Subject: IIDR eNews - June 21st, 2019

IIDR Newsletter - Issue 28
June 21st, 2019
In The News

Mac Team Develops New Method for Storing Vaccines

Most vaccines must be kept cold to be effective. An interdisciplinary team of researchers at McMaster University invented a novel, affordable way to convert thermo-sensitive vaccines into stable ones that can be more easily transported across the globe. 

Read more about this exciting discovery via CTVNewsThe Globe and Mailand the McMaster Daily News.

Dr. Wright Talks AMR on Sweden's "The AMR Studio" Podcast

Global AMR research leader Dr. Gerry Wright speaks to the importance of antibiotic discovery research & shares his own experience facing the threat of AMR.
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Long-term Studies will Track Indelible Marks of First Flu

“The impact of this work is potentially enormous,” comments influenza researcher Dr. Matthew Miller.
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New Research Shakes Up The Sloth Family Tree

New research from Dr. Hendrik Poinar's team challenges decades of widely accepted research regarding evolutionary relationships between tree sloths and their extinct relatives.
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How Bacteria “Walk” Across a Surface

Pseudomonas expert Dr. Lori Burrows comments on how special filaments called type IV pili enable bacterial locomotion.
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Member Highlight
An IIDR Trainee Writing Initiative

The Elliot Lab: Driving the production of cryptic antibiotics in Streptomyces

by Tori Marko, Research Laboratory Technician, Surette Lab

Dr. Marie Elliot’s research team studies multicellular development and gene regulation in Streptomyces bacteria to understand the metabolic capabilities of these organisms, including how to induce metabolite production for the discovery of antibiotics.

Strong Bonds: How the Magolan Lab Adds a New Element to the IIDR

by Luke Yaeger, Masters Student, Burrows Lab

The primary interests of Dr. Jakob Magolan’s lab at McMaster University lie in the search for novel antibiotics to treat drug-resistant microbial infections.


IIDR Recognized with 2019 FHS Research Plenary Awards

Congratulations to our many trainees and supervisors who were recognized at the annual FHS Research Plenary Awards reception. Combined, our past and present IIDR trainees received over 70 awards in various health science categories, based on overall research excellence and outstanding poster and oral presentations. A special congratulations to Dr. Matthew Miller, who was recognized with a prestigious Health Sciences Graduate Student Federation award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision. View the 2019 FHS Research Plenary Awards Reception program to learn more about this year’s event and award recipients.
Miller Lab Raises Funds & Awareness for WALK to End ALS 2019

Dr. Matthew Miller's lab raised over $300 at their Bake Sale last month in support of this year's WALK to End ALS. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating neurodegenerative disorder that causes the death of neurons controlling voluntary muscles, and the Miller lab is actively investigating the relationship between infection, inflammation and neurodegeneration in people with ALS. 40% of the proceeds raised at WALK to End ALS goes towards supporting ALS research, and the remaining 60% goes directly towards services for people with ALS and their families. Visit the Walk to End ALS website to find out how you can participate on Saturday, June 22nd at the Hamilton Bay Front Park.
Reports & Publications

Silencing cryptic specialized metabolism in Streptomyces by the nucleoid-associated protein Lsr2

Nucleoid-associated proteins in other bacteria control a wide range of processes. In their most recent publication, Dr. Marie Elliot’s team set out to understand how a nucleoid-associated protein known as ‘Lsr2’ affects Streptomyces growth and metabolism, and it's potential impacts on antibiotic production. 

Current Biology
17 June 2019

Microbiology Resource Announcements
13 June 2019

Angewandte Chemie
16 May 2019

Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
11 June 2019

Scientific Reports
21 May 2019

The Journal of Physiology
12 May 2019

Events & Seminars

You're Invited! The David Braley Centre for Antibiotic Discovery - Official Opening
Mon., June 24, 10:00am - 12:00am, MDCL 1st & 2nd Floor

Please join us for the official opening of the David Braley Centre for Antibiotic Discovery, taking place on Monday, June 24th! The event will begin with an official announcement of the new Centre on the 2nd Floor of the MDCL (main corridor) and will follow with a lunch reception for invited guests in the 1st Floor MDCL Atrium. 

