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Our Goal

Our goal is to undertake a multidisciplinary approach to studies of the expression, assembly, structure and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic membrane proteins and as well, to provide an outstanding training environment for undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the area of membrane biology and related areas.

Scientists from major international and national research centers visit our group to present lectures. Weekly research seminars are held where members of the Group present major developments in their laboratories and share new ideas and techniques.

 

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Graduate student positions are available in the laboratories of   Emannuelle Cordat, Larry FliegelTodd Alexander, Elaine Leslie.
Link to the investigators name above or click here.

 
 
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Congratulations to the Winners of the MPDRG/IRTG Summer Student Presentations!

Jessi Bak (Howard Young's lab) won 1st prize, Pankti Shah (Chris Cheeseman's lab) won 2nd prize, and Victor Do (Chris Cheeseman's lab) won 3rd prize.

Thank you to all the summer students for your hard work!

 

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Welcome to Millie Mohan (Emmanuelle Cordat's lab)!  Millie is a summer student who recently joined Emmanuelle Cordat's lab.  We hope you enjoy your stay!

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Congratulations to Cameron Smithers, new President of the MPDRG Graduate Students Association!  Best of luck Cameron!

A big thank you to Sampath Loganathan, outgoing President, for his good work!

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2014 MPDRG GSA Annual Picnic - Thursday 10 July 2014 [note new date] from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm at Hawrelak Park.   Watch this space for more information.  2014 MPDRG BBQ map

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Welcome to all the 2014 Summer Students! 

Jessi Bak (Howard Young's lab)

Ruojin Bu (Nicolas Touret's lab)

Sierra Casey (Todd Alexander's lab)

Victor Do (Chris Cheeseman's lab)

Kate Eppler (Elaine Leslie's lab)

Tim Kong (Xing-Zhen Chen's lab)

Han Lee (Elaine Leslie's lab)

Jeremy Lim (Howard Young's lab)

Kelly Ma (Joel Weiner's lab)

Jake Mandziuk (Joe Casey's lab)

Dorothea Mung (Joanne Lemieux's lab)

Ali Qadri (Joel Weiner's lab)

Pankti Shah (Chris Cheeseman's lab)

Cristiana Stoian (Nicolas Touret's lab)

Ambreen Surmawala (Elaine Leslie's lab)

Cansu Turk (Todd Alexander's lab)

We hope you enjoy your time in our labs!

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MPDRG Graduate Student's Association is pleased to announce that Dr. Charles Deber (Hospital for Sick Children) will present a talk entitled, "Folding and Misfolding of Proteins in Membranes:  The Case of CFTR" on Monday 2 June 2014 in Room F-2J4.02 WMHSC at 10:00 am.  This visit is supported by the Walter Mackenzie Visiting Speaker Fund.

 

Pizza Lunch for MPDRG Graduate Students and Summer Students — Meet with Dr Charles Deber over pizza on Monday 2 June 2014 in Room 470 MSB from 12 noon to 1 pm.

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Welcome to Christopher Girke, from Torsten Mohlmann's lab who will be visiting the Lemieux lab until the first of July.  If you have not already done so, please welcome Christopher!  We hope you enjoy your stay with us!

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Welcome to Mr Rawad Lashhab, a new graduate student who has joined the laboratory of Dr Emannuelle Cordat. 

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Welcome (somewhat belated) to Kerstin Duscha, from Ekkehard Neuhaus's lab who will be visiting the Fliegel lab until the end of April.  If you have not already done so, please welcome Kerstin!  We hope you enjoy your stay with us!

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Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Gifford, who has won an AIHS Postgraduate Fellowship.  Dr. Gifford, a new PDF in the group of Howard Young, joins us as an IRTG funded trainee from the University of Calgary.  Congratulations Jessica and welcome.  We hope you enjoy your time with us!

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Congratulations to Daniel Sowah (Casey Lab), who successfully defended his PhD thesis on Thursday 9 January 2014. 

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57th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences
Membrane Protein in Health and Disease

April 10-13, 2014
Banff Centre, Banff Alberta

For more details, please click here.

 

 

 

 


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Upcoming Events

MPDRG/IRTG Weekly Seminars are held on Thursdays from 9:00-10:15 am in Room F-2J4.02 WMHSC.  Please be sure to attend and show your support.  Click here for the 2014-2015 MPDRG/IRTG Weekly Seminar Schedule.

