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Dinah Tambalo, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
Research Focus: Dinah is critical to keeping the lab running smoothly and provides research support to both the Rhizobium discovery based research program and the environmental water quality and food safety program. Dinah's individual projects include describing the molecular mechanisms of swarming behaviour in Rhizobium leguminosarum and working with our partners in the Saskatchewan Vegetable Growers Association to protect fresh produce from microbial threats.

Benjamin Perry, M.Sc.
Junior Research Scientist
Research Focus: Ben provides support and training for the bioinformatics components of the research group. Ben's individuals projects include developing high-throughput loss of function screening in rhizobia bacteria using transposon insertion sequencing (INSeq). He recently visited collaborator, Dr. Phil Poole at Oxford University, to develop this technology further. He is also supporting our collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to describe microbial communities found within on-farm biobeds that are designed to remediate pesticide residues and reduce pesticide runoff.

Carmen Beaton
Lab Manager
Research Focus: I am currently researching cattle feedlot wastewater holding ponds and evaluating their potential to reduce the spread of class 1 integrons and antibiotic resistance genes into the environment.

Jordyn Bergsveinson
Postdoctoral Researcher
Research Focus: Jordyn has experience in both industrial microbiology and microbial ecology and has worked in multiple different sectors. She is primarily involved in developing and contributing to industry-collaborative projects concerning the microbial impact on agriculture and food production. Specifically, she investigates mechanisms of bioremediation of hydrocarbons and pesticides in a variety of different treatment systems.