GlycoNet Trainee Association:
November 2016 Newsletter
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Hello from the 2016-2017 Executive Committee!

Who are We? We are members of the GlycoNet Trainee Association (GTA) composed of students, post-doctoral fellows, technicians, and research associates affiliated with the GlycoNet Network. If you are receiving this email, then you are also part of the GTA! Together, we form the Executive Committee for members of the GTA. From left to right in the image above: 
  • Pavan Kondapi (Member-at-Large) Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Alberta 
  • Benjamin DiFrancesco (Vice-Chair) PhD Candidate, University of Toronto 
  • Lisa Willis (Member-at-Large) Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Toronto 
  • François LeMauff (Chair) Post-Doctoral Fellow, McGill University
  • Erum Razvi (Communications Officer) PhD Candidate, University of Toronto 
  • Perrin Baker (Secretary) Post-Doctoral Fellow, SickKids Research Institute 
  • Ryan Snitynsky (Observer) Training and Project Management Coordinator, GlycoNet
  • Andrew Alexander (Member-at-Large) PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia
What is our Mission? To represent you and your interests! We strive to create a support network for members of the GTA in order to provide the training and tools for you to be successful. We are working on several initiatives such as workshops, funding and leadership opportunities, and day-to-day support for both experimental and theoretical questions. 

How Can we be Contacted? If you have any ideas, concerns, or questions, feel free to email the Communications Officer, Erum Razvi
Check out the GlycoNet Forum!
The GlycoNet Forum is a place where all members of GlycoNet can be found. In order you access the forum, you must create an account. Click here to learn how to set up an account.

On the forum, you can create a profile with a bio, list of publications, projects, and relations to other GlycoNet members. Check out this profile as an example! You can look up any other members of GlycoNet and check out their profile - kind of like Facebook! 
New & Now Open: Advanced Training Opportunity (ATOP)
The Executive Committee is proud to announce ATOP, a training award for senior trainees (PhD or Post-doctoral) with the opportunity to write a mini-NSERC grant. This award will allow for a co-op or undergraduate student to be hired for 4 months, and the coverage of small amount of operational funds. Each proposal may request up to $8,000. To learn more about the opportunity and apply, click here. The deadline to submit a proposal is January 15th. 
Featured Trainee: Emily Wilson

I am currently working as a research technician in the Weadge lab at Wilfrid Laurier University. I came across this opportunity after completing my masters with Dr. Weadge in August 2015. My project is focused on investigating the acetylation of bacterial cellulose by a periplasmic protein, WssI. One thing I have found interesting bridging between my masters project and my current project is that a simple modification in the sugar chain of an exopolymeric substance can make a large difference in the properties of a bacterial biofilm. Before I began my own research I worked in another lab as a student volunteer, purifying protein. I feel as though this experience gave me a push in the direction of research as I wanted to learn more techniques in the lab and became more curious about how research is performed beyond what I learned through my undergraduate courses. Although the hours in lab can be long, and can limit my social life, I feel as though researching has been a good fit in my life. It is worth it to drone through countless failed experiments as it makes the successes all that more exciting. Outside the lab I enjoy rock climbing, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Other Opportunities
Every researcher has a unique story, and deserves some spotlight! Email Erum if interested in being a featured trainee in an upcoming trainee newsletter.
Save the Dates!
  • GlycoNet AGM May 8-10
  • Canadian Glycomics Symposium May 10-12
Registration will open early 2017.
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