Subject: IIDR eNews - November 29th, 2018

IIDR Newsletter - Issue 23
November 29th, 2018
Meet The 2018 NSERC and L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Supplement Winner, Dr. Erin McConnell

It is our pleasure to announce the 2018 NSERC and L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Supplement recipient, Dr. Erin McConnell. Erin is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Yingfu Li's lab, where she leads a team of researchers who are focused on the development of technologies for the detection of the pathogenic bacteria, Legionella pneumophila, in contaminated water sources.

In The News
The Conversation Canada: Humanity Under Threat from Antibiotic-Resistant Infections

Dr. Gerry Wright joined the conversation to shed light on the growing global threat of antimicrobial resistance. Learn More >
TWiM Episode 189: Salmonella BonJovi

The ASM podcast 'This Week in Microbiology' features the incredible research of PhD candidate Bushra Ilyas of Dr. Brian Coombes' lab. Listen in at 31:45. Learn More >
Shedding Light on Antimicrobial Research (AMR)

CIHR Scientific Directors Drs. Charu Kaushic and Steven Hoffman explain the importance of supporting innovation and research in the fight against AMR, and highlight CIHR’s AMR activities. Learn More >
Your Microbiome Matters More Than You Think

Dr. Michael Surette explains how "what's going on in your gut has a surprisingly large effect on what goes on in your life", and how probiotics can help. Learn More >
The National Post: AMR - A Threat That Needs to be Countered

IIDR Director Dr. Gerry Wright speaks to The National Post about the dangerous and growing global threat of Antimicrobial Resistance. Learn More >
Fight The Resistance! 💊

In light of World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2018, our McMaster IIDR ‘resistance fighters’ designed this fun (yet fittingly, incredibly difficult to beat!) interactive game. 👾How long can you survive? Learn More >
Dr. Wright Makes 2018 List of The World’s Most Cited Researchers

17 McMaster researchers have been included on the 2018 list of the world’s most cited researchers. The list, compiled by Clarivate Analytics, recognizes science and social science researchers whose papers rank in the top 1% of citations for field and year in Web of Science, a citation index. Approximately 4,000 researchers across 21 specific categories were named to the list this year, with an additional 2,000 researcher named for their influence across disciplines.

Dr's Mossman & MacNeil Recognized for Excellence in Supervision

Congratulations to Dr. Karen Mossman and Dr. Lesley MacNeil from the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical sciences on being nominated for the 2018 President's Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision. Both professors were nominated for demonstrating excellent supervisory and mentoring skills, and were acknowledged at this year's Graduate Students Awards Ceremony.
Proteus Innovation Competition

Consider Proteus – a four-month long competition that challenges you to create a commercialization plan for 1 of 3 technologies developed out of Ontario’s research institutions. This year’s Proteus technologies come from Western University, McMaster University and the University of Windsor. Successful teams have the chance to win 1 of 3 prizes of $5000; and have the opportunity to be involved in further commercialization of the technology (including a possible spin-off company!) Visit the website for more information.

Expanding the Frontiers of Infectious Disease Research - IIDR Trainee Day 2018

On Friday, November 9th, the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research celebrated their 8th Annual IIDR Trainee Day – a day dedicated to recognizing the innovative work being done by the Institute’s trainees. Read about this year's event on the IIDR website here, and view photos from the day on our Facebook Page.
Events & Seminars
You're Invited! IIDR Holiday Party 2018
Friday, December 14th, 8:00pm, The Collins Brewhouse

Its that time of year again! Please join us at this year's IIDR Holiday Party, December 14th, 8:00pm at The Collins Brewhouse (33 King St. W., Dundas). This year's event will feature the live band, The Null Hypothesis! Please forward all your song requests to Christina at are $10 each and can be purchased at the IIDR Main Office (MDCL 2235). 
BBS Seminar: “Hungry like the GOAT: The unique biochemistry and biology of ghrelin”
Friday, November 30th, 11:30am - 12:30pm, MDCL 3020, McMaster University
As part of the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences seminar series, and co-hosted with the Chemical Biology Graduate Program, Dr. Jake Magolan will be hosting Dr. James Hougland from Syracuse University this Friday, November 30th. Dr. Hougland is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, and will be discussing how his research group is applying chemical, biochemical, and computational approaches to investigate ghrelin acylation by human GOAT (hGOAT). Coffee and cookies will be served at 11:15am.

