Lab Members

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.


Self portrait in Pseudomonas aeruginosa PA14

Polina Beskrovnaya, PhD Student, Microbiology & Immunology

Polina received her Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from UBC and started her PhD in 2018. She is interested in identifying novel microbes within the plant root microbiome, and determining their effect on plant health.


Dr. Quentin Geissmann, Postdoctoral Fellow

Quentin received his PhD from Imperial College, London in 2018 working on behavior in Drosophila.  He is applying his background in machine learning and insect behavior to tackle questions related to plant-microbiome-insect interactions.


Zhexian (Frank) Liu, MSc Student, Microbiology & Immunology

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


Dr. Ryan Melnyk, Life Sciences Research Foundation/Simons Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow

Developer of PyParanoid, “Scalable homolog detection for large genomic databases”. 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.

Dr. Yi Song, Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Song received his PhD from Fudan University studying the molecular mechanisms the regulate senescence in plants.  He is interested in how the microbiome helps plants adapt to abiotic stress.


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

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

Christina Wiesmann, PhD Student, Microbiology & Immunology

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

Yue (Jessie) Zhang, MSc Student, Microbiology & Immunology

Jessie received her BSc from the Microbiology department at UBC, and joined the Haney lab in July 2018.


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

Joël Richard, Lab Manager, 2016-2017

Sarzana Hossain, 2017-2018, Undergraduate, Biology/Co-op.  Currently a MSc student at University of Toronto

Derrick Chong, 2018, Undergraduate BCIT/Co-op