Saturday 19 October 2019, 12:00pm
Location : Tim Horton Children's Foundation Onondaga Farms, 264 Glen Morris Rd E, Saint George, ON N0E 1N0
Contact Ron Casier, 519-631-5279
The Canadian Chestnut Council
31st Annual General Meeting
Saturday, October 19, 2019. Tim Horton Children's Foundation Onondaga Farms Gather at 11 a.m. Meeting 12:00.Ffurther details as they become available at http://www.canadianchestnutcouncil.ca.
Featured Speaker : Dr. Myron L. Smith
Dr. Myron L Smith is a Professor of Biology at Carleton University. He served as Chair of the Department of Biology from 2012-2016, Director of the Institute of Biochemistry from 2002-2007 and is a member of the Institute of Environmental Science. Dr. Smith teaches courses in general and molecular genetics, biotechnology, mycology and molecular ecology. His research encompasses genetics, molecular biology, microbiology and general biology and focuses on four main themes: i) deciphering the biochemical and genetic bases of nonself recognition-associated cell death, ii) identification and characterization of new antibiotics from ethnobotanical leads and from agroforestry and bioprocessing ‘waste’ for use in health, food and industrial applications, iii) development of methods to identify and enumerate microbial strains for environmental monitoring, and iv) application of genetic markers to life history studies. This research spans questions of basic biological interest and has biotechnology applications in diverse areas that include health, agrifood, environment, and biofuels.
Dr. Smith obtained his Bachelor’s degree, specializing in botany, at the University of Alberta in 1984. His Master’s Thesis was awarded in 1987 at the University of Toronto at Mississauga, specializing in genetics within the Biotechnology Program, as was his Doctorate 5 years later. Following his Ph.D., Dr. Smith received NSERC and Killam Post-Doctoral Fellowships to carry out genetics research in the Biotechnology Laboratories at the University of British Columbia. In 2001, he spent the year as a visiting scientist at Cornell University in the Plant Pathology Department.