Virtual: CMMT 2021 Spring Symposium

Thursday, March 4, 2021 | 10:00 – 11:30 am

Join trainees from the UBC Centre for Molecular Medicine & Therapeutics (CMMT) to learn more about genetic research and the translation of basic knowledge into new therapies. Trainees will demo a lab experiment, talk about their personal journey into science, talk about what drew them to UBC, talk about challenges they’ve overcome in the pursuit of their love of science – the list is almost endless!

Participants will get a virtual behind-the-scenes view of CMMT’s research facilities, hear from trainees on leading health research and discover a variety of career options in medicine and health sciences. 

The sessions will be recorded and shared with high schools across BC. 

Click HERE for the CMMT Spring Symposium agenda (PDF)


  1. Laura Chan, BSc (Hons)

MSc Candidate – Leavitt Lab

“How to fail successfully: experiences in student leadership, research, and failure”

Failure is scary yet an inevitable part of success. Yet no one seems to talk about how much they’ve failed or ways to use certain disadvantages in your path to success. I will be going over my personal experiences as a student leader creating a $300,000 scholarship and developing structural changes at the University of Manitoba, completing research projects as an undergraduate student to be a top ranked applicant for Medical Genetics in 2019, as well as the numerous rejections, bad grades and conditional pressures I’ve come across in my desire to become a Clinician Scientist.

2. Hilal Al-Shekaili, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow – Leavitt Lab

“Deep into brain – Recording brain waves in mice”

Recording of brain electrical waves provides valuable information about the brain health and its functioning. It is done by a technique called electroencephalography or EEG. EEG allows us to study and diagnose brain diseases such as epilepsy. I will explain a theoretical background about EEG and then demonstrate how we perform this experiment in mice with examples of different EEG patterns.

3. Fanny Lemarié, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow – Hayden Lab

“Lipids in Brain diseases – Check your fats”

Lipids are not just a source of energy for the body, their role in cells is far more complex. For example, fatty acids can be attached to proteins in cells, changing the functions of the modified proteins. This process is called “fatty acylation”. We will see how abnormalities in protein fatty acylation contribute to brain diseases such as Alzheimer or Huntington’s disease.

This event is hosted in conjunction with the BC Children’s Hospital Research (BCCHR), committed to helping children and their families receive the best possible care and live the healthiest possible lives.

Please see BCCHR Genetic Research for more information about the CMMT Spring Symposium.

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