BBS Seminar: "Role of serotonin in breast cancer stem cells"
Tuesday, December 4th, 11:30am - 12:30pm, HSC 4E20, McMaster University
Dr. John Hassell and his research team from the Departments of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences and Pathology and Molecular Medicine will be presenting with William Gwynne (PhD Candidate) and Shahbaz Shakeel (MSc Candidate) on December 4th. Through their lecture, they will recount their recent efforts to functionally validate one of the serotonin receptors as a suitable molecular target for drug development. Coffee and cookies will be served at 11:15am.
ID/IIDR Combined Rounds: New ideas for an old disease - novel strategies for antimicrobial drug discovery and treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis 
Wednesday, December 5th, 8:00am - 9:00am, HSC 1A1, McMaster University
Please join us for December's ID/IIDR Combined Rounds, presented by Dr. Tim O'Shea (MD, FRCPC, MPH) and Dr. Michael Cook (PhD). Dr. O'Shea is an Associate Professor within the Divisions of General Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University. Dr. Cook is a Postdoctoral Fellow within Dr. Gerry Wright’s lab in the Department of Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University. Tea, coffee and cookies will be served at 7:45am.
IIDR Seminar: "Discovery, biosynthesis and bioengineering of antibiotics from Gram-negative bacteria”
Friday, December 14th, 11:30am - 12:30pm, HSC 1A6, McMaster University
The IIDR will be hosting Dr. Greg Challis, Monash-Warwick Alliance Professor of Sustainable Chemistry (Chemical and Synthetic Biology). In his lecture, the discovery of antibiotics from Burkolderia and other Gram-negative bacterial genera, with activity against drug resistant strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Acinetobacter baumannii, will be presented. Efforts to understand the biosynthesis of these metabolites will be discussed and application of the knowledge gained to bioengineer the production of novel analogues with enhanced bioactivity will be described. Coffee, tea, and cookies will be served at 11:15am.

BBS Graduate Student Association - Holiday Potluck
Wednesday, December 19th, 12:00pm, Health Sciences Grad Student HomeBase, McMaster University
Save the date for the Biochemistry Grad Student Association Holiday Potluck on December 19th! Sign up in the Biochemistry Main Office with Katie Raposo. The event is $10, or you can bring food instead (main dishes, appetizers, or desserts). All proceeds will be donated to the Hamilton Food Share.
Antibiotic Resistance – One Health Perspective (AROHP-2019) Symposium
March 5th - 8th & March 8th - 11th, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India
The IIDR has been invited to the 22nd ADNAT symposium on “Antimicrobial Resistance – One Health Perspective (AROHP-2019)” from March 5 to 8, 2019 and Hands-on Workshop on "Antimicrobial Resistance - Let's Get Practical" from March 8 to 11, 2019 at the Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India. To learn more about the symposium, the speakers (including our very own Dr. Gerry Wright & Dr. Eric Brown) and how you can participate, please visit the AROHP website here.
Jobs & Opportunities
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Application Deadline: Unspecified

Dr.’s Michael G. Organ and Christopher N. Boddy from the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular SciencesUniversity of Ottawa are looking to recruit a postdoctoral fellow with expertise in biocatalysis and protein engineering to participate in an interdisciplinary project centered round the development of an enzyme-transition metal tandem catalysis system. Candidates with expertise in automation and the ability to work closely with synthetic organic chemists are preferred. If interested, please send a CV and letter of interest to and
Participants Needed for CIHR-Funded Tuberculosis Booster Vaccine Study

The research team of IIDR's Dr. Fiona Smaill and Dr. Zhou Xing is looking for healthy participants who were born outside of Canada to enroll in their CIHR–supported tuberculosis booster vaccine study. The purpose of this Phase 1, open-label clinical trial is to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of their adenovirus-based tuberculosis vaccine, administered by aerosol. If interested in participating in the study, visit their website to learn more. Remuneration will be provided for all participants.
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant
Application Deadline: Dec 2, 2018

The Respiratory Infection and Vaccine Group in the Clinical Sciences Department, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine currently has a vacancy for a motivated PDRA immunologist to lead research on immune responses to human pneumococcal carriage and pneumococcal vaccines. The PDRA will champion the development and delivery of research specifically in mucosal immunity and immune aging, in addition to participating in the production and dissemination of research outputs and will train junior scientists in laboratory techniques and data analysis. Find out more here.
Call for Research Participants: Dr. Dawn Bowdish’s Lab

Dr. Dawn Bowdish's team at McMaster University is looking for male volunteers over 40 years of age to participate in a research study. The purpose of their study is to investigate how age-related changes in immune responses alter the microbes that live in our nose and mouth (the “microbiome”) and whether this could explain why some older adults get more respiratory infections such as colds, the flu, and pneumonia. Find out more about the study and how to volunteer here.laboratory techniques and data analysis. Find out more here.

Senior Scientific Researcher, Infectious Diseases
Application Deadline: Unspecified

The Infectious Diseases Department at Genentech, based in South San Francisco, CA, is seeking a talented Senior Scientific Researcher to execute projects aimed at discovering novel therapeutics for infectious diseases with high unmet medical need. This is a laboratory-based position with responsibilities that include elucidation of the mechanisms of host-pathogen/microbiome interactions, discovery and validation of candidate targets, evaluation of antimicrobial compounds, and assay development. Learn more here.
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