Hindra completed his B.Sc. in Food Technology at the University of Pelita Harapan (Indonesia), before coming to Canada, where he completed his M.Sc. in Applied Microbiology and Food Science at the University of Saskatchewan, and his Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology
at McMaster University. Hindra than undertook post-doctoral studies at The Scripps Research Institute (Florida), in the lab of Prof. Ben Shen, where he added a strong foundation in 'chemical biology' to his extensive skill repertoire! Hindra returned to McMaster
in 2017, and he is working to combine his chemical biology expertise with his microbial genetic skills, to identify new natural products. Hindra epitomizes 'cool, calm and collected' in the lab, and is proving to be a strong mentor. Outside of the lab, Hindra
is known for his love of soup, his impressive volleyball capabilities, and his amazing daughters.
Dr. Tina Netzker
Tina completed her B.Sc. at the University of Bayreuth and her M.Sc. at the University of Leipzig, before moving on to the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology - Hans Knöll Institute for her Ph.D., where her work focussed on
the chemical interplay between fungi and Streptomyces
bacteria. She carried on this work as a post-doctoral fellow for another couple of years, before joining us as a Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) Post-doctoral Fellow in August 2019. Tina is focussing her
attention on the regulatory underpinnings of a new form of Streptomyces
growth and development. Outside of the lab, Tina and her partner are making the most of their time in Canada, exploring not only the Hamilton area, but also hitting other amazing natural wonders from Alberta to Ontario! While loving the outdoors,
she draws the line at camping (Germans do not camp!). She is also helping to educate the lab on the wonders of European confectionary (chocolate covered gingerbread; wonderful little jelly treats), and entertaining parallels in the English-German languages (e.g. 'ice-bear' vs 'polar' bear).
Dr. Michelle Williams
Michelle obtained her B.Sc. and M.Sc. at Missouri State Univerity, before moving to the University of Missouri for her Ph.D. She began her academic career studying protein interactions in yeast during her M.Sc., before moving over to bacteria for her Ph.D., where she was investigating
cell wall synthesis in soil bacteria (Agrobacterium
and their relatives). Michelle joined us in January 2020 - and had time to begin getting acquainted with Streptomyces
biology before the university shut down. She is, however, now moving full speed ahead,
in applying her phenomenal cell biology experience, to understanding exploratory growth in Streptomyces venezuelae
, and coupling this with analyses aimed at understanding the genes that contribute to growth of these remarkable bacteria. Michelle is appreciating the interesting cultural differences between Canada and the US,
having enjoyed her first Canadian Thanksgiving (similar food, strange time of the year), and is now gearing up to embrace (or not...) her first full Canadian winter. She has taken advantage of this weird distanced, online world, and has brought the lab together for online crossword extravaganzas, and ensured that not only were we competitive,
but WON the Halloween pumpkin carving competition this year!