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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 11:30AM - 12:30PM ****

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
"Should emerging disease threats to amphibians be left to sort themselves out?"
Host: Dr. Caren Helbing

Sept. 12:Ms. Valentina Zago, Graduate student, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
"Loss of Set8 induces genome instability in a SCML1 regulated manner"
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
"Molecular mechanisms of hemicellulose utilization in diverse ecological niches: From the forest floor to the human gut"
Host: Dr. Al Boraston

October 2014

Oct. 3: Dr. Eric Martens, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Michigan Medical School
"Microbial complex carbohydrate metabolism in colonic health and disease"
Host: Dr. Al Boraston

Oct. 10: Dr. Fiona Brinkman, Professor, Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University
"Omic analyses aiding more holistic, sustainable infectious disease control and environmental monitoring"
Host: Dr. Caren Helbing

Oct. 17: Dr. John White, Professor, Departments of Physiology and Medicine, McGill International TB Centre, Department of Physiology, McGill University
“Environmental and dietary control of innate immune responses to infection”
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
"Constraints on the evolution of influenza virus"
Host: Dr. John Burke

November 2014

Nov. 7: Dr. Timothy Rose, Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Washington
"Integrin alphaV/beta3, a critical cellular receptor for the Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV)/human herpesvirus 8"
Host: Dr. Chris Upton

Nov. 14: Mr. Craig Robb, PhD candidate, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
"Structural biology of the type six secretion system"
Host: Dr. Al Boraston

Nov. 21: Dr. Caroline Cameron, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
"Investigation of the Pathogenic Mechanisms of Spirochetes"
Host: Dr. Robert Burke

Nov. 28: Dr. Chris Loewen, Assistant Professor, Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, University of British Columbia
"Molecular tethers between endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondria, and ER and plasma membrane control lipid traffic and cell polarization"
Host: Dr. Chris Nelson

December 2014

Dec. 5: Dr. Robert Burke, Professor and Chair, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
"Cellular Signaling and Patterning of Neurogenesis in Urchin Embryos"
**** ECS 104, 1:30 - 2:30 ****

January 2015

Jan. 9: Dr. John Lewis, Associate Professor, Department of Oncology, University of Alberta
"Engineered viruses as smart targeted nanoparticles for prostate cancer imaging and treatment"
Host: Dr. Juan Ausio

Jan. 16: Ms. Melissa Cid, PhD Candidate, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
"Glycan processing involved in the Streptococcus pneumoniae - host interaction"
Host: Dr. Al Boraston

Jan. 19: Dr. Klaus Okkenhaug, Research Scientist and Group Leader, Lymphocyte Signalling & Development, Babraham Institute, UK
"PI3Ks in immunity, infection and cancer"
Host: Dr. John Burke
**** DSB C103, 1:30 - 3:00 ****

Jan. 19: Dr. Emilio Hirsch, Professor, Department of Genetics, Biology and Biochemistry, Molecular Biotechnology Center, University of Torino, Italy
"Lipid-mediated regulation of Rab11 activity"
Host: Dr. John Burke
**** DSB C103, 1:30 - 3:00 ****

Jan. 23: Mr. Matt Parker, PhD Candidate, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
"Protein recognition of clinically-relevant carbohydrates"
Host: Dr. Steve Evans

Jan. 30: Dr. John Rubinstein, Professor, Molecular Structure and Function Program, Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto
"Electron cryomicroscopy of rotary ATPases"
Host: Dr. Steve Evans  CANCELLED

February 2015

Feb. 6: Mr. Kevin Yongblah, MSc Student, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
"Removal of miRNA repression of PAX6 as a therapeutic strategy for Aniridia"
Host: Dr. Perry Howard

Feb. 20: Ms. Connie Sobsey, MSc Student, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
"Why are we worried sick? Applying high-sensitivity mass spectrometry techniques to characterize pathological metabolomic changes associated with chronic stress"
Host: Dr. Christoph Borchers

