UnderGraduate STudents

Ingrid Schwecht,

BSc Co-op Student

Ingrid is a third year co-op student in the Biochemistry Program at McMaster University in the Biomedical Research Specialization. Ingrid has been aiding in maintenance of vaginal epithelial cell lines (Vk2) and is learning the basics of the lab! Ingrid is currently investigating the effects of the microbiome and microbial metabolites on Vk2 cells. 


In her spare time Ingrid enjoys traveling, going to rock concerts, playing the guitar and cheering on her favorite sports team the Toronto Raptors!"

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Ryan Chow, BHSc Student

Ryan is a third-year student in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at McMaster University. At the Kaushic Lab, Ryan will be aiding in current projects investigating the interactions between endogenous lactobacillus and vaginal epithelial cells (VECs). Current research suggests that commensal lactobacilli in the female genital tract exert protective effects against sexually transmitted infections such as HIV. It is hypothesized that Lactobacillus exhibits anti-inflammatory effects and enhances the barrier function of the VECs by regulating certain genes. Ryan will be contributing to the identification of the genes responsible for these protective effects by examining an in vitro model where VECs are co-cultured with lactobacillus. 


In his spare time, Ryan likes to try new pasta recipes, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and volunteer at the McMaster Children's Hospital.