Dr. David Heinrichs
is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Western Ontario.
David Heinrichs completed his PhD at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario under the supervision of Dr. Keith Pool investigating iron acquisition in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. He then completed a PDF under the guidance of Dr. Chris Whitfield at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario where he studied lipopolysaccharide biosynthesis and assembly in Escherichia coli. He joined the Faculty in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Western Ontario in 1999.
2015-2017: Faculty Scholar, University of Western Ontario
2012: Dean’s Award of Excellence, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
2006: Fisher Award, Canadian Society of Microbiologists
2001-2006 : Premier’s Research Excellence Award, Ontario Government
2000-2005 : New Investigator Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Current lab members
Brent Armstrong, PhD
I completed my BSc at the University of Guelph and completed my PhD at Western University under the supervision of Dr. John McCormick. I joined the lab in October 2016 to pursue my research interests in bacterial genetics and ecology. I currently investigate the genetic adaptation of Staphylococcus aureus to antimicrobial fatty acids.
Bita Azad, BSc
I completed my Honors BSc in Biology at Western University. I joined the Heinrichs lab in September 2018 to pursue a Masters investigating the intracellular interactions between S. aureus and macrophages.
izabela batko, BMsc
I completed my Honors BMSc in Microbiology and Immunology at Western University. Now as a graduate student in the Heinrichs laboratory, my research interests are staphylococcal physiology and genetics.
Denny Chin, Bsc
I completed my Honors Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto. I completed a 4th-year thesis project on CRISPR/Cas in Legionella pneumophila under the supervision of Dr. Alex Ensminger. My research interests in the Heinrichs lab are in discovering novel features of the intracellular lifestyle of staphylococci.
Ron Flannagan, Phd
I completed my PhD at Western University under the supervision of Dr. Miguel Valvano and completed a PDF at SickKids Hospital in Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Sergio Grinstein. My research interests include eukaryotic cell-membrane biology and host-microbe interactions. I currently investigate the mechanisms by which Staphylococcus aureus evades antimicrobial strategies of phagocytic cells.
nancy friedrich, BSC
research technician and Lab manager
I completed my BSc (Hons.) at the University of Guelph. I joined the lab in December 2017 and am currently investigating small molecule inhibition of Staphylococcus aureus growth.
Mariya Goncheva, phd
I completed my BSc (Hons.) in Infectious Disease at the University of Edinburgh and my PhD under the supervision of Prof. J. Ross Fitzgerald at the University of Edinburgh where I researched the interaction between Influenza A virus and Staphylococcus aureus during co-infection. I joined the Heinrichs lab in October 2017 to pursue my research interests in Staphylococcus aureus pathogenesis.
4th year student
I joined the Heinrichs lab in September 2018 and am working towards completing my 4th-year Honors thesis.
brijesh kumaR, phd
I received a BTech from UP Technical University (India), MSc from the University of Leicester (UK) and PhD from the University of Manitoba under the supervision of Dr. Silvia Cardona. I joined the Heinrichs lab in December 2017 to pursue my research interests in bacterial physiology. I currently investigate metal acquisition in Staphylococcus lugdunensis.
Thiago Nunes, Msc
I completed my Bachelor’s of Biomedicine and Masters of Health Technologies at Bahiana School of Medicine and Public Health in Salvador, Brazil. My research interests are studying the intracellular lifestyle of Staphylococci. My hypotheses go down less frequently than Neymar on the pitch!
4th Year Student
I am currently a summer student funded by an NSERC USRA. In the fall of 2018, I will undertake my 4th-year Honor’s thesis project in the Heinrichs lab, studying interesting aspects of S. aureus pathogenesis.
david watson, BSc
I completed my BSc (Hons.) at Western University and began my research in the Heinrichs lab as a 4th-year thesis student. I continued to pursue my research interests in bacterial pathogenesis and host-microbe interactions as a Master's student in the lab. I currently investigate the mechanisms by which Staphylococcus lugdunensis evades antimicrobial strategies of phagocytic cells.
your name here?
I am always looking for highly motivated graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who love to involve themselves in the fascinating discoveries that lie ahead in the study of the molecular pathogenesis of important bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and other members of the staphylococci. If you think you would like to join our team, please contact Dr. Heinrichs and please send along a brief statement of interest along with your academic record and CV.