Graduate Defences



  • Tempelhagen, Laura - MSC.MCB - May 17, 2019
    (Advisors:  J. Wood and S. Seah)
    Increased ubiquinone content confers respiratory protection to Escherichia coli under osmotic stress
  • Mann, Evan - PHD.MCB - May 9, 2019
    (Advisor:  C. Whitfield)
    Export of bacterial O-antigen polysaccharides by ATP-binding cassette transporters
  • Vatta, Maritza - MSC.MCB - May 9, 2019
    (Advisor:  R. Merrill)
    Application of plant extracts as antimicrobials against Streptomyces scabies and characterization of the DNA-binding motif in Scabin toxin
  • Chun, Joshua - MSC.MCB - May 8, 2019
    (Advisor:  A. Clarke)
    Investigating the interaction between lytic transglycosylases and Ivyp1 & Ivyp2 in Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Mehrpouyan, Sahar - PHD.MCB - May 6, 2019
    (Co-Advisors:  M. Emes / I. Tetlow)
    Post-translational regulation of starch synthase IIA, a key enzyme of starch biosynthesis in maize endosperm
  • Mallette, Evan - PHD.MCB - May 1, 2019
    (Advisor:  M. Kimber)
    Structural and functional characterization of the aminoacetone utilization microcompartment from Mycobacterium smegmatis MC2 155
  • McLaughlin, Michael (Shayne) - MSC.MCB - April 24, 2019
    (Advisor:  A. Bendall)
    Investigating Dlx and Zbed1 protein interactions during cell cycle progression
  • Dutta, Nikkita - MSC.MCB - April 17, 2019
    (Advisor:  N. Jones)
    Investigation of Dok1 and Dok2 as novel modulators of focal adhesion dynamics in kidney podocytes
  • Boddington, Kelly - PHD.MCB - April 12, 2019
    (Advisor:  S. Graether)
    The role of a Vitis riparia dehydrin in protecting DNA from oxidative stress
  • Larson, Shayla - MSC.MCB - April 9, 2019
    (Advisors:  R. Lu & R. Bergeron)
    Identification of genetic markers for stress responsiveness and meat quality in Canadian Yorkshire pigs
  • Demelo, Mitchele - MSC.MCB - April 5, 2019
    (Advisor:  C. Khursigara)
    Identification of a novel interaction between cell division proteins FtsK and MinD in Eschericia coli
  • Tremblay, Olivier - MSC.MCB - March 29, 2019
    (Advisor:  R. Merrill)
    Vorin and Garvin are novel bacterial mono-ADP-ribosyltransferase toxins
  • Sandhu, Love - MSC.MCB - February 5, 2019
    (Advisor:  J. Dawson)
    Characterization of cardiac actin gene editing in zebrafish using CRISPR-Cas9 technology


  • Huszczynski, Steven - PHD.MCB - December 18, 2018
    (Advisors:  C. Khursigara and J. Lam)
    Genetic and biochemical characterization of the proteins that determine O-specific antigen chain length in Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Oliphant, Kaitlyn - PHD.MCB - December 17, 2018
    (Advisor:  E. Allen-Vercoe)
    Exploring the application of ecological theory to the human gut microbiota using complex defined microbial communities as models
  • Wood, Chantal - MSC.MCB - December 13, 2018
    (Advisor:  R. Merrill)
    Isolation and identification of natural product inhibitors of Plx2A, a toxin from Paenibacillus larvae
  • Drolet, Jennifer - MSC.MCB - December 10, 2018
    (Advisor:  S. Ryan)
    Investigating the omega-3 fatty acid DHA in acting as an exogenous regulator of the antioxidant response pathway in Parkinson’s disease
  • Kuc, Christopher - MSC.MCB - December 7, 2018
    (Advisor:  J. Vessey)
    Staufen 1 is dispensable for NPC self-renewal and neuronal differentiation but plays a role in anchoring NPCs to the ventricular zone during corticogenesis
  • Taylor, Tiegh - MSC.MCB - December 6, 2018
    (Advisor:  R. Lu)
    Luman potentially regulates whole-body metabolism through modulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis
  • Aggett, Rebecca - MSC.MCB - December 5, 2018
    (Advisor:  S. Seah)
    Characterization of multifunctional enzyme complexes from Comamonas testosteroni KF1 and Thermomonospora curvata DSM43183 involved in steroid side chain degradation
  • Tyrawa, Caroline - MSC.MCB - December 4, 2018
    (Advisor:  G. van der Merwe)
