Welcome to the Drögemöller Lab

Our lab focuses on using genomics and computational analyses to develop safer and more effective treatments

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Drögemöller Lab

University of Manitoba

About

The Drögemöller Lab uses large-scale genomic and computational analyses to guide the development of novel treatment strategies that offer maximum benefit and minimal harm.

This research is focused specifically on vulnerable and understudied populations (e.g. pediatric and maternal populations) as therapeutic agents are often not designed and tested with these patients in mind.

Interests

  • Genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Precision Medicine

Meet the Team

Principal Investigator

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Britt Drögemöller
Assistant Professor
Canada Research Chair
in Pharmacogenomics and Precision Medicine

Lab members

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Deanne Nixie Miao
Lab Technician

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Feryal Ladha
Summer Research Student

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Mackenzie Wilke
MSc Student

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Samah Ahmed
MSc Student

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Sarah Lyle
Lab Technician

Alumni

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Bilal Cheema
Honours Student

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Danielle Johnson
Mitacs-Globalink UK-Canada PhD exchange student

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Urim Iyasere
Summer Research Student

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Vaibhav
Summer Research Student

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Britt Drögemöller
Assistant Professor
Canada Research Chair
in Pharmacogenomics and Precision Medicine

Principal Investigator

Dr. Britt Drögemöller is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Medical Genetics at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Drögemöller holds a Canada Research Chair in Pharmacogenomics and Precision Medicine and is appointed as a Research Scientist at The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba (CHRIM) and an Adjunct Scientist at the CancerCare Manitoba Research Institute.

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Mackenzie Wilke
MSc Student

MSc student

MacKenzie Wilke is a MSc student in the Department of Biochemistry & Medical Genetics at the University of Manitoba. MacKenzie has graduated with her BSc (Hons) in Genetics from the University of Manitoba in 2020. She completed an undergraduate thesis on identifying genes associated with autism spectrum disorder through Hardy-Weinberg disequilibrium and her MSc project will focus on developing a polygenic risk score in order to aid with the prediction and prevention of cisplatin-induced ototoxicity.

Interests

  • Bioinformatics
  • Evolutionary Genetics
  • Rare Diseases
  • Pharmacogenomics & Precision Medicine
  • Dancing

Education

  • MSc in Computational Biology, 2020-2022

    University of Manitoba, Canada

  • BSc Hons in Genetics, 2015-2020

    University of Manitoba, Canada

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Samah Ahmed
MSc Student

MSc student

Samah Ahmed is a MSc student in the Department of Biochemistry & Medical Genetics at the University of Manitoba. Samah has graduated with her B.Pharm from the University of Khartoum in 2010. Her MSc project will focus on identifying genetic variants and genes involved in pathways underlying hearing through GWAS and scRNAseq analyses.

Interests

  • Bioinformatics
  • Pharmacogenomics and Precision Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Voice-Over

Education

  • MSc in Computational Biology, 2021 - 2023

    University of Manitoba, Canada

  • MSc in Molecular Medicine, 2012 - 2014

    University of Khartoum, Sudan

  • B.Pharm, 2005-2010

    University of Khartoum, Sudan

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Sarah Lyle
Lab Technician

Lab technican

Sarah was a Genetic Honours Co-op student in the Drögemöller lab, where she focused on identifying genetic variants associated with polycystic ovary syndrome and their role in treatment outcomes of patients. In her current role as a lab technician, she is developing polygenic scores that can be applied in the context of pharmacogenomics.

Interests

  • Public Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Pharmacogenomics & Precision Medicine
  • Infectious Disease

Education

  • BSc Hons Co-op in Genetics, 2016-2021

    University of Manitoba, Canada

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Deanne Nixie Miao
Lab Technician

Lab technican

Deanne Nixie Miao graduated with a BSc Honors in Genetics at the University of Manitoba. She completed an undergraduate thesis on characterizing the development of bones in hyaluronidase-2 KO and CON mouse embryos. She is currently a Lab Technician in the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics in Dr. Triggs-Raine’s and Dr. Drögemöller’s lab.

Interests

  • Bioinformatics
  • Genomics
  • Histology
  • Health and Wellness
  • Cooking and Baking
  • Culture and Languages

Education

  • BSc Hons Co-op in Genetics, 2016-2021

    University of Manitoba, Canada

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Feryal Ladha
Summer Research Student

Undergraduate Student

Feryal Ladha is an undergraduate student at the University of Manitoba pursuing a BSc in Genetics. Her project will focus on the development of polygenic risk scores to predict cisplatin-induced tinnitus.

Interests

  • Genomics
  • Public Health
  • Bioinformatics

Education

  • BSc in Genetics, 2020-2024

    University of Manitoba, Canada

News

The Drögemöller Lab is grateful to have received an NSERC Discovery Grant!

These funds will be used to support work aimed at understanding the genomics of age-related hearing impairment through the use of automated phenotyping strategies and single cell RNA sequencing.

More congratulations to MacKenzie Wilke for being awarded the Caroline A. Cope award for excellence in oncology research!

We are so proud of the contributions you are making to this field of research!

Big congratulations to MacKenzie Wilke for being awarded the FGS Research Completion scholarship!

It has been an absolute pleasure watching your research progress to this point!

The Drögemöller Lab takes part in the Seven Oaks School Division STEM Hub

This hub is aimed at providing high school students who are interested in STEM careers with the opportunity to meet with career professionals. The Team did an awesome job showing Hanna and Ridhi some wet and dry lab basics!

The Drögemöller Lab finally attends our first in person meetings!

Congrats to Samah who did an awesome job representing us at the University of Manitoba Otolaryngology Research Day, while Dr Drögemöller debated the value of polygenic scores for pharmacogenomics at the joint Pharmacogenomics Global Research Network Meeting and Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium Meeting in Denver.

Congratulations to Bilal Cheema for completing his Genetics Honours project!

It was great to have you join the lab and we wish you all the best with your future endeavours!

Welcome to Feryal Ladha, who will be joining the lab as a summer student!

Congrats on receiving a CancerCare Manitoba Research Institute Summer Studentship!

Recent Publications

Contact

Dr. Drögemöller is currently recruiting graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with expertise in genomics, bioinformatics, pharmacogenomics and precision medicine. Interested individuals should send a recent CV, along with a short cover letter explaining why they are interested in joining the lab.