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2014/2015 Mihran And Mary Basmajian Award For Excellence In Health Research

  • Published Mon Dec 14th 2015

     

    Recipients of the 2014/2015 Mihran And Mary Basmajian Award

    Presentation and Lectures
    December 15, 2015
    5:00 p.m.
    Botterell Hall, Room B139

    DR. JOHN ALLINGHAM, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences

     Motility mechanisms and functions of conventional and extremely non-conventional kinesin motor proteins

    Dr. Allingham is a Canada Research Chair in Structural Biology and an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen’s University.  He received his PhD from the University of Western Ontario in 2002, where his research focused on bacterial DNA transposition systems that promote the spread of antibiotic resistance.  He then completed postdoctoral training in protein X-ray crystallography and biophysics of cytoskeletal motors as a CIHR-postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Allingham joined the Department of Biochemistry at Queen’s in 2007, and has developed a multidisciplinary research program that aims to understand the specific roles of force-generating proteins that define cell polarity and shaping, and that drive cell movement, chromosome segregation and directional cargo transport.  Dr. Allingham also has strong interest in the emerging disciple of synthetic biology, which uses defined pieces of genetic information as building blocks to create biological machines with functions that may be radically different from those found in nature.  His research program is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute.  Dr. Allingham is also the lead faculty advisor for Queen’s Genetically Engineered Machine Team (QGEM).


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    DR. GUNNAR BLOHM, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences

    “Computational models of healthy and impaired brain function”

    Dr. Blohm is an Associate Professor for Computational Neuroscience in the Departments of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Psychology, Mathematics & Statistics and the School of Computing at Queen’s University. He is an international expert in computational neuroscience, best known for his ground-breaking work on sensory-to-motor transformations and the interaction between different motor systems.  His main focus is on eye and hand movements and associated processes, such as decision-making, attention and perception. He uses mathematical modelling in conjunction with behavioural experimentation, clinical investigations and neuroimaging to gain deep insight into brain function.  He has published numerous influential papers introducing conceptually novel ideas that have had a broad impact within the field of sensory-motor neuroscience.  This has earned him an Associate Editor position at the best scientific journal in his field, PLoS Computational Biology. His work has been awarded an Ontario Early Researcher Award.
    Dr. Blohm is also known for his leadership in the research community.  He is the founder and main organizer of the externally sponsored international summer school in Computational Sensory-Motor Neuroscience (CoSMo), which has been tremendously successful and is recognized as an outstanding training opportunity for exceptional students from all major labs in his field.  In addition, Dr. Blohm is the co-founder and co-director of the Association for Canadian Neuroinformatics and Computational Neuroscience (CNCN).  The goal of CNCN is to provide research tool and to promote theory-experiment collaborations leading to more efficient knowledge advancement and translation.  Under Dr. Blohm’s leadership, CNCN will soon become a full-fledged society with professional services and yearly workshops promoting neurocomputation to accelerate health research.