October 2019, Volume 28
  1. Fall Retreat
  2. Mass Spec User Training
  3. CREATE for BioZone
  4. Welcome BBQ
  5. New BioZone Members
  6. Genome Canada GAPP project
  7. Equipment User Groups
  8. New Publications

1. Fall Retreat

School is officially back in session, and with it comes numerous events around BioZone and the Faculty.  Stay tuned for more details about the fall retreat, which will include autumn leaves and apple picking! 

Save the date: Oct 19

2. Mass Spec User Training

Oct 23, 2019 10-12 PM

The BioZone Mass Spectrometry Facility is planning a User Training Workshop on Tuesday October 22, 2019 from 10 am until noon.  This will be a hands on training session with the goal of focusing on the tools and skills required for the analysis of mass spectrometry.

As the goal of this workshop is to provide a better understanding of Mass Spectrometry, its capabilities and how it can help with your research, we are looking for suggestions with regards to the topics you would like to see covered.  These suggestions will help us to tailor the workshop to best benefit you, the users, as well as to help us design and offer additional workshops in the future. Please use the following link to provide feedback: Mass Spectrometry Workshop Topics

Register for the Mass Spec user training session here.

3. CREATE for BioZone

The Create for BioZone is a training program which addresses skill gaps that will equip our students to become leaders in the bioeconomy sector.  The gaps include:
  • Data fluency- Learn skills to manage and share enormous amounts of data generated by genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and sensor technology.
  • Innovation in entrepreneurship and idea generation- Training for students in knowledge transfer skills, open science principles, and entrepreneurship techniques.
  • Communication and leadership skills- Training in science communication to non-technical audiences, and authentic leadership.
Learn more about the NSERC CREATE for BioZone program at our Open House on Nov 13th 12-2PM in WB407. The training program is open to all students, post-doctoral fellows and research associates.  

The CREATE for BioZone in partnership with the Genome Canada Synbiomics and NSERC IBN projects is hosting a course on Technoeconomic and Life Cycle Analysis tools for enzyme technologies and new bioproducts on Nov 12th from 9AM to 3PM. Watch our for more details.

4. Welcome Back BBQ

Wow! Thank you to everyone in our BioZone community that came to the First Annual BioZone Welcome BBQ on Friday September 20th! Almost 120 BioZoners and BioZone friends attended the BBQ, and it was a blast!!!! We didn’t expect to see almost every BioZoner there, and will make sure that the BioZone BBQ is bigger and better next year. We hope you had some great conversations with fellow BioZoners while you waited in line and enjoyed your burger.

The BioZone Council would like to welcome each returning and new BioZoner to our community! Looking forward to a great year 🎉!
Check out more photos (or upload your own) here!

5. New BZ Members

Welcome to all new BioZoners!

Please see the list of new faces and which lab they belong to below, and keep an eye out for upcoming student spotlights in future newsletters to find out more about these new BZ members!

BZ Orientation on Sept 20th, featuring the new BZ members as well as some old favourites (Susie, Line, Sean, Elizabeth, Thu) 

List of new BioZoners:

  • Robert Lam, Project Manager
  • Nicolas Carunungan, Meng (Allen)
  • Kan Wu, PhD (Edwards)
  • Katherine Picott, PhD (Edwards)
  • Heping (Leo) Shen, PhD (Edwards/ Papangelakis)
  • Sofia Pimentel, PhD (Edwards)
  • Jhoselyn Jaramillo Lopez, 4th Year Thesis Student (Mahadevan)
  • Alexandre Tremblay, PhD (Mahadevan)
  • Kiandokht Haddidi, PhD (Mahadevan)
  • Sai Akhil Golla, PhD (Mahadevan)
  • Marios Mejdani, PDF (Mahadevan)
  • Owen Mototsune, MASc (Master)
  • Navya Reddy Mopati, MEng (Master)
  • Benjamin Ding, Volunteer (McGuigan)

6. Genome Canada GAPP Project

Prof. Edwards has been award a Genome Canada Genomics Applied Partnership Program (GAPP) grant titled "Field Validation of Technologies for Anaerobic Benzene and Alkylbenzene Bioremediation".

"For years, Professor Elizabeth Edwards (ChemE) and her team have been developing a potent mix of microbes that can chow down on toxic chemicals. Now, they are preparing to let them loose in the wild for the first time.

The bacterial cultures are designed to treat a set of contaminants known as BTEX — benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene. BTEX chemicals are commonly found in soil and groundwater where crude oil and its products have been used, such as old gas stations and oil refineries. In Canada alone, such sites number in the thousands."
                                                         - Tyler Irving, U of T Eng. News (Aug 2019)

Read more about the project here and here.

7. Equipment User Groups

One of the benefit of being a member of BioZone is the ability to use a wide range of leading-edge analytical equipment. However, with excellent access comes significant responsibilities. When using shared equipment, it is essential that all users have proper training and that the equipment receives adequate maintenance and cleaning.

We are establishing User Groups to look after the operation and maintenance of the major share equipment in BioZone such as HPLC and ICs. The role of the User Group will be to decide how to ensure that the equipment is maintained in good working order and is accessible to all the users interested in accessing the equipment. For example, the User Group will decide how the equipment will be booked and what information users need to record in the logbook or SharePoint calendar. User Groups will nominate key users to act as "Equipment Chairs" who will ensure that the agreed-upon rules are followed.

To help support the Equipment User Groups, we are creating Channels in the BioZone Team (in Microsoft Teams). These channels will allow the User Group to discuss equipment issues. There is also a document library on the BioZone Portal (SharePoint site) for each piece of equipment that will house files like the equipment's user list, standard operating procedures, best practices documents, logs, and maintenance schedules.

We are starting to rollout Equipment User Groups now, starting with the HPLCs and ICs. Others will follow shortly. Users of these instruments will be notified as the Equipment Groups are established. For information on how to use SharePoint and the BioZone Portal and Teams, please look at the training guides on the BioZone Portal here.

8. New Publications

1. Slater, B., Ng, E. and McGuigan, A.P. (2019). Local cell coordination does not alter individual cell migration during collective migration but does impact cellular exchange events. Integrative Biology. 11(4): 163-172.

2. Popov, G., Fiebig-Comyn, A., Shideler, S., Coombes, B.K. and Savchenko, A. (2019). Complete Genome Sequence of Citrobacter rodentium Strain DBS100. Microbiology resource announcements. 8(24), p.e00421-19.

3. Heavner, G.L., Mansfeldt, C.B., Wilkins, M.J., Nicora, C.D., Debs, G.E., Edwards, E.A. and Richardson, R.E. (2019). Detection of Organohalide-Respiring Enzyme Biomarkers at a Bioaugmented TCE-Contaminated Field Site. Frontiers in Microbiology,10.

4. Arnal, G., Stogios, P.J., Asohan, J., Attia, M.A., Skarina, T., Viborg, A.H., Henrissat, B., Savchenko, A. and Brumer, H. (2019). Substrate specificity, regiospecificity, and processivity in glycoside hydrolase family 74. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 294(36): 13233-13247.

5. Modupe, O., Krishnaswamy, K. and Diosady, L.L. (2019)Technology for Triple Fortification of Salt with Folic Acid, Iron, and Iodine. Journal of Food Science. [Article in Press]

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