Our BioPharm Alumni
Simon Hirota (2002)
Simon Hirota is an assistant professor at the University of Calgary. He is associated with the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and the Department of Immunology, Microbiology & Infectious Diseases. Simon did BioPharm Co-op positions and his PhD with Luke Janssen at St Joseph's hospital in Hamilton. Simon is focused on the regulation of innate immune signaling in the gastrointestinal tract in the context of acute and chronic inflammatory diseases. He is interested in how the intestinal epithelium and resident mucosal immune cells contribute to inflammatory disease pathogenesis in the gastrointestinal tract. As such he examines how inflammatory signaling is initiated in the cells of the intestinal mucosa and how these event can be modulated by various immunomodulatory factors including antibiotics and environmental factors.
John Malysz (1992)
John Malysz (PhD) has been leading a highly successful academic and corporate research career. John fulfilled 3B06 work, a co-op term, and finally his PhD while working in Jan Huizinga’s laboratory at McMaster University where he co-authored a seminal paper on gut pacemakers, published in Nature and cited more than 1200 times. He then worked his way up at the pharmaceutical company Abbott to Senior Scientist. After that he became a Research Assistant Professor at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy which led to his current position as Research Associate at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. John has made seminal discoveries focusing on excitable muscle cells in various organs and continues to be thrilled with every discovery of unexpected properties of cell membranes combining electrophysiology and molecular biology.