Principal Investigator

Dr. Alberto Caminero

Dr. Caminero is an Assistant Professor at McMaster University. After completing a PhD at University of León under the supervision of Dr. Javier Casqueiro and Dr. Santiago Vivas where he investigated gluten-degrading microbes, Dr. Caminero pursued postdoctoral research in the Verdu Lab. His postdoctoral research focused on gluten metabolism by microbiota in the context of Celiac disease. Dr. Caminero aims to facilitate a multidisciplinary research group which explores microbial metabolism and its various connections to human health.

Highlighted Awards & Grants:

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Project Grant Competition 2020

  • Crohn's and Colitis Canada Grants-in-Aid Research Competition 2021

  • Canada Foundation for Innovation John R. Evans Leaders Fund Competition 2020

  • Tri-agency Institutional Programs Exploration Grant 2020


  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Graduate Scholarship: PhD  2021

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Graduate Scholarship: Master's  2019

  • Farncombe Institute Graduate Scholarship  2019


Liam Rondeau

Liam Rondeau is a PhD student in the Caminero Lab. He completed a BHSc in Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization. His undergraduate thesis was conducted in the Verdu Lab which involved an industry project with Nestlé. His PhD research explores aryl hydrocarbon receptor, an intracellular receptor which is dysregulated in inflammatory bowel disease. Liam uses a wide variety of techniques to reach his research goals including multiple mouse models of colitis, cell culture, and microbiome analysis.

Graduate Students

Undergraduate Students


Dominic Haas is an undergraduate thesis student in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program. He assists Liam Rondeau in studying the aryl hydrocarbon receptor in the context of inflammatory bowel disease. His research focuses on dietary intervention and its ability to shape the microbiota and activate aryl hydrocarbon receptor. The role enables Dominic to employ a variety of techniques such as immunohistochemistry, Western blotting, and FISH staining.


  • Canadian Association of Gastroenterology Summer Studentship Award  2021

  • NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award  2022

Dominic Haas


Avery Rhind is an undergraduate project student in her second year of the Bachelor of Health Sciences program. Her project investigates peanut-degrading bacteria from mouse intestinal contents. Her goal is to learn more about peanut-degrading bacteria and their ability to alter peanut immunogenicity.

Avery Rhind

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Niki Patel is a fourth year thesis student in the Molecular Biology and Genetics program. During the summer, she has been working with Dominic to optimize ELISA protocols for the peanut metabolism project. In the fall, she is excited to continue working in the lab on the tryptophan project under the supervision of Liam.

Niki Patel


Angelica Estevez Perez is a fourth year thesis student in the Biochemistry program. Her thesis involves processing results for our clinical project. Angelica will use various types of media to culture bacteria from clinical samples. She is excited to learn more about bacteriology and microbiome analysis. 

Angelica Estevez Perez

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Izzah Sattar is a third year project student in the Biochemistry program. With a keen interest in the aryl hydrocarbon receptor, Izzah has been assisting Liam with mouse models over the summer. She will continue to work on tryptophan models in the fall.

Izzah Sattar


Research Staff

Jessica Linton

Jessica Linton is the lab manager and clinical coordinator of the Caminero Lab. Her Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology at University of Guelph prepared her to coordinate the various mouse projects of the lab. Jessica is also the leader of the clinical research at the Caminero Lab. In this role, Jessica communicates with a team of physicians and medical students to recruit patients and study food intolerances in inflammatory bowel disease.