Earlier this week I had the pleasure of visiting McMaster University in Hamilton ON. I presented our current work on post-translational regulation of CPK28 and BIK1, and also served for the first time as an external examiner on a PhD thesis in the Department of Life Sciences. I was invited by my friend and first research mentor, Robin Cameron. Robin supervised me when I was in my second year of undergrad at the University of Toronto and introduced me to the fascinating world of molecular plant biology and immunology.
It was a great visit!
This year's Annual CSPB Meeting was held in beautiful Vancouver hosted by the Botany Department at my alma mater UBC. Inspiring plenary lectures were given by Elliot Meyerowitz, Siobhan Braybrook, Cara Haney, Sabeeha Merchant, Matthew Bracken, Yves Desjardin, and Harry Klee. There were over 100 talks and nearly 60 posters presented over the few days of the meeting. It was wonderful to spend the week in this breathtaking city with great colleagues showcasing impressive Canadian plant science.
We are looking for a talented postdoc with a solid background in molecular biology, biochemistry, plant biology, and genetics to join our growing team. Research goals are flexible but most projects currently focus on understanding the biochemical and genetic interactions governing immunity and immune homeostasis in the model plant Arabidopsis. Start date is negotiable but is expected to be on or before Jan 1, 2018.
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Earth Day 2017 was a historic day, as thousands of people gathered in cities worldwide to make a statement: Science is important. Marches and rallies took place in over 600 cities worldwide, including our nation's capital. Check out international coverage from Science Magazine here. To celebrate the end of term, we planned a lab day trip to Ottawa to stand up for science outside Parliament Hill. We took advantage of our time in Ottawa and visited the National Gallery of Canada in the afternoon after lunch. It was great to spend the day together outside the lab, discussing important issues facing this and future generations.
My first Honours thesis students, Sydney, Kristen, and Alysha - the self-proclaimed 'OG Squad' - presented their work at the Queen's Undergraduate Poster Day last week. Sydney worked on a genetics project to isolate double mutants to study an immune signalling pathway. Kristen worked on the CPK28 interactome, tirelessly cloning split-luciferase constructs and performing coIPs. Alysha generated over 25 point mutations in CPK28 phosphosites (in both bacterial AND plant expression vectors!) and established a functional screen in N. benthamiana to test regulatory roles of these sites. I couldn't be more impressed by the excellent work they've done these past months. Special shout-out to Kristen, who equally impressed several faculty in our Department and walked away with a Best Poster prize - congratulations!!