Alumnus Update: Melissa Ling, Bowdish lab undergraduate, accepted to Yale University.

Congratulations to Melissa Ling, a former Bowdish lab undergraduate thesis student who was accepted to Yale University’s Masters of Medical Science in the Physician Associate Program. This prestigious program has a 3.6% acceptance rate so we are very proud of her.

Best of luck Melissa!

Pictured here in her Bowdish lab days.

The Bowdish lab welcomes summer students Danny, Mina, Joseph and Melodie and congratulates them on their scholarship successes.

The Bowdish lab is pleased to welcome a recent biochemistry graduate and IIDR summer scholarship winner, Joseph Chon, Mina Sadeghi a MIRA (McMaster Institute for Research on Aging) summer student,  Danny Ma a MIRA and NSERC-USRA winner and Melodie Kim, a BHSc summer studentship recipient. We’re thrilled to have such a talented group of students working with us this summer.

Summer students 2018, all of whom have summer studentships! (L-R) Joseph Chon (IIDR), Mina Sadeghi (MIRA), and Danny Ma (NSERC-USRA, MIRA) and not pictured Melodie Kim (BHSc). Welcome!

The Bowdish lab is the strongest lab at McMaster and we have the scholarship winners to prove it!

Who’s got the strongest lab at McMaster? I do! We’ve had a great run of success at the Bowdish lab with fully all of our students receiving prestigious scholarships! And that’s not to mention our other successes such as our summer scholarship winners (Jason Fan – IIDR), our students who got their degree and moved on to great things (Dr. Fan Fei – manager of Mass Spec facility, Dr. Mike Dorrington – PDF at the NIH), and our PDF, Dr. Chris Verschoor who got a faculty position!

Who's got the strongest lab at McMaster? I do! Bowdish lab scholarship winners 2015/2016: Netusha Thevaranjan (CIHR-PhD), Avee Naidoo (CIHR-PhD), Kyle Novakowski (NSERC-PhD), Pat Schenck (CIHR-PhD), Dessi Loukov (CIHR-PhD), Justin Boyle (NSERC-MSC).

Bowdish lab scholarship winners 2015/2016: Netusha Thevaranjan (CIHR-PhD), Avee Naidoo (CIHR-PhD), Kyle Novakowski (NSERC-PhD), Pat Schenck (CIHR-PhD), Dessi Loukov (CIHR-PhD), Justin Boyle (NSERC-MSC).

The Bowdish lab is no longer accepting applications for summer positions 2016/17 thesis positions.

We are in the enviable position of being a popular lab and have received a large number of applications for a very small number of positions. We thank you for your interest but I’m afraid that we are no longer accepting applications but wish all the undergraduates searching for summer/thesis positions the very best of luck in their search.

Bowdish lab is only accepting applications from thesis students for 2015/16 who have experience with mouse models.

The Bowdish lab will be accepting one summer student through the MacWorks (Work-Study) program, providing that they have previous experience with mouse models. This summer position would ideally transition into a 4th year thesis position and/or a part-time job (5-10 hr/wk) during the 2015/16 school year as our animal care coordinator. If interested, please send a c.v. and coverletter to Dr. Bowdish at

Undergraduate positions for 2014/2015 filled.

Thank you for your interest in our lab but unfortunately all undergraduate positions for the  2014/2015 school year have been filled. We do not take volunteers (see our FAQ page for a detailed explanation as to why). In general we fill positions about 6-12 mo in advance. Thank you for your interest and best of luck in your search.

Alumnus update: Former thesis student Jessica Wallace accepted for MSc degree

Jessica Wallace (Sept 2013-Apr 2014) was a Life Sciences student who took Dawn’s HTHSCI 4II3 (Advanced Immunology) class. She was such an engaged student that despite being full to the rafters, she became the Bowdish lab’s 7th undergraduate student in the 2013/14 school year. She worked with Dr. Chris Verschoor to study the role of circulating bacterial products in age-associated inflammation. She has been accepted to McMaster’s Medical Sciences Graduate Program and will be working with Dr. Deborah Sloboda (Biochemistry) as an MSc student in Sept 2014. Congratulations Jessica!