Dr. Chris Phenix,
Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Chris Phenix obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan under the supervision of Dr. David Palmer in the Department of Chemistry. There he studied the biochemical role of an enzyme found in Sinorhizobium meliloti, a bacteria used as a nitrogen inoculants for leguminous crops. He then went on to postdoctoral studies at UBC/TRIUMF under the supervision of Drs. Stephen Withers, Tom Ruth and Michael Adam. There he worked on the radiochemical synthesis of agents to 18F label β-glucosidases using a mechanism-based approach. The intent of such agents is to PET image the in vivo biodistribution and pharmacokinetics of an exogenously administered β-glucosidase, Glucocerebrosidase, the therapeutic enzyme used for direct enzyme replacement therapy of Gaucher disease. Currently he is a scientist at the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute and Assistant Professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. He is also an adjunct in Chemistry at Lakehead University. His research is focused on developing probes for PET imaging enzymes important for human health including glucosidases involved in Parkinson’s and other diseases.
F. Ifthiha Mohideen,
Graduate Student, Concordia University
Ifthiha is a Ph.D. Candidate in the laboratory of Dr. David Kwan at Concordia University. Her doctoral research focuses on the function and engineering of enzymes involved in the glycosylation of natural products. In particular, she is interested in developing a method for assaying glycosyltransferases in a high-throughput fashion and engineering a novel in vitro enzymatic pathway for the anticancer anthracycline deoxysugars. Before joining Concordia, Ifthiha obtained her B.Sc. (Honors) in Plant Biotechnology from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2014.
Dr. Rebecca Davis,
Associate Professor, University of Manitoba
This workshop will provide the theoretical background as well as discussion of the current approaches to Molecular Docking and Virtual screening. The workshop will also discuss the different software available and will focus on Cheminformatics methods for lead identification and optimization.
Dr. Rebecca Davis is an organic chemist at The University of Manitoba. Her research is focused on exploring of the mechanisms of asymmetric organocatalytic reactions and broadening the range of organic reactions in which asymmetric organocatalysis can be applied. Dr. Davis current research topics include: mechanisms in asymmetric phase transfer catalysis; counter-ion interactions in non-covalent organocatalysis; and development of stereoselective rearrangement reactions. Dr. Rebecca Davis obtained her Ph.D at the University of California, Davis, and conducted Postdoctoral Research at The Centre for Catalysis at Aahus University.
Dr. Robert Britton,
Professor, Simon Fraser University
Professor Robert Britton obtained his B. Sc. from the University of Waterloo in 1996 working with Professor Victor Snieckus, and his Ph. D. in natural product isolation, structural elucidation, and total synthesis from the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Professors Edward Piers and Raymond Anderson. He spent two years at the University of Cambridge with Professor Ian Paterson as an NSERC PDF then joined the Process Research Group at Merck as a Senior Scientist before starting an independent career at Simon Fraser University in 2005. He is a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Career Scholar and his research program focuses on the concise synthesis of structurally and stereochemically complex natural products and the discovery of new synthetic methods to support drug discovery and development.
Dr, Kristin Low,
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Dr. Kristin Low completed her Ph.D in Biochemistry at Queen’s University. Following this, her first postdoctoral fellowship was with Dr. P. Lynne Howell at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) characterizing protein-protein interactions in the alginate acetylation machinery of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. She is currently in Dr. Wade Abbott’s research program at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada where her research involves investigating the carbohydrate-active enzymatic potential of commensal bacteria of the poultry gastrointestinal tract.
Dr. Christopher Cairo
Associate Professor, University of Alberta
Graduate Student, University of Alberta
Dr. Andrew Lees
Founder and Scientific Director, Fina Biosolutions LLC
Dr. Robert Woods
Professor, University of Georgia
Dr. Jolene Garber
Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia Okanagan
Dr. Lori Yang
CEO & CSO, Lectenz Bio
Dr. Matt Macauley
Assistant Professor, University of Alberta
Graduate Student, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montreal (IRCM)
Dr. Anne Krook
Practical Workplace Advice
Dr. Karla Williams
Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia
Graduate Student, Ryerson University
Dr. Lynne Howell
Professor, University of Toronto
Dr. Ryan Sweeney
Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Alberta
CEO, Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation
Dr. Molly Shoichet
Professor, University of Toronto
Research Technician, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Parastoo Azadi.
Executive Director, Analytical Services, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center (CCRC)
Dr. Supriya Dey,
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Harvard University
Dr. Robert Ben,
Professor, University of Ottawa
Dr. François Le Mauff,
Post-Doctoral Fellow, McGill University
Dr. David Palmer,
Professor, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. David Kwan,
Assistant Professor, Concordia University
B.Sc., University of Alberta
Kate Pratt & Jonathon Simmons
Academic Success Centre, University of Alberta
Canadian Glycomics Network
E5-33 Gunning/Lemieux Chemistry Centre
University of Alberta, T6G 2G2
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