Graduate Studies Seminars

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Graduate studies seminars are held regularly on Thursdays at noon.

Grand Rounds are generally held the third Thursday of the month (except for March.) Specific titles/topics are announced in a weekly departmental email.

All sessions will be held virtually via MS Teams for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

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Speaker Topic

Sept. 10, 2020

Justin Brown, MSc  student A novel ALDH1A3-NRAD1-S100A8 axis regulates gene expression - the missing lnc in breast cancer stem cells?
Sept. 17, 2020

Dr. Jake Yorke, GP resident

Lauren Westhaver, PhD candidate

Edwin Leong, PhD candidate

Grand Rounds  Sudden natural death in Nova Scotia: a retrospective study from the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service 2009-2018

Natural killer cells and mitoDAMPs in IRI during liver transplantation

Mast cells in Fibrosis - More than skin deep?"

Sept. 24, 2020 Youra Kim, PhD candidate Major Histocompatibility Complex Class I Restricted Epitopes in Oncolytic Virus Infection and Therapy
Oct 1, 2020 Marie-Claire Wasson, MSc student Identification and characterization of oncogenic long non-coding RNAs associated with breast cancer stem cells.
Oct. 8, 2020 Leah MacLean, MSc student Functional regulation of Natural Killer cells and their prognostic value in solid tumours.
Oct. 15, 2020 Dr. David Kimmel Grand Rounds Results from the Canadian PNH Flow Cytometry Proficiency Testing Initiative.
Oct. 22 2020 Kateryna Kratzer, MSc student Safe harbour sites and translesion polymerases: Overcoming barriers to clinical gene editing.
Oct. 29, 2020 Mark Hanes, PhD candidate

Addressing B cell and mast cell crosstalk in melanoma.

Nov 5, 2020 No seminar scheduled  
Nov. 12, 2020 Mike Giacomantonio, PhD candiate

The Role of the Kynurenine Pathway in Macrophages

Nov. 19, 2020 Dr. Heleen Arts Grand Rounds Molecular Genetics of Ciliopathies 
Nov. 26, 2020 Hanan Aljamaei, PhD candidate

A Histopathological Approach to Determine the Role of IL-10 in Chemotherapy- Induced Mucositis in Mice. 

Dec 3, 2020 No seminar scheduled  
Dec. 10, 2020 Dr. Jeanette Boudreau

Grand Rounds Orchestration of inflammation and immunoregulation by natural killer cells.

Dec. 17, 2020 No seminar scheduled  
Dec. 24, 2020 No seminar scheduled - Winter holidays  
Dec. 31, 2020 No seminar scheduled - Winter holidays  
Jan. 7, 2021 Innovation Sandbox Talk  
Jan. 14, 2021 Lauren Westhaver, PhD candidate Natural killer cells limit the magnitude of inflammation resulting from tissue damage via sensing of mitochondrial DAMPs
Jan. 21, 2021 Daryl MacNeil & Liam Shannon  Grand Rounds 'LEAN'
Jan. 28, 2021 Sam Cutler, MSc student

Targeted and Whole-Genome Sequencing for Clinically Relevant Genomic Interrogation of Multiple Myeloma

Feb 4, 2021 Edwin Leong, PhD candidate Mast cells: Facilitators in the balance between fibrosis and resolution
Feb. 11, 2021 Sabateeshan Mathavarajah, PhD candidate The evolution of anamniote innate immune signalling: from gar to axolotl.
Feb. 18, 2021 Dr. Todd Hatchette Grand Rounds "COVID-19 Vaccines"
Feb. 25, 2021 Allyson Cook, MSc student

Linking PRP4K cytoplasmic functions to tumour suppression

Mar. 4, 2021 Sarah Schwartz, Micro MSc student Natural Killer Cells as Immunotherapy to Target Rapidly-Evolving Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma
Mar. 11, 2021 Olivia Walker, MSc student

Evaluating MTHFD2 as a mediator of decitabine response in breast cancer

Mar. 18, 2021 Edwin Leong, PhD candidate

Mast cells: Facilitators in the balance between fibrosis and resolution.

Mar. 22, 2021 Sarah Nersesian, Micro PhD candidate

Investigating the prognostic value of NK cell infiltration and localization in the COEUR high grade serous cancer cohort by multiplex immunofluorescence

April 1, 2021 Stecey Lee, Micro PhD candidate

NK cells: up for the challenge of pancreatic cancer?

April 8, 2021 Namit Holay, PhD candidate

NAD+ salvage pathway regulates prompt reprogramming of naive CD8 T cells following exposure to virus

April 15, 2021 Drs. Andrea Thoni and Gillian Bethune 

Grand Rounds CBD-Competence by Design - The Dalhousie Residence Experience

April 22, 2021 Zara Forbrigger, MSc student

The gut as a confounder in the metabolism of blood asparagine by PEG-asparaginase in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

May 20, 2021 Drs. Martin Bullock and Manal Elnenaei

Grand Rounds  Differentiated Thyroid Cancer from Diagnosis to Monitoring Across Pathology Disciplines

June 17, 2021 Dr. Laurette Geldenhuys

Grand Rounds  "Anatomical Pathology and COVID-19."