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Seminars Archive 2019


The Possibility of Gaia
Thursday, January 31, 2019
A conversation with:
Frédéric Bouchard (Université de Montréal)
Tim Lenton (University of Exeter)
Ford Doolittle (Dalhousie University)
Joe Bielawski (Dalhousie University)

Lecture Poster: [PDF-3.5 MB]

Dr. Alejandro Cohen & Dr. Devanand M. Pinto
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
“Metabolomics for the masses: Principles and Applications in Human Health”

Dr. Barbara Karten
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
“Two aspects of cholesterol homeostasis: Cholesterol in mitochondria and neuronal cholesterol turnover”

2017 Patrick Prize Award Seminar - Dr. Kyungsoo Shin
Wednesday, January 09, 2019
“Biomolecular interactions at the cell surface: My journey from helpful hormones to the deadly plague”


Calem Kenward, M.Sc Candidate
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
“Fungal Hydrophobin self-assembly has a basis in shared structural features”

Dr. Danielle Tokarz
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
“Visualizing and Quantifying Microscopic Biological Tissue Arrangement with Nonlinear Optical Active Molecules”


Dr. Ross Waller
Thursday, March 28, 2019
“Global mapping of protein subcellular location illuminates the function and evolution of apicomplexan cells”

M.Sc. Thesis Defence, Calem Kenward
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
“Characterization of Structural and Functional Properties of Class IB Hydrophobins”

Honours Student Research Presentations 2019
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Honours Student Research Presentations 2019

Graduate Student Symposium
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Graduate Students Present:
Hot Topics in Nature & Science

2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Lax, G., et al. (2018). Hemimastigophora is a novel supra-kingdom-level lineage of eukaryotes. Nature, 564, 410-414.
-- Shelby Williams
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Hall RJ, et al. (2019). A tale of three species: adaptation of Sodalis glossinidius to tsetse biology, Wigglesworthia metabolism, and host diet. mBio 10:e02106-18.
-- Gregory Seaton
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Zhang, M., et al. (2018). Uncovering the essential genes of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum by saturation mutagenesis. Science, 360 (6388), eaap7847.
-- Morgan Colp
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Nowoshilow, S., et al. (2018). The axolotl genome and the evolution of key tissue formation regulators. Nature, 554, 50-55.
-- Ronie Haro
4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Break - Refreshments Provided
4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Ortega, E., et al. (2018). Transcription factor dimerization activates the p300 acetyltransferase. Nature, 562, 538–544.
-- Alex Brown
5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Katsyuba, E., et al. (2018). De novo NAD+ synthesis enhances mitochondrial function and improves health. Nature, 563, 354–359.
-- Oliver Kuehm
5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Gonzalez, P. S., et al. (2018) Mannose impairs tumour growth and enhances chemotherapy. Nature, 563, 719-723.
-- Sarah van der Ende

Dr. Jean-Yves Masson
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
“Controlling DNA end resection and strand invasion during DNA double-strand break repair”


Dr. Esther M. Verheyen
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
“Investigating signal transduction and cancer in a Drosophila model”

Dr. David Pollock
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
“A memory foam model of evolutionary mechanics: entropy and epistasis drive molecular evolution”


Kenneth D’Souza, Ph.D. Candidate
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
“Autotaxin-LPA signalling contributes to obesity-induced insulin resistance in muscle and impairs mitochondrial metabolism”

Anastasiia Mereshchuk, M.Sc. Candidate & Jeffrey Simmons, Ph.D. Candidate
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Anastasiia Mereshchuk, M.Sc. Candidate

“Investigating Maintenance of the Yeast 2-Micron Family of Plasmids”


Jeffrey Simmons, Ph.D. Candidate

“Characterizing the Mechanics and Structure of Recombinant Pyriform Silk”

Dr. Franco Vizeacoumar
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
“Targeting telomerase by synthetic dosage lethality”

Chris Fetter & Tyler MacDonald, M.Sc. Candidates
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Chris Fetter, M.Sc. Candidate

“Exploring Catalysis in the Mandelate Racemase Subgroup of the Enolase Superfamily: Subtle Differences in the Catalytic Machinery”


Tyler MacDonald, M.Sc. Candidate

“Prolactin-inducible Pro-survival Genes in Breast Cancer”

Dr. Claudio Slamovits
Wednesday, May 01, 2019
“Genome research in non-model eukaryotes: Challenges and opportunities”


Katherine Strynatka, Ph.D. Candidate
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
From fungi to flies: Identifying a new therapy for Parkinson's disease

Dr. Stanley Moore
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
The structure of yeast Ddi2 reveals its role in an oxidative/chemical stress response pathway

Luke Hattie, M.Sc. Candidate
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
A novel model of increased mitochondrial cholesterol

Aaron Woblistin, Ph.D. Candidate
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
The Role of NPC2 in Cholesterol Transport and the Endocytic System


M.Sc. Thesis Defence, Anastasiia Mereshchuk
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Investigating Maintenance Of The Yeast 2-Micron Family Of Plasmids

Qinyan (Andy) Song, Ph.D. Candidate
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Two is better than one: regulation of p53 activity by MDM2 and MDMX acidic domain

M.Sc. Thesis Defence, Tyler MacDonald
Thursday, July 04, 2019


Dr. Mary-Ellen Harper
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Mitochondrial (de)acetylomic control of brown adipose tissue (BAT), and other “hot topics” in BAT thermogenesis

Ph.D. Thesis Defence - Kenneth D'Souza
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Autotaxin is Nutritionally Regulated and Alters Mitochondrial Function in Obesity-Induced Insulin Resistance

M.Sc. Thesis Defence - Luke E. Hattie
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
A novel model of elevated mitochondrial cholesterol and the consequences for mitochondrial function

M.Sc. Thesis Defence - Christopher Fetter
Thursday, August 01, 2019
“Exploring Catalysis in the Mandelate Racemase Subgroup of the Enolase Superfamily: Subtle Differences in the Catalytic Machinery”


Stefan Warkentin, M.Sc. Candidate
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
“Aciniform Spider Silk Proteins: Investigating Solution State Assembly and the Potential of Nanoparticles as a Drug Delivery Vehicle”

Dr. Stephen L. Bearne
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Thinking Outside the Tetrahedron: Rational Design of Inhibitors of Racemases and Epimerases

Dane Sands, M.Sc. Candidate & Dandan Zhao, M.Sc. Candidate
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Dane Sands, M.Sc. Candidate
Alternative detection of a winter flounder antifreeze protein

Dandan Zhao, M.Sc. Candidate
Eukfinder: a bioinformatic workflow to retrieve eukaryotic genomes from metagenomic data


Dr. Francesca Di Cara
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Peroxisomes grease the wheel of the immune system

Logan Slade, Ph.D. Candidate
Wednesday, October 09, 2019
Role of Transcription Factor EB in the Pathobiology of Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Dr. John Frampton
Wednesday, October 02, 2019
Engineering cellular micro-environments through biomolecular confinement and directed assembly of biomaterials


Dr. Deniz Top
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Molecules to Behaviour

Dr. John McCutcheon, Student Research Day Guest Speaker
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Genetic, biochemical, and cell biological mosaics in insect-bacteria symbioses

2018 Patrick Prize Award Seminar - Dr. Gregory McCluskey
Wednesday, November 06, 2019
Evolving our understanding of protein biochemistry


M.Sc. Thesis Defence - Stefan A. Warkentin
Wednesday, December 04, 2019
Aciniform Spider Silk Proteins: Investigating Solution State Assembly and the Potential of Nanoparticles as a Drug Delivery Vehicle