dsc_0041MARCO GALLO, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB (2015-present).
  • Postdoctoral fellow, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON (2010-2015). Supervisor: Dr Peter Dirks.
  • PhD in Medical Genetics, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC (2005-2010). Supervisor: Dr Donald Riddle.
  • BSc (first class honors) in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC (2001-2005). Supervisor: Dr David Baillie.

Marco’s main interest is to understand how the epigenome defines self-renewal hierarchies in brain tumors. His ultimate goal is to identify new and effective ways to target cancer stem cells in brain malignancies.


See Marco’s publications.


MICHAEL JOHNSTON, PhD (postdoctoral fellow)unknown

  • PhD in Genetics, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA (2011-2016).
  • BSc in Chemistry (Biochemistry Track), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA (2007-2011).
Funded by a Cumming School of Medicine postdoctoral fellowship.

“I am actively engaged in many sequencing-related research questions. As computers become more powerful and sequencing data becomes cheaper to generate, we need more biologists who can work at the command line, too! I am particularly interested in the application of bioinformatic approaches to stem cells and developmental biology. While AFK (away from keyboard), you can find me hiking, skiing, or instigating a game of Backgammon.”

See Michael’s publications.


ANA NIKOLIC, MD (PhD candidate)ana-nikolic

  • Neuropathology resident, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB (2012-2017).
  • MD, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON (2008-2012).
  • B. Arts. Sci Hons, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON (2004-2008).

Funded by a fellowship from the Clinician Investigator Program.

Ana is a neuropathologist and a PhD candidate at the University of Calgary. Her research interests include the role of histone variants and 3D chromatin architecture in the pathobiology of glioblastoma. When she’s not in the lab she can be found at bouldering, barre class, or a board gaming session.


DIVYA SINGHAL, MSc (PhD candidate)

  • M.Sc. in Bioinformatics, Indiana University, Indiana, USA (2016-2018). Supervisor: Dr. Xiaowen Liu
  • Tech in Biotechnology, Amity University, Noida, India (2013-2015).
  • Tech in Biotechnology, Maharshi Dayanand University, Haryana, India (2008-2012).


KATRINA ELLESTAD (research technician)

  • BSc, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB (2001-2005)Website picture.png

Katrina’s main focus is in vivo experiments and single-cell genomics.



NICOLETTA NINKOVIC, MSc (research technician)


  • MSc in Genetic engineering and biotechnology, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia (2016-2017). Supervisor: Dr Melita Vidakovic.
  • BSc in Molecular biology and physiology, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia (2011-2016).

Nicoletta’s research interests include exploring the role of epigenomics in glioblastoma. She is planning to pursue PhD degree in this field in Gallo lab. Outside of the lab, she can be found mixing cocktails and performing cooking experiments, in the theatre or enjoying different kinds of sports and dances.


ANNA BOBYN (undergraduate student)


Funded by NSERC undergraduate student research awards.

Anna is currently working on a B.Sc. Honours in Biochemistry at the University of Calgary. She is interested in the 3D genome architecture of self-renewing glioblastoma cells. Her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, and playing soccer.


LILI DENG (lab manager)



MARY HOFFMAN (MSc student)mary-chute-2

  • MSc, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB (2016-2018)
  • BSc, University of Calgary (2012-2016).

Funded by a CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship.

Mary is interested in how the epigenome of pediatric brain tumors evolves during progression and recurrence.