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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.

 

Research opportunities

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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Upcoming Events
News
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 - 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 16 April 2015
Dr. Holger Wille, Department of Biochemistry and Centre for Prions andProtein 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