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News Archive 2005

January

Bearne and Liu Awarded CIHR Operating Grants
Monday, January 31, 2005
Stephen Bearne and Paul Liu were successful applicants in the September 2004 CIHR competition. Drs. Bearne and Liu were awarded 3-year and 5-year operating grants, respectively. The Department celebrates this achievement and congratulates Stephen and Paul on securing this highly competitive research support.

February

Undergrads Make the Mark
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
The Department congratulates the following undergraduate students on being named to the Dean's List in the Faculty of Science: Bronwen Beviss, Chelsey Ellis, Ameer Jarrar, Sandra Johnston, Rosemarie Kepkay, Brandi Mahaney, Mora Martin, Roshani Payoe, Kristy Roth and Abigail Smith. This achievement is a significant one, and the Department wishes these students continued success in their studies.

March

Charles Bullerwell Defends his Ph.D. Thesis
Thursday, March 31, 2005
On March 31, 2005, Charles Bullerwell successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled: "tRNA Editing and Characterization of Novel Small RNAs in Protist Mitochondria". Dr. Jonatha Gott, Center for RNA Molecular Biology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, served as external examiner. Congratulations on a job well done, Charles!

Leigh Ann Niven Defends her M.Sc. Thesis
Monday, March 14, 2005
On March 14, 2005, Leigh Ann Niven successfully defended her M.Sc. thesis entitled: "Novel Functional Interactions with Yeast FACT, a Chromatin Modulating Complex". Congratulations on a job well done, Leigh Ann!

April

C. Lane Selected to go to the SMBE Tri-National Young Investigators Workshop
Friday, April 22, 2005
Dr. Christopher E. Lane, a postdoctoral fellow in the Archibald Laboratory, has been chosen as one of seven Americans to participate in the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution Tri-National Young Investigators' Workshop, to be held June 24-26 in New Zealand. The workshop will run in conjunction with the SMBE annual meeting and provides an opportunity for the best young molecular evolution researchers from the US, Japan and New Zealand to present their work and contribute a manuscript to a peer-reviewed proceedings volume of Molecular Biology and Evolution. Congratulations Chris!

G. Perez Selected to Receive MEC Scholarship
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Gabino Sanchez Perez is working as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Dr. Andrew Roger's lab. He has been awarded postdoctoral support for two years from the Ministry of Education and Science in Spain. The funds are allocated for salary plus travel expenses.

B. Bigelow and A. Roger: Community of Scholars Award Recipients
Wednesday, April 20, 2005

The fifth annual Faculty of Medicine Community of Scholars Dinner, hosted by the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation, was the venue for recognizing the contributions of two of our Department members.

Barb Bigelow received one of two Staff Awards for Professional Excellence 'in recognition of her continuing efforts to enthusiastically support the mission of Dalhousie Medical School'.

Andrew Roger received the Award of Excellence for Basic Medical Research that 'acknowledges research excellence among Dalhousie Medical School's faculty members and encourages continuing efforts in medical research'.

The department was well represented at the event as a show of support for our colleagues and to share the special evening of dining and accolades with Barb and Andrew.

Hearty congratulations to you both.


CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship Awarded to Stechman
Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Congratulations to Dr. Alexandra Stechman on her fellowship award. Best wishes for continuing success in Andrew Roger's lab on the project:

Phylogenomic analysis of expressed sequence tags from the human parasite Blastocystis hominis.

The Health Research Partnership Fund invests in some of Canada's most promising research trainees and investigators using CIHR's internationally recognized peer-review process. Together as investors, CIHR with its partners share a common goal: Improving our health through new knowledge generated from research as we continue to support, link and strengthen our networks in Canada.

HRPF is a transitional program whose primary objective is to improve the coordination and planning of our common efforts and build health research capacity in Canada by co-funding training and salary awards for promising new and established investigators who are committed to health research. Through this program CIHR currently partners with over 40 not-for-profit organizations in support of research personnel awards with a budget of $2 million per annum.


CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral) Awarded to Walsh
Wednesday, April 06, 2005

David Walsh has received a Doctoral Scholarship Award from CIHR in support of his work with Ford Doolittle on the project:

The role of lateral gene transfer in the evolutionary diversification and adaptation of Haloarchaea.

The Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Doctoral Awards administered by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are intended to provide special recognition and support to students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in a health-related field in Canada. Candidates are expected to have an exceptionally high potential for future research achievement and productivity.


Killam and CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowships Awarded to Olga Zhaxybayeva
Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Congratulations to Dr. Olga Zhaxybayeva on being awarded a Killiam Postdoctoral Fellowship to support work in the laboratory of Ford Doolittle.

The Killam Endowment at Dalhousie University, in honour of Izaak Walton Killam (1885-1955), one of Canada's most eminent financiers, was established by his widow, Dorothy Johnston Killam, before her death in 1965. Through the Killam Endowments, the university maintains a number of major programmes: Killam Predoctoral Scholarships, general graduate scholarships in the sciences and engineering, Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships, four Killam Research Chairs, twelve Killam Science Professors, and the Dorothy J. Killam Lecture Series.

