About Us!

Dr. Michael Charette, PhD – PI


Current Students

James Cluff – Graduate Student


Courtney Harris – Graduate Student


Cassidy Baumung – Honours Student

Joined the lab: May 2019

Project: Stability of the Emg1 protein, mutated in Bowen-Conradi Syndrome and function of the Intrinsically Disordered Region of Emg1.


Derek Harris – Honours Student

Joined the lab: January 2019

Project: Translational defects in Bowen-Conradi Syndrome.


Taylor Goodon – Undergraduate Summer Student


We’re always looking to recruit great undergraduate and graduate students!

Are you interested in joining the lab? If so, send Dr. Charette and email to introduce yourself. But first, make certain that you meet the following criteria:

  1. You must have significant coursework in biochemistry and molecular biology. This includes extensive upper-level coursework in genetics, cell biology, microbiology, physiology, genomics, and bioinformatics. No other discipline will be accepted;
  2. You must have top grades;
  3. You must show a genuine interest in ribosome assembly and ribosomopathy research. No other types of research are done in the Charette lab;
  4. You must include an introductory email, a statement of interest, a CV, and a transcript.

The Charette lab receives may email inquiries for graduate positions in the lab. Nearly all of these are from students who do no have the necessary coursework in biochemistry and molecular biology. Though we are in a Chemistry department, we do not accept students who have extensive chemistry training but who lack modern biochemistry and molecular biology experience.

Any email inquiry lacking the items listed above or that is considered a phishing inquiry will simply be deleted.

At this time, the Charette lab is not accepting summer students or undergraduate honours thesis students. We will only accept graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who can demonstrate, at the time of application, funding in the form of a scholarship or fellowship (not self-funded).


Lab Alumni

Gol Roberts – Honours Student

Time in the lab: August 2015 to July 2016

Accomplishments: Gol was the lab’s first Honours student. She created our yeast model system of Bowen-Conradi Syndrome, conclusively showed that growth defects are associated with the disorder, and provided the first evidence that the structure of the ribosome is perturbed in Bowen-Conradi Syndrome.

Where they are now: EMT, now Med I, University of Manitoba Medical School.