Michael Shamash

Michael Shamash

Master’s Student

Maurice Lab

McGill University

Biography

I’m a Master’s student in the Maurice Lab at McGill University. My research interests include studying bacteirophage-bacteria interactions of the infant gut microbiota and how their dynamics change over time in the contexts of health and disease. To do so, I use single-cell techniques combined with viral and bacterial metagenomics. I also maintain our lab’s HPC-hosted Galaxy server, installing custom tools as needed.

As a side project I developed and now maintain OnePetri, a mobile application to accelerate common microbiology assays!

Interests

  • Infant gut microbiota
  • Bacteriophage-bacteria interactions
  • Microbial ecology

Education

  • MSc in Microbiology & Immunology, 2022

    McGill University

  • BSc in Microbiology & Immunology (Honours), 2020

    McGill University

Skills

Anaerobic
Microbiology

Flow cytometry & bacterial culturing

Metagenomics

Bacterial & viral metagenomics

Bioinformatics

Development of custom scripts &
HPC deployment

Recent Publications

(2021). A Window into Evergreen 2021 from the Next Generation of Phage Researchers. PHAGE: Therapy, Applications, and Research.

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(2021). Transplantation of bacteriophages from ulcerative colitis patients shifts the gut bacteriome and exacerbates severity of DSS-colitis. bioRxiv.

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Relevant Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Teaching Assistant

McGill University

Sep 2020 – Dec 2021
Teaching assistant for undergraduate SEA-PHAGES phage discovery & genome annotation courses (MIMM 390 / MIMM 391)
 
 
 
 
 

Union Representative

Association of Graduate Students Employed at McGill (AGSEM)

Sep 2020 – Present
Union delegate representing teaching assistants employed in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology
 
 
 
 
 

Private Tutor

McGill University

Sep 2018 – Dec 2018
Tutored students in Physical Chemistry (CHEM 203)
 
 
 
 
 

Private Tutor

Marianopolis College

Aug 2016 – Jan 2017
Tutored students in General Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry I

Awards

Publication Award - Prix Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet

Publication award for article entitled ‘Phages in the infant gut: a framework for virome development during early life’

IBD Scholarship

Recognizing post-secondary students living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) who demonstrate academic aspiration, community involvement, and strive to sustain an optimal level of wellness.

Graduate Excellence Fellowship

Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s (CGS-M)

Master’s Research Scholarship

Graduate Excellence Fellowship

E.G.D. Murray Prize in Microbiology

Established by friends, students, and colleagues of the late Professor E.G.D. Murray to perpetuate his name at McGill. Awarded to a graduating student achieving high academic merit in the Honours program in Microbiology and Immunology.

Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA)

Undergraduate Research Award (SURA)

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