2021

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 1-4 p.m.

MSc Thesis Defence - Elizabeth A. Baker

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University

"Engineered Neurotrophin-Binding Spider Silk Biomaterials for Nerve Growth Applications"

Location
Microsoft Teams (Online)
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Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 4 p.m.

Aaron Woblistin

PhD Candidate, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University

"Breaking the Dogma. NPC2 deficiency does not induce cholesterol accumulation in neuroblastoma"

Location
Microsoft Teams (Online)
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Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 4 p.m.

Spencer Jones

PhD Candidate, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University

"Investigating the role of the core SWI/SNF sub-unit Bap60 during long-term memory formation in Drosophila melanogaster"

Nicholas Raun

PhD Candidate, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University

"The methyltransferase Trx regulates critical energy genes in memory neurons"

Location
Microsoft Teams (Online)
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Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 4 p.m.

Kelsey Williamson

PhD Candidate, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University

"Unravelling the early evolution of eukaryotes through genomics and molecular phylogenetics"

Taryn Jakub

PhD Candidate, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University

"Investigating functional effects of missense variants in chromatin regulators"

Location
Microsoft Teams (Online)
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Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 4 p.m.

Elizabeth Baker

MSc Candidate, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University

"Engineerng Neurotrophin-Binding Recombinant Spider Silk Promotes Neurite Outgrowth"

Jason Foster

MSc Candidate Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University

"Journey to the center of the cell: Exploring nuclear lipid droplet formation and function"

Location
Microsoft Teams (Online)
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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 4 p.m.

Emily Eden, Ph.D.

Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer, Faculty of Brain Sciences, Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London

"Linking inter-organelle communication with cholesterol traffic through the endocytic pathway"

Location
Microsoft Teams (Online)
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Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 4 p.m.

Jan K. Rainey, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Department of Chemistry (cross-appointed), and School of Biomedical Engineering (cross-appointed), Dalhousie University

"Untangling the atomic through nanoscale features that allow the outstanding mechanics of spider silks"

Location
Microsoft Teams (Online)
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Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 4 p.m.

Michael Downey

Associate Professor, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Ottawa

"New functions for an old favourite: Lysine polyphosphorylation as an evolutionarily conserved post-translational modification"

Location
Microsoft Teams (Online)
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Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 4 p.m.

Jeff Simmons
Recipient of the 2019-2020 Doug Hogue Award

PhD Student, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University

"A Sticky Situation: Investigating Structural and Mechanical Properties of Recombinant Pyriform Silk"

Location
Microsoft Teams (Online)
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Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 3:00-5:30 p.m.

Honours Student Research Presentations

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University

3:05 – 3:15 Emma Ferguson (supervisor Dr. Claudio Slamovits)
Evaluating transcriptional responses for HSP70 and HSP90 to light stresses in the dinoflagellate Oxyrrhis marina

3:20 – 3:30 Joel Phillips (supervisor Dr. Jamie Kramer)
Identification of novel memory genes by analysis of transcripts enriched in memory neurons

3:35 - 3:45 Rodina Salem (supervisor Dr. David Langelaan)
Purification and characterization of the 2-micron plasmid protein, Raf

3:55 - 4:05 Erica Allen (supervisor Dr. David Waisman)
Function of calreticulin in plasminogen activation

4:10 - 4:20 Turner Kinal (supervisor Dr. Barbara Karten)
Lysosomal cholesterol trafficking influences activity of transcription factor EB (TFEB)

4:25 – 4:35 Hyejin Jeon (supervisor Dr. Deniz Top)
Investigating secondary messengers in circadian signaling

4:40 - 4:50 Lillian Adams (supervisor Dr. Jan Rainey)
Using 19F- and 15N-labels to probe and characterize apelin-55

4:55 - 5:05 Joshua Hayden (supervisor Dr. Stephen Bearne)
Studies on the mandelate racemase subgroup of the enolase superfamily: Inhibition and molecular dynamics simulations

5:10 - 5:20 Klea Richardson (supervisor Dr. Claudio Slamovits)
Examining the effect of temperature stress on the expression of retrotransposons in dinoflagellates

Location
Microsoft Teams (Online)
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Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 3-5 p.m.

Graduate Student Symposium

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University

3:00-3:30 pm - Trilok Neupane, Langelaan Lab
Taking a drug only twice a year for treating HIV?

3:30-4:00 pm - Laura McGary, Bearne Lab
A potent suppressor of ferroptosis identified in protecting against cell death by lipid peroxidation

4:00-4:30 pm - Anupama Ghimire, Rainey Lab
Are inactive ingredients of drug formulation “inert”?

4:30-5:00 pm - Jordan Thompson, Rigdway Lab
Updated model of autophagy leads to new potential cancer treatment

Location
Microsoft Teams (Online)
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Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 4 p.m.

Shinya Yamamoto, DVM, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

"Using Drosophila to discover and study new human disease genes"

Location
Microsoft Teams (Online)
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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 4 p.m.

Nicolas Pichaud, Ph.D.

Professeur, Départment de chimie et biochimie, Université de Moncton

"Stressing the powerhouse: What Drosophila can teach us about metabolic (in)flexibility?"

Location
Microsoft Teams (Online)
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Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 4 p.m.

Samuel Veres, Ph.D., P.Eng

Associate Professor, Division of Engineering, Saint Mary's University

"Some basic questions about the body's most important structural protein"

Location
Microsoft Teams (Online)
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Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 4 p.m.

Beth Mason, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer, The Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment, Cape Breton University

"From shellfish to Covid"

Location
Microsoft Teams (Online)
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Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 4 p.m.

Jeffrey S. Dason, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Windsor

"Neural Mechanisms of Nociception"

Location
Microsoft Teams (Online)
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Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 4 p.m.

James G. Omichinski, Ph.D.

Professor, Département de biochimie et médicine moléculaire, Université de Montréal, Québec

"The functional diversity of bacterial organomercurial lysases (MerB) that confer resistance to methylmercury toxicity is linked to environmental niches"

Location
Microsoft Teams (Online)
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