Research Staff


Elizabeth Fidalgo da Silva, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor/Research Associate
2007 – Present

My research project focuses on the mechanisms of cell cycle regulation by the tumor suppressor protein Tuberin. Disturbance of the cell cycle regulation occurs in many proliferative diseases, as cancers and the Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, you can check the details of this research here. My experience in enzymatic reactions and DNA replication obtained during my Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral studies has provided me with a strong background to carry on a research line in the molecular biology field at the Porter Lab. Before joining the Porter Lab, I held an Associate Professor position at the University Federal of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for 4 years, but for personal reasons I had to come back to Canada. During this time at the University of Windsor, I have been awarded a Seeds4Hope grant from the Windsor Cancer Research Center to study the role of tuberin in the development and progression of pediatric brain tumors. I have been co-supervisor in many graduate and undergraduate theses, as well as a sessional instructor for microbiology and medical microbiology undergraduate courses at the University of Windsor. My interest in Imaging techniques, as microscopy and flow cytometry, has increased over the years and now I am the manager of the University of Windsor Imaging Facility, you can know more about this facility here. Up to now, the most awarding path of my career as a scientist has been teaching students how to do research and follow their development and accomplishments obtained during and after their time in our lab. Many of my alumni students were accepted into medical/dental/pharmacology/optometry schools or are following their careers as scientists.  My research group holds an NSERC grant and right now we have two graduate and several undergraduate students in our group.

Dorota Lubanska

Dorota Lubanska, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor/Research Associate
2013 – Present

I graduated from the Pharmacy program at the Karol Marcinkowski University of Medical Sciences in Poznan, Poland with M.Sc. in Pharmaceutical Biochemistry in 2006. I came to Canada and started my Ph.D. program in 2007 here at the University of Windsor in Dr. Porter’s lab where I took on a project studying the role of Spy1 in neurogenesis and glioma biology. I graduated in May, 2013. I published my work in Cancer Cell in January 2014. I stayed on to work as a Research Associate. My research right now focuses on Spy1, stem cell biology within the central nervous system during development, brain tumourigenesis and neurological malignancies.

Bre-Anne Fifield, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor/Research Associate
2014 – Present

I began my Ph.D. in Dr. Porter’s lab in 2009 studying the role of Spy1 in normal and abnormal development of the mammary gland. I completed my degree in December 2014, and have stayed on as a research associate in the lab. Our research in the breast program is focused on elucidating the role Spy1 plays in regulating normal development of the mammary gland as well as how aberrant expression of Spy1 can contribute to tumourigenesis. A key focus of my work is on the development and characterization of new in vivo model systems to use as tools within the lab for all of our systems of study.

Philip Habashy

Philip Habashy

Research Assistant
2019 – present

Janice Tubman

Janice Tubman, Ph.D.

Research Associate
2020 – present

I started my journey in the Porter lab in 2009 completing an undergraduate thesis which has eventually led to the completion of my doctorate in December 2019. My research is focused on inflammatory processes associated with breast cancer treatment and metastasis. In collaboration with a local company, we have developed in house zebrafish models to test toxicity of drugs and natural health products, predict metastatic potential of cells, and determine drug efficacy all in high throughput in vivo models. Now that the models are developed, we are beginning to incorporate transgenic zebrafish models into our research and establish our aquatic facility as a multidisciplinary research core.