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Thursday 2 October
Dr. Fatima Mraiche
, Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences Section, College of Pharmacy, Qatar University, will present:  "Targeting osteopontin for the treatment of heart failure" at 9:00 am in Room F-2J4.02 WMHSC.  Host:  Larry Fliegel.  Snacks:  X-Z. Chen Lab.

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Thursday 25 September

Professor Balwant S. Tuana, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Ottawa, will present:  "Targeting calcium signals through CaMKII and kinase anchoring proteins" at 9:00 am in Room F-2J4.02 WMHSC.  Host: Larry Fliegel.  Snacks:  J. Young Lab.

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Thursday 18 September
Professor Kevin Burns
, Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Ottawa Hospital, University of Ottawa, will present:  "ACE2 and its role in the Kidney" at 4:00 pm in Room D-2F1.04 WMHSC Please note the different room and time.  Snacks:  J. Young Lab.

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Thursday 11 September
Dr. Barbara Ballermann
, Chair, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta, will present: "CLIC-ing Ezrin Into Place" at 9:00 am in Room F-2J4.02 WMHSC. Snacks: J. Young Lab.

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MPDRG/IRTG Summer Student Presentations — Thursday 28 August 2014 — 9:00 am — F-2J4.02 WMHSC

Sierra Casey (T. Alexander Lab) will present:  "Calcium Homeostasis in Claudin-12 Knockout Mice on High and Low Calcium Diets"

Jake Mandziuk (J. Casey Lab) will present:  "Utilizing BRET to Screen Compounds to Cure Blindness"

Please come out and vote for your favorite talk.  Prizes will be awarded for the top three talks.  Scoring sheets will be available in Room F-2J4.02.  Please return your scoring sheets in the envelope provided.

 

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MPDRG/IRTG Summer Student Presentations — Thursday 21 August 2014 — 9:00 am — F-2J4.02 WMHSC

Jessi Bak (H. Young Lab) will present:  "Characterization of human mutations in sarcolipin and their ability to regulate SERCA"

Kelly Ma (Weiner Lab) will present:  "Role of Lysine 86 in E. coli Reductase"

Ali Qadri (Weiner Lab) will present: "Quinone Binding and Reduction of Sulfide:Quinone Oxidoreductase (SQR)"

Pankti Shah (Cheeseman Lab) will present:  "Characterization of 6-NBR-Fructoxe as a Molecular Imaging Probe for Detecting Breast Cancer Tumors with Positron Emission Tomography"

Please come out and vote for your favorite talk.  Prizes will be awarded for the top three talks.  Scoring sheets will be available in Room F-2J4.02. Please return your scoring sheets in the envelope provided.

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MPDRG/IRTG Summer Student Presentations — Thursday 14 August 2014 — 9:00 am — F-2J4.02 WMHSC
Victor Do (Cheeseman Lab) will present:  "Characterization of a series of novel fluorescent hexose analogues for detecting cancer cells"

Tim Kong (Chen Lab) will present: "S100A1:  a Petite Interacting Partner Regulating Caclium Induced Activation of Polycystin-L"

Han Lee (Leslie Lab) will present:  "Arsenic Uptake by SLC4A11"

Jeremy Lim (H. Young Lab) will present:  "Claudia!  Where's the bug spray?! - Purifying and testing the function of Arthropod peptides"

Dorothea Mung (Lemieux Lab) will present:  "Investigating the binding partners of ecGlpG rhomboid"

Please come out and vote for your favorite talk.  Prizes will be awarded for the top three talks.  Scoring sheets will be available in Room F-2J4.02. Please return your scoring sheets in the envelope provided.

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MPDRG/IRTG Summer Student Presentations - On August 14, 21 and 28 summer students will present their work at 9:00 am in Classroom F-2J4.02 WMHSC.

Thursday 14 August
Victor Do (C. Cheeseman lab)
Tim Kong (X.-Z. Chen lab)
Han Lee (E. Leslie lab)
Jeremy Lim (H. Young lab)
Dorothea Mung (J. Lemieux lab)

Thursday 21 August
Jessi Bak ( H. Young lab)
Kelly Ma (J. Weiner lab)
Ali Qadri (J. Weiner lab)
Pankti Shah (C. Cheeseman lab)

Thursday 28 August
Sierra Casey (T. Alexander lab)
Jake Mandziuk (J. Casey lab)
Millie Mohan (E. Cordat lab)

Please come out and support these students.  Prizes will be given for the top three talks.