Research

Watching wood being made

The most common polymer on earth is cellulose, the major structural component of plant cell walls. However we have very little knowledge, at the molecular level, of how cellulose is synthesised. In a collaboration with the group of Jochen Zimmer at the University of Virginia, the Withers laboratory has provided "snapshots" of the process of synthesis. To get these insights the Withers laboratory synthesised a series analogues of the natural building blocks used by the enzyme responsible for cellulose assembly -cellulose synthase- that had been designed to "freeze-frame" the synthetic...

Events

May 2 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am
Dr. Graham Murphy
Department of Chemistry, University of Waterloo
May 2 2016 -
3:30pm to 4:30pm
Dr. Xiao-an Zhang
Departments of Chemistry, Physical & Environmental Sciences, and Biological Sciences, University of Toronto
May 3 2016 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Prof. Dennis Hore
Department of Chemistry, University of Victoria

News

New Funding for Cancer Diagnosis

Chris Orvig, with colleagues from the BC Cancer Agency (François Bénard, BC Leadership Chair in Functional Cancer Imaging) and TRIUMF (Paul Schaffer, Associate Lab Director, Life Sciences Division and Caterina Ramogida, PhD 2015), has been...

Congratulations Dr. Jay Wickenden!

Congratulations to Dr. Jay Wickenden who was recently awarded a 2015-2016 UBC Killam Teaching Award. UBC Science awards Killam Teaching Prizes each academic year to acknowledge outstanding contributions made by teaching faculty in Science....

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