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Lab Members

Khanh Huy Bui (Full CV)

Associate Professor

Canada Research Chair in Cryo-Electron Tomography

Huy Bui did his Ph.D. in the lab of Dr. Ishikawa at ETH Zurich on cilia structure. Afterward, he joined the lab of Dr. Martin Beck at EMBL Heidelberg and revealed the organizing principle of the human nuclear pore complex scaffold. He is fascinated by developing new EM methods to understand the structure and function of complex macromolecules, in particular, the structure of eukaryotic cilia. 

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Thibault Legal 

Postdoctoral Fellow


Thibault did his PhD in Julie Welburn's lab at the University of Edinburgh where he worked on kinetochore-microtubule attachments in mitosis.
Thibault became really interested in structural biology during his PhD and joined the Bui lab to work on the structure of cilia using cryo-ET and cryo-EM.
Outside of the lab, Thibault enjoys meeting up with friends, going hiking and dancing in nightclubs.


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Melissa Valente

Reserach Assistant

Melissa completed her M.Sc. degree at Concordia University with Dr. Zerges. She studied the in-situ spatial-temporal localization of photosynthetic complexes and their associated chlorophyll pigment during the chloroplast biogenesis of Chlamydomonas. 

She was born in Canada but her heritage is Italian. She is an introvert who loves to read, grow plants/garden, paint, and is very family oriented. 

She obviously loves science, enjoys research and learning new techniques particularly related to microscopy. Her attraction towards microscopy and imagining stems from her appreciation of photography and her artistic nature. 

Melissa was intrigued and drawn to Bui Lab due to the level of resolution Dr.Bui's work is achieving with cryo-EM.

Lastly, Melissa also has a passion for teaching, and enjoys helping students learn about biology but also about themselves and what drives their passion.


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Corbin Black

PhD student


Corbin obtained his Master from University of Northern British Columbia under Prof. Stephen Rader using crystallography. He is now working his way to be a cryo-EM expert in cilia structure.


Avrin Ghanaeian

Master student

Avrin is currently a Master student in our lab. She's born and raised in Iran and received a B.Eng. and M.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering with areas of molecular dynamics (MD) of proteins. During her M.Eng. program she studied molecular dynamics of collagens in different connective tissue conditions by MD simulation. Avrin’s research in Bui Lab is to identify and solve structures of various compounds of cilia and the molecular function of cilia machinery by Cryo-EM. At the lab, she loves structural biology of proteins especially their interactions with other proteins/chemicals and to identify the molecular mechanisms of complex protein functions.
Outside of the lab, Avrin likes reading books and spending time with her pets (she has a cat named Think and a dog named Puppet, both are very sweet!).

Mohamed Elwarfalli

Master Student

I obtained my MBChB degree in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Benghazi in Libya. Following my graduation, I worked as a General surgeon for a few years, to learn more about the clinical and surgical care setting, and as a teaching assistant in Anatomy & Physiology labs. I came to Canada to join Dr. Bui's lab at McGill University to further expand my knowledge in structural biology and pursue masters degree in scientific research which will give me a better understanding of science and hopefully improve some aspects of the practice of medicine.
Outside of the lab, I like painting, and sand Sculpture, and landscape photography.

Phuong Huynh

Undergraduate Student

I am an undergraduate student majoring in Anatomy & Cell Biology. After learning about the dynamics of various cytoskeletal structures in the second-year ANAT 262 course (in which Dr. Bui was one of the professors), I became interested in the exciting research being done at the Bui Lab on ciliary structures and joined the lab in the summer of 2021. As someone who is new to research, my goals are to better understand these fascinating structures whilst learning new experimental techniques and skills that I can apply to my future journey in research.  

Amanda Tam

Undergraduate Student

I am an undergraduate student majoring in Physiology. I’m excited to be a part of the Bui lab and its research on ciliary structures which can greatly impact the development of treatments for ciliopathies. This experience will allow me to develop new skills and knowledge for a future in research. Outside the lab, you’ll find me playing with my rabbit and listening to music!



Muneyoshi Ichikawa (Post Doc).        Current: Assistant Professor, Fudan University in Shanghai China 

Dinan Liu (Research Assistant)
Shintaroh Kubo (Post Doc)

Graduate Students 
Daniel Dai 
Ahmad Khalifa
Katya Peri
Shun Kai Yang (SKY) 
Undergraduate Students

Ivy Hsu                                                  Current: University Health Network, Toronto

Vincent Hsu                                          Current: Japan

Reid Rebinsky                                       Current: Medical School, McMaster

Joshua Roccamo

Padraig Harvey

Emily Wheeler

Penelope Neocleous

Nureen Jenna Ladhani

Nicolai Tremblay

Jiaxuan Li

Zhe Fan
Hyeyoon Nam 

Shayla Tran 

Ryan Beauchamp

Max Tong 

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