Jessica Murphy, PhD Student
Jessica Murphy received a BSc and MSc from the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at McGill University. Her MSc thesis examined the insulin resistance of protein and glucose metabolism in elderly women with obesity and type 2 diabetes. Eager to explore obesity and aging from a new lens and shift her focus to fat, she joined MON Lab as a PhD student in Concordia’s Individualized Program.
Her thesis investigates whether the period of obesity development (childhood-onset versus adult-onset) influences the way adipose tissue biology responds to a lifestyle weight loss protocol.
While completing her PhD, Jessica has received several scholarships including the Ed Whitlock Award, PERFORM Doctoral Fellowship, Diabete Quebec Award, and an FRQS Doctoral Award.
Jessica has participated in the Canadian Obesity Network Boot Camp and is also the co-chair of the Canadian Obesity Network – Concordia Student Chapter.
Kerri Delaney, PhD Student
Kerri completed her BSc (Hons) at the University of Waterloo in Kinesiology with a minor in Human Nutrition. She began her MSc with Dr. Santosa in September of 2015, accelerating into her PhD in January 2017. While in her program Kerri has received 10 internal and external awards/recognitions including awards from Concordia University, The PERFORM centre, Nestle Nutrition, and the Canadian Obesity Network. Kerri’s research examines immune cell presence, markers of inflammation and fat cell characteristic in fat tissue from different regions of the body in individuals with obesity and type 2 diabetes.
The main objective of Kerri’s research is to further our understanding of the pathology of type 2 diabetes while additional examining the effect of weight loss via bariatric surgery. Kerri is a co-chair of the Canadian Obesity Network – Concordia Chapter. After the completion of her PhD she plans to continue her training in a Post Doctoral position.
When not in the lab, Kerri’s enjoys road biking, snowboarding, and playing guitar.
Bjorn Tam, Postdoctoral Fellow
Bjorn grew up in Hong Kong and obtained his Ph.D. in Muscle Physiology at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Prior to joining the Santosa Lab in 2018, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at The UT MD Anderson Cancer Center and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill investigating the negative effects of obesity on health and diseases such as cancer and diabetes.
He is currently embarking on a new research journey investigating regional differences in fat tissue in bariatric surgery patients and determining protein requirements in those patients.
When he’s not daydreaming about fat and physiology, out with the lab, Bjorn enjoys exercise, music and eating good foods with friends and family. He also likes to explore new cities with his camera and discover new things with his wife … basically, he enjoys life and his scientific career!
2020 PERFORM Postdoctoral Fellowship in Preventive Health
2018 Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowship
2016 Faculty Distinguished Thesis Award 2016, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2014-2015 Best Presentation Award. Postgraduate Symposium 2015. Department of Health Technology and
Informatics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2013-2014 Best Presentation Award. Postgraduate Symposium 2014. Department of Health Technology and
Informatics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2013-2016 Hong Kong PhD Studentship, University Grants Committee
Natalie Khor, Lab Technician
Natalie received her BSc and MSc in Biochemistry at Concordia University. Her Master’s thesis focused on generating a Zn2+-free oxygenase of phenol hydroxylase found in the Pseudomonas species to characterize the function of the zinc ion bound to the enzyme – an important player in bioremediation.
She joined Dr. Santosa’s lab in 2016 as a lab technician, where she works alongside students and helps train them on various instruments and biochemistry/molecular biology techniques.
Outside of the lab, Natalie enjoys having a good meal with friends, baking, watching TV dramas, working on DIY crafts and travelling.
Lucas Almeida, MSc Student
Lucas Guimarães Almeida has graduated with a BSc (Honours) from Federal University of São Francisco Valley in Brazil and he had an exchange period of two semesters at The University of Western Australia. Lucas is currently a MSc student in the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Applied Physiology at Concordia University. His senior thesis evaluated the anthropometric and functional profile of elite capoeira athletes.
Lucas’ research interest is on long-term effects of obesity and its relation to others chronic diseases.
Concordia University Entrance Award
Laurent Turner, MSc Student
Laurent Turner graduated with a BSc in biology (Specialization) from Concordia University. During the last year of his BSc, in the context of a course at Concordia University (BIOL 490: Independent study), he conducted a research on the sex differences in coagulation and inflammatory reactions to acute psychological and physical stress in coronary heart disease patients under the supervision of Professor Simon L. Bacon, PhD at Concordia University.
His research interests centre around cell and molecular biology, immunology, physiology and the metabolic syndromes which can lead to heart disease, diabetes or obesity.