Microbiology Retreat 2019

St. Norbert Arts Centre
Andrew Hogan

2019 Vanier Scholar

Exploring how traditional lab work can be combined with artificial intelligence to discover new antibiotics
CIHR funding to support transformative health research

Reversing the progression of Tay-Sachs disease and Sandhoff Disease (also known as the GM2 gangliosidoses)

Dr. Brian Mark is working on the development of a therapeutic modality to treat GM2 gangliosidoses
Forging a new path in Microbiology and Statistics

Understanding human fungal pathogens and their resistance to antimicrobials

Professor Aleeza Gerstein studies 'how many different ways are there for pathogens to become resistant to drugs?'
Peter Pelka

Understanding the processes that deregulate cancer

Dr. Peter Pelka uses viruses to study cellular processes, particularly in relation to cancer

New antibacterial compound to combat cystic fibrosis infections

Dr. Silvia Cardona publishes results of cystic-fibrosis-related interdisciplinary research in prestigious ASM journal

News & Events


Social Insects - Dr. Stephen Pratt, Arizona State School of Life Sciences

Join Stephen Pratt for a Faculty of Science Interdisciplinary Lecture. Dr. Pratt studies the emergence of complex social behavior in...

Location: Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre University of Manitoba - Fort Garry Winnipeg MB


Dr. Justin Nodwell, University of Toronto, Faculty of Science Interdisciplinary Lecture Series

Join the Faculty of Science for an exciting talk with biochemist, Dr. Justin Nodwell, Professor, University of Toronto.

Location: University of Manitoba - Fort Garry,Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre University of Manitoba - Fort Garry Winnipeg MB


I'm Flipping out - Active Engagement Works! Science Pedagogy Lecture Dr. Juliette Mammei

Join Dr. Juliette Mammei for a Faculty of Science Pedagogy talk. All are welcome to attend.

Location: Room #205,Armes Lecture Hall,University of Manitoba - Fort Garry,Armes Lecture Building 30B Sifton Road Winnipeg MB


Welcome Back

New students enrolled in the Faculty of Science had a great time at the orientation day organized by the Science Students Association, (SSA), in collaboration with a number of other groups on September 3, 2019. The day included panel discussions from both peers, professors, student advisors, and industry representatives including: David Owasi (David Aplin Group),...


Introducing Manitoba’s first Fecal Microbiota Transplant Program

Not all poop is the same, at least when it comes to fecal transplants. Typically a topic avoided in polite conversation, Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) is the transfer of one individual’s stool to another. The procedure can be life-saving for Canadians who have battled, or are battling, a Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection. Patients with C. diff...


Microbiology Retreat 2019

The Department of Microbiology took time out from their busy schedules to attend a retreat from May 28th through 29th at the St. Norbert Arts Centre. Tuesday focused on mental health, with attendees treated to a presentation on mindfulness by author/consultant/mindfulness expert Keith McPherson in the morning and a “JackTalk” on the “Basics of Mental...


With more than 20 participants 3MM (three minutes of Microbiology) is a go!

Recognizing the importance of effective communication in Science and cross-pollination of ideas and techniques, the Department of Microbiology is hosting a 3MM (three minutes of Microbiology!) on May 29 during the Microbiology Annual Retreat. The 3MM event is encouraging students and professors to share their research using a 3MT (3 minute thesis) style presentation. The...


❤ this Tweet for a reminder to vote in the 2019 federal election on Monday, October 21! #ItsOurVote

Students and faculty check out iGEM - interdisciplinary collaborations aimed at real world problems! @UMmicrogsa @UofmMicroclub @IvanOresnik https://t.co/mv5752QLd1

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Check out these BSGA Major G.E.H. Barrett-Hamilton Memorial Lecture Series coming next week, featuring Dr. Julia Baum, University of Victoria. @umanitoba #umanitobasci #fortheloveofscience @uvic #biologicalsciences @facultyofscience

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Inspired by broader efforts to make research more robust, Makin and Orban de Xivry highlight 10 statistical mistakes commonly seen in the scientific literature to help researchers avoid them in the future https://t.co/lKBSXDM3hz

Learn about the Professor our building is named after! The Reginald Buller Exhibit opens Oct 15 and there is a special event Oct 17! @UMmicrogsa @UManAlumni @umanitobasci @LTS_UofM @BUGS @UofmMicroclub https://t.co/K1uDRey2mQ

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New book highlights tales of extraordinary female scientists - 'Women in Microbiology' is now available from ASM Press https://t.co/sugPsLpHP8 #womeninscience #womeninSTEM

#GetLoud - It’s Mental Health Awareness Week! We want to hear from our #umanitoba community to help shape our mental health strategy, Success Through Wellness 2.0. Provide your feedback here: https://t.co/q3NAUM77Lv

Wowsa! @umanitobasci Alumni Jim Peebles, recipient of Nobel Prize in Physics! https://t.co/g7VkBP36a4

What an honour to briefly speak with 2019 Nobel Laureate and @umanitobasci alumnus James Peebles. #NobelPrize2019 #NobelPrize #umanalumni #umanitoba

Nikki Patel's MSc Defense! Friday Oct 11 at 2 pm "Fungal phylogenies based on mitogenomes and a study of novel introns in the cob and cox3 genes of Ophiostoma ips University of Manitoba: @UofmMicroclub @UMmicrogsa @umanitobasci

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Seminar Tuesday Oct 8: Dr. Denice Bay "Cationic antiseptic tolerance in proteobacteria: a messy problem with no clean solution?" 207 Buller 2:30 pm @umanitobasci @UMmicrogsa @UofmMicroclub

Heating/cooling systems in University buildings are being changed over from summer to winter operation. While we do our best to manage conditions, external temperature fluctuations at this time of year can be challenging on our systems. https://t.co/nAXPfOWVwM @umanitoba

Undergrad poster competition - apply by Oct 14! https://t.co/HPKQOMKb5A

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@amanda_balaban Yup, we've all goofed, more than once! In my PhD lab we had a running list called "wisdom of the day". We acquired nuggets of wisdom similar to many of those here! Also note that heat shock at 70C is not compatible with a successful transformation of E. coli.

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I’m looking for grad students to work on a newly funded project on bacterial genome engineering for bioplastics production. @WaterlooBio @WaterlooCMR https://t.co/jnpb70lKPR

Finishing my talk for a seminar at University of Victoria and looking forward to the opportunity to promote the 70th annual CSM-SCM scientific conference. @CSM2020_Guelph @CSM_SCM

Having trouble identifying the practical skills that you have developed during your degree? This article @cardona_lab found might give you a new perspective. https://t.co/CjkYzjnr5c

Seminar Tuesday Oct 8: Dr. Denice Bay "Cationic antiseptic tolerance in proteobacteria: a messy problem with no clean solution?" 207 Buller 2:30 pm @umanitobasci @UMmicrogsa @UofmMicroclub

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