Our hibiscus has always been an eccentric individual marching to the beat of his own drum.
The sun takes a step back, the summer's chlorophyll departs, and Fred finally flowers - reminding us that success can happen at any time (even as the first frost approaches).
While it's true that the construction of a palace takes more time than an ordinary building, we do welcome plant insight to encourage an earlier bloom - please tweet us @MJStillmanGroup if you have any tips. Fred responds well to gentle threats sometimes.
It is mid-August and while the rest of the world seems to be on pause, SBG charges forward with our research and adds a powerful new tool to our arsenal!
Here Natalie and Adyn assemble the new Cary 60 spectrometer... Are you sure that piece goes there Adyn? ;)
Hummingbirds drop by our office as we celebrate the end of
The first guest was actually spotted by Elyse!
Bird watch count so far:
Elyse - 1
HAPPY AUGUST EVERYBODY! We have many exciting announcements this
month! First and foremost - Daisy's Metallothionein
review was just accepted by Comprehensive Coordination
Chemistry Vol. 3 - this was a massive, tough job but DLW always
finds a way to get things done - and done well. CONGRATULATIONS
Dr. Daisy Wong!!!!! (Contact
us if you are interested in reading it but don't have access - we
will be happy to send you a copy of our newest book chapter!)
Just when we think August cannot be going any better, "Interplay between carbonic anhydrases and metallothioneins: structural control of metalation" has been accepted by the International Journal of Molecular Sciences - this article is part of the "Carbonic Anhydrase and Biomarker Research 2020" special issue. Great job everybody!
Be sure to check out our Publications page to read up on our work, and keep up with us on Twitter (@MJStillmangroup) for fun facts on #MetallothioneinMondays!
Group photo during extraordinary times.
Alice visits to talk DFT calculations and check on Fred the Hibiscus (who is being outshined by the Bougainvillea).
We catch up, discuss pop culture, Animal Crossing gaming strategies and take a breath of fresh air as our research strolls along. #safetyfirst
Top: Daisy, Alice, Martin, Adyn
Bottom: Amelia, Elyse, Natalie
For the first time in its history, the Southern Ontario
Undergraduate Student Chemistry Conference was held virtually from
mid-June to early July. The SOUSCC
conference is an annual event for undergrads to present their
It gives us great pleasure to announce that Adyn won the Outstanding Oral Presentation Award in the category of Biological and Medicinal Chemistry! Her presentation can be found here. Adyn, we are so proud of you - your work has always been exceptional and it is an honor that the best of the best is amongst our midst!
To keep up with Adyn and the group's research, head over to Twitter: @MJStillmangroup @adynmelenbacher
As the summer heat hits, the group gathers in Martin's garden for
a barbecue dinner. The coffee fiends test out the Nespresso
machine to jumpstart the night.
Throughout the month, we make excellent progress with our papers. The papers on work with Prof. Zhifeng Ding and Angel Zhang are close to being accepted, and Adyn's work on the French copper peptide has just been submitted.
Summer research is off to a strong start and we are ready to keep the momentum going!
In the photo: Martin, Daisy, Amelia, Adyn, Elyse, Natalie
Our labs have re-opened and summer research is back in full
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.
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.