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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.)

2013 - 2014 Seminars

Summer 2013

No regularly scheduled seminars are held in summer session. 

September 2013

September 13: Jarek Pankowsi, PhD student
"Developing methods for screening essential genes"
Host: Dr. Fran Nano

September 20: Dr. Inanç Birol, Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre, BC Cancer Agency
"Genome Sequencing, Assembly and Annotation for Non-model Organisms"
Host: Dr. Caren Helbing

September 27: Dr. Steven Smith, Professor, Queen's University, Dept. Biomedical & Molecular Sciences; Visiting Scientist, University of Victoria, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology
"Structural insights of E-protein function in lymphopoiesis and leukemogenesis"
Host: Dr. Al Boraston

October 2013

October 4: Jamie Tang, MSc student
"Structural Analysis of Human ABO(H) Blood Group A and B Glycosyltransferases and their Chimeras"
Host: Dr. Stephen Evans

October 11: Julia Yeung, Research Scientist, Simon Fraser University
"A novel sialidase in the opportunistic fungal pathogen, Aspergillus fumigatus" Host: Dr. Al Boraston

October 18: Dr. Greg Goss, University of Alberta, Department of Biological Sciences
"Nanotoxicology: Much ado about almost nothing"
Host: Dr. Caren Helbing

October 25: Taka-Aki Ichu, Reasearch Assistant, University of Victoria, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology and the UVic-Genome BC Proteomics Centre
"Distinctive metabolomic signatures in the serum of naturally-metamorphosing Rana catesbeiana tadpoles"
Host: Dr. Caren Helbing

October 31 at 2:30 PM in ECS 116:
Prof. Helmut Meyer, Direktor, Medizinisches Proteom-Center, Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany
"Tissue Based Proteomics for Biomarker Discovery"
Host: Dr. Christoph Borchers
*****Please note time and location.******

November 2013

November 1: Dr. Glen Coburn, VenatoRx Pharmaceuticals, Malvern, Pennsylvania
"Discovery of Novel Inhibitors of Hepatitis C Virus Entry"
Host: Dr. Doug Briant

November 8: Dr. Simon Houston, Research Associate, University of Victoria, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology
"Elucidating the Mechanism of Widespread Dissemination of the Syphilis Spirochete Treponema pallidum"
Host: Dr. Caroline Cameron

November 12 at 1:00 PM in ECS 124: Prof. Dr. Michael Przybylski, Dept of Chemistry at the University of Konstanz, Germany
"Online Bioaffinity-Mass Spectrometry: New Tool for Simultaneous Detection, Structure Determination and Affinity Quantification of Protein-Ligand Interactions"
Host: Dr. Christoph Borchers
*****Please note time and location.******

November 15: Ralph McWhinnie, PhD student
"Transcription control in prokaryotes: creating synthetic promoters and temperature inducible repressors"
Host: Dr. Fran Nano

November 22: Omid Haji-Ghassemi, PhD student
"Exploration of Antibodies against LPS: Molecular Insight into Specificity versus Polyspecificity"
Host: Dr. Stephen Evans

November 29: Dr. Alisdair Boraston, Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Victoria
"From the oceans to the gut: insights into seaweed biomass turnover from studies of the human gut microbiome"
Host: Dr. Robert Burke

December 2012

December 5 at 1:30PM in ECS 124: Dr. Jo Hobbs, visiting post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Waikato, New Zealand
"Reconstruction of a One-Billion-Year-Old Enzyme: a Tale of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology"
Host: Dr. Francis Nano
*****Please note time and location.******

December 6: Dr. Joanne Lemieux, University of Alberta, Department of Biochemistry
"Making the cut: Structural and functional studies of intramembrane proteases"
Host: Dr. Marty Boulanger

December 9 at 1:30 in ECS 124: Neda Savic, MSc student
"Molecular and genetic analysis of chromatin-associated peptidyl prolyl isomerases in yeast"
Host: Dr. Chris Nelson
*****Please note time and location.******

January 2014

January 10: Dr. Ben Pluvinage, Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Victoria, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology
"The molecular life of surface proteins from Streptococcus pneumoniae"
Host: Dr. Al Boraston

