TamDr. Tamara Maiuri – Research Associate

After obtaining her PhD in the Medical Biophysics Department at University of Toronto, Tam joined the Truant lab in 2010. She is carrying out the HDSA Berman/Topper HD Career Development Fellowship project on DNA repair-specific huntingtin interactions. Tam is also an active member of the HD community, acting as editor for and a regular speaker for Huntington Society of Canada events. She is a member of the indie band, Eli & the Straw Man, who has partnered with the HSC to raise awareness about HD and funds exceeding $70 000 through benefit concerts in 2016-2018.

PicDr. Laura Bowie – Ph.D

Laura began her graduate work in 2012 after completing her undergraduate degree in Pathology and Toxicology at the University of Western Ontario. After joining the Truant lab, her project identified new modifiers of huntingtin phosphorylation as well as pathways linking Huntington’s disease to other neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s. She completed her PhD in September of 2018.


Claudia_HungDr. Claudia Hung – Ph.D

Claudia completed her undergraduate studies in 2013 at McMaster University in the Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences program and completed her PhD in 2018. She has been serving as the Assistant Technical Director of the McMaster Biophotonics Facility and is interested in using various biophotonic methods to help advance the study of cell biology in HD research for drug discovery including live cell imaging, widefield and confocal microscopy, detecting protein-protein interactions by FLIM-FRET, and super-resolution structured illumination microscopy (SR-SIM).


sidSiddharth Nath – MD/Ph.D Candidate

Sid the Kid joined the Truant Lab as an undergraduate summer student in 2011 working on investigating the cell stress response in Huntington’s disease. Bitten by the research bug, he stayed in the lab as a thesis student throughout his undergraduate studies and graduated from
the Honours Biochemistry Program at McMaster in 2013. He subsequently enrolled in the combined MD/PhD program, and is currently a graduate student in the Truant Lab. His work is focused on understanding the role of cellular bioenergetics in neurodegeneration and he leads our projects on spinocerebellar ataxia type 7. Sid also has a special interest in evidence-based medicine and he has led large meta-analyses in the clinical neurosciences.

Relevant Publications:

A huntingtin-mediated fast stress response halting endosomal trafficking is defective in Huntington’s disease (HMG 2015)

Atraumatic versus conventional lumbar puncture needles: a systematic review and meta-analysis (Lancet 2018)

celesteCeleste Suart – Ph.D Candidate

Celeste joined the lab in 2016 from the Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization (BDC) program at McMaster. She then graduated with her BHSc in 2017. She is now working on a SCA1 project for her graduate studies and co-founded, a knowledge translation website for ataxias.


35349749_10155912142963227_4820118736897835008_oRebecca Kurtz – Master’s Student

Rebecca earned an Honor’s BSc in Biochemistry from Queen’s University and joined the Truant Lab as a Master’s student in 2017. She is studying modifiers of the huntingtin protein and their mechanisms using a high content screening method.





Truant LabCarlos Barba- Undergraduate Student

Carlos is a fourth-year undergraduate student in the Honours Biochemistry program with a Biomedical Research Specialization. He is now working on his fourth-year thesis on the involvement of poly ADP-ribose in Huntington’s Disease.



20181018_173351Nola Begeja – Undergraduate Student

Nola is a fourth year undergraduate student in the Honours Biochemistry program and is working on a year-long thesis in the lab.



IMG_0961 copyKatie Graham – Undergraduate Student

Katie is a fourth year Integrated Science student who joined the Truant lab in 2018 for her third year independent project. She is now completing her fourth year thesis studying SCA1 under the helpful supervision of Celeste!

Amandeep Nagi – Undergraduate Student

IMG_1479Natasha Savic – Undergraduate Student

Natasha is currently in her third year in the Honours Biochemistry program and is in the lab for a full year for the 3R06 research course. She is currently working with Sid looking at the ataxin 7 nuclear localization signal.

Former Peeps

Susie Son, MSc

Laura DiGiovanni, MSc

Shreya Patel, MSc

Dr. Nicholas Caron, Ph.D

Tanya Woloshansky, MSc

Jennifer Williamson, MSc

Lisa Sequeira, MSc

Dr. Carly Desmond, Ph.D

Dr. Leanne Stalker, Ph.D

Dr. Lise Munsie, Ph.D

Dr. Randy Atwal, Ph.D

Stuart Irwin, MSc

Sadia Iqbal, MSc