Dr. Gary Sweeney, Ph.D
Dr. Sweeney was the first York Faculty Member to involve me in his research as an Illustrator. His research focuses on the physiology and the molecular signalling pathways involved in Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Obesity. In particular, Dr. Sweeney studies the effects of adipokines, such as adiponectin, in pathology. To learn more about how his work contributes to an understanding of remodeling in heart failure see: http://www.yorku.ca/gsweeney/publications.html.
Jahng JW, Song E, Sweeney G. Crosstalk between the heart and peripheral organs in heart failure. Exp Mol Med. 2016.11;48:e217
Dr. Georg R Zoidl, Ph.D
(Canada Research Chair for Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience)
Dr. Zoidl studies the regulation of gap junctions conductance in neural synapses. However his work more broadly studies the synchronizing role of gap junctions in higher brain functions such as vision, plasticity, development and disease. To learn more about how his work contributes to the understanding of how communication works in the brain visit: http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/chairholders-titulaires/profile-eng.aspx?profileId=2844.
Siu RC, Smirnova E, Brown CA, Zoidl C, Spray DC, Donaldson LW, Zoidl G. Structural and Functional Consequences of Connexin 36 (Cx36) Interaction with Calmodulin. Front Mol Neurosci. 2016 Nov 18;9:120. PubMed PMID: 27917108; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5114276.
Dr. Ekaterina Smirnova, Ph.D
Read more about Dr. Smirnova’s impactful work here.
I met Lesia when she worked on the illustration for our joint publication with Dr. Zoidl laboratory. After seen her work I engaged her to design and prepare another complex illustration for our work related to the synaptic functions of particular family of transmembranal proteins called leukocyte common antigen related proteins (LAR) __link here__ . Despite her active work/study schedule she demonstrated excellent communication, stage-management, and pretty mature designer skills. Lesia fulfilled the project before a tentative deadline that we set together. She was actively engaged during the process, sent me a few drafts and asked my opinion and extra guidance. As a result,
I am pleased to admit that from the sketch that I initially provided to her with her impact and hard work final illustration improved quite significantly. In the future, I would gladly recommend her as an illustrator and graphic designer to my colleagues.
Dr. Jean-Paul Paluzzi, Ph.D
Dr. Paluzzi studies the molecular physiology and neuroendocrinology of haematophagous arthropods involved in transmitted vector-borne diseases. In particular, Dr. Paluzzi studies the role of hormones in signaling pathways involved in development, reproduction, growth and osmotic/ionic balance. His research studies the fundamental biology of these organisms and lays the groundwork for future control strategies to reduce vector-borne diseases such as yellow fever, dengue fever, West Nile virus, and Lyme disease. To learn more, see: http://www.yorku.ca/paluzzi/
Lesia prepared wonderful anatomical images for our research tick models which we have used in research presentations and that will also appear in future scientific publications in peer-reviews journals. Furthermore, our academic society was highly impressed with the new logo she created for us! Lesia is professional, deadline oriented and was a pleasure to interact with during the course of her experience in my lab.