January 17: Yavor Denchev, MSc student
"Investigating the Role of Pallilysin in Dissemination of the Syphilis Spirochete Treponema pallidum"
Host: Dr. Caroline Cameron

January 24: Dan Kemp, MSc student
"Engineering Temperature Sensitive Mycobacterium tuberculosis for Vaccine Development"
Host: Dr. Fran Nano

January 30 at 7PM in HHB 105: Dr. Patrick Keeling, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Botany Department, University of British Columbia
"From Coral Reefs to Malaria: An evolutionary perspective of intracellular parasites"
2013-2014 Governor General Lecture Series
The Royal Society of Canada
Admission is free and open to the public. please register your attendance: gglecture.eventbrite.ca
*****Please note date, time and location.******

January 31 at 10:30AM in ECS 104: Dr. Patrick Keeling, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Botany Department, University of British Columbia
"Symbiosis and genome evolution"
Host: Dr. Robert Burke
2013-2014 Governor General Lecture Series
The Royal Society of Canada
*****Please note time and location.******

January 31: Dr. Sheila Lukeheart, University of Washington
"Explaining Syphilis: Antigenic Variation and Diversity in Treponema pallidum"
Host: Dr. Caroline Cameron

February 2014

February 5 at 1:30PM in ECS 124: Dr. Qimin You, Ustar Biotechnologies, Hangzhou, P.R. China
"Molecular Testing, Anywhere! - Technology and business Innovations in the Development of Nucleic Acid Diagnostics for the Low Resource Settings"
*****Please note date and time.******

February 7: Alex Filo, MSc student
"β-1,3-glucan degradation in the environment"
Host: Dr. Al Boraston

February 21: Dr. Paul Brett, South Alabama
"Development of Polysaccharide-Based Vaccines for Immunization Against Melioidosis"
Host: Dr. Caroline Cameron

February 28: Kaleigh Giles, MSc student
"Examination of an Unusual Glycoside Hydrolase from Family 50"
Host: Dr. Al Boraston

March 2014

March 7: Dr. LeAnn Howe, Associate Professor, UBC, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine
"Transcription: How Genes Stay Active"
Host: Dr. Juan Ausio

March 14: Crystal Pinto, MSc student
"Temperature Sensitive Mycobacterium tuberculosis as a potential anti-tuberculosis vaccine candidate"
Host: Dr. Fran Nano

March 20 at 1:30 - 2:30 in MacLaurin D115: Dr. James Murphy, Walter+Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Australia
"The emergence of a "dead" enzyme, MLKL, as a mediator of cell death by necroptosis"
Host: Dr. Doug Briant
*****Please note time and location.******

March 21: Andrew Hettle, MSc student
"Carrageenan remodelling: not so Sulf-explanatory"
Host: Dr. Al Boraston

March 28: Sarah Goomeshi-Nobary, MSc student
"Investigating the tsetse-trypanosome interactions at a molecular level"
Host: Dr. Marty Boulanger

April 2014

April 4: Michelle Lee, MSc student
"An overlooked biocatalyst: The missing puzzle piece in polyuronic acid metabolism"
Host: Dr. Al Boraston

April 11: Michelle Tonkin, PhD student
"Molecular strategies for active host cell invasion by apicomplexan parasites"
Host: Dr. Marty Boulanger
****COR B143****

April 25: Dr. Craig Slingluff Jr., University of Virginia
"Clinical development of peptide vaccines for melanoma"
Host: Dr. Julian Lum
**** Medical Sciences Building 150 ****

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
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
Host: Dr. Al Boraston
****ECS 104, 1:30 - 2:30****

May 23: Tanya Brown, PhD student
Host: Dr. Caren Helbing
****ECS 104, 1:30 - 2:30****

May 30: Dr. Tim Witchell, Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Victoria, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology
Host: Dr. Caroline Cameron
****ECS 104, 1:30 - 2:30****

June 2014

June 23: Dr. Neeloffer Mookherjee, Assistant Professor , Departments of Internal Medicine and Immunology, University of Manitoba
Host: Dr. Terry Pearson
Time and location TBA

September 2014

October 2014

November 2014

December 2014

January 2015

February 2015

March 2015

April 2015

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