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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.
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Career Skills Development Series Schedule 2015 Click here for the 2015 schedule.

 

Career Skills Development Series - "Marketing Your Research"  Drs. Joe Casey and Marek Michalak, Department of Biochemistry - Monday, August 10, 2015 from 12:00 - 12:00- 1:30 pm in Katz 4003-4004. Visit Http://www.membranetraining.ualberta.ca/ (forms cabinet) to see the assignment.  Lunch will be provided. Mark your calendars!

Visiting Speaker - Dr. Paul Schnetkamp, Professor, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, University of Calgary

 

 

"The SCL24 Gene Family of Na/Ca-K Exchangers: from Sight and Smell to Memory Consolidation, Skin Pigmentation and Bad Teeth"

 

Thursday, June 25, 2015 at at 9:00 am in Room F - 2J2.02 WMC. Host:  Dr. Joe Casey

Visiting Speaker - Dr. John Baenziger, Department of Biochemistry Microbiology & Immunology, University of Ottawa.  http://s546183587.onlinehome.us/professor/

"Structure and function of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor in its membrane environment"

Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 9:00 am in Classroom F - 2J4.02 WMC. Host: Dr. Joanne Lemieux


Career Skills Development Series - "Grant Writing 101"  Drs. Larry Fliegel and Howard Young, Department of Biochemistry - Monday, June 15, 2015 from 12:00- 1:30 pm in Katz 4003-4004.  Lunch will be provided. Mark your calendars!

 

The IRTG/CREATE Program has awarded 2 three year awards to Gareth Armanious (Howard Young's Lab) and Swai Mon Khaing (Nicolas Touret's Lab).  Congratulations!

 

Visiting Speaker - Dr. Raymond J. Turner, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology, University of Calgary

 

"Characterization of a system specific chaperone for complex iron-sulfur molybdoenzyme maturation"

 

Friday May 8, 2015 at 10:00 am in Classroom D - 2F1.04 WMC.  Host:  Dr. Joel Weiner

 

 

Career Skills Development Series - "The Transition to Working in a Small Biotech Company"  Dr. Arghya Basu, NanoSpeed Diagnostics, Edmonton - Monday, May 11, 2015 from 12:00 - 12:00- 1:30 pm in Katz 4003-4004. Lunch will be provided. Mark your calendars!

MPDRG/IRTG SUMMER STUDENT 2015

 

Please welcome the following summer students for 2015:

 

Shuo Chen (Fliegel Lab) funded by AIHS

Stephania Irwin (Lemieux Lab) funded by AIHS
Tim Kong funded by NSERC-CREATE IRTG and an Office of the Provost and VP (Academic)               Summer Research Award.

Tae Young (Tim) Lee (Lemieux Lab) funded by AIHSMeet Patel (Casey Lab) funded by AIHS

Regan Mah (Fliegel Lab) funded by AIHS and NSERC

Bradley Rutherford (Young Lab) funded by AIHS

Qadeem Salehmohamed (Touret Lab) funded by NSERC USRA
Cristiana Stoian (Touret Lab) funded by NSERC-CREATE IRTG

Ali Qadri (Casey Lab) funded by AIHS

 

Baby Ryan Almomani - Born on March 10, 2015.  Proud parents are Ensaf Almomani and Abbas Al-Momany

 

Career Skills Development Series - "Career Life Balance" Monday, April 13, 2015 from 12:00 - 12:00- 1:30 pm in Katz 4003-4004. Lunch will be provided. Mark your calendars!

April 2015 - IRTG/CREATE Summer Studentship Competition Results

 

The IRTG/CREATE program will fund 2 summer studentships this year for:

 

Cristiana Stoian from Dr. Touret's laboratory

Tim Kong from Dr. Chen's laboratory

 

Congratulations!

 

 

April 2015 - AIHS Summer Studentship Competition Results

 

Congratulations to Shuo Chen & Regan Mah (Dr. Larry Fliegel), Stephania Irwin & Tim Lee (Dr. Joanne Lemieux), Meet Patel & Ali Qadri (Dr. Joe Casey), Bradley Rutherford (Dr. Howard Young)!

April 2015 - German Visiting Students
The MPDRG is pleased to welcome three new visiting graduate students from our partner laboratories in Germany. Welcome to:

Martin Textor from Dr. Sandro Keller’s laboratory, University of Kaiserlsautern (hosting laboratory: Dr. Howard Young)
Stephanie (Linda) Forero-Quintero from Dr. Joachim Deitmer’s laboratory, University of Kaiserlsautern (hosting laboratory: Dr. Joe Casey)
Hawraa Bzeih from Dr. Jens Rettig’s laboratory, Saarland University (hosting laboratory: Dr. Emmanuelle Cordat)


