Supervisor's Name: Albert Berghuis
Supervisor's Email: albert.berghuis [at] mcgill.ca
Supervisor's Phone: 514-398-8795
Supervisor's Website: www.mcgill.ca/berghuis-lab/
Supervisor's department: Biochemistry
Course number: BIOC 396 (Biochemistry)
Term: Winter 2013-2014
Project start date: Monday, January 6, 2014
Project end date: Friday, April 11, 2014
Project title: Structural studies of medically relevant proteins for therapy development
Project description (50-100 words suggested): The student will participate in ongoing research in the Berghuis lab. However, the project will be sufficiently independent so as to provide a real research experience. The research will be in the area of structural biology. The student will pursue structure determination at the atomic level of proteins that can be exploited for therapy development.
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): Midterm report on research objectives and background, 15%. Final thesis at the end of the course (extended lab report), 50%. Oral presentation at the end of the course, 15%. Lab performance, 20%. All elements are assessed by the supervisor (Dr. Berghuis).
Project status: This project is taken; however students may contact the professor to discuss other possible '396' projects this term.
Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves: Biohazardous substances; Handling chemicals; Using lasers.