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Faith H. Brennan, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Faith completed her Ph.D. in Physiology at the University of Queensland in Australia in 2015. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Popovich Lab at The Ohio State University, with funding from the Craig H. Neilsen and Wings for Life Foundations. Dr. Brennan established the Neurotrauma lab at Queen's University, Canada, in October 2022. Outside the lab, Faith enjoys reading and traveling to new destinations.

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Laurel Ballantyne, BSc.,
Lab Manager

Laurel ensures the lab runs safely and smoothly, and assists with student onboarding and training. Outside the lab Laurel enjoys volleyball, reading, and catching live music when possible! 


Vishvaja Mewada, BSc,
Research Technician

Vishvaja has a Bachelors of Science in Biotechnology and a postgraduate diploma in Biotechnology. She is responsible for maintaining Brennan lab research colonies and genotyping. Outside lab Vishvaja enjoys reading, play softball and traveling.


Emily Swarts, BSc. (Hons),
Graduate student

Emily completed her BSc. in Life Sciences at Queen's University, and received a USSRF fellowship for summer research. Emily's graduate thesis focuses on understanding neuroinflammatory mediators of spinal cord injury pathology. Outside the lab, Emily enjoys skiing, playing piano, and collecting rare books.


Julie Zielonka, BSc., 4th year student

Julie completed her BSc. in Life Sciences at Queen's University, and received a SWEP neuropathology scholarship to perform neurotrauma research over the summer. Julie undertook a 4th year thesis project (MICR499) in the Brennan lab and will be starting her Masters thesis in Fall, 2024. Outside the lab, Julie enjoys following Formula 1 racing. 

Colleen Tordoff, BSc., 4th year student

Colleen completed her BSc. in Biochemistry at Queen's University, and received an ASURF summer research scholarship. Colleen undertook a 4th year thesis project (BCHM421/422) and will be starting her graduate work in spring 2024. Outside the lab, Colleen is co-president of the Biochemistry Student Council and co-captain of the Varsity figure skating team.

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