Thanks to Trisha Barnard, Jasmin Chahal and Dr. Annie Bernier (Sagan Lab Graduate Students past and present) for joining me for lunch today to celebrate International Women’s Day. The Sagan Lab is honoured to have such AMAZING Women in Science!
Congratulations to Rachel Hayes (MIMM, U2) who has been awarded an NSERC USRA to pursue her summer research in the Sagan lab!
Congratulations to Marylin Rheault (BIOC, U2) who was accepted into the McGill University Fast-track B.Sc./M.Sc. program and will be joining us full-time this summer!
Congratulations to Jasmin Chahal (MIMM, Ph.D. Candidate) who presented her Ph.D. final seminar this week entitled: “hAgo2:miR-122 interactions with the HCV genome alter the secondary structure of the viral 5’ terminus”. Stay tuned because her paper was just accepted to Nucleic Acids Research and will be in press soon!
Congratulations to Martin Richer and Selena Sagan on funding of their CIHR grant entitled: “Host and viral determinants of Zika virus fitness”. And a special thanks to our amazing graduate students who generated the data for this grant - Trisha Barnard and Ryan Pardy.
The new Canadian Society for Virology (CSV) Executive includes: Nathalie Grandvaux (President), Jimmy Dikeakos (Vice President), Rodney Russell (Treasurer), Selena Sagan (Director), Jason Kindrachuk (Director) and Mackenzie Thornbury (Trainee Representative). The new team looks forward to representing the Canadian Virology Community!
Congratulations to Trisha Barnard (Ph.D. Candidate) and Mike Rajah (M.Sc. 2017), who published their comparative analysis of historical and contemporary Zika virus isolates this week in Viruses. There study is entitled: “Contemporary Zika virus isolates induce more dsRNA and produce more negative-strand intermediate in human astrocytoma cells”.
View the abstract here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30572570
Annie Bernier was the first student in the Sagan Lab (joining in Sep 2013). Annie was instrumental in setting up the Sagan Lab, training many of her peers and undergraduate students, and is an amazing scientist. We couldn’t be more proud of her incredible performance at her thesis defense this week! Félicitations, Annie!
Congratulations to our coauthors for publication of a new study this week in Archives in Virology entitled “Virus discovery reveals a high prevalence and a great diversity of members of the Flaviviridae in wild lemurs”. Interestingly, it appears that this new hepacivirus has a miR-122 site in its 5’ UTR!
Thanks to Thomas Zhang (U2, MIMM) who was a Global Health Scholar this summer (working with Trisha Barnard) who presented his research and represented the Sagan Lab at Global Health Night 2018!