Research Opportunities

Research Opportunity Faculty Member Description
MBB 481/2/3 Dr. Mark Paetzel Contribute to the structural and functional understanding of viral proteases – targets for antiviral therapies. Please visit the lab website to learn more and e-mail Dr. Paetzel with transcripts and CV
MBB 498-3 Dr. Mark Paetzel Contribute to the structural and functional understanding of viral proteases – targets for antiviral therapies. Please visit the lab website to learn more and e-mail Dr. Paetzel with transcripts and CV.
MBB 491-5 Dr. Mark Paetzel Contribute to the structural and functional understanding of viral proteases – targets for antiviral therapies. Please visit the lab website to learn more and e-mail Dr. Paetzel with transcripts and CV.
MBB 481/2/3 Dr. Ly Vu Control of hematopoietic stem cell function
NSERC/VPR USRAs Dr. Ly Vu Translational regulation in pathogenesis of acute myeloid leukemia
MBB 481/2/3 Dr. Jonathan Choy 15-credit Direct Research opportunities are available in the Choy lab for individuals interested in studying how immune responses contribute to transplant rejection and autoimmune disease. Interested students should e-mail Dr. Choy describing their research interests along with a copy of transcripts and CV.
MBB 481/2/3 Dr. Nancy Hawkins

The Hawkins lab studies the role of asymmetrically localized proteins and the Wnt signaling pathway in asymmetric cell division in C. elegans. We have focused on the protein HAM-1, that is asymmetrically localized at the cell cortex in many dividing cells in the embryo. This protein also has a DNA binding domain and localizes to the nucleus. We proposed that the asymmetric localization at the cell cortex is one mechanism to specifically distribute the protein to one of the two daughter cells during division. The goal is to watch the segregation of HAM-1 in living embryos during cell division. To accomplish this goal, the directed research project will involve generating a plasmid construct that fuses the ham-1 gene to a gene encoding a photoconvertible fluorescent protein (Dendra2). This construct will then be used to generate transgenic C. elegans. A series of experiments will then be undertaken to visualize Dendra2::HAM-1 localization and segregation in transgenic embryos.   

NSERC/VPR USRAs Dr. Nancy Hawkins Molecular mechanisms underlying asymmetric cell division
MBB 481/2/3 Dr. Nancy Hawkins Molecular mechanisms underlying asymmetric cell division
MBB481/2/3 Dr. Tim Audas Stress-induced amyloid aggregation in mammalian cells. Interested students should e-mail Dr. Audas outlining their research interests along with a copy of transcripts and CV.
MBB498-3 Dr. Tim Audas Stress-induced amyloid aggregation in mammalian cells. Interested students should e-mail Dr. Audas outlining their research interests along with a copy of transcripts and CV.
MBB491-5 Dr. Tim Audas Stress-induced amyloid aggregation in mammalian cells. Interested students should e-mail Dr. Audas outlining their research interests along with a copy of transcripts and CV.
MBB481/2/3-15
Fall 2021
Dr. Lynne Quarmby Alpine snow algae microbiome
NSERC USRA/VPR
Fall 2021
Dr. Lynne Quarmby Alpine snow algae microbiome
Volunteers, suspended due to COVID Dr. Lynne Quarmby Alpine snow algae microbiome
MBBB481/2/3 Dr. Fiona Brinkman
Multiple bioinformatics projects: Antimicrobial gene mobility; Pathogen-associated gene analysis; Data curation and visualization of integrated microbiome, clinical, environmental data.
Volunteers, suspended due to COVID Dr. Chris Beh sterile technique and microbial culturing
MBB481/2/3 Dr. Chris Beh The regulation of membrane contact sites and intracellular transport pathways.
Directed Research Dr. Peter Unrau RNA aptamer and ribozyme selection and characterization opportunities.
MBB481/2/3

Dr. Michel Leroux The Leroux lab has an opening for a 15-credit Directed Research project that involves the molecular, genetic and cell biology characterisation of novel proteins implicated in the function of cilia. These sensory organelles are at the heart of essential cellular signalling pathways, and are implicated in a growing number of human disorders (ciliopathies) that affect the function of virtually all organs.
MBB 481/2/3 Dr. Valentin Jaumouillé Mechanosensing in innate immunity.
Specialized innate immune cells, like macrophages, have the ability to engulf and kill microbes and mammalian cells alike trough phagocytosis. How do they decide what to engulf? The mechanical properties of their targets matter, but how macrophages sense these properties is largely unknown. The goal of this project is to test which components of the macrophage machinery are important for mechanosensing. You will use modern molecular biology techniques, including CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing, to manipulate mechanosensitive components. You will validate your approaches using cell culture and microcopy. You will test specific roles of the targeted components using cellular assays.
Interested students should e-mail Dr. Jaumouillé outlining their research interests along with a copy of transcripts and CV.
MBB 491 Dr. Valentin Jaumouillé Molecular biology approaches to leukocyte mechanobiology.
Mechanical properties of immune cells play important roles in multiple contexts: phagocytosis, immunological synapse formation, cell migration, cancer proliferation. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying leukocyte cell mechanics are poorly understood. The goal of this project is to determine the role of specific membrane and cytoskeleton components in leukocyte cell mechanics. You will use modern molecular biology techniques, including CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing, to manipulate putative molecular determinants of leukocyte cell mechanics.
Interested students should e-mail Dr. Jaumouillé outlining their research interests along with a copy of transcripts and CV.
MBB 496-6 for CMPT-MBB Joint Honours Dr. Valentin Jaumouillé Image processing for mechanobiology.
Immune cells generate cellular forces to discriminate antigens, release cytotoxic vesicles, or phagocytose microbes and cells. However forces generated by immune cells are relatively small in comparison to fibroblasts or myoblasts, for example. Consequently, they can only be measured using highly sensitive techniques. Our lab is specialized in fluorescence microscopy-based biophysical measurements. The goal of this project is to implement and further develop cutting-edge image processing methods to perform high-sensitivity traction force microscopy.
Interested students should e-mail Dr. Jaumouillé outlining their research interests along with a copy of transcripts and CV.
MBB481/2/3 Dr. Mark Paetzel Contribute to the structural and functional understanding of viral proteases – targets for antiviral therapies. Please visit the lab website to learn more and e-mail Dr. Paetzel with transcripts and CV.
MBB498-3 Dr. Mark Paetzel Contribute to the structural and functional understanding of viral proteases – targets for antiviral therapies. Please visit the lab website to learn more and e-mail Dr. Paetzel with transcripts and CV.
MBB491-5 Dr. Mark Paetzel Contribute to the structural and functional understanding of viral proteases – targets for antiviral therapies. Please visit the lab website to learn more and e-mail Dr. Paetzel with transcripts and CV.