Meredith's family -01 June 2018 (Graduation day)


Sam's family -01 June 2018 (Graduation day)


Nathan Rowarth's family -01 June 2018 (Graduation day)


Georgia's and Nathan's family -01 June 2018 (Graduation day)


Adrian Dauphinee's family - October 2017 (Graduation day)


Dr. Peter Bozhkov from Department of Molecular Sciences
   Uppsala BioCenter 
   Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Linnean Center for Plant Biology June 24-27, 2017               


Dr. Mark Bernards from Department of Biology, Western University, April 02-04, 2017


Brittney Allen's family - 01 June 2016 (Graduation day)


Venerable Kirinde Vijitha Thero from Ottawa and Venerable Sirinanda Bandagiriye from Halifax, 24 May 2016


Venerable Ahangama Rathanasiri from Toronto Mahavihara (Buddhist Centre)

and Venerable Sirinanda from Halifax, 18 August 2015


Dr. Hilary Rogers from Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK, June 23-26 2015


Visiting graduate student, Piyush Mishra from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India, June-July 2015

I am Piyush, a PhD student from JNCASR (Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research), in Bangalore, India. Our lab (Autophagy lab) in the Molecular Biology and Genetics Unit of the Centre is interested in understanding the process of autophagy better. My project involves, using chemical modulation as tool to have better insights into the process. For the same, I am interested in "identification and characterization of novel small molecule modulators of autophagy" and to further test these compounds in several disease models of autophagy and look into their mechanistic insights.

I am here in Gunawardena lab for a period of two months on a grant funded by The Royal Society, London. I am working with Adrian from Gunawardena lab to investigate the role of autophagy during lace plant leaf development. I have really enjoyed my time here in Halifax and would like to thank Arunika, Adrian and other lab members for being such wonderful hosts.


Venerable Ajahn Brahm from Austraila, 21-23 October 2014


Dr. Ruchira Gunawardena and her family from USA, Nov 2013

Adrian with little Adrian Pavan

Reverned Dr. Bhante Saranpala 's visit from West End Buddhist Temple, Toronto

19 August 2013



Angelica Camillo's family from Toronto, July 2013


Dr. Arunika Gunawardena's mother from Sri Lanka, May 2013


Dr. Paul McCabe from University College Dublin,Dublin, Ireland, March 06-10 2013


Dr. Julie Kang, Biology Department, University of Northern Iowa, USA, 11-14 October 2012


Youngest visitors (Carolyn Young's grandchildren ) to our lab, Oct 2012 !!!


Marian C. Munro, Curator of Botany, Nova Scotia Museum, Halifax and her son Quinn, 28 November 2011 


Prof. Daniel Gladish, Department of Botany, Miami University, USA, 13 October 2011

Prof. Christian Lacroix , University of P.E.I., and Cheryl (Jaime's mom) from Toronto 13 May 2011


Prof. Spencer Barrett, University of Toronto, November 2010

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Prof. David Logan, Biology Department, University of Saskatchewan, September 2010


Dr. Wasantha Galagedara and Rernuka, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, August 2010



Prof. Rodger Evans and Tyson Kerr, Department of Biology, Acdaia University, November 2009

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Prof. Aurora M. Nedelcu, University of New Brunswick, Department of Biology, November 2009

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Dr. Wouter van Doorn, Mann Laboratory, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis CA, August-September 2009


Professors Nancy Dengler and Ron Dengler, University of Toronto, May 2009


Mr. and Mrs. Gunawardena (Dr. Arunika Gunawardena's parents) all the way from Sri Lanaka, May 2009



Visiting student Marianna Moraes, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife- PE, Brasil


Professor Tamara L. Western, Department of Biology, McGill University, November 2008


Professors David Garbary and Moira Galway (left), St. Francis Xavier University, October 2008


Laura Voicu (left), University of Toronto, Aug 2008


Professor Sonia Gazzarrini (second from the right), University of Toronto, March 2008


Professor Keiko Yoshioka, University of Toronto, November 2007

Visitors to the Lab



Prof. Christian Lacroix and Anna Lacroix, University of P.E.I., September 2007


Laura Voicu, University of Toronto, August 2007


Nel and Bob Hain, Oxford, U.K., August of 2007


Professor Tamara L. Western, Department of Biology, McGill University, August 2007


Professor Nancy Dengler, University of Toronto, April 2007


Laura Zagar, University of Toronto, January of 2007



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