Olga has also earned a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Health Research Partnership Fund invests in some of Canada's most promising research trainees and investigators using CIHR's internationally recognized peer-review process. Together as investors, CIHR with its partners share a common goal: Improving our health through new knowledge generated from research as we continue to support, link and strengthen our networks in Canada.

HRPF is a transitional program whose primary objective is to improve the coordination and planning of our common efforts and build health research capacity in Canada by co-funding training and salary awards for promising new and established investigators who are committed to health research. Through this program CIHR currently partners with over 40 not-for-profit organizations in support of research personnel awards with a budget of $2 million per annum.


NSERC Research Tools and Instruments Grant Awarded to Bearne and Byers
Monday, April 04, 2005
Congratulations to Stephen Bearne and David Byers, who have received funding for an isothermal titration calorimeter to support continuing work in protein studies.

NSERC Discovery Grants Awarded to Blouin, Ewart, Liu, Roger and Singer
Friday, April 01, 2005
Join us in congratulating five of our research faculty who have received NSERC Discovery Grants.
  • Christian Blouin - Protein evolution and phylogenetics
  • Vanya Ewart - Soluble C-type lectins in pathogen recognition
  • Paul X-Q. Liu - Introns and inteins in Trichosdesmium
  • Andrew Roger - Phylogenetic approaches to inferring ancient relationships amongst eukaryotes
  • Richard Singer and Gerald Johnston (Microbiology) - Transcription and chromatin
Discovery Grants assist in:
  • promoting and maintaining a diversified base of high-quality research capability in the natural sciences and engineering in Canadian universities;
  • fostering research excellence; and
  • providing a stimulating environment for research training.
Discovery Grants support ongoing programs of research. These grants recognize the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of all research advances, whether made individually or in groups.

May

M. Agnew Awarded Scholarship
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Meghan Agnew has been awarded the 2005 Cancer Care Nova Scotia's Norah Stephens Oncology Scholarship.

P. Marignani Invited to CIHR National Meeting
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Dr. Paola Marignani was invited to attend the "Cancer Research Across the Spectrum: The CIHR-ICR National Meeting" May 9-11, 2005.

Department Members Brave Extreme Weather During Bluenose Marathon
Thursday, May 26, 2005
The second annual Bluenose Marathon was held on May 22. Weather conditions were hurricane-like with driving wind and rain and single digit temperatures.

R. McDevitt Receives Faculty of Graduate Studies' Distinguished Service Award
Monday, May 16, 2005
On May 12, 2005, Roisin McDevitt received the 2005 Faculty of Graduate Studies' Distinguished Service Award which recognizes her long-standing and extraordinary service to graduate level education at Dalhousie. Hearty congratulations to you Roisin.

2005 Patrick Prize Awarded to Dr. T. Lagace
Friday, May 06, 2005

Tom Lagace is the 2005 recipient of the Patrick Prize.

Tom successfully completed his Doctoral Degree in Dr. Neale Ridgway's lab. He will be giving a seminar The Sterol-Regulated Protease PCSK9 on Tuesday, May 10, 2005, at 4 pm, in Theatre D, Clinical Research Centre. A reception and award presentation will follow at 5 pm, in Room 9A, Tupper Medical Building

Dr. Sidney J. Patrick established a prize in his name to recognize excellent achievement in research by a Graduate Student in the Department. The selection committee takes into consideration publications arising from the student's thesis work, a statement from the external thesis examiner, and the performance of the student at department seminars and thesis defence.


June

Ruiz-Trillo Awarded CIHR Fellowship
Thursday, June 30, 2005

Congratulations to Dr. Inaki Ruiz-Trillo on receipt of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) post-doctoral fellowship.

Inaki earned a Ph. D. in Barcelona, Spain. He currently holds a two year European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Fellowship that concludes in December. He pursues his research interests in Dr. Andrew Roger's lab investigating A phylogenomic investigation into the origin of multicellular animals. The CIHR funding provides continued financial support for up to three years, beginning in January, 2006.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the major federal agency responsible for funding health research in Canada.


C. Helleiner - Professor Emeritus
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
The Department recently held a mixer to present Dr. Christopher Helleiner with a gift in celebration of his recognition as Professor Emeritus.

August

S. Abdelmagid Awarded CRTP
Monday, August 29, 2005
Congratulations to Salma Abdelmagid on receiving a two year Cancer Research Training Program studentship for a two year term. Salma works in Dr. C. Too's lab, pursuing a Master's Degree in Biochemistry.

Peter Lyons Defends His Ph.D. Thesis
Thursday, August 25, 2005
On August 25, 2005, Peter Lyons successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled: "Transcriptional Repression By Adipocyte Enhancer Binding Protein 1". Dr. Lloyd Fricker, Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, Bronx, N.Y., served as external examiner. Congratulations on a job well done Peter!

Wu Xue Defends her M.Sc. Thesis
Friday, August 19, 2005
On August 18, 2005, Wu Xue successfully defended her M.Sc. thesis entitled: "AEBP1 modulates mammary gland development and tumorigenesis through regulation of tumor suppressor PTEN". Congratulations on a job well done!

