• BMBDG Seminar: Ph.D. Exit Seminar – James Li

    Title:  Heterologous production and functional characterization of Auxiliary Activity family 10 lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases for fiber functionalization Abstract: “Organic matter from plants and animals (biomass) represents a largely untapped renewable resource. Cellulose and chitin are carbohydrate polymers that account for the majority of biomass found on earth and can be used to produce fuels, chemicals, […] Read More

  • BMBDG Seminar: PhD Exit Seminar – David Rattray

    Title: Proteomic Method Development for Studying Salmonella-Host Protein Interactions. Salmonella is a pathogen of humans and animals. Pathogenesis is mediated by effector proteins that are translocated into host cells. These effector proteins interact with host proteins and cellular processes to establish a replication permissive niche for the bacterium. Efforts to determine the roles of the effector proteins […] Read More

  • BMB Diversity in Biochemistry: An EDI-Focused Virtual Careers Night

    In an effort to promote equity, diversity, and inclusivity (EDI) in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) at UBC, the BMB EDI committee is holding it’s first EDI-focused career’s night featuring speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds who will share their experiences regarding their educational and career trajectories. The event is on […] Read More

  • BMBDG Seminar – Dr. Francois-Michel Boisvert

    Title:  More ubiquitins than meets the eye: Novel variants encoded by ubiquitin pseudogenes. Professor, Department of Immunology and Cell Biology. Director of the Cancer Research Institute of the Universite de Sherbrooke. Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Abstract:  Post-translational modification by ubiquitin and ubiquitin-like modifier proteins regulate cellular processes at almost every levels. Ubiquitin itself is encoded […] Read More

  • BMBDG Seminar – Dr. David Sauer

    Title:  Structural basis for the DASS/SLC13 family’s carboxylate transport, chemical inhibition, and pathogenesis Dr. David Sauer, P.I of Membrane Protein Structural and Chemical Biology, Centre for Medicines Discovery, University of Oxford. Abstract:  Citrate, α-ketoglutarate, and succinate are TCA cycle intermediates that also play essential roles in metabolic signalling and cellular regulation. These molecules are imported across the […] Read More

  • BMBDG Seminar: PhD Exit Seminar – Jinhong Hu

    Title: “Structural characterization of the Type 3 secretion system needle complex by single particle cryogenic electron microscopy” Abstract: “The bacterial type III secretion system, or injectisome, is a syringe-shaped nanomachine essential for the virulence of many pathogenic Gram-negative bacteria. A major functional subcomplex of the injectisome, the needle complex, is a 3.5MDa complex formed by […] Read More


    “Title: A new phase for structural Biology” Professor Dame Carol Robinson, Director of the Kavli Institute for Nanoscience Discovery, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford. Abstract: While cryo-EM has transformed our view of the structures of protein assemblies, behind the scenes gas phase structural biology has been emerging. Over a number of decades mass spectrometrists […] Read More

  • Fall 2021 Graduation

    UBC Vancouver’s Fall 2021 graduation ceremonies will be delivered in person on campus. All UBC grad ceremonies will take place at the Chan Centre from Tuesday, November 23 – Friday, November 26. Our undergrads are scheduled for 1:30 pm Thursday, November 25 (#11) and grads are scheduled for Friday, November 26, at 1:30 pm (#14). […] Read More

  • BMBDG Seminar: PhD Exit Seminar – Udit Dalwadi

    “Title: Biochemical and Structural Characterization of the Elongator, TINTIN and PI3K Gamma Complexes” Abstract: In eukaryotes, protein complexes are often composed of catalytic enzymes along with non-catalytic subunits that can modulate the stability, interaction  patterns, and activities of the catalytic subunits. In this thesis, three such complexes are biochemically and structurally characterized to uncover how their activities […] Read More