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Dr. Wael Elhenawy

Principal Investigator

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-4599-8500

Canada Research Chair in Microbiome (Tier 2)

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Dr. Wael Elhenawy obtained his PhD in Microbiology & Biotechnology in 2015 at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Mario Feldman. In 2016, he joined the laboratory of Dr. Brian Coombes at McMaster University to pursue his postdoctoral studies during which he investigated the role of Escherichia coli in driving Crohn's Disease. In 2021, Dr. Wael Elhenawy joined the Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology as an assistant professor.

Sarah Mansour

MSc Student


After finishing her undergraduate thesis in the Elhenawy lab, Sarah started her master's degree in 2022 to study how bacteria evolve during Crohn's disease. When she is not in lab, she enjoys learning how to draw, and playing guitar. 

Julian Ortiz

MSc Student


Jonas Wong

MSc student

Jonas finished his BSc with honors in Infection and Immunology. He is interested in understanding how type IV secretion system contributes to the ability of E. coli to persist in the human gut. Apart from research, Jonas enjoys playing the piano, sketching, and writing


Julian obtained his BSc in biology from the University of Tolima, Colombia. He joined the Elhenawy lab in 2023 to study the metabolism of adherent-invasive E. coli strains in the gut. In addition to research, he loves 70’s progressive rock, jazz, and motorcycles. 

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