D. Byers & R. Bortolussi - 2005 Sanofi Pasteur Research Award Recipients
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Drs. David Byers and Robert Bortolussi (IWK) recently shared the 2005 sanofi pasteur research award of the Canadian Paediatric Society. This award, presented at the CPS Annual Meeting in June, recognized their collaborative work on identification of innate immune system factors responsible for increased newborn infection rates. The Department congratulates David and Robert on this award.

Alicia Howe Defends Her Ph.D. Thesis
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
On August 5, 2005, Alicia Howe successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis entitled: "Using Yeast Genetics to Understand the Roles of Phosphatidylcholine Synthesis in the Regulation of Cell Growth and Death". Dr. Elizabeth Conibear, Department of Molecular Genetics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., served as external examiner. Congratulations on a job well done, Alicia!

September

Student Society Web Pages Updated
Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Mark Ballard has been busy reconstructing the DBSS website while on a co-op workterm. He has recently uploaded a functional site in near-complete form.

It is clean and easily navigated. It appears to have an easily maintained content and structure that will persist for some time in its current design.

Congratulations to Mark for his much appreciated hard work.


Anathea (Ana) Flaman Defends Her Ph.D. Thesis
Thursday, September 01, 2005
On September 1, 2005, Anathea (Ana) Flaman successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis entitled: "Genetic Approaches to Characterize the Role of the Yeast Niemann-Pick C-Related Gene, NCR1". Dr. Laura Liscum, Department of Physiology, Tufts University School of Medicine, Medford, MA, served as external examiner. Congratulations on a job well done Ana!

October

Leah Pritchett Defends Her M.Sc. Thesis
Monday, October 17, 2005
On October 17, 2005, Leah Pritchett successfully defended her M.Sc. thesis entitled: "Cross-Reactivity of Trans-Splicing Inteins". Congratulations on a job well done Leah!

C. Lane wins Governor General's Gold Medal
Thursday, October 06, 2005
Dr. Christopher Lane, a postdoctoral fellow in the Archibald Laboratory, has been awarded the Governor General's Gold Medal for Academic Excellence in Graduate Studies for his Ph.D. research at the University of New Brunswick. The award is given to the student who achieves the highest academic standing in a Master's or Doctoral degree program. He will receive the award at a ceremony on October 20th. Congratulations Chris!

Graduate students receive awards at Maritimes Protistology Conference
Thursday, October 06, 2005
Tia Silver, a Master's student in the Archibald Laboratory, received one of two awards for the best student presentation at the Maritimes Protistology Conference, held in the Biology Department at Dalhousie University this past August. Tia presented results from her undergraduate Honor's research at Acadia University, entitled "Intracellular fate of Plasmodium falciparum-infected erythrocytes internalised by macrophages". Mike Charette, a Ph.D. student in the Gray Laboratory, received an honorable mention for his presentation entitled "Euglena gracilis U3 snoRNA Genes are Multi-Copy and Frequently Linked to U5 snRNA Genes". Congratulations to you both.

L. Lapierre wins award at Canadian Lipoprotein Conference
Thursday, October 06, 2005
Louis Lapierre from the McLeod Lab received an award for his poster entitled: "Involvement of the AAA-ATPase p97 in the Retrotranslocation of ApoB100 in HepG2 Cells" which he presented at the Canadian Lipoprotein Conference in Montebello, Quebec from Sept. 29- Oct. 2. Congratulations Louis!

November

Ryan Perry Defends His Ph.D. Thesis
Thursday, November 24, 2005
On November 24, 2005, Ryan Perry successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled: "Integration of sterol and sphingolipid metabolism by the oxysterol binding protein". Dr. Vesa Olkkonen, Department of Molecular Medicine, National Public Health Institute, Helsinki, Finland, served as external examiner. Congratulations on a job well done Ryan!

Team Anti-Cancer raises $3279.00 for the CIBC Run For The Cure
Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Team Anti-Cancer would like to thank all our sponsors for helping us achieve and exceed our fundraising goal of $2500.00.
Team members: Marignani Lab (Kristine Scott, Jennifer Chase, Suchita Nath-Sain, Vanessa Mongrain, Meghan Agnew, Paola Marignani), Melanie Dobson, Cora Scott, Audrey Chong, Dawn Schmidt, and Carla Ross.


December

Amin Majdalawieh Wins Travel Awards
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Amin has been awarded an FGS Travel Grant as well as a NSHRF Capacity Research Award to attend a Keystone Symposium on "Adipogenesis, Obesity and Inflammation in Vancouver, British Columbia (January 21-26, 2006). He has also been awarded a Keystone Travel Scholarship to attend a Keystone Symposium on "Molecular Mechanisms of Cardiac Disease and Regeneration" in Santa Fe, New Mexico (February 19-24, 2006). Congratulations Amin!

CRTP Traineeships Awarded
Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The following graduate students have been successful in attaining two years of Cancer Research Training Program (CRTP) funding for their graduate research in the field of cancer. Congratulations !

PhD students

Suchita Nath-Sain MSc (Marignani Lab)
Faylene Lunn (Bearne Lab)

MSc student

Dahmane Ouazia (Bearne Lab)