Research Associates
Name Details
Research Associates (RA)  

Ao, Zhujun (HIV)


RA for Dr. Yoa
Department of Medical Microbiology 745 Bannatyne Avenue, Room 508, Basic Medical Science Building, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0J9
Tel: (204) 977-5677; Lab: (204)789-3983; Fax: (204) 789-3926

 Dr. Ao obtained her M.D. and M.Sc. degrees respectively at Zunyi Medical University and Tonji Medical University in China. She received her Ph.D. in Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Montreal in 2007. Since then she has worked as postdoctoral and senior research associate in the Laboratory of Molecular Human Retrovirology, Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Manitoba. Dr. Ao has many years of research experience with more than 30 publications in high impact scientific journals including J Virol, JBC, J Mol Biol, Hum Gene Ther, Retrovirology, Mol. The.-Nuc.Acids., Antimicrob. Agents Ch. and Plos ONE. Her main research area is the interactions between HIV and host and their roles during HIV replication. She also is interesting in developing new strategies to reactivate HIV latent reservoir for HIV-1cure.

Dil, Nila  
He, Shihua  

Lajoie, Julie


RA for Dr. Fowke
Laboratory of Viral Immunology
Department of Medical Microbiology Room 539 - 745 Bannatye Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0J9
Tel: (204) 789-3818 Fax: (204) 789-3926

In 2000, Dr. Julie Lajoie received her B.Sc in Sciences Biologiques from the University of Montreal. She then began a Master degree at the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal under the supervision of Dr. Michel Roger. Her MSc thesis aimed to identify polymorphisms in the TAP1/2 gene associated with susceptibility to HIV in Zimbabween women. From 2003-2005, Dr. Lajoie worked as a research assistant in Dr. Roger’s lab. In 2005, she started her PhD where she analyzed how HLA-G and the mucosal inflammatory environment impacted the susceptibility to HIV infection. Her worked led to the discovery of new HLA-G alleles and six publications. She completed her PhD with Honours in 2010 from the Université de Montréal. In 2010, Dr. Lajoie began her post-doctoral fellowship in Dr. Keith Fowke’s Lab at the University of Manitoba. She also graduated from the International Infectious Disease and Global Health Training Program. Dr. Lajoie is currently a Research Associate in Dr. Fowke’s lab. She received a Grand challenge Canada Star in Global Health phase I grant to determine if anti-inflammatories such as aspirin can mimic the immune quiescence phenotype observed in HIV exposed seronegative female sex workers and help prevent HIV infection.

Inducing resistance to HIV infection on Youtube
McLeish, Nigel  

Waruk, Jill

RA for Dr. Ball and Dr. Kiazyk
J1313 JC Wilt Infectious Disease Research Centre
ph 204 789-6485

Dr. Waruk received her PhD from the University of Manitoba in 2011. Jillian is a Research Associate with the National Laboratory for HIV Immunology in the Tuberculosis Co-Infection Unit and her research focuses on T and B cell regulatory immunology of TB/HIV co-infection and TB/end stage renal disease co-morbidity. Through measurement of both soluble markers and in-depth flow cytometry techniques, her goal is to better understand immune perturbances in TB at-risk populations to improve on current diagnostics.
Post-doctoral Fellows (PDF)

Boily-Larouche, Genevieve


Dr. Fowke, Laboratory
Genevieve Boily-Larouche, PhD
University of Manitoba Department of Medical microbiology 745 Bannatyne, room 539 Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0J9
 Geneviève interest for research and public health began early in her career. Following her undergraduate studies at the University of Montréal, Geneviève first set foot in Africa where she witnessed the damage done by HIV/AIDS. Coming back to Montréal with a strong desire to contribute to this fight, she began her journey in research working on mother-to-child transmission of HIV in a cohort of Zimbabwean infants. She graduated from her PhD in Immunology at the University of Montreal in May 2012, and took a post-doctoral position in Dr Keith Fowke laboratory. Interested by the correlates of protection, her post-doctoral project focuses on the impact of sex-work and menstrual cycle on immune activation and its impact on HIV susceptibility/protection among female sex workers form Nairobi, Kenya. She was awarded 2 research grants from Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) and Fonds de Recherche du Québec- Santé (FRQ-S) to pursue this project. She is also a trainee in the IID&GHTP.
Juno, Jennifer
Dr. Ball, Laboratory
745 Logan Ave, Winnipeg MB
Dr. Jennifer Juno received her PhD from the University of Manitoba in 2014. She is currently funded by Research Manitoba and works at the JC Wilt Infectious Disease Laboratory in the National Laboratory for HIV Immunology - HIV/TB Co-infection Unit. Her focus is on the role of non-conventional T cell subsets (iNKT, MAIT and gamma delta T cells) in immunity to Tuberculosis infection. She is currently studying the determinants of TB reactivation among immunocompromised populations including those with end stage renal disease and HIV infection. Her primary expertise is in high dimensional flow cytometry and cytokine bead arrays.
Kozak, Robert  
Li, Hongzhao