    Demystifying Brettanomyces bruxellensis: Fermentation kinetics, flavourcompound production, and nutrient requirements during wort fermentation
  • Shaikh, Zeeshan - MSC.MCB - December 3, 2018
    (Advisor:  J. Dawson)
    Regulatory changes in the α-cardiac actin variants H88Y and F90Δ implicated in early-onset hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Despond, Evan - MSC.MCB - November 27, 2018
    (Advisor: J. Dawson)
    The hypertrophic cardiomyopathy-linked α-cardiac actin variant A331P
  • Ralph, Robyn - MSC.MCB - November 23, 2018
    (Co-Advisors:  S. Wootton / P. Krell)
    Characterization of Autographa californica nucleopolyhedrovirus immediate early protein ME53: The role of conserved domains in BV production, viral gene transcription, and evidence for ME53 presence at the ribosome
  • Thorpe, Hayley - MSC.MCB+NEUR - November 19, 2018
    (Advisor:  J. Vessey)
    The RNA-binding protein hnRNP Q regulates dendritic morphogenesis and synapse number in cortical neurons
  • Timpano, Sara - PHD.MCB - November 16, 2018
    (Advisor:  J. Uniacke)
    An investigation of the molecular and cellular biology of human physioxic cell culture
  • Moore, Clayton - MSC.BINF - November 14, 2018
    (Advisor:  B. Meng)
    Prediction of the molecular boundary and evolutionary history of novel viral AlkB domains using homology modeling and principal component analysis
  • Evagelou, Sonia - MSC.MCB - November 5, 2018
    (Advisor:  J. Uniacke)
    Investigating the role of DDX28 as a novel regulator of the hypoxic cap-dependent translation initiation complex
  • Virta, Lilia - MSC.MCB - October 30, 2018
    (Advisor:  T. Akhtar)
    Polyisoprenoid alcohols influence plastidial membrane dynamics and photosynthetic performance in Solanum lycopersicum and Arabidopsis thaliana
  • El Osta, Lana - MSC.MCB - August 27, 2018
    (Co-advisors:  M. Kimber / J. Lam)
    Biochemical characterization of the putative glucosyltransferase, WapB, which acts on the uncapped core OS of P. aeruginosa
  • Cheng, Ashley - MSC.MCB - June 27, 2018
    (Advisor:  J.K. Yankulov)
    Evaluating the impact of replication fork pausing on epigenetic conversions in Saccharomyces cerevisiae:  A novel approach and first analysis
  • Pyc, Michal - PHD.MCB - June 18, 2018
    (Advisor:  R. Mullen)
    The dynamics of leaf lipid droplets and the identification of a novel lipid droplet protein in Arabidopsis thaliana
  • White, Jessica - MSC.MCB - May 11, 2018
    (Advisor:  I. Tetlow)
    Development and characterization of branching enzymes for improving industrial starches
  • Liston, Sean - PHD.MCB - April 30, 2018
    (Advisor:  C. Whitfield)
    Biosynthesis and Assembly of the Vi Antigen Capsule Produced by Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi
  • Anderson, Cole - MSC.MCB - April 19, 2018
    (Advisor:  J. Mathur)
    Investigating a role for phospholipids in plastid pleomorphy
  • Berezuk, Alison - PHD.MCB - March 27, 2018
    (Advisor:  C. Khursigara)
    Investigating the role of divisome protein FtsK as an essential checkpoint during bacterial cell division
  • Delfosse, Kathleen - MSC.MCB - March 19, 2018
    (Advisor:  J. Mathur)
    Investigations of the effects of subcellular sugar levels on plastid morphology
  • Patterson, Jenelle - PHD.MCB - February 26, 2018
    (Advisor:  M. Emes; Co-Advisor:  I. Tetlow)
    Post-translational regulation of Arabidopsis thaliana starch synthase 2
  • Sychantha, David - PHD.MCB - February 22, 2018
    (Advisor:  A. Clarke)
    O-Acetylation of Cell Wall Glycans in Gram-positive Bacteria
  • Smart, Anastasia - MSC.MCB+NEUR - January 26, 2018
    (Advisor:  J. Vessey)
    Characterizing the hnRNP Q complex and its activity in asymmetric neural precursor cell division during cerebral cortex development
  • Chuli, Kirsten - MSC.MCB - January 10, 2018
    (Advisor:  C. Khursigara)
    Examining the distribution of the extracellular polymeric substances in the biofilms of the Liverpool Epidemic Strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa