September 2016, Volume 5


New BioZone Students!
Sitting (left to right):
Nadia Morson: Elizabeth (MSc), Suzana Kraus: Elizabeth (MSc),  Christian Larsen: Elodie Passport, Oluwasegun Modupe: Levente (PhD) - new to Wallberg building, Mitchell Zak: Grant Allen (MSc)
Standing up (left to right):
Shen Guo: Elizabeth (MSc), Kart Kanger: Elizabeth (Visiting PhD from Estonia), Azadeh Vatandoust: Levente (PhD)
Not in the picture:
Abhishek Rampelli: 4th year student, Fauzi Salama: Krishna (PhD), Amir Arellano Saab: Peter McCourt / visiting Savchenko lab (PhD);  Ali Chamkalani: Krishna (Visiting MSc student)
2016 Fall Semester BioZone Orientation:
Friday - October 14th, 2016
WB407 9am-2pm

The BioZone Leadership Council: Re-introduction and call for participants!

The BioZone Leadership Council is comprised of students, staff and researchers with a mandate to serve the needs of all BioZoners.  The Council organizes events like the first BioZone Horizons Symposium and the upcoming Christmas Party, prepares communications like this newsletter, assists professors with organizational needs and provides valuable leadership experience for BioZoners.  We are looking for volunteers to help out with our initiatives!  Contact Mabel Wong if you are interested.  And look out for our elections in April 2017.


News & Events

BioZone Research Symposium


We are delighted to announce the annual BioZone Research Symposium which we plan to host this November. This half-day event aims to enhance the exchange of research ideas and lab techniques through talks delivered by students and staff scientists from different lab groups in BioZone. Your active participation is requested!

BioZone Fall Retreat!

One month into the new semester and you already want a break from the research/coursework/TA duties? Stay tuned to emails from BioZone Leadership Council for our annual BioZone retreat! Reach out to organizers Elisse, Mabel and Spencer if you can offer any ideas or help.

ISME '16 & Bike Trip

Over a dozen BioZone members attended the 16th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology, held in Montreal August 21-26. Professor Elizabeth Edwards was an invited speaker on the topic of bioremediation and many BioZone students presented research posters on bioremediation and environmental biotechnology,. Attendees also enjoyed a memorable ISME Social Night and a fun bike tour of Montreal led by Prof. Edwards.

Awards & Grants

Congratulations to Alison McGuigan

Alison McGuigan has been awarded a Heart Professorship (link).


OGI Spark Competition

Due Nov 1, 2016, $25,000 for 6-12 months

With the SPARK program, Ontario Genomics seeks to provide investigators with catalytic funding to enable them to initiate novel, high-impact, and innovative early-stage projects in the genomic sciences. The focus of this year’s competition is microbiomes.

Microbiome competition will be open to research projects involving human, plant, livestock and the environment including soil and water.


Recent Publications

Edwards Lab

McGuigan Lab


Yakunin Lab

Please email us if you have something to add to the next edition of the BioZone Newsletter
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