Madeline Shred


I am a lesbian and I am a structural biologist.//

I’m currently working on a research project in the cytoskeleton morphology lab at McGill, where I hope to solve the structure of Drosophila microtubules by cryo-EM. Most knowledge about microtubules comes from studying tubulin from farm animals, so we hope that by studying microtubules from more diverse species, we can identify the unifying characteristics of microtubules across all eukaryotes. I first became interested in protein structures after working in an enzyme engineering lab in Germany and have been fascinated by structure-function relationships ever since. I completed a biomedical sciences degree at the University of Waterloo, and after working with x-ray crystallography for my honours thesis, I’m excited to dip my toes into the world of cryo-EM. Outside of the lab, I love spending time with my theyfriend and our little siamese cat, visiting museums, and taking photos of birds. I’ve known I was a lesbian since my second year of university. While I found queer friends in my program, I didn’t have or know of any queer professors in STEM. Through 500 Queer Scientists, I would love to connect with other LGBTQ2S+ scientists interested in building up the queer in STEM community in Montreal (and Canada), or just nerding out about molecular and structural biology together!

Twitter: @maddyinthelab