Welcome Dr. Manisha Patel, Kendall Hupp, Samantha Hollands, and Zed Lu!

Some new faces have appeared in the lab over the last few months! We’re excited to have Dr. Manisha Patel to join the group to help us understand the biosynthesis of cyanobactins. Kendall started off as a 4th year thesis student in our lab then jumped straight into a MSc where she will study substrate … More Welcome Dr. Manisha Patel, Kendall Hupp, Samantha Hollands, and Zed Lu!

A new fate for methylphosphonate

The Zechel lab, in collaboration with the labs of Pallitsch and Hammerschmidt (University of Vienna), has discovered a new oxidative enzyme pathway for the degradation of methylphosphonate. This pathway is used by marine bacteria to utilize methylphosphonate, a prominent natural product in the world’s oceans, as an alternate source of inorganic phosphate. The cycling of … More A new fate for methylphosphonate

DLZ visits Laval University

On December 3rd DLZ had the privilege of giving a seminar on phosphonate and organofluorine biochemistry to the Dept. of Chemistry at Laval.  DLZ thanks Prof. Jean-François Paquin, a leader in the field of organofluorine synthetic methodology, for the invitation and the warm hospitality during his visit.

NSERC Strategic Grant for RoundUp Degradation

An NSERC Strategic Grant worth $851,400 over 3 years was awarded to the Zechel lab and a consortium of researchers to develop methods to remediate soils contaminated with RoundUp (glyphosate), the most widely used herbicide on Earth. Led by Trevor Charles (U. Waterloo), this proposal will combine the expertise of the Zechel lab with Geoff … More NSERC Strategic Grant for RoundUp Degradation