Graduate Studies Seminars

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Graduate studies seminars are held regularly on Thursdays at noon in the Tupper building, room 2L10, unless otherwise noted. Grand Rounds are generally held at the VG hospital auditorium. Specific titles/topics are announced in a weekly departmental email.

Below is the tentative schedule for the 2018-2019 academic year. If you have questions or corrections, or if you would like to be added to the email list, please contact


Date Speaker(s) Topic
13 September 2018 Dudley Cheng (PhD candidate) Investigating the Role of Neddylation and the COP9 Signalosome during Cytokinesis and in Response to DNA Damage
20 September 2018 Grand Rounds Multiple presenters (see link)
27 September 2018


4 October 2018 Carter Van Iderstine (MSc student) The Regulation of PRP4K in Lung Cancer and its Role in Treatment Response and Metastasis
11 October 2018 Livia Clarker (MSc student) PRP4K is a potential biomarker for metastasis and its loss is linked to anoikis resistance and partial epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT)
18 October 2018 Grand Rounds Dr Jennifer Duncan
25 October 2018 Meg Dahn (Thomas) (PhD candidate) Profiling breast cancer for decitabine response indicators reveals deoxycytidine kinase as key determinant of sensitivity
1 November 2018


8 November 2018 Zheng Pang (PhD candidate) Regulator of calcineurin 1 differentially regulates TLR-dependent MyD88 and TRIF signaling pathways
15 November 2018 Grand Rounds Dr Manal Elnenaei
22 November 2018 Vicky Miller (PhD candidate) Structure-Function of the Plasminogen Receptor S100A10 & Disease Implication
29 November 2018 Namit Holay (PhD candidate) cancelled
6 December 2018 Mike Giacomantonio (MSc student) Investigating the Kynurenine Pathway in Macrophages
12 December 2018 Your Kim (PhD candidate) Oncolytic reovirus promotes anti-tumor T cell responses by preferentially altering the tumor MHC-I ligandome

Holiday break

10 January 2019 Mohammed Sultan (PhD candidate) An in vivo genome-wide RNAi screen identifies novel paclitaxel response mediators in breast cancer
17 January 2019 Grand Rounds Dr Karen Bedard
24 January 2018 Bassel Dawood (PhD candidate) Expression of TLR2 in mothers alters breast milk components and impacts the development of oral tolerance
31 January 2019 Alyson Zwicker (PhD candidate) Genes and the environment in developmental psychopathology leading to severe mental illness
7 February 2019 Lauren Westhaver (PhD candidate) Natural killer cells and mitochondrial damage-associated molecular patterns as mediators of ischemia reperfusion injury during liver transplantation
14 February 2019 Emma Martell (MSc student) The role of mitochondrial antioxidant enzyme SOD2 in pluripotency and differentiation
21 February 2019 Grand Rounds Dr Ross Davidson
28 February 2019

Keon Collett (MSc student)

Developing a MLL-rearranged infant leukemia model for high throughput drug screening in zebrafish and investigating the role in MLL3 in the rapid onset of infant leukemia
7 March 2019 Qianni Hu (PhD candidate) Extracellular mitochondria released from liver ischemia reperfusion injury act as alarmins to evoke innate immune system and trigger inflammation
14 March 2019 Brianne Cruickshank (MSc student) Investigating the Potential of Cancer Stem Cell-enriched Long Non-coding RNA PART in Triple Negative Breast Cancer
21 March 2019

Edwin Leong (PhD candidate)

Mastering Fibrosis: The potential of mast cells in the resolution of fibrosis

28 March 2019 Namit Holay (PhD candidate) Anti-viral Type I Interferons Drive Prompt Expansion of Stem Memory-like T Cells in an NAD+-dependent Manner
4 April 2019 Sabateeshan Mathavarajah (MSc student) From spotted gar to humans: evolutionary conservation of innate immune pathways
11 April 2019 Leah MacLean (MSc student) Exploring cytokine influence on high risk neuroblastoma immunotherapy in a humanized zebrafish model
18 April 2019 Grand Rounds TBA