About the Membrane Protein Disease Research Group
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Our Goals
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.


Research opportunities

Graduate student positions are available in the laboratories of   Emannuelle Cordat, Larry FliegelTodd Alexander, Elaine Leslie.
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Upcoming Events



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!


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


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!


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.


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!


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


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!


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!


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


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

April 10-13, 2014
Banff Centre, Banff Alberta

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Upcoming Events

MPDRG/IRTG Regular Weekly Meetings are held each Thursday in Classroom F-2J4.02 WC Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre from 9:00-10:15AM.   Watch this space for the 2014-2015 Seminar Schedule.