Work in Progress / Lunch & Learn Seminars

Post-doctoral fellow Megan Rees presenting her research, photo by Jing Liu

Post-doctoral fellow Megan Rees presenting her research, photo by Jing Liu

The IDIGH Work In Progress (WIP) lunch seminars are organized by the IDIGH Trainee Committee. The graduate students as well as post-docs of the program are encouraged to present their latest and exciting research at these weekly seminar lunches. These gatherings will provide a platform for trainees to communicate their findings, improve their presentation skills, and receive valuable timely feedback from the diverse scientific community that makes up the IDIGH research program.

Supervisors and all laboratory staff are equally encouraged to attend the seminars and participate in discussions.

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Every WIP seminar features one trainee’s presentation (~30 min) as well as 10 minutes of product/service highlights from a sponsor. Lunch will be provided and vary each week for the WIP series (Pizza, BBQ chicken, Sushi, etc.).

For inquiries, please contact Sabrina Bartolucci ( or Maxime Lemieux ( the Co-Presidents of the IDIGH Trainee Work in Progress seminar series.

All WIP lunch seminars take place every second Wednesday (noon to 1 PM) in room EM1.3509 at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) of the Glen.

We thank VWRFisher Scientific  and their associated suppliers (see below), BioLegend and Stemcell for their generous financial support of our 2017 – 2018 WIP seminar series lunches.

Seminar Series 2017- 2018

Date Title Presenter Supervisor Sponsor
Sept 27, 2017 Investigation of immediate and delayed type hypersensitivity comparing different in vitro diagnostic techniques. Andrew Sullivan Chis Tsoukas Fisher Scientific
Mettler Toledo
Oct 11, 2017 New tricks for old dogs – can we use old drug targets to discover new anti-mycobacterial drugs? Nowrin Hoque Marcel Behr VWR
Ocean Pacific
Oct 25, 2017 Heterologous expression of Rv3377c and Rv3378c by Mycobacterium kansasii leads to the production of an M. tuberculosis-specific lipid. Marwan Ghanem Marcel Behr Fisher Scientific
Nov 08, 2017 Impact of penicillin pre-operative allergy testing on perioperative antibiotic prophylaxis Yara Moussa Chis Tsoukas VWR
Omega Bio-Tek
Nov 22, 2017 Attenuated Salmonella typhimurium as a vector for a novel Clostridium difficile vaccine Kaitlin Winter Brian Ward BioLegend
Dec 06, 2017 The Card9/GM-CSF Axis in Immunity to C. albicans Marija Landekic Donald Vinh Fisher Scientific/Global Fisher Chemicals
Jan 10, 2018 Contribution of two gene clusters to the synthesis of the galactosaminogalactan Francois Le Mauff Donald Sheppard VWR
Jan 24, 2018 Control of virus-induced neuroinflammation in a mouse model of herpes simplex encephalitis Mathieu Mancini Silvia Vidal Fisher Scientific
Feb 07, 2018 Exopolysaccharides in co-operative biofilm formation Hanna Ostapska Donald Sheppard VWR/Enzo
Feb 21, 2018 Mycobacterial cell wall molecular patterns work in synergy to complete Freund’s adjuvant Jean-­‐Yves Dube Marcel Behr Fisher Scientific/BioTek
Mar 07, 2018 Role of the IL-1 family alarmins on the functional adaptation of TREG cells Fernando Alvarez Ciro Piccirillo VWR/Orflo
Mar 21, 2018 The impact of antiretroviral therapy on the evolution of HIV specific Fc region mediated humoral immunity Chris Leeks Nicole Bernard Stemcell
Apr 04, 2018 Intrinsic adjuvant properties of plant-derived virus-like particles Hilary Hendin Brian Ward Fisher Scientific/Sartorius
Apr 18, 2018 No WIP due to Research Day N/A N/A N/A
May 02, 2018 Biomarkers to detect active tuberculosis: a systematic review Emily MacLean Madhu Pai VWR/GE
May 16, 2018 Improving the Diagnosis of Childhood Tuberculosis in High Burden Settings Toyin Togun Madhu Pai Fisher Scientific/GE
May 30, 2018 TBD Sanket Kant Nicole Bernard VWR

