The focus of our research is to gain an understanding of biological functions carried out by proteins by determination of the structures of proteins and their complexes, and the kinetics, thermodynamics, and dynamics of proteins and protein-ligand interactions. These goals are achieved through application of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.
Currently, we are studying the structures and interactions of proteins involved in lysine-63 linked protein ubiquitination. This pathway is important in cellular processes such as DNA repair and the immune response.
The laboratory is fully equipped for protein expression in E. coli, protein purification using FPLC, and protein analysis/structure determination using solution state NMR spectroscopy. Some of our resources include:
- Access to Varian Inova 500, 600, and 800 MHz NMR spectrometers.
- Custom AKTA FPLC protein purification systems.
- Temperature-regulated shaking incubator for growth of E. coli.
- Preparative and benchtop centrifuges.
- -80 and -20 °C freezers, general purpose refrigerators.
- UV/Visible spectrophotometer.
- PCR thermocycler.
- LINUX work stations, iMac computers.
- Access to High Performance Computing through WestGrid.
- Craig J. Markin: Postdoctoral fellow, Stanford University
- Michael J. Lewis: CHENOMX, Edmonton, Alberta
- Dave Hau: Graduate student, University of British Columbia
- Sean McKenna: Associate Professor, University of Manitoba
- Linda Saltibus: Technical staff
- Melissa Kean: Technical staff
- Pascal Mercier: Research staff
- Anton Cherney: Summer student
- Francis Tenorio: Summer student
Information regarding Graduate studies:Department of Biochemistry, University of Alberta.
Our research is currently funded by NSERC and CIHR