Manuel Daumann from Dr. Torsten Möhlmann’s laboratory, University of Kaiserlsautern (hosting laboratory: Dr. Joe Casey)
Andrea Blum from Dr. Manfred Schmitt’s laboratory, Saarland University (hosting laboratory: Dr. Joe Casey)
Laura Hofmann from Dr. Veit Flockerzi’s laboratory, Saarland University (hosting laboratory: Dr. Xing-Zhen Chen)
Sara Schwartz from Dr. Manfred Schmitt’s laboratory, Saarland University (hosting laboratory: Dr. Joanne Lemieux)

 

 

March 2015 - Graduate Awards
This Spring, we are proud to announce that our trainees received a number of prestigious graduate awards:


Darpan Malhotra (Dr. Joe Casey’s lab) received an IRTG Studentship and a 75th Anniversary award,
Sampath Loganathan (Dr. Joe Casey’s lab) received an IRTG graduate Studentship
Katie Badior (Dr. Joe Casey’s lab) received a 75th Anniversary award.
Cameron Smithers (Dr. Joanne Lemieux’s lab) received a Fredrick banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s and a Walters H. John Graduate Fellowship


Congratulations to all of you!


 

March 2015 - Mem Star Awards


The membrane group has implemented an annual Mem Star Award to recognize trainees who have made excellent contributions in the form of a peer-reviewed publication. This year, the awardees were Wang Zheng, a graduate student from Dr. Xing-Zhen Chen’s laboratory for his article entitled “"A novel PKD2L1 C-terminal domain critical for trimerization and channel function", published in Scientific Reports, March 2015, and Dr. Ray Amith, PDF with Dr. Larry Fliegel for her article “ The Na+/H+ exchanger (NHE1) as a novel co-adjuvant target in paclitaxel therapy of triple-negative breast cancer cells” published in Oncotarget in November 2014. Congratulations!


 

March 2015 - Dr. Joanne Lemieux becomes MPDRG Associate Director


Dr. Joanne Lemieux has been playing a very active role in helping managing the MPDRG over the past year. In recognition of her increasing involvement, she has agreed to take the role of Associate Director of the MPDRG.


March 2015 - Graduation of Ensaf Almomani


Mrs. Ensaf Almomani has succesfully defended her Ph.D. thesis on March 4, 2015. Ensaf was a graduate student in Dr. Cordat’s laboratory since September 2009. Five days later, Ensaf’s family welcomed their new baby, Ryan (picture attached). Well done, Ensaf!


 

February 2015 - Welcome to Dr. Arutyunov in the Cordat’s Laboratory


Dr. Denis Arutyunov has joined the Cordat’s laboratory as a part-time research assistant. Dr. Arutyunov is an experienced protein biochemist who will help.


January 2015 - Welcome to New Graduate Students!


Shahid Ullah has joined the Cordat’s laboratory this January as a Master’s student who intends to obtain a Ph.D. in Physiology. Shahid obtained a Master’s in Public Health at the BRAC University in Bangladesh in 2008 and a Master’s in Science at the University of Alberta with Dr. Reuben Kaufman in 2012.

 

Career Skills Development Series - "The Job Interview" Monday, March 9, 2014 from 12:00 - 12:00- 1:30 pm in Katz 4003-4004. Lunch will be provided. Mark your calendars!

 

 

Career Skills Development Series - "Your CV" Presented by Sharron Sherman from U of A Career Centre (CaPS) — Monday, January 12, 2014 from 12:00 - 2:00 pm in Katz 4003. Lunch will be provided. Mark your calendars!

 

 

 

 

 


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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

 

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Dr. Paul Schnetkamp, Professor, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, University of Calgary, will present:  "The SCL24 Gene Family of Na/Ca-K Exchangers: from Sight and Smell to Memory Consolidation, Skin Pigmentation and Bad Teeth" at 9:00 am in Room F - 2J2.02 WMC.

Snacks:  Leslie Lab

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Laura Hofmann, Visiting PhD Student from Saarland University (Xing-Zhen Chen's Lab will present:  "TRPC1:  Identification of upstream translation initiation and functional analysis of the extended protein" at 9:00 am in Room F - 2J2.02 WMC. Snacks:  Leslie Lab

Thursday 11 June 2015

Dr. John Baenziger, Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology, University of Ottawa, will present "Structure and function of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor in its membrane environment" at 9:00 am in Room F - 2J2.02 WMC. Snacks:  Leslie Lab

Thursday 4 June 2015

Meeting Cancelled

Thursday 28 May 2015
Mayukh Banerjee, Postdoctoral Fellow ( Elaine Leslie's Lab) will present "Role of Selected MRP4 Variants in Arsenic Transport, Toxicity and Susceptibility" at 9:00 am in Room F - 2J2.02 WMC. Snacks:  Cheeseman Lab.
Thursday 21 May 2015
Cameron Smithers, Graduate Student (Joanne Lemieux's lab) will present:  "Making the cut - Cleavage of PINK by PARL" at 9:00 am in Room F - 2J2.02 WMC. Snacks:  Cheeseman Lab.
Thursday 14 May 2015
Dr. Carlo Montemagno
Director of alberta Ingenuity Lab
AITF Strategic Chair of Nanobiotechnology and Biomimetic Systems
Canada Research Chair in Intelligent Nanosystems
Program Lead of Biomaterials at National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT)
will present "Giving Life to Man-Made Materials with the Engines of Creation" at 9:00 am in Room F - 2J2.02 WMC. Snacks:  Weiner Lab.
Thursday 7 May 2015
Zanfel Zhang Graduate Student (Joel Weiner's Lab) will present: "Characterization, Structure and Mechaniosm of Sulfide: quinoneoxidoreductase (SQR) from Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans" at 9:00 am in Room F - 2J2.02 WMC. Snacks:  Weiner Lab.

