Biology Honours Thesis Presentations

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Friday, April 7, 2017 - 12:15pm EDT
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Susanne Walford
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Celebrating Undergraduate Research at Lakehead University

Biology Honours Thesis students will present their research during this Special Departmental Seminar.


12:25 Opening remarks

12:30 Brian Hicks (Dr. Leung):  Comparing the distribution of Escherichia coli virulence genes between sediment and sewage samples.

12:45 Devon Prontack (Dr. Leung): Isolation and identification of As, Sb and Mo detoxifying bacteria from a gold mine in northwestern Ontario.

1:00 Ashley Salamon (Dr. Matheson):  A paleoproteomic approach to understanding megafauna.

1:15 Cameron Robb-Mackay (Dr. Matheson):  Assessing telomere length and biological aging in twin studies.

1:30 Braden Peters (Dr. Matheson):  Stability and degradation analysis of pharmaceutical compounds used in emergency medicine.

1:45 Martina Agostino (Dr. Suntres): The anticancer effects of Umbilicaria muhlenbergii lichen extracts on MCF-7 breast cancer cells.

2:00 Break (light snacks and refreshments)

2:30 Mehran Masoom (Dr. Albert): Minimum concentration detection of xenon biosensors at 3T MRI.

2:45 Peter Smylie (Dr. Albert): Investigation of the properties of novel MRI contrast agent cucurbit[6]uril.

3:00 Jenasia (Rose) Jeyaseelan (Dr. Qin): Optimization of laccase production and characterization of fermentation products in medium with black liquor as carbon source.

3:15 Corwin Andrews (Dr. Lee): Bioaccumulation of zinc and copper in leeches downstream of Winston lake mine.

3:30 Brandon Vennell (Dr. Rennie): A comparative study of metabolic rates for wild versus domesticated rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).

Lab groups, family, and friends are all welcome to attend!