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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. 

Tahreem Asrar

MSc Student


Tahreem graduated from the University of Calgary with a major in Biological Sciences. She joined the lab to explore the role of type IV secretion system in the pathogenesis of adherent-invasive E. coli strains. When she is not in the lab, Tahreem enjoys reading, painting, taking trips to the mountains, and discovering cute cafés in the area.

Jonas Wong

Thesis student


Jonas is an undergraduate student currently enrolled in the Honours Immunology and Infection program. 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

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