Dr. Maria S. Ioannou

Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology

Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

University of Alberta

Canada Research Chair in Brain Lipid Cell Biology

Member, Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute

Member, Group on Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids

Member, Women and Children’s Health Research Institute

Maria obtained her BSc and MSc with Dr. Margaret Fahnestock at McMaster University, her PhD with Dr. Peter McPherson at McGill University and her post-doctoral training with Drs.  Zhe Liu and Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz at the HHMI Janelia Research Campus. She started her lab at the University of Alberta in May 2019.

Awards and Honors:

2021 Sloan Fellow in Neuroscience
2021 National New Investigator from the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada
2020 Amgen Stewart Whitman CLC Young Investigator Award

Our Team:

Ju-Young Bae PHYSL468/469 Student 2022-2023

Jeremy Wong – Undergraduate Summer Student

Ceili Green – Undergraduate Summer Student


Kennedi Chik PHYSL468/469 Student 2022-2023

Claire Liden PHYSL461 Student 2022

Muhammad Elezzabi PHYSL468/469 Student 2019-2020

Nathanael Lee PHYSL468/469 Student 2019-2020

Wendy Cai CELL398 Student 2020
PHYSL468/469 Student 2021-2022

Ian Gatera PHYSL467 Student 2019-2020


Dr. Peter Stys, University of Calgary, Canada

Dr. Hugo Bellen, HHMI, Baylor College of Medicine, USA

Dr. Doreen Matthies, National Institutes of Health, USA

Dr. Mark Cembrowski, University of British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Ian Winship, University of Alberta, Canada

Dr. Jesse Jackson, University of Alberta, Canada