Lab members


Research Technician

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary

I am from Johor, Malaysia. I decided to study my Biomedical science diploma in Singapore (2012) after secondary education. After completion of my diploma, I made a decision to step out of my world. I went to Scotland to pursue my honor degree in Biomedical science (2014). I became a Master's student at UofCalgary, Canada. I started working with Dr. Cobo in January 2017,  to study about innate immunity against parasites such as Neospora caninum and also Toxoplasma gondii.  I finished my MSc in Veterinary Medical Science (VMS) in Summer 2019. I am currently working in Cobo's lab, as a research technician. To know more about me, check out my LinkedIn!


Yi Lin Tan


Laboratory Manager

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary

James Jian Wang joined the Dr Cobo lab with 26-years of lab experience and feels very happy to work with wonderful people in this group.


James Wang


Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Calgary

With the background in Biomedical Sciences (B.Sc.) and Biotechnology (M.Sc.), I completed my PhD in infectious diseases from Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Germany. I completed another year in Germany as a Postdoc understanding the gut-liver axis, that made me quite interested in understanding how well the gut immune system functions, not only in eradicating the foreign pathogen but also tolerating its self antigen and mitigating responses against food antigens. Finally, my interest towards infection and gut made my way to Prof. Cobo’s lab where I am focussed on understanding the cathelicidin dependent immune responses in infectious colitis. In case you want to know more about me, check my LinkedIn profile’s link, I’ll be more than happy to connect!


Anshu Babbar

Graduate students

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Graham Blyth

Ph.D. Gastrointestinal Sciences, Immunology, and Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Graduate Program Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary 

I completed a B. Sc. in Immunology and Infection at the University of Alberta in 2012. Directly after, I completed a M.Sc. degree at the University of Alberta in Dr. Katharine Magor’s laboratory where I studied the role of duck IFITMs in defense against influenza A virus replication in the natural host. After the completion of my M. Sc. degree, I continued a career in virology research by accepting a position as a Research Associate with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency – National Centre for Foreign Animal Diseases with Dr. Shawn Babiuk. There, I worked on projects focusing on the development of Capripox-vectored live attenuated vaccines for pathogens of cattle, sheep, and goats. I joined Dr. Cobo’s lab as a Ph.D. student in 2018. I am interested in understanding the role of cathelicidin in the function of the intestinal barrier, including the mucus layer and epithelial cell layer, with particular attention to the role of the intestinal barrier in defense against intestinal pathogens.


Ph.D. Veterinary Medical Science Graduate Program, Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary 


Priyoshi Lahiri

I was drawn to the paradigm of the drug-body interaction, when I first learned about the hypothesis of ‘magic bullet’ that can course through our body and find and bind to its target with exquisite specificity, thereby transforming a previously fatal and lethal disease to a treatable one. Being evoked with keen interest to delve into the depth of this science, I pursued a degree in Bachelors of Pharmacy and graduated summa cum laude from my native country, Bangladesh. This was a turning point in my academic life as it started to instill in me an unbounded fascination about the immune systems of living organisms and propelled me to immerse myself in the world of biological molecules that function with incredible intricacy to maintain and perpetuate life. Thus in an urge to comprehensively understand the basics of the immune system, I completed a course-based one-year Master’s Degree in Integrated Immunology at the University of Oxford in 2016 and then worked as a research assistant there for a period of 6 months. I joined Dr.Cobo’s lab in September 2017 with the conviction of acquiring extensive training in molecular biology and immunology under his supervision. My primary research focus now is studying the immune-modulatory roles of cathelicidins against Treponema infections in mice as model organisms.


Cristina Fodor

MS.c. Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Graduate Program, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary 

I completed my Bachelor of Health Science degree at University of Calgary in June 2019. I was interested in basic science research throughout my university career. I took every opportunity to be directly involved in human medical and veterinary science research, including extensive experience in summer research studentships. I spent the last year of my BHSc completing my honors thesis in Dr. Cobo’s lab where I established a porcine model of swine dysentery by infection with Brachyspira hyodysenteriae, thanks to a collaboration with Dr. Hill’s research team at University of Saskatchewan. In Fall 2019, I continued working with this porcine model in Dr. Cobo’s lab for my MSc project. I am fascinated by the problem of antimicrobial resistance and passionate about finding alternative treatment strategies that work synergistically with the host immune response. My current research focus is the role of cathelicidins in neutrophil defenses and their potential therapeutic applications in infectious colitis.


Chathurika Rathnayaka

Ph.D. Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Graduate Program, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary 

I was born in Kandy, Sri Lanka. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture (Specialized in Animal Science) from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (2012). Upon graduation, I joined the Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture at my alma mater, as a Temporary Lecturer (2012-2014). Then, I was awarded a Master’s degree in Preventive Veterinary Medicine at Chungnam National University, Daejeon, Republic of Korea, supported by the Korean Government Scholarship Program (2014-2017). There, I studied the antimicrobial and immunomodulatory properties of chitosan derived nanoparticles and their effects on gut microbiome using the zebra fish model. I joined Dr. Cobo’s lab (2020) for my PhD, where I am investigating the immunomodulatory role of cathelicidins regulating Tollip and Reg in intestinal defences.


MS.c. Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Graduate Program, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary 

I completed my Bachelor of Health Sciences degree at the University of Calgary in the summer of 2019. Throughout my degree, I was actively involved in various research projects pertaining to wound healing and skin regeneration in the Biernaskie Lab. During the last year of my degree, I completed my honours thesis, which consisted of exploring the role of HIC1 in skin regeneration in vivo. My undergraduate research experience inspired me to pursue a graduate degree and has led me to join the Cobo Lab in January 2021. My current research investigates the effect of cathelicidin on neutrophil activity during infectious colitis.  

Grace Yoon

Undergraduate students


Jacquelyn Tran

Bachelor Health of Sciences Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary



Bachelor Health of Sciences Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary


Geeta Kilari