Trevor J. Pemberton, D.Phil.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, University of Manitoba.Scientist in the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba.
Trevor received his undergraduate training in molecular genetics at the University of Sussex. He also earned his D.Phil. in biochemistry from the University of Sussex in 2005, where, under the mentorship of Dr. John Kay, he identified and characterized the repertoire of cyclophilin genes, the targets of the immunosuppressant drugs Cyclosporin A and Sanglifehrin A, in the then partially annotated genome of the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe. In his postdoctoral training under the mentorship of Drs. Pragna Patel (University of Southern California), Frank Haluska (Tufts-New England Medical Center), and Noah Rosenberg (Stanford University), Trevor focused on various aspects of human genetics that included understanding the genetic etiology of Mendelian and complex traits, how population history and cultural factors influence patterns of human genetic variation — particularly in the population of India — and the ways in which these patterns can be harnessed to advance the discovery of genes that underlie disease. In February 2013, Trevor joined the faculty of the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics at the University of Manitoba.
Sasha received her undergraduate training in genetics at the University of Manitoba. She also earned her M.Sc. in physiology from the University of Manitoba in 2014, where, under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Czubryt, she investigated the role of molecular processes of the heart during oxygen starvation. In her Ph.D. research, Sasha is focusing on understanding how population history and cultural practices influence patterns of genetic variation and individual genome sharing in worldwide human populations and their role in shaping human phenotypic diversity and patterns of human disease incidence.