Dr. Daina Avizonis

Facility Manager - Research Associate

Dr. Daina Avizonis obtained a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1993 from the University of California (San Diego, USA). She has extensive expertise in NMR and mass spectrometry and is the head of the Metabolomics Core Facility established in 2009. She oversees daily operations of the core, participates in data collection, protocol development and is responsible for research project coordination with researchers and students.

Luc Choinière

Research Technician, GC/MS Specialist

Luc Choinière obtained a B.Sc. in Biology at McGill University (Montreal, Canada) and has over 30 years of experience in GC/MS and joined the Metabolomics Core Facility as a research technician in 2010. Luc maintains both GC/MS systems, helps develop new protocols and assists researchers collect and analyze GC/MS data.

Dr. Orval Mamer

Professor Emeritus, Consultant

Dr. Orval Mamer obtained a Ph. D in Chemistry in 1966 from the University of Windsor (Ontario, Canada). He is a mass spectrometry expert and ran his own research group for more than 40 years. He joined the Metabolomics Core Facility in 2010 as a consultant and specializes in MS operations.

Cian Monnin

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Research Technician – LC-MS specialist

Cian Monnin obtained a M.Sc. in Biochemistry from Concordia University. While at Concordia he specialised in lipidomics and the associated sample preparation techniques. After obtaining his degree he worked at the PERFORM centre at Concordia University developing targeted methods for whole blood metabolic profiling and chiral separation of isomers. He joined the GCRC as a Technician September 2018.

Bozena Samborska

Research Assistant / Seahorse Technology

Bozena Samborska obtained a M.Sc. in Molecular and Cellular Biology in 2010 from the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada). She is a Research Assistant and the Lab Manager in Dr. Kazak and works mainly in cancer metabolism. She is also responsible for Seahorse operation and training.

Mariana Russo

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Research Technician – LC-MS specialist

Mariana Russo obtained M.Sc. in Analytical Chemistry from Concordia University. While at Concordia Mariana specialized in derivatization schemes to stabilize labile metabolites such as glutathione. She has extensive experience in LC-MS targeted profiling and stable isotope tracer analysis as well as experience volatile compound analysis by GC-MS. After obtaining her degree in August of 2017, she joined the GCRC as a Technician.