Welcome to the Oweida 

Radio-bio-immunology Lab (RIBL)


November 12, 2023

Three members of the Oweida Lab presented at the CCRC conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia: Nour Elhouda Saidi, Cleopatra Rutihinda and Ayman Oweida.

September 29, 2023

PhD student, Ryman Haroun, presented her work at the Summit 4 Cancer Immunotherapy conference in Ottawa, Ontario.

September 27, 2023

The lab participated in the 7th ImmunoRad conference in Paris.

September 1, 2023

After 2 years of waiting, our lab finally welcomed the state-of-the-art preclinical image-guided irradiator: SmART Plus from Precision X-Ray. Special thanks to Kiran Bira for installation, technical support and help throughout the process. We are excited to start using and sharing this amazing piece of equipment. It will advance research in a wide range of areas that involve radiotherapy, CT imaging, bioluminescence imaging, cell irradiation and others.

August 27, 2023

The lab participated in the 17th International Congress for Radiation Research. Two abstracts were presented: 

June 1, 2023

The lab participated in the IRCUS/CHUS conference on cancer. 

May 3, 2023

The lab welcomed MITACS summer student, Nancy Ruiz Dominguez from Mexico. Nancy is current an MD student and will be working on studying the immune microenvironment in lung cancer. 

Aprili 26, 2023

The lab bid farewell to one of its brightest minds, Juan Ordonez. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours!

Aprili 7, 2023

The lab's PhD student, Ryma Haroun, published a comprehensive review paper on the subject of Toll-Like receptors and the response to radiotherapy in cancer. The review paper was featured on the journal's cover page. Congratulations Ryma!

Link to article: https://www.mdpi.com/2076-393X/11/4/818 

January 3, 2023

The lab welcomed our newest member, Aliya Shams. Aliya did her Master's degree in the UK.  She will be doing her MSc in the lab on the role of regulatory T cells in the response to radiotherapy in head and neck cancer. Welcome, Aliya!

September 22-23, 2022

Oweida Lab members are attending and presenting their work at  2 conferences this week: The ImmunoRad conference in New York and the FRQS Cancer Research Network Conference in Montreal.

August 3, 2022

Congratulations to Nour Elhouda Saidi for being the recipient of a scholarship from the Quebec Bio-Imaging Network (Réseau de Bio-Imagerie du Québec).

July 26, 2022

The lab's summer outing to celebrate birthdays and achievements. 

July 18, 2022

The lab welcomed MITACS awardee Muskaan Sharma from India and Intern Sahar Naasri from Tunisia. They will both spend 3 months investigating lung cancer related biomarkers.

June 25, 2022

Congratulations to Ryma Haroun for completing her final Maitrise Defence presentation on how radiation modulates the TLR4/MYD88 pathway in non-small lung cancer. 

May 5, 2022

Congratulations to Nour Elhouda Saidi for obtaining an MSc scholarship for 2 years (Bourse Abdenour-Nabid du programme de bourses aux études supérieures de la FMSS). 

May 9, 2022

The lab welcomes our two summer students funded by the faculty of medicine summer scholarships program: Juan Pablo Ordoñez from Bishop's University and Saad Mohssine from McGill University. 

April 12, 2022

Cleopatra presented the lab's findings at the annual meeting for the American Association for Cancer Research in New Orleans, Louisiana.

January 13, 2022

The lab welcomed Ryma Haroun from France who will be doing her Master's research project in the lab.

January 4, 2022

The lab welcomed Mohamed Fares for a 1-month internship in the lab.

November 1, 2021

The lab welcomed Nour Elhuda Saidi who will be starting her Master's degree in Nuclear Medicine and Radiobiology. Nour will focus on developing imaging tools for immune phenotyping of tumors.

September 30, 2021

The Cancer Research Society has gratefully accepted to fund our proposal. We are delighted by this news.

June 26, 2021

The lab welcomed summer student, Safia Chelighem from France who will be training for 2 months before returning to France to complete her Bachelor's degree (Licance). 

June 15, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Oweida for his successful application to the Canada Research Program. 

May 25, 2021

The lab welcomes Léanie Moreau as a summer research student. Léanie is currently in her final year at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. She will be working on a new project to develop an imaging method to detect immune cells in lung cancer. 

April 17, 2021

Our lab is hiring! We are looking for motivated graduate students (MSc/PhD) interested in biomedical imaging. The candidate will develop imaging methods for analyzing the immune infiltrate in tumors. For more information and to apply, email: ayman.oweida@usherbrooke.ca 

February 17, 2021

Dr. Oweida will be delivering a talk at the FRQS Cancer Research Symposium, organized in collaboration with the Quebec Node of the Terry Fox Research Institute and the Quebec Cancer Consortium.

February 9, 2021

Senior-year Biochemistry student, Serge D'Haiti joined the lab to complete his research credits. Serge will be working on assessing tumor-intrinsic chemokine signaling.