Feb. 27: Ms. Stephanie Pearce, MSc Student, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
"Temperature responsive lethal genetic circuits"
Host: Dr. Dr. Fran Nano

March 2015

Mar. 2: Dr. Khisimuzi Mdluli, Ph.D., Senior Project Leader, Research Global Alliance for TB Drug Development, New York, NY
"TB Drug Development – Regimens to Shorten Therapy and Combat Resistance"
Host: Dr. Fran Nano
***** HHB 116 11:30AM - 12:30PM *****

Mar. 6: Dr. Paul Romaniuk, Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
"The Challenges of Bringing Molecular Diagnostics to the Developing World"
Host: Dr. Robert Burke

Mar. 13: Mr. Robert Popp, MSc Student, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
"Determination of EGFR and VEGF signaling pathway activity by immuno-MALDI to predict the outcome of targeted colorectal cancer (CRC) treatment"
Host: Dr. Christoph Borchers

Mar. 20:Ms. Brigette Church, MSc Student, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
"Examining interactions of Treponema pallidum proteins with human platelets"
Host: Dr. Caroline Cameron

Mar. 27: Professor Paul Kosma, Department of Chemistry, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
"Synthetic glycan probes to interrogate lipopolysaccharide-protein interactions"
Host: Dr. Stephen Evans

Mar. 30: Dr.Wendy Wei-Lynn Wong, Group Leader, Institute of Experimental Immunology, University of Zurich, Switzerland
"Programmed cell death and regulation of inflammation"
Host: Dr. Robert Burke
***** Monday March 30, 2015 COR B112 10:30 - 11:30am *****

April 2015 (April seminars in DTB A102 1:30 -2:30pm unless otherwise noted)

Apr. 9: Dr. Jeanette Boudreau, Sloan-Kettering Institute, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York
"Natural killer cell immunogenetics predict control of leukemia and HIV"
Host: Dr. Robert Burke
***** Thursday April 9, 2015 ECS 104 10:30 - 11:30am

Apr. 10: Ms. Fangni Peng, MSc Student, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
"Molecular Strategies of Plasmodium falciparum in Transmission and Immune Evasion"
Host: Dr. Marty Boulanger

Apr. 16: Dr. Frann Antignano, Biomedical Research Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
"Epigenetic regulation of innate and adaptive immunity"
Host: Dr. Robert Burke
***** Thursday April 16, 2015 ECS Room 104 10:30 - 11:30am *****

Apr. 17: Ms Claudia Gaither, MSc Student, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
"Molecular Mechanisms of Host-Parasite Interactions: From Basic Biology towards Novel Interventions"
Host: Dr. Caroline Cameron
***** Monday April 20, 2015 ECS 104 10:30 - 11:30am *****

April 20: Dr. Prakesh Srinivasan, Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, NIAID, National Institutes of Health, Rockville, Maryland
"Molecular Mechanisms of Host-Parasite Interactions: From Basic Biology towards Novel Interventions"
Host: Dr. Robert Burke
***** Monday, 20 April 2015, 10:30 - 11:30 am ECS 104

Apr. 24: Mr. Nick Brodie, MSc Student, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
"Structural Proteomic Characterization of SOD1 and α-Synuclein, the aggregation-prone proteins of ALS and Parkinson’s disease"
Host: Dr. Christoph Borchers

2015 - 2016 Seminars

Summer 2015

Please note time and location of summer seminars.

May 2015 (please note time and locations of May seminars)

May 1: Mr. Ragha Ramaswamy, MSc Student, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
"Molecular mechanisms of vector-pathogen interactions: Insights from the tsetse-trypanosome system"
Host: Dr. Marty Boulanger
***** DTB A102, 1:30 - 2:30pm ****

May 15: Mr. Connor O'Sullivan, PhD Candidate, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
Host: Dr. Perry Howard
***** ECS 104, 1:30 - 2:30pm ****

September 2015

October 2015

November 2015

December 2015

January 2016

February 2016

March 2016

April 2016

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