Seminar Series 2016 – 2017

Date Title Presenter Supervisor Sponsor
Oct 5, 2016 Characterization of NK subsets responding to HIV infected cells Irene Lisovsky Nicole Bernard VWR/Quanta
Oct 19, 2016 Evaluation of the Cepheid HIV-1 Viral Load assay in India Madlen Nash Madhukar Pai VWR/Molecular Devices
Nov 2, 2016 Age at disease onset shaping the genetic contribution to leprosy susceptibility Vini Medeiros Fava Erwin Schurr BioLegend
Nov 16, 2016 Safety and serology of vaccine-preventable diseases Janna Shapiro Brian Ward VWR/Labcon
Nov 30, 2016 Parental and Socio-economic Characteristics Associated With Childhood Vaccine Uptake in High Income Countries: A Systematic Review Protocol Shauna O’Donnell Caroline Quach VWR/Pall
Dec 14, 2016 Characterization of the functional heterogeneity of the human FOXP3+ regulatory T cell population Khalid Bin Dhuban Ciriaco Piccirillo VWR/Syngene
Jan 17, 2017 * Leishmania-derived Exosomes: From Virulence Factor to a Potential Vaccine? Alonso Lira Filho Martin Olivier VWR/Pall
Feb 1, 2017 The role of the IL-1 family cytokines on the functional adaptation of regulatory T cells Fernando Alvarez Ciriaco Piccirillo and Jorg Fritz VWR/Tecan
Feb 15, 2017 Neuroinflammation, cell death and viral control in a model of herpes simplex encephalitis Mathieu Mancini Silvia Vidal VWR/Immune biosolutions
Mar 1, 2017 N/A Spring break N/A N/A N/A
Mar 15, 2017 Influenza vaccines for the elderly: different routes of administration with a virus-like particle candidate Breanna Hodgins Brian Ward VWR/Greiner Bio-One
Mar 29, 2017 Evaluating Type 2 immune responses during Heligmosomoides polygyrus bakeri infection using a STAT6 Inhibitory Peptide. Alexia De Simone Brian Ward VWR/Corning
Apr 12, 2017 Attenuated Salmonella typhimurium as a vector for a novel Clostridium difficile vaccine Kaitlin Winter Brian Ward Fisher Scientific/ MilliporeSigma
Apr 26, 2017 Evidence that the advent of agriculture shaped innate immune responses to pathogens in humans Genelle Harrison Erwin Schurr VWR/Azure
May 10, 2017 Complementation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis-specific genes in M. kansasii to investigate the evolution of TB as a human pathogen Marwan Ghanem Marcel Behr VWR/Mettler Toledo
May 24, 2017 Reducing Aspergillus fumigatus Virulence Through Targeted Dysregulation of the Conidiation Pathway James Stewart Don Sheppard VWR/Polyplus
Jun 7, 2017 Characterization of Fc-dependent anti-gp120-specific antibody functionality in Elite Controllers associated with HIV control Sankeet Kant Nicole Bernard VWR/GE

Seminar Series 2015 – 2016

 Date Title  Presenter  Supervisor or  Organization
 Jan 25, 2016 Galectin-3 recognizes galactosaminogalactan from Aspergillus fumigatus and mediates host defence  Brendan Snarr  Don Sheppard
 Feb 22, 2016 The alarmin IL-33 mediates the conversion of Regulatory T cells to a Th-17 like phenotype during inflammation  Fernando Alvarez  Ciriaco Piccirillo
 Feb 29, 2016 Exome sequencing in a family with monozygotic twins displaying early-onset leprosy  Monica Elizabeth Dallmann Sauer  Erwin Schurr
 Mar 07, 2016 SONY spectral flow cytometry. More data and less hassle. The future is bright Gisele Knowles  Sony  Biotechnology
 Mar 21, 2016 Fluidigm – The power of microfluidic technologies Katy Richards-Hrdlicka  Fluidigm
 Apr 25, 2016 Hepatitis C and HIV-related Risk Factors for Chronic Kidney Disease Progression  Carmine Rossi  Marina Klein
 May 02, 2016 Impact of protein tyrosine phosphatase on experimental cerebral malaria pathology  Kristin Van Den Ham  Martin Olivier
 May 09, 2016 HA-immune cell interactions: a plausible correlate of immunogenicity in plant-made VLP vaccines for influenza  Hilary Hendin  Brian Ward
 May 16, 2016 Better Influenza Vaccines For The Elderly: Characterization Of A Plant-made, Virus-like Particle Candidate  Breanna Hodgins  Brian Ward
 Jun 13, 2016 Role of Glycosyl Hydrolases in Fungal Biofilms  Caitlin Zacharias  Don Sheppard