BSc (Hons) student, Biomedical sciences, University of Ottawa

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Nicole McNeil, NSERC PDF 

PhD (NSERC-CGSD), Chemistry, University of Calgary

BSc (Hons), Saint FX University

Hometown: Pasadena, NL

Design, synthesis, and evaluation of transglutaminase irreversible inhibitors.

Amber Sun, Summer Research Student 

BSc (Hons), Pharmocology, McGill University

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Karine Bourgeois, MSc

BSc (Hons), Chemistry, Université de Moncton

Hometown: Moncton, NB

Phamacokinetic assessment of novel targeted covalent inhibitors for human tissue transglutaminase

Kelvin Tsao, NSERC PhD

BSc (Hons), Chemical Biology, McMaster University

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Cellular protein labelling using fluorogenic dimaleimide probes following their design and synthesis.

Scott Foster, Summer Research Student

BSc (Hons), Bio-pharmaceutical Science, University of Ottawa

Hometown: Hamilton, ON

Sydney Acton, NSERC MSc

BSc (Hons), Chemistry, University of British Columbia

Hometown: Vernon, BC

Design and synthesis of fluorogenic reagents for in-vivo protein labeling.

Het Vaishnav,  Summer research student

BSc (Hons) student, Translational and molecular medicine, University of Ottawa.

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Past Keillors

Elise Pierson, MSc

BSc (Hons), Chemistry, Université de Namur

Hometown: Namur, Belgium

Kim YP Apperly, PhD

Current: PDF UOttawa

BSc (Hons), Chemistry with Bio-organic option, McGillUniversity

Hometown: Montreal, QC

Development of reversible and photolabile inhibitors for tissue transgluatminase.

YINGCHE CHEN

Yingche Chen, PDF

Current: Chemist 1 at Apotex Pharmachem Inc.

Design of coumarin- and BODIPY-based fluorogens for intracellular labelling applications.

Nicolas Brunet-Fillion, BSc (Hons)

Current: UOttawa Med Student 

BSc (Hons), Biomedical Science, University of Ottawa

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Design and synthesis of irreversible inhibitors of extracellular hTG2

Christopher M. Clouthier

Christopher Clouthier, PhD

Current: Field Application Specialist at Hamilton Company

Sam K. Oteng-Pabi, PhD

Current: Hyasynth Bio, Montreal

Protein labelling and conjugation using bacterial transglutaminase

Sarah Eisinga 

Current: Intern at Institute of Research for Immunology and Cancer Research (University of Montreal)

BSc Student, Biochemistry (Chemical Biology), University of Ottawa

Hometown: Bowmanville, ON

Synthesis of therapeutic agents that selectively inactivate human tissue transglutaminases (hTG2).

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Josh Reed, BSc (Hons)

Current: Queens Med Student

BSc (Hons), Biomedical Science, University of Ottawa

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Synthesis of clickable irreversible inhibitors for hTG2.

Mirka Strmiskova, PhD

Mirka Strmiskova, PhD

Current: PDF UOttawa

Engineering of peptide tags for protein labelling applications.

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David Hoang, Bsc (Hons)

BSc (Hons), Biomedical Science, University of Ottawa

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Design and synthesis of a fluorogenic coumarin probe for protein labeling.

Jessica Leccese, BSc (Hons)

Current: Health Canada

BSc (Hons), Biomedical Science, University of Ottawa

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Design and synthesis of irreversible inhibitors of intracellular hTG2

Amina Mulani

Amina Mulani, PhD

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Mark Raycroft, PhD

Current: PDF UOttawa

Mechanism of maleimide addition reactions.

Karl Raccine, BSc (Hons) 

Current: UOttawa Law Student

BSc (Hons), Biomedical Science, University of Ottawa

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Studying mechanism of thiol addition to maleimides

Marie Albert, BSc (Hons)

Current: UOttawa Med Student 

BSc (Hons), Biomedical Science, University of Ottawa

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Design and synthesis of irreversible inhibitors of intracellular hTG2

Christophe Pardin

Christophe Pardin, PhD

Current: Teacher at Cegep de l’ Outaouais