SES Biotechnology & Allied Sciences Symposium - SESBASS 2023

The Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies is once again hosting the SES Biotechnology & Allied Sciences Symposium. The symposium is open to all graduate students doing science or technology related research.


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SESBASS 2023 will feature excellent guest speakers giving talks on a diverse range of topics: biorefining, the genetics of stress-resistance responses to climate change, converting wastes to valuable products, human nasal airflow, cardiac blood flow, and new peptide therapeutics and molecular imaging agents for novel cancer targets.

Environmental Biotechnology

Dr. Silvio Silvério Da Silva from the Engineering School of Lorena, University of Sao Paulo in Brazil will present his work: A sustainable future through lignocellulosic biorefineries: bioprocesses and bio-based products as tools for changing the world.

Dr. Virginia K. Walker, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Queen's University Research Chair in Molecular Genetics, will provide insights into why grass doesn't die after a killing frost and provide answers that reveal opportunities for biotech innovations. Her research interests concern stress genes and the molecular basis of resistance. This is a central question for scientific goals as diverse as predicting the impact of nanoparticle-containing food on our gut microbiota, the consequence of climate change on Arctic organisms, or the production of ice-binding proteins in environmentally-stressed overwintering plants, insects, fish or microbes.

Dr. Satinder Kaur Brar from the Department of Civil Engineering, the James and Joanne Love Chair in Environmental Engineering at the Bioprocessing and NanoEnzyme Formulation Facility (BANEFF), at York University will be presenting on her work in the two converging fields of value-addition of wastes and removal of emerging contaminants.

Bio-Inspired Engineering and Medical Innovations

Dr. Chengyu Li, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Villanova University, in Pennsylvania, United States will describe his research in the areas of human nasal airflow, cardiac blood flow, bio-inspired propulsion, odor-guided navigation​, metachronal swimming, and massive flow separation.

Dr. Len Luyt from the Department of Chemistry, London Regional Cancer Program, at Western University, London will speak on oncology and medical imaging, investigating new peptide therapeutics and molecular imaging agents for novel cancer targets.

Join us for this excellent series of speakers!