Heidi McBride, Ph.D. – VARI Seminar Series

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Heidi McBride, Ph.D. – VARI Seminar Series

March 21, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

Can the emerging roles of mitochondria in innate and adaptive immunity contribute to neurodegenerative disease?

I am a graduate of McGill (B.Sc ’91, Ph.D with Gordon Shore in ’96) and completed my postdoctoral training in the lab of Marino Zerial at the EMBL in Heidelberg, Germany in 2000. I trained in the fields of mitochondrial protein import and the molecular mechanisms of endocytosis, Rab activation and SNARE assembly. As an independent investigator, my group has focused on understanding the fundamental behaviour of the mitochondria and how they are integrated into the cellular environment. I started my research lab at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (2000-2011), and then moved to McGill University where I am now a Full Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, with a cross appointment in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. I am honored to teach and train an amazing and brilliant cohort of undergraduates, grad students and postdoctoral fellows, without whom there would be nothing! I am engaged in a number of meaningful collaborations both within the Rare Neurological Disease Group at the Montreal Neurological Institute, and with my colleagues around the world. As a basic science lab, we work hard to apply and test our discoveries within multiple disease paradigms; something only made possible through active, fun and enriching collaboration. Together we are a dynamic, creative and multidisciplinary team tackling the complex problems of neurodegenerative diseases like ALS, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, multiple sclerosis, and various forms of ataxias.

Speaker Information

Heidi M. McBride, Ph.D.
Full Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University

Time & Location

12:00 pm at Van Andel Institute
Conference Room 3104/3105

VARI Host: Graduate Student Association


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March 21, 2018
12:00 pm
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