Lab Members

From left to right: Gloria, Cara, Polina, Ryan, Frank, Christina, Joël, & Kristy [April 2017]


Dr. Cara Haney, Assistant Professor (Microbiology & Immunology / Michael Smith Labs)

Dr. Haney received her PhD in Molecular/Cell Biology from Stanford, and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard. She started her lab at UBC in 2016.


Dr. Ryan Melnyk, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Melnyk received his PhD in Microbiology from UC Berkeley. Before joining the Haney Lab in September 2016, he spent time working at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab as well as Bayer CropScience. His main research interest is applying sequencing and bioinformatics to better understand how plant-associated bacteria compete and adapt within the plant root microbiome.


Joël Richard, Lab Manager

Joël received his MSc in Cell Biology from Concordia University in Montréal. He has since worked research contracts at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, and Concordia’s Center for Applied Synthetic Biology. He joined the Haney lab in September 2016.

Christina Wiesmann, PhD Student, Microbiology

Christina received her MSc from the Microbiology department at UBC, and joined the Haney lab in January 2017.


Zhexian (Frank) Liu, MSc Student, Microbiology

Frank completed Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology in 2017. He is interested in characterizing microbial genes that regulate rhizosphere fitness and biofilm formation.


Self portrait in Pseudomonas aeruginosa PA14

Polina Beskrovnaya, Microbiology Co-op / Honors

Polina is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology. She is interested in identifying novel microbes within the plant root microbiome, and determining their effect on plant health.

Sarzana Houssain, Biology Co-op

Sarzana is a UBC Undergraduate Biology student.


Kishore Vishwanathan, Visiting PhD Student from the University of Göttingen (Andrea Polle Lab)

Kishore is focused on the effects of ecomycorrhizal fungi on poplar growth and disease and herbivore resistance.



Jiatong (Gloria) Han, Microbiology/Directed Study/UAA, 2016-2017