The Department of Physiology would like to congratulate the Mandl Lab on their recent publication in Nature Immunology entitled "Migration-induced cell shattering due to DOCK8 deficiency causes a type 2–biased helper T cell response." The study, lead by Dr. Judith Mandl, sheds light on cellular processes that may lead to allergic immune responses and identifies a possible link between cell death and allergic disease. Great work!
The Department of Physiology is proud to announce that one of our PhD students, Stephanie Mouchbahani Constance, has been awarded the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship in recognition of her high standard of scholarly achievement. Stephanie is a second-year PhD student and is a member of Dr. Reza Sharif's lab.
Physiology faculty member Dr. Melissa Vollrath was recently named to the 2020-2021 Faculty Honour List for Educational Excellence in recognition of her outstanding contribution to teaching and educational leadership. Dr. Vollrath plays an essential role in the development and delivery of our undergraduate physiology program.
Understanding how bats cope with viruses could help us develop COVID-19 therapies, according to this article in Knowable Magazine. One of our faculty members, Dr. Judith Mandl, was interviewed for the article and is currently studying the immune response of bats in her lab.
The 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject has placed McGill's anatomy and physiology programs at 18th place globally. Very impressive! To read the news article, click here.
The Department of Physiology is proud to announce that one of our PhD students, Stephanie Mouchbahani Constance, has been chosen to attend the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting this summer in Lindau, Germany. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings convene annually to promote the exchange of scientific knowledge among Nobel Laureates and young scientists.
On February 23, 2020, Physiology faculty member Dr. Reza Sharif was interviewed about the identification of a pain sensor on the Radio-Canada program Les années lumière (the French-language version of CBC's Quirks and Quarks). Click here to listen to the interview.
Congratulations to the Sharif Lab for the recent publication of their paper, TACAN Is an Ion Channel Involved in Sensing Mechanical Pain, in the prestigious journal Cell. Their identification of a mechanical pain sensor lays the groundwork for designing new drugs to treat pain. Great job!
Physiology graduate student Alexander Kiepas was recently interviewed for being the first author on 'Optimizing live-cell fluorescence imaging conditions to minimize phototoxicity', published in the Journal of Cell Science. Alex is co-supervised by Dr. Claire Brown and Dr. Peter Siegel. To read the interview, click here.
Kudos to the Prager-Khoutorsky lab for publishing their first paper, Effects of Salt Loading on the Organization of Microtubules in Rat Magnocellular Vasopressin Neurons, in the Journal of Neuroendocrinology. Special congratulations to Amirah-Iman Hicks, graduate student, and Zsuzsanna Barad, post-doctoral fellow, the co-first authors of the paper. Well done!
On July 17, 2019, Mr David Graham, Member of Parliament for the riding of Laurentides-Labelle, visited the Department of Physiology and had lunch with our graduate students.
On September 13, 2019, Campus Public Safety recognized Dr. Alvin Shrier with the 2019 Safety Ambassador Award for his work as Chair of the University Laboratory Safety Committee. To see the McGill Reporter article, click here.
The Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematical Society presented the Research Prize to Dr. Leon Glass for his contributions to research, education and community leadership. Click here for details.
Alexander Kiepas, a physiology PhD student, was selected for both a Gold and Gairdner Award for his poster presentation at the 2019 Canadian Student Health Research Forum and Gairdner Symposium.