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'Comparative evaluation of inhibitors of Inositol Requiring Enzyme 1' - BIOC 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

INSTRUCTIONS - PROFESSORS: Please print and review this form. Complete or correct the sections, as applicable, from "Supervisor's Name" to "Ethics, safety, and training". Please sign and date near the bottom ("Supervisor's signature").

INSTRUCTIONS - STUDENTS: You may receive this form by email, or you may download it after it has been posted here. Either way, print and review this form. Complete or correct the sections, from "Student's Name" to "Student's Level", and sign ("Student signature"). Ask your supervisor to sign her/his section near the bottom. Take it to the department* corresponding to the course number in Section A; this may or may not be your own department. (* EXCEPTIONS: For NSCI 396 and COGS 396, please bring it to the Interdisciplinary Programs Adviser in Dawson Hall.) Do not register for a '396' course on Minerva until you receive departmental permission. Have a discussion with your supervisor about time/work expectations, keeping in mind that this is a 3-credit course (roughly, 10 hours per week for 12 weeks). Remember that a '396' course is an elective.

INSTRUCTIONS - DEPARTMENTS: After the unit chair/director/designate approves (or not) this project, please notify student. If approved, please give student permission to register on Minerva, and send a copy of this form (with signatures) to the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science (either fax, or internal mail to Dawson Hall 408-A, or PDF scan + email).

QUESTIONS OR FEEDBACK? Contact the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science.

Supervisor's Name: Dr. David Thomas

Supervisor's Email: david [dot] thomas [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Supervisor's Phone: 2973

Supervisor's Website:

Supervisor's department: Biochemistry

Course number: BIOC 396 (Biochemistry)

Term: Fall 2013-2014

Project start date: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Project end date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Project title: Comparative evaluation of inhibitors of Inositol Requiring Enzyme 1.

Project description (50-100 words suggested): Inositol Requiring Enzyme 1 (IRE1) is an important stress transducer that is required for cellular homeostasis when the protein folding capacity of the endoplasmic reticulum is challenged.   Recent evidence has shown that IRE1 signaling is essential for the survival of multiple myeloma cancer cells and thus represents an emerging therapeutic target. We have identified a small number of candidate IRE1 inhibitors that require further characterization. The student will use established assays to monitor the kinase and endoribonuclease activities of IRE1 in order to determine the mechanism of action and potency of IRE1 inhibitors. The anti-myeloma properties of the most potent IRE1 inhibitors will be evaluated using a variety of viability assays performed on treated human multiple myeloma cell lines.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): Final grade shall be based on laboratory performance as evaluated by the research supervisor (50%) and the final written research report graded by the supervisor and the course coordinator (50%).

Project status: This project is taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.

How students can apply: N/A; this project is filled.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves handling chemicals.

Student's Name:

Student's McGill ID:

Student's McGill Email:

Student's Phone:

Student's Program:

Student's Level (U0 / U1 / U2 / U3):

Student's signature - I certify that this course is with a different supervisor and on a different topic than any previous '396' course I have taken. I have not applied for another '396' course in this term:

Supervisor's signature - I give my permission for the student identified above to register for this project under my supervision:


Unit chair/director/designate's name:

Unit chair/director/designate's signature - I certify that this project conforms to departmental requirements for 396 courses: