2020

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 1 p.m.

MSc Thesis Defence - Dandan Zhao

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Dalhousie University

"Investigating the role of the anaerobic protist Blastocystis in the gut microbiome by metagenomic analysis"

Location
Room 429-430, Goldberg Computer Science Building,
6050 University Avenue, Halifax, NS

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 4:00-6:30 pm

Honours Student Research Presentations 2020

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Dalhousie University

04:05 - 04:15 Jordan Thompson (supervisor Neale Ridgway)
Fatty acid regulation of phosphocholine cytidylyltransferase beta (CCT-beta) phosphorylation & cellular localization

04:20 - 04:30 Jacob Rukavina (supervisor Paola Marignani)
The role of VAV2 in cell migration

04:35 - 04:45 Madison Kropp (supervisor John Frampton)
Development and analysis of an in vitro co-culture hepatic fibrosis model

04:50 – 05:00 Nicholas Bacon (supervisor Vanya Ewart)
The effect of a Fucus vesiculosus extract on alpha-synuclein amyloid formation

05:05 - 05:15 Madelaine Robertson (supervisors Jan Rainey and John Frampton)
That’s a wrap: Using recombinant aciniform spider silk as a platform for cell growth

05:20 - 05:30 Sam Paton (supervisor George Robertson)
Inhibition of the mitochondrial calcium uniporter attenuates proinflammatory activation of human brain endothelial cells

05:35 - 05:45 Noa Sorbara (supervisor Stephen Bearne)
Investigating inhibition of isoleucine 2-epimerase by alkyl boronic acids

05:50 - 06:00 Erin Donovan (supervisor Vanya Ewart)
Exploring the interaction between Pseudopleuronectes americanus type I antifreeze protein
and rat erythrocytes

06:05 – 06:15 Madhav Makkena (supervisory Barbara Karten)
Visualization of cholesterol in the neuronal plasma membrane

Location
Theatre "A", Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building (Halifax, NS)
Room 102, DMNB (Saint John, NB)

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 2:00-6:00 pm

Graduate Student Symposium

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Graduate Students Present:
Hot Topics in Nature and Science

2:00-2:25 pm - Kathleen Vergunst, Langelaan Lab
A reversible RNA on-switch that controls gene expression of AAV-delivered therapeutics in vivo

2:25-2:50 pm - Lizzy Baker, Rainey Lab
Microporous methacrylated glycol chitosan-montmorillonite nanocomposite hydrogel for bone tissue engineering

2:50-3:15 pm - Jason Foster, Ridgway Lab
Journey to the center of the cell: Exploring nuclear lipid droplet formation and function

3:15-3:40 pm - Taryn Jakub, Kramer Lab
Updates in the genome editing world

3:40-4:00 pm - Intermission
coffee and refreshments courtesy of the
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

4:00-4:25 pm - Xingjian Chang, Ewart Lab
FPR1 is the plague receptor on host immune cells

4:25-4:50 pm - Tom Gillis, Bearne Lab
Efficacy of novel binding interactions between antitumour drug AMG 510 and KRAS(G12C)

4:50-5:15 pm - Tam Pham, Rainey Lab
How oxygen (or the lack thereof) can potentially lead to human adaptive responses

5:15-5:40 pm - Kelsey Williamson, Roger Lab
Characterization of a bacterium that demonstrates unprecedented
prokaryotic complexity

Location
Room 14B2, Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building (Halifax, NS)

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 1 p.m.

MSc Thesis Defence - Dane C. Sands

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Dalhousie University

"Investigation of the Amyloid "Properties of Winter Flounder Antifreeze Protein (AFP6) and the Application of Aqueous Curcumin in the Detection of this Protein

Location
Theatre 14B02, Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building (Halifax, NS)

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Dr. Zoe Finkel

Professor, Department of Oceanography
Dalhousie University

"Phytoplankton in a changing world"

Location
Theatre A, Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building (Halifax, NS)
Room 102, DMNB (Saint John, NB)

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Dr. Gerd Prehna

Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology
University of Manitoba

"Probing the intersection between natural competence and transduction in Streptococcus"

Location
Theatre A, Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building (Halifax, NS)
Room 102, DMNB (Saint John, NB)

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Dr. Luc Boudreau

Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor, Université de Moncton
Moncton, New Brunswick

"Implication of a Novel Subpopulation of Platelet-Derived Microparticle in Inflammatory Diseases"

Location
Room 102, DMNB (Saint John, NB)
Theatre A, Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building (Halifax, NS)

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Recipient of the 2018-2019 Doug Hogue Award

Shannon Sibbald

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Dalhousie University

"A genomic investigation into the evolution of microbial eukaryotes"

Location
Theatre A, Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building (Halifax, NS)
Room 102, DMNB (Saint John, NB)

Reception to follow, Room 9-A1
All are welcome to attend!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Dr. Jillian Rourke

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Mount Allison University

"A high-throughput approach identifies novel nutrient-sensing G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR)"

Location
Room 102, DMNB (Saint John, NB)
Theatre A, Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building (Halifax, NS)