MCB Senior Seminar Series

Fall 2018 Schedule - All Welcome!

Seminars will be held on the following Thursdays in the University Centre, Room 442. The first talk will begin at 4:15 pm sharp with the second talk following directly afterwards.   Arrive early (3:45 - 4:10 pm) for complimentary appetizers! 

September 13
  • Erin Anderson (Ph.D. candidate, Khursigara lab)
    Seminar Title: “Peptidoglycomics:  Using metabolomics techniques to study peptidoglycan composition in Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Greg MacNeill (Ph.D. candidate, Emes/Tetlow lab)
    Seminar Title:  "The Regulation of Starch Branching Enzymes by Post-Translational Modifications"
October 11
  • Olivia Grafinger (Ph.D. candidate, Coppolino lab)
    Seminar Title: “Adhesion-mediated signaling regulates matrix metalloproteinase phosphorylation to promote cellular invasion”
  • Haider Khan (M.Sc. candidate, Van Raay lab)
    Seminar Title: "Investigating the Role of Naked Cuticle 1 in Wnt Signaling"
November 1
  • Sharlaine Harris (M.Sc. candidate, Mutharia lab)
    Seminar Title:  "Population Structure Studies on Strains of Flavobacterium branchiophilum from Ontario, Canada"
  • Dr. Christian Carlucci (Ph.D. alumni, Allen-Vercoe lab, and current Nubiyota employee)
    Seminar Title: "Science in Academia and Industry: Thoughts and Perspectives on Both "
    -- Christian's seminar will include a short presentation followed by an open discussion regarding his experiences with both elements of scientific work. This is an excellent opportunity for all current graduate students to gain insight and first-hand knowledge of scientific avenues they may be considering after graduation. This is also an excellent opportunity to create and deliver science-related poop puns in the only environment where it is acceptable.
November 22
  • Lina Abou Zeid (Ph.D. candidate, Mosser lab)
    Seminar Title:  “Investigating the effects of hyperthermia and heat shock proteins on MicroRNA biogenesis”
  • Karson Theriault (Ph.D. candidate, Perreault lab)
    Seminar Title:“Profiling sex differences in neuronal network activity in the chronic unpredictable stress model of depression”

This is an informal seminar series with monthly presentations from senior graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and research associates within MCB.  Participation in the series is completely voluntary, and the purpose is to provide senior trainees with a forum to showcase their advanced research findings, generate discussion and hopefully encourage more widespread collaborations and contact within the department.

If you are interested in presenting a seminar, please contact one of the coordinators listed below. 

  • Faculty coordinators are John Vessey ( and Tariq Akhtar (
  • Graduate Student coordinator is Hayley Thorpe (