The Moffat Lab (Mo)’Fatties came out victorious at the annual MoGen Movember trivia night, beating out 8 teams to gain top place. Congrats to everyone who joined in the festivities and a shout out to Pankaj from the Sidhu lab for helping team ‘Fatties! Looking forward to defending our title next Movember.
Dr. Moffat is among the most recent group of recipients of the prestigious Canada Research Chair award. He had the privilege of speaking on behalf of all of this year’s recipients at the official announcement, held October 12, 2012 in the CCBR atrium. Representatives from the federal government, the Canada Foundation for Innovation and NSERC were on hand to express continued support of the CRC program, which enables innovative researchers across a range of academic disciplines to develop new technologies and to gain important new insights in their respective fields. Read more at http://www.news.utoronto.ca/eight-new-canada-research-chairs-u-t
The Moffat lab has seen it’s first two PhD students successfully defend their theses. Anthony Mak, whose thesis focused on characterization of the primitive cell marker CD133 , defended on May 14th, while Kim Blakely defended her thesis on August 15th. Kim’s work focused on the development of a novel protein complementation assay, which she implemented to identify a previously uncharacterized role for the oncoprotein Bmi1 in alternative splicing. Congratulations to Kim and Anthony and best of luck to both of you in Medical School come September.