Our labs have re-opened and summer research is back in full swing!
It is the boss' birthday and the team came together to organize a little surprise. It is great to be in each other's company again and this will be the first of many overdue celebrations.
We continue to work hard on our COVID-19 research and operate with safety measures in place.
Great news! We were awarded the Western Research Catalyst Grant to help fund our COVID-19 work (click here to read more about our accomplishment - it was truly a team effort)!
We begin our new research with health precautions and physical distancing measures in place to ensure the safety of our people and the community. Our essential research focuses on whether Zinc crosslinking in ACE2 controls SARS-CoV-2 spike binding.
Photo on left shows how Zn crosslinks two helices (H1 and H2) in the human ACE2 receptor that binds the spike protein of corona virus.
Other great news! We are delighted to welcome Adyn Melenbacher
and Amelia Yuan to our group for graduate studies starting on
May 1st! Adyn and Amelia have actually been working with us for
over 2 years, first starting as 2nd year undergraduates! Those
long summers and term time experiments have been rewarded with
wonderful results recently published. Visit our Publications
page (under Other Pages tab) as well as their individual
profiles (under People tab) to find out more!
Last but not least, we also welcome Elyse Hudson as our 2020 USRA summer research student. She will be working on Bi3+ chemistry, following up Anne-Lena Ostertag's work.
In the photo is Elyse, Adyn and Daisy.
Our lab has been shut down in response to physical isolation. (However, we are still hard at work! We stay connected through Zoom meetings and chat through WhatsApp.)
Anne-Lena Ostertag (completes her MSc work in January and
returned to Germany.
During the last year, we enjoyed the research of four 4th year students: Adyn on copper MT, Amelia (moonlighting from the Physiology and Pharmacology programme!) on our first forays into MT3 metallation properties, Alice Jin on design of super dyes for solar cells (continuing Angel's work) and finally Jason Zhang who was following up Anne-Lena Ostertag's Bi3+ work.
Daisy and Natalie have also been busy. Natalie has developed work initially carried out by Kelly Rigby (now Kelly Duncan) for her PhD. Natalie's recent stopped flow kinetics studies have opened up new research areas that ask questions about metal-induced folding and the form of the apo-MT that binds the metals.
Adyn Melenbacher, Amelia Yuan and Natalie Korkola have all been awarded NSERC graduate scholarships. That's 3 for 3! They join Dr. Daisy Wong, Ms. Elyse Hudson and Alice Jin for our summer research.
In the photo (left to right): Anne-Lena, Natalie, Martin, Adyn
Daisy Wong was awarded her PhD in May 2019, just before CanBIC-7! We were delighted that the CanBIC-7 Plenary Lecturer, Professor Angela Casini, also kindly performed the duties of External Examiner. CanBIC-7 was a great success! Without exception, we were persuaded to run CanBIC-8 with the team of Zhifeng Ding, John Dawson and Nagao Kobayashi. Very luckily, it is scheduled for May 2021.