About the Symposium

The McMaster Chemical Biology Graduate (MCBG) Symposium showcases a diverse range of impactful world-class research being conducted by graduate students in our Chemical Biology Graduate Program at McMaster.

Our 2021 symposium will be a virtual event, hosted on Zoom, on December 14th and 15th.  The symposium will feature three seminars by plenary speakers and several presentations by our graduate students that highlight recently-published and ongoing research successes!

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Plenary Speakers

Dr. Andrew King, Scientist at Empress Therapeutics, Cambridge MA

Dr. King is an alumnus of our Chemical Biology Graduate Program.  He completed his graduate studies in Prof. Gerry Wright's laboratory and obtained his PhD at McMaster in 2015.

Dr. Moustafa Algamal, Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA

Dr. Algamal is also an alumnus of our Chemical Biology Graduate Program.  He obtained his MSc degree in 2014 under the supervision of Prof. Giuseppe Melacini.

Dr. Katherine Bujold, Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Chemical BIology, McMaster University 

Dr. Bujold recently started her independent academic career at McMaster, in 2020, after a PhD in the lab of Prof. Hanadi Sleiman at McGill University and postoctoral studies with Prof. Chad Mirkin at Northwestern University.  Dr. Bujold's research program focuses on the design, synthesis, and biomedical applications of unique oligonucleotides with modified nucleic acid architectures. 

Symposium Schedule

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
1:00 - 1:15 opening remarks by Dr. Giuseppe Melacini
1:15 - 2:00 Plenary Seminar by Dr. Andrew King
2:00 - 4:30 Student Talks

Wednesday, December 15, 2021
1:00 - 1:45 Plenary Seminar by Dr. Moustafa Algamal
1:45 - 3:45 Student Talks
3:45 - 4:30 Plenary Seminar by Prof. Katherine Bujold


Abstract Submission is now closed.


Our virtual symposium is free and open to the public.  To receive a Symposium Zoom Link by email, please register by completing our brief online registration form by December 12, 2021.

Organizing Committee

Chair: Dr. Jake Magolan, Associate Professor, McMaster University
Co-Chair: Meghan Fragis, Graduate Student, McMaster University
Other members of the organizing committee:
Karla Martinez-Pomier, Graduate Student, McMaster University

Dr. Giuseppe Melacini, Professor & Director of the Chemical Biology Graduate Program, McMaster University

All questions about this symposium should be directed to: mcbgsymposium@gmail.com