Thursday 30 April 2015
Ray Amith, Postdoctoral Fellow (Larry Fliegel's Lab) will present:  "Modulating NHE1 in Breast Cancer:  A (C-Terminal) Tail of Complex Regulation" at 9:00 am in Room F - 2J2.02 WMC. Snacks:  Weiner Lab.

Thursday 23 April 2015

Anil Kumar, Postdoctoral Fellow (Tom Hobman's Lab) will present:  "Identification of novel peroxisomal proteins involved in flaviviral replication" at 9:00 am in Room F - 2J2.02 WMC. Snacks:  Weiner Lab.

Thursday 16 April 2015
Dr. Holger Wille, Department of Biochemistry and Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases, University of Alberta, will present:  "The structure of the infectious prion protein: Mad Cow Disease and other calamities" at 9:00 am in Room F - 2J2.02 WMC. Snacks: Fliegel Lab.
Thursday, 9 April 2015 (CANCELLED)
Mansoore Esmaili, Graduate Student (Joe Casey's Lab) will present: "From Homology models to a crystal structure of AE1: challenges and ambitions" at 9:00 am in Room F-2J4.02 WMC. Snacks: Fliegel Lab.
Thursday 26 March 2015
Pavan Kondapi, Graduate Student - (Chris Cheeseman's Lab) will present: "Development of high affinity ligands for the
D-fructose transporter Glut5 and their evaluation as potential tracers for breast cancer imaging" at 9:00 am in Room F-2J4.02 WMHSC. Snacks: Fliegel Lab.
Thursday 19 March 2015
Cody Wu, Graduate Student -. (Jim Young's Lab) will present: “Inhibition Studies: Structural and Therapeutic Insights into Glutamate and Nucleoside Transporters" at 9:00 am in Room F-2J4.02 WMHSC. Snacks: Fliegel Lab.
Thursday 12 March 2015
Rashmi Panigrahi, Ph.D. (Joanne Lemieux's Lab) will present: “The role of CFTR in Airway Epithelial Function" at 9:00 am in Room F-2J4.02 WMHSC. Snacks: Lemieux Lab.
Thursday 5 March 2015
Dr. John Hanrahan, McGill University will present: “Inherited Mutations in SLC9A1, Encoding Na+/H+ Exchanger Isoform 1,
Cause Human Disease" at 9:00 am in Room F-2J4.02 WMHSC. Snacks: Lemieux Lab.
Thursday 26 February 2015
Dr. Larry Fliegel will present: “Inherited Mutations in SLC9A1, Encoding Na+/H+ Exchanger Isoform 1,
Cause Human Disease" at 9:00 am in Room F-2J4.02 WMHSC. Snacks: Lemieux Lab.
Thursday 12 February 2015
Muhammad Bashir Khan, PhD (Howard Young's Lab) will present: “Structure (?) and function of
Novel P- type ATPase” at 9:00 am in Room F-2J4.02 WMHSC. Snacks: Lemieux Lab.
Thursday 5 February 2015
Dr. Randall Weselake, Department of Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science, University of Alberta, will present: “Membrane Enzymes Involved in Glycerolipid Biosynthesis in Plants - New Opportunities for Probing Structure/Function” at 9:00 am in Room F-2J4.02 WMHSC. Snacks: Touret Lab.
Thursday 22 January 2015
Brayden Whitlock, Graduate Student (Elaine Leslie's Lab) will present: "Differences in Arsenic Transport by Human,
Rat, and Mouse Multidrug Resistance Protein 4 (MRP4/ABCC4)"at 9:00 am in Room F-2J4.02 WMHSC. Snacks: Howard Young's Lab
Thursday 15 January 2015
Robert Mercer, PhD Student (Department of Medicine) will present: "Probing the prion protein interactome:
the nature and consequences of an interaction with DPP6"”at 9:00 am in Room F-2J4.02 WMHSC. Snacks: Howard Young's Lab
Thursday 08 January 2015
Nada Alshumaimeri, PhD Student (Joe Casey''s Lab) will present: "Identification of protein interactors of the
corneal dystrophy-causing protein, SLC4a11”at 9:00 am in Room F-2J4.02 WMHSC. Snacks: Howard Young's Lab