Elias Georges

Associate Professor; CP Chair in Biotechnology

T: 514-398-8137  | elias.georges [at] mcgill.ca (Email ) |  Parasitology Building P-106 | website

Degrees

BSc, PhD (McGill)

Short Bio

Elias Georges trained as a biochemist and protein/peptide chemist. Following his Ph.D. at the Dept. of Biochemistry/McGill working on the structure and function of intermediate filaments of the CNS (e.g., Neurofilaments), he spent six years as a Post-doc and research fellow at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre working on Multidrug resistance and P-glycoprotein (ABCB1) with Dr. Victor Ling. In 1991, he joined the Institute of Parasitology-McGill as an Assistant Professor to work on drug resistance in Malaria, while continuing with his work on ABC-mediated drug resistance in cancer cells. In 1997, he was promoted to an Associate professor at the Institute of parasitology. In 1998, he co-founded Aurelium BioPharma Inc. (McGill Spin-off biotechnology company focusing on the development of diagnostic tests and therapeutic antibodies for the treatment of breast and ovarian cancers). From 2003 to 2009, he served as the Program Director for the Biotechnology Graduate Program at McGill. He is currently serving as the Canadian Pacific Chair in Biotechnology at McGill (2013 – 2019). He is the Associate Editor-in Chief of International Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Awards and Recognitions

Young Investigator Award
CP Chair in Biotechnology

Active Affiliations

 

Research Interests

  • Drug resistance mechanisms in malaria and the role of the Plasmodium falciparum Chloroquine Resistance Transporter (or PfCRT), and PfMDR1 and PfABCG as mediator of drug resistance to anti-malarial drugs
  • Understanding the molecular mechanism of collateral sensitivity in drug resistant cancer cells to provide the first effective cancer treatment
  • Cellular pathway mapping and protein interactions using peptide scanning approach to identify and study protein-protein interactions of the human ABC transporters’ Interactome.

Courses

  • LSCI 211 Biochemistry 1 3 Credits
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  • BIOT 505 Sel Topics in Biotechnology 3 Credits
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  • BTEC 621 Biotechnology Management 3 Credits
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  • BTEC 622 Biotech Research Project 1 2 Credits
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  • BTEC 623 Biotech Research Project 2 6 Credits
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  • BTEC 624 Biotech Research Project 3 6 Credits
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  • BTEC 625 Biotech Research Project 4 2 Credits
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Publications

Selected Publications

Fallatah O and Georges E (2017) Apigenin-induced ABCC1-mediated efflux of glutathione from mature erythrocytes inhibits the proliferation of Plasmodium falciparum. Int J Antimicrob Agents 50: 673-677.

Ambadipudi R and Georges E (2017) Sequences in Linker-1 domain of the multidrug resistance associated protein (MRP1 or ABCC1) bind to tubulin and their binding is modulated by phosphorylation. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 482: 1001-1006.

Edaye S, Tazoo D, Bohle DS and Georges E (2015) 3-Halo Chloroquine Derivatives Overcome Plasmodium falciparum Chloroquine Resistance Transporter-Mediated Drug Resistance in P. falciparum. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 59: 7891-3.

Edaye S and Georges E (2015) Characterization of native PfABCG protein in Plasmodium falciparum. Biochem Pharmacol 97: 137-46.

Edaye S, Reiling SJ, Leimanis ML, Wunderlich J, Rohrbach P and Georges E (2014) A 2-amino quinoline, 5-(3-(2-(7-chloroquinolin-2-yl)ethenyl)phenyl)-8-dimethylcarbamyl-4,6-dithiaoctan oic acid, interacts with PfMDR1 and inhibits its drug transport in Plasmodium falciparum. Mol Biochem Parasitol 195: 34-42.

Yang Y, Li Z, Mo W, et al. (2012) Human ABCC1 interacts and colocalizes with ATP synthase alpha, revealed by interactive proteomics analysis. J Proteome Res 11: 1364-72.

Prinos P, Lacoste MC, Wong J, Bonneau AM and Georges E (2011) Mutation of cysteine 21 inhibits nucleophosmin/B23 oligomerization and chaperone activity. Int J Biochem Mol Biol 2: 24-30.

Georges E, Bonneau AM and Prinos P (2011) RNAi-mediated knockdown of alpha-enolase increases the sensitivity of tumor cells to antitubulin chemotherapeutics. Int J Biochem Mol Biol 2: 303-8.

Laberge RM, Ambadipudi R and Georges E (2009) P-glycoprotein (ABCB1) modulates collateral sensitivity of a multidrug resistant cell line to verapamil. Arch Biochem Biophys 491: 53-60.