14th World Congress on Inflammation - Inflammation Down Under: A Harbour for New Ideas
Sun., September 15 to Thurs., September 19, Sydney, Australia

This year's WCI19 Congress will share and enhance knowledge about the latest advancements in inflammation research, its challenges and opportunities, and collaborations and advancements. The program will focus on three main themes: new therapeutic targets in inflammation, mechanisms of inflammation (initiation, resolution & signalling pathways), and organ-specific inflammation. Register online here. P.S. - Our very own Dr. Dawn Bowdish will be speaking!
Jobs & Opportunities

Two NIH-Funded Postdoctoral Positions

Dr. Mario Feldman’s laboratory at the Department of Molecular Microbiology, Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri, USA is looking to fill two NIH-funded postdoctoral fellow positions. The Feldman lab investigates the virulence and survival mechanisms of the opportunistic pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii, and the successful candidates will be driving research into the molecular mechanisms that govern protein secretion and cell surface organization in this pathogen. Find out more about the position and how to apply here

Three Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in Biomedical Science

The Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine (CABM) at Rutgers University, in conjunction with the departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Neuroscience & Cell Biology, and Pharmacology at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School seek outstanding candidates for tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor to fill three new faculty positions. Successful candidates will be provided with competitive start-up packages, access to high performance computing clusters and other core resources, and modern laboratory space at CABM, and will be expected to develop and maintain strong, externally funded research programs, and participate in collaborative projects with other Departments and Institutes on the campus. Find out more here

Post-Doctoral Fellow or Research Scientist

IIDR member Dr. Zeinab Hosseini-Doust is looking for a postdoctoral fellow or research scientist to conduct phage display experiments including library construction and screening for high affinity binders, and troubleshooting technical problems. Qualifications include a PhD in Molecular Biology or related field and experience in Molecular Biology. Required Skill Set: Experience with RNA isolation, RT-PCR, cDNA, and Molecular Cloning, construction of cDNA libraries, DNA sequencing, bacterial and/or yeast expression and purification of proteins, strong organizational, documentation, and record keeping skills, and observational and troubleshooting skills. If interested, please send your resume and a brief cover letter to doust[at]mcmaster[dot]ca.
Call for Volunteers

The Dr. Dawn Bowdish'sLab within the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine are looking for volunteers between the ages of 20 and 40 for their study on how the immune system controls upper respiratory microbiota. Donors will need to donate about 2.5 mls of blood, a nasal swab, a nasal brushing and nasal secretions. Interested participants are encouraged to contact Dr. Dawn Bowdish at bowdish[at]mcmaster[dot]ca for more information.
Faculty Position

The Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy (GCBA) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center invites applications for for a tenure-leading, Assistant/Associate Professor position at the interdisciplinary area of ‘Bioinformatics and Human Microbiome’ to start in the Fall. The incumbent will complement the existing strengths in genomics, metagenomics, infectious diseases, and bioinformatics at UNMC. They are seeking a dynamic faculty member who interfaces with crosscutting disciplines such as cancer, neuroscience, infectious diseases, precision medicine, etc. to integrate the human microbiome research applications. Contact babu.guda[at]unmc[dot]edu or visit the posting here for more information.
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr.’s Michael Organ and Christopher 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 around 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 organ[at]uottawa[dot]ca and cboddy[at]uottawa[dot]ca.
Post-Doctoral Fellow

A postdoctoral position is available in Dr. Christian Baron's lab at the Université de Montréal. The position would be suited for a recently graduated PhD student, or somebody who will finish soon and who has an interest in environmental microbiology and microbiome research. The main project would concern research on the sulfur metabolism of bacteria from mining environments that is being conducted in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Toronto (Lesley Warren) and UC Berkeley (Jill Banfield) in the context of a Genome Canada-funded project. His laboratory is also interested in research on the human microbiome and they anticipate to start the analysis of patient samples in the future. If interested, contact christian[dot]baron[at]umontreal[dot]ca for more information.
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