Maryam Zamani
Maryam Zamani
Instructional Assistant
ABB C515
905-525-9140 ext 24353

Dr. Maryam (Manely) Zamani has received her Ph.D. from the University of Tehran and finished one year of internship at the School of Medicine, the University of Washington, working on cell-cell communication in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and the effect of quorum quenching in mixed bacterial population structures under the supervision of Prof. Eugene Nester.
She joined Prof. Turlough Finan’s lab at McMaster University as a postdoctoral fellow in 2014, where she practiced synthetic biology and functional genomics. Her study aimed to find the minimal genomic subset required for biological nitrogen fixation in Scinorhizobium meliloti. She continued her second postdoc position at McMaster (2019-2022), working on the characterization of a phage defence mechanisms in S. meliloti, and the School of Interdisciplinary Science awarded her a two-year teaching fellowship in 2020-2022 to teach LIFESCI 4N03: Synthetic Biology and genome editing technology and LIFESCI 4Q03: Plant-Microbe interactions: Applications and Perspective.
During her academic journey, she has always greatly enjoyed assisting and teaching students and watching them grow, develop new skills, and identify their passion. She is passionate about teaching and lab work, and her potential to blend these two into a fulfilling career has motivated her to join SIS as an instructional assistant level IV.

Molecular Bacteriology, Genome Editing, Sythetic Biology, Functional Genomics, Plant-Microbe Interaction



Geddes BA, Kearsley JVS, Huang, J, Zamani M, Muhammed Z, Sather L, Panchal AK, diCenzo GC, Finan, TM. (2021) Minimal gene set from Sinorhizobium (Ensifer) meliloti pSymA required for efficient symbiosis with Medicago. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. 188(2): e2018015118
Brumwell SL, MacLeod MR, Huang T, Cochrane RR, Meaney RS, Zamani, M, Matysiakiewicz O, Dan KN, Janakirama P, Edgell DR, Charles TC, Finan TM and Karas BJ. (2019) Designer Sinorhizobium meliloti strains and multi-functional vectors enable direct inter-kingdom DNA transfer. PLoS ONE 14(6): e0206781. 
diCenzo GC, Zamani M, Checcucci A, Fondi M, Griffitts JS, Finan, TM, Mengoni A. (2018) Multi-disciplinary approaches for studying rhizobium – legume symbioses. Canadian Journal of Microbiology. 65(1):1-33. 
Zamani M, diCenzo GC, Milanuvic B and Finan T. (2017) A Putative 3hydroxyisobutyryl-CoA hydrolase is required for efficient symbiotic nitrogen fixation in Sinorhizobium meliloti and Sinorhizobium fredii NGR234. Environmental Microbiology. 19(1): 218-236. 
Zamani M**, diCenzo GC, Ludwig H and Finan TM. (2017) Heterologous complementation reveals a specialized activity for BacA in the Medicago – Sinorhizobium meliloti symbiosis. Molecular Plant-Microbe interaction. 30(4): 312-324. (GD and MZ contributed equally to this work) 
diCenzo, GC, Harsh S, Nanda A, Zamani M, and Finan TM. (2017) PhoU allows rapid adaptation to high phosphate concentration by modulating PstSCAB transport rate in S. meliloti. Journal of Bacteriology. 199(18): e00143-17. (Journal cover image) 
Zamani M**, diCenzo GC, Milanuvic B, and Finan TM. (2016) Genomic resources for identification of the minimal N2-fixing symbiotic genome. Environmental Microbiology. 18(8): 2534-2547. (Focus of a highlight article in Environmental Microbiology) 
Zamani M**, diCenzo, GC, Cowie A, and Finan TM. (2015) Proline auxotrophy in Sinorhizobium meliloti results in a plant-specific symbiotic phenotype. Microbiology. 161(12): 2341-2351. (GD and MZ contributed equally to this work).
** Equal-coauthor


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