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Academic Profiles

Academic Profiles

Dr. Ahmad Saleh
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Assistant Professor, Université Laval

Email Address: ahmad.saleh@bcm.ulaval.ca

Bio: Our research projects aim at developing synthetic biology strategies for the biosynthesis of fine chemicals, especially lipid-based drugs and biofuels, to render them accessible for human consumption. In addition, we work on the discovery/invention of new fine chemicals that satisfy emerging human needs in health, energy and bioremediation fields. Our research is conducted using synthetic biology (SB) approaches in microbial hosts as platforms, while aiming at a sustainable production of safe and ecological fine chemicals.

Website: http://abdel-mawgoud.com/

Dr. David Stuart
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Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Alberta

Email Address: dtstuart@ualberta.ca

Bio: We investigate the potential application of synthetic biology for performing metabolic engineering of yeast, bacteria and cyanobacteria. Current applications include engineering oleaginous yeast and bacteria metabolic pathways for production of high value oleochemicals from cellulosic waste, engineering fermentation inhibitor tolerance into microbial cell factories, construction of microbial cell biosensors for the detection of human and agricultural pathogens, and engineering microbial cell for bioremediation applications.

Website: https://www.ualberta.ca/biochemistry/people/faculty/david-stuart

Dr. Peter Zandstra
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Professor & Director, Michael Smith Laboratories, University of British Columbia / Professor, University of Toronto

Email Address: peter.zandstra@ubc.ca

Bio: Research in the Zandstra Laboratory is focused on the generation of functional tissue from somatic and pluripotent stem cells. Our quantitative, technology-driven approach strives to gain new insights into fundamental mechanisms that control stem cell fate and to develop robust technologies for the propagation of stem cells and their derivatives. We apply synthetic biology to understand and control cell fate decisions by manipulating the stem cells themselves (genome editing, gene circuit engineering) and their prospective niche (synthetic biomaterials, macro- and micro reactor technologies).

Website: http://stemcell.ibme.utoronto.ca/

Twitter: @PZandstra

Dr. Wei Zhang
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Assistant Professor, University of Guelph

Email Address: weizhang8182@gmail.com

Bio: My lab opened in July 2018 at the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph. We are creating synthetic proteins using biomolecular engineering approaches to accelerate understanding of biology and development of novel therapeutics.

Website: www.thezhanglab.com

Twitter: @WeiZhangTO