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  • Clothing Orders  We will send out an e-mail to the List-Serve, make a post here and on the Facebook group to let you know when everything is in!
  • Biochemistry Honours Mixer will be held Friday, November 23rd in the Feltham Room (SN4015). If you plan on doing your Honours project in Biochemistry, it would be a great idea to attend. The professors taking students for the 2013-2014 academic year (listed below) will be in attendance to explain their research and discuss projects with you from 5-6PM. We will have 2 for $5 and non-honours students are welcome. Hope to see you there!
  • Intramural Sports: we will inform you at least two days in advance of any sporting events and we hope to give you lots of time to sign up too! Check here, our Facebook group and in our weekly newsletter.
  • The Science Society: is looking for someone to come up with a new slogan for the Biochemistry Department's poster series for next year. Think you have a good idea? We would love to hear it.
  • Science Murals the Dean's Office is looking to have a mural painted outside the office and in the Science-Music corridor. Do you have a science-y work of art you would love to put on the walls on MUN? Contact the Dean's Office!

 

 

 

 

 

FACULTY ACCEPTING BIOCHEMISTRY HONOURS STUDENTS FOR 2013/14

The following list consists of faculty who have indicated that they are looking for one or more Biochemistry honours students for the 2013/14 academic year. You are also free to contact other non-listed faculty members in Biochemistry or in other departments to inquire about honours positions.

Bertolo, Robert

E-mail: rbertolo@mun.ca

Website: http://www.faculty.mun.ca/rbertolo/

Research: My research is focused on the nutritional costs of the ‘non-growth’ functions of amino acids in neonates, especially in the face of a challenge. My research program uses an in vivo model and can be divided into three main areas: 1) methyl metabolism changes and nutritional costs; 2) early nutritional insults and long term consequences on health; and 3) costs of intestinal stress and amino acid metabolism.

Brosnan, Margaret

E-mail: mbrosnan@mun.ca

Website: http://www.mun.ca/biochem/our_people/faculty/mbrosnan.html

Research: We are interested in metabolism of amino acids in normal and disease states. At present, we are studying the effect of B vitamin deficiency/supplements in vivo on metabolism of methionine and some other amino acids.

Brown, Robert

E-mail: rbrown@mun.ca

Website: http://www.ucs.mun.ca/~rjbrown/

Research: Complex metabolic diseases such as obesity, type-2 diabetes, and atherosclerosis are influenced in part by lipids carried through the bloodstream. Current work in my laboratory includes identifying ‘bioactive lipids’ that modulate these diseases and how these lipids affect cell signalling and gene expression profiles associated with these diseases.

Brunton, Janet

E-mail: jbrunton@mun.ca

Website: http://www.faculty.mun.ca/jbrunton/

Research: The global objective of my research program is to develop strategies for the nutritional management of newborn and premature infants with impaired gastrointestinal function. Our primary focus is to identify amino acids or peptides that promote intestinal recovery and/or adaptation following injury (ie. surgery or intravenous feeding).

Cheema, Sukhinder

E-mail: skaur@mun.ca

Website: http://www.faculty.mun.ca/scheema/

Research: We have 3 ongoing projects in the lab: 1) importance of maternal nutrition on the health outcome of the offspring; 2) marine oils in the regulation of lipoprotein metabolism under lipoprotein lipase deficient conditions; and 3) omega-3 fatty acid status of women in Newfoundland & Labrador. 1

Christian, Sherri

E-mail: sherri.christian@mun.ca

Website: http://www.ucs.mun.ca/~sherri/christian/Home.html

Research: My lab studies how a cell surface receptor called CD24 regulates cell death, cell survival or cell development in different cell types. There are three models that are used in the lab to study the different effects of CD24: cancer cell proliferation, B lymphocyte apoptosis and fat cell development (aka adipogenesis).

Ghazala, Sue

E-mail: ghazala@mun.ca

Website: http://www.mun.ca/biochem/our_people/faculty/ghazala.html

Research: We use various model systems to study the effect of extracted/purified bioactive compounds (polyphenols and antioxidants) that are delivered to target sites relevant to specific diseases. This research involves the identification, separation and classification of active proteins/enzymes for medical therapies. The research involves the use of a variety of biochemical/chemical analyses, as well as simulation and modelling techniques.

Heeley, David

E-mail: dheeley@mun.ca

Website: http://www.faculty.mun.ca/dheeley/

Research: The theme of my research is protein structure and function. The proteins that I am interested in are the thick and thin filament proteins of striated muscle – myosin, actin, tropomyosin and troponin. Investigative areas include regulation, conformational stability and phosphorylation.

Hoover, Ratnajothi

E-mail: rhoover@mun.ca

Website: http://www.faculty.mun.ca/rhoover/

Research: My research interest is on determining the structure of starches at different levels of granule organization and their impact on properties. The research will involve the use of a variety of instrumental techniques (DSC, X-ray, NMR, FTIR, HPAEC).

Mulligan, Martin

E-mail: mulligan@mun.ca

Website: http://www.faculty.mun.ca/mulligan/

Research: My general interest is in the area of gene expression in microorganisms. Most recently, studies in my lab centred on the cyanobacterial RNA-binding proteins and their function. At present, however, I am considering new areas for research, with possibly a shift to a different gene family, and in a different microbe.

Shahidi, Fereidoon

E-mail: fshahidi@mun.ca

Website: http://www.mun.ca/biochem/our_people/faculty/shahidi.html

Research: My research is primarily concentrated on the extraction, identification and modification of bioactives from plant sources and their use as nutraceuticals and functional food ingredients. Of particular interest are lipids, protein hydrolysates/biopeptides as well as polyphenols and their effects on health promotion and disease risk reduction. Antioxidants and their efficacy in food and biological systems, as well as omega-3 oils from plants, marine, and algal sources are among our active research areas.􀀃 2 3

Volkoff, Hélène

E-mail: hvolkoff@mun.ca

Website: http://www.mun.ca/biology/hvolkoff/

Research: Structure and function of hormones regulating appetite and reproduction in fish. Methods used range from hormone injections and behavioural observations to molecular

 

 

 

 

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