It is a pleasure to welcome Becky Lo as our new PhD student. Becky hails from Laurentian University in Sudbury where she completed an MSc in Chemistry studying the metal ion dependence of the anthrax lethal factor (!). She will be looking at less lethal enzymes involved in phosphonate catabolism for her PhD.
Our comprehensive review on ‘Phosphonate Biochemistry’ has been published online in Chemical Reviews, the premier review journal for chemical sciences. Many thanks to Geoff Horsman of Wilfrid Laurier University for bravely diving into this huge project!
Ola Pasternak, a recently minted Queen’s Chemistry graduate, has joined the group as a MSc student. She will be investigating the biosynthesis of fluorinated natural products. Welcome aboard Ola!
PhD student David Simon is the lucky recipient of a R. Samuel McLaughlin fellowship. This award will support his studies on the effect of regulatory genes on the proteome and metabolome of Streptomyces calvus, the producer of the fluorinated molecule nucleocidin. Well done David!
MSc student Kaitlyn Pinkett is the recipient of a prestigious NSERC award. This award will support her MSc studies involving the biosynthesis of nucleocidin. Well done Kaitlyn!
Sophia-Klara Gassenschmidt from the University of Freiburg will be hanging out in the Zechel lab for 5 weeks to get some experience in enzyme catalysis and natural product biosynthesis. Welcome Sophia!
DLZ had the privilege of being the keynote speaker to open the 8th annual Marine Natural Products Conference at Dalhousie University (August 15th-17th). This is a grad student focused meeting that is held by the East Coast natural products community. Many thanks to David Jakeman of Dalhousie for the invitation to participate in this fantastic meeting.
DLZ and recent MSc graduate Jacqueline Séguin are pleased to announce that their invited review on PhnZ is now published in the Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry! A PDF copy of this chapter is available in our publication list.
The Zechel lab is the grateful recipient of an NSERC Discovery Grant worth $300,000 over 5 years! This was awarded to our grant proposal entitled “From Genes to Molecules: Mining Microbial Genomes for New Enzyme Reactions”. We are equally excited that our proposal was one of the few to be selected for a Discovery Accelerator Supplement worth … More NSERC invests in Zechel lab
The Zechel lab had a busy Winter term and is enjoying the transition to summer. A quick review of the past few months: DLZ had the privilege of visiting Trent University for a seminar in March. Many thanks to Steven Rafferty for the invitation and kind hospitality! Fourth year honour students Jessie Hebbert and Akpevweoghene … More An update…..