January 19, 2021

The lab received its first grant on lung cancer research from the Quebec Respiratory Health Research Network (QRHRN). The grant will allow us to study immune-related mechanisms of radioresistance in squamous cell lung cancer. We are grateful to the QRHRN for their support. 

January 1, 2021

Our lab looks forward to a bright and productive 2021.

October 11, 2020

The lab's first scientific abstract has been accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for ImmunoTherapy in Cancer (SITC) which will be held virtually this year. 

June 18, 2020

After a long process due to COVID-19, the lab welcomed its newest member Dr. Jeru Manuel who is joinng as a postdoc in the lab. Jeru comes with a wealth of experience in molecular biology. His expertise have certainly landed in the right place! Welcome Jeru!

June 29, 2020

Congratulations to Ebru Tas for delivering a great presentation on how radiation modulates TLR3 expression. This is the last step in obtaining her Master degree in Natural Sciences from Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne in France. Congrats Ebru!

June 23, 2020

The lab welcomed our new student Hassan Lyoubi who will be joining as a summer student for 2 months. Hassan is an aspiring student wishing to pursue medicine. He will start his BSc at Universite de Sherbrooke in September 2020. In the mean time, he will be working on how radiation changes the immune profile of cancer cells. Welcome Hassan!

May 25, 2020

The past few months have been challenging due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We continued to hold lab meetings remotely and today we are back in the lab! Everyone is excited to get the ball rolling on some new (and old) experiments!

February 27, 2020

The lab had its first structured lab meeting. 

January 17, 2020

Lab members completed training on cell culture and western blotting. 

January 6, 2020

The lab welcomed its first students! It will be a thrill working with such a group of excited scientists:

Welcome guys!

December 20, 2019

The Canadian government opened a special program to attract students from specific countries to pursue a Master's degree in Canada. I am looking to recruit 2 Master's students to work in my lab on radiation therapy in cancer. The study is fully funded by the government of Canada ($120,000 for 2 years). The list of eligible nationalities includes Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank. 

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December 13, 2019

Dr. Oweida will be giving a talk for the department of immunology and cell biology today. The talk will be on how immune phenotyping should be integrated into radiotherapy treatment planning. 

November 12, 2019

Our lab will be participating in the recruitment salon on November 12, 2019. Our artistic masterpiece is below.

October 31, 2019

The fall season is in full swing!

View from my office

Photos taken between August and October

View from parking lot

Photos taken between August and October

October 23, 2019

The first major shipment to the lab has arrived. Mainly plastics from Sarstedt. Now, the organization of the lab!

October 17, 2019

A supplier show was organized at the PRAC. Although, useful, having more suppliers would be enrich the experience.

October 15, 2019

The CRCHUS invited a great speaker, Jonathan Bramson from McMaster University to speak about engineering the fight against cancer. The talk focused on genetic modification of T cell receptors for improved recognition of tumor associated antigens.

September 23, 2019

Startup fund has been activated and we look forward to begin purchasing important supplies for the lab. An important topic for starting labs including ours is strategic spending of startup funds, particularly in the absence of external grants. 

September 17, 2019

The department of Nuclear Medicine and Radiobiology held a Welcome Reception for my recruitment. I am grateful to everyone who attended or was involved in the organization. 

September 12, 2019

Attended my first Radiation Sciences program meeting and obtained the permission to supervise grad students.

September 10, 2019

Attended the first department of immunology seminar at the CRCHUS. The talk was given by Sergio Grinstein, PhD on the processed of phagocytosis and micropinocytosis. 

September 3, 2019

We began organizing the lab equipment that we received last week. We are grateful to Huda Oweida for her amazing touches and assistance. 

August 29, 2019

We obtained the first set of instruments and equipment for our lab. We are grateful to the CHUS administration for allowing us to obtain equipment from labs that closed down. Some of the equipment we obtained includes Western blot apparatus, microplate reader, light microscope and histology apparatus. We are grateful to Lucas, MSc student in pharmacology  for his invaluable assistance in delivering items to the lab.  

August 27, 2019

Met with VWR rep, Loreleï Durand who just started her position after completing her PhD from UdEM. We discussed new lab supplies and opened an account with VWR for future purchases.

August 23, 2019

And ofcourse, today I had the pleasure of hosting my daughter. We talked math and grant budgets.

August 22, 2019

I had a wonderful time hosting my son in my office. We talked about science, engineering and ofcourse video gaming. He helped with grant ideas too!

August 19, 2019

The Lab - We have finally landed on earth and it feels like heaven again! Deep in the research centre of Sherbrooke university and between the walls of the immunology department, we have found our home. More specifically, 4th floor of the CRCHUS.

August 1, 2019

The Office - Beginning of the journey - stepping into my new office and meeting my department colleagues. Placing a plant on my window that will share the office space with me and serve as a reminder that growth doesn't happen overnight!