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Seminars

BCMB Seminar series

Please join us in our departmental seminar series September through April; no registration required for visitors.

Time and place: Friday afternoons from 1:30 - 2:30 in ECS124 (Except where noted.)

2014 - 2015 Seminars

Summer 2014

Please note time and location of summer seminars.

May 2014

May 2: Austin Hammond, MSc Student
"Environmental Temperature Influences Thyroid Hormone Signalling Pathways in Rana catesbeiana tadpoles"
Host: Dr. Caren Cameron
**** ECS 124 ****

May 9: Dr. Alain Verrault, University of Montreal
"Histone Acetylation and the DNA Damage Response"
Host: Dr. Chris Nelson
**** ECS 104, 1:30 - 2:30 ****

May 16: Dr. Ilit Noach, Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Victoria, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology
"Insight into mucin degradation by a novel O-glycoprotease family"
Host: Dr. Al Boraston
**** ECS 104, 1:30 - 2:30 ****

May 30: Dr. Nina Jones, Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair, Dept. Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of Guelph
"Molecular Signalling Pathways Governing Kidney Podocyte Function"
Host: Dr. Perry Howard
**** ECS 104, 1:30 - 2:30 ****

June 2014

June 2: Dr. Xinyu Liu, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Univeristy of Pittsburgh
"Dual functional PKS-NRPS pathway in marine bacterium pathogenesis"

Readily available microbial genome information has brought the renaissance to natural product research in the past decade. While we have witnessed the acceleration of connecting genes to molecules using a genome-guided approach, the process to unravel the innate biological function of a newly discovered natural product remains challenging. Here we describe an alternative strategy by employing essential gene duplication to identify novel secondary metabolite biosynthetic pathway that allows for the direct prediction of its molecular target, simply based on bioinformatics. In this talk, we will disclose a newly discovered antibiotic biosynthetic pathway of a marine bacterial origin and use it as an example to illustrate the power of this approach, along with the identification of the molecular target of the antibiotic, its resistance mechanism by the native producer and the effect of such a metabolite to related bacterial physiology.

Host: Dr. Steve Evans
**** ECS 108 11:30 - 12:30AM ****

June 13: Tanya Brown, PhD student
"PCB-related health effects in ringed seals (Pusa hispida) frequenting a locally-contaminated marine environment in Labrador: ecological and molecular perspectives"
Host: Dr. Caren Helbing
**** ECS 104, 1:30 - 2:30 ****

June 23: Dr. Neeloffer Mookherjee, Assistant Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine and Immunology, University of Manitoba
"Host defence peptides: Immune regulation and control of chronic inflammatory diseases"
Host: Dr. Terry Pearson
**** ECS 124, 2:30 - 3:30PM ****

September 2014

Sept. 4: Dr. Chris Nelson, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
"Chromatin regulation by prolyl-isomerase enzymes"
Host: Dr. Robert Burke
**** ELL 162, 1:30 - 2:30 ****

Sept. 5: Dr. Trent Garner, Zooligical Society of London, UK
Host: Dr. Caren Helbing

Sept. 12:Ms. Valentina Zago, Graduate student, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
Host: Dr. Juan Ausio

Sept. 19: Dr. Monica Palcic, Visiting Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
"Biochemical Basis of Sustainable Starch"
Host: Dr. Steve Evans

Sept. 26: Dr. Harry Brumer, Professor, Michael Smith Laboratories and Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia
Host: Dr. Al Boraston

October 2014

Oct. 3: Dr. Eric Martens, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Michigan Medical School
Host: Dr. Al Boraston

Oct. 10: Dr. Fiona Brinkman, Professor, Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University
Host: Dr. Caren Helbing

Oct. 17: Dr. John White, Professor, Departments of Physiology and Medicine, McGill International TB Centre, Department of Physiology, McGill University
Host: Dr. Chris Nelson

Oct. 24: Dr. Jesse Bloom, Assistant Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Affiliate Assistant Professor of Genome Sciences, University of Washington
Host: Dr. John Burke

November 2014

Nov. 7: Dr. Timothy Rose, Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Washington
Host: Dr. Chris Upton

Nov. 14: Mr. Craig Robb, PhD candidate, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
Host: Dr. Al Boraston

Nov. 21: Dr. Caroline Cameron, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
Host: Dr. Robert Burke

Nov. 28: Dr. Chris Loewen, Assistant Professor, Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, University of British Columbia
Host: Dr. Chris Nelson

December 2014

Dec. 5: Dr. Robert Burke, Professor and Chair, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
Host: TBA

January 2015

Jan. 16: Ms. Melissa Cid, PhD Candidate, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
Host: Dr. Al Boraston

Jan. 19: Dr. Klaus Okkenhaug, Research Scientist and Group Leader, Lymphocyte Signalling & Development, Babraham Institute, UK
Host: Dr. John Burke

Jan. 23: Mr. Matt Parker, PhD Candidate, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
Host: Dr. Steve Evans

Jan. 30: Dr. John Rubinstein, Professor, Molecular Structure and Function Program, Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto
Host: Dr. Steve Evans

February 2015

Feb. 6: Mr. Kevin Yongblah, MSc Student, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
Host: Dr. Perry Howard

Feb. 20: Ms. Connie Sobsey, MSc Student, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
Host: Dr. Christoph Borchers

Feb. 27: Ms. Stephanie Pearce, MSc Student, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
Host: Dr. Dr. Fran Nano

March 2015

Mar. 6: Dr. Paul Romaniuk, Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
Host: Dr. Robert Burke

Mar. 13: Mr. Robert Popp, MSc Student, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
Host: Dr. Christoph Borchers

Mar. 20:Ms. Brigette Church, MSc Student, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
Host: Dr. Caroline Cameron

Mar. 27: Dr. Janis Weis, Professor, Pathology, University of Utah
Host: Dr. Caroline Cameron

April 2015

2015 - 2016 Seminars

Summer 2015

Please note time and location of summer seminars.

May 2015

May 1: Mr. Ragha Ramaswamy, MSc Student, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
Host: Dr. Marty Boulanger

May 8: Ms. Valentina Zago, MSc Student, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
Host: Dr. Juan Ausio

May 15: Mr. Connor O'Sullivan, PhD Candidate, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
Host: Dr. Perry Howard

September 2015

October 2015

November 2015

December 2015

January 2016

February 2016

March 2016

April 2016

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