Chemistry and Biochemistry seminars | Mount Allison

Our seminars are an integral part of the Chemistry and Biochemistry program.

We aim to bring in exciting guest speakers that will expose students to the diversity of chemistry and biochemical research.

Our seminars are 45 minutes long with 5 minutes for questions. Seminars are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.) between September and early April, except for the fall and winter term reading weeks.

If you are interested in presenting your research in chemistry and/or biochemistry, please contact Dr. Vicki Meli ( for available dates. Professors who wish to hold a recruiting session can make arrangements with Dr. Meli as well.

2021-22 seminars

Please contact Dr. Megan Roberts ( if you would like to receive an MS Teams invitation to attend any of the following seminars.

Date Seminar
Wednesday, Sept. 22 Dr. Yang Qu
Chemistry Department, University of New Brunswick
Wednesday, Sept. 29 Dr. Saurabh Chitnis
Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University
Monday, Oct. 4 Dr. Lindsay Cahill
Department of Chemistry, Memorial University
Friday, Oct. 15 Dr. Alli Murugesan
University of New Brunswick
Friday, Oct. 22 Prof. Francesca Kerton
Department of Chemistry, Memorial University
Monday, Oct. 25

Dr. Bo Durbeej
Professor of Computational Physics,
IFM - Theoretical Chemistry, Linkoping University, Sweden

Monday, Nov. 1 Johnny Zhang, Ph.D. Candidate
The Integrated Nanotechnology & Biomedical Sciences Laboratory, University of Toronto
Friday, Nov. 19 Dr. Arthur Chan
Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto
Wednesday, Nov. 24 Dr. Kimberly Ong
Vireo Advisors
Monday, Nov. 29 Prof. Allan Bertram
Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia
Monday, Jan. 17 Prof. Cherif Matta
Department of Chemistry & Physics, Mount Saint Vincent University
Wednesday, Feb. 16 Madeline Elizabeth Power
Mount Allison University

2020-21 seminars

Please contact Dr. Vicki Meli ( if you would like to receive an MS Teams invitation to attend any of the following seminars.

Date Seminar
Friday, Sept. 18
Dr. Caleb Martin
Department of Chemistry, Baylor University

Reactivity and Properties of Unsaturated Boron Heterocycles

Our group has been investigating the chemistry of boroles, unsaturated BC4 heterocycles, to access larger unsatured boracycles. [1]


Wednesday, Sept. 23
Dr. Erin Stewart
Pentavere Research Group Inc., Biochemistry/Chemistry

Improving lung cancer outcomes — research efforts covering the span of the patient journey

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Canada and the world.


Monday, Sept. 28
Dr. Paul Hayes
Chemistry Department, University of Lethbridge

Metal-ligand Cooperative Small Molecule Activation by NNN-Rhodium Pincer Complexes

A series of rhodium complexes stabilized by NNN-pincer ligands have been prepared. These species have been targeted as potential sources of highly reactive 14-electron, T-shaped intermediates, from which a wide range of bond activation processes and catalytic pathways can be envisioned.


Friday, Nov. 6
Dr. Simon Trudel
Chemistry Department, University of Calgary

Magnetic nanomaterials: From magnetic resonance imaging to unconventional magnetism

Magnetic materials find use in a variety of applications,  and still offer new surprises in terms of unexpected physical behaviours.


Monday, Nov. 9
Dr. Jantina Toxopeus
Biochemistry Department, St. Francis Xavier University

How to freeze solid and live to tell the tale: Advice from the insect world

Many terrestrial insects encounter temperatures low and sustained enough to freeze their body fluids.


Wednesday, Nov. 18
Dr. Clarissa Sit
Biochemistry/Chemistry Department, Saint Mary's University

Discovery of  fungus-derived antimicrobial compounds with activity against Pseudogymnoascus destructans

Bat White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) is a highly infectious disease that has killed 99 per cent of the affected little brown bat populations since its introduction to North America in 2006.


Monday, Nov. 30
Dr. Ruby Sullan
Chemistry/Biochemistry Department, University of Toronto
— Scarborough

Breaking through the barriers: a multi-pronged strategy towards targeting bacterial pathogens

Research in our group is geared towards understanding the molecular forces that confer stability to bacterial biofilms — and finding novel strategies to disrupt them.


Friday, Jan. 22
Naaman Omar
MSc candidate, Campbell Lab, Mount Allison University

Reactive Oxygen Species: Production and Scavenging in Marine Phytoplankton

The Black Queen Hypothesis states that over time loss of function mutations accumulate in non-essential genes more frequently than essential ones.


Monday, Jan. 25
Maryam Abbasi
MSc candidate, Bruening Lab, Mount Allison University

Crystallite Orientations of Combined Electroless and Galvanic Copper Deposits on Cu-Single Crystals and Roll-Annealed Foils

Vias connect current paths in different layers of printed circuit boards.


Wednesday, Jan. 27 Dr. Todd Marder
Institute for Inorganic Chemistry, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Wednesday, Feb. 10
Dr. Thomas Berkemeier
Chemistry/Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute

Cycling, buffering and reservoirs of reactive oxygen  species (ROS): A physical chemist's view on the health effects of air pollution

The Multiphase Chemical Kinetics & Reaction Mechanisms Group uses the synergy of laboratory experiments and elaborate computer models to understand and predict key processes in Atmospheric and Physiological Chemistry.


Friday, March 5 Dr. David Chiasson
Biochemistry Department, Saint Mary's University
Friday, March 19
Dr. Stacey Wetmore
Chemistry/Biochemistry Department, University of Lethbridge

The Chemistry of Modified Nucleic Acids: Messages from a Computational Approach

Abstract: The overall objective of research performed in the Wetmore laboratory is to use computer simulations to understand the chemistry of nucleic acids.