The Biochemistry Department's Annual Research Showcase...

The 2019 Harold B. Stewart Lecture

Dr. Ben Kleinstiver

Assistant Pathologist, Massachusetts General Hospital
Instructor, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

"Engineering CRISPR Technologies to Improve Genome Editing"

Host: Jeremy Lant


Poster Sessions A and B

Featuring Biochemistry Students

18 Jan 2019
(12:45 - 4 pm)

Everyone welcome!



The Research Showcase of Biochemistry Students features the Harold B. Stewart Lecture and 2 poster sessions highlighting the research progress at Western University of i) first-year Biochemistry graduate students and ii) undergraduate students in the fourth-year Biochemistry research project courses.

The event is open to students and researchers from Western and affiliated institutions.

This Showcase will benefit graduate students in the following ways:

  1. Graduate students in biomedical/science programs at Western can attend the Harold B. Stewart Lecture given by Dr. Ben Kleinstiver. He represents an inspirational role model for students, given that he graduated from the Biochemistry PhD program at Western and is now a Research Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kleinstiver will speak about his scientific experiences and research in developing and improving techniques for genome editing.

  2. Important skills in preparing and communicating research posters will be acquired by those graduate students presenting their work. For many students, this event will be their first formal poster session.

  3. Graduate-student presenters will interact with other researchers at the poster session, allowing opportunities for collaboration and exchange of ideas.     

  4. Graduate students in biomedical/science programs at Western will learn about research in the Dept. of Biochemistry, as well as have the opportunity to discuss research ideas and initiate collaborations with attendees.

This Showcase will expand the scientific horizons of graduate students in Western biomedical/science programs. The event represents a critical starting point for future research lectures and poster sessions that these students will experience; such sessions are universal communication tools at scientific conferences.

Past Stewart Lectures

The Harold B. Stewart Lecture honours Dr. Stewart, a former Biochemistry Chair and Dean of Graduate Studies at Western, and features a Biochemistry alumnus/alumna as the speaker.

Dr. Sara Hamilton
Associate Editor, Cell Reports (Cell Press)
Cambridge, MA 

Dr. Helen Petropoulos
Director of Business Development & Research
Ontario Genomics
Toronto, ON

Dr. James Duncan
Assistant Professor
Cancer Biology, Fox Chase Cancer Centre
Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Timothy Haystead
Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Duke University, Durham, NC
Co-founder of Serenex

Dr. Donald Nicholson
President & CEO, Drumbeat Consulting LLC
(Former VP at Merck)

Dr. Alan Rigby
VP-Research (Computational Discoveries)
ImClone Systems, NY

Dr. Michael Surette
Canada Research Chair in Interdisciplinary Microbiome Research
Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute
Dept. of Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences, and Dept. of Medicine 
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON




12:30-12:45 pm

Poster set-up for session A

12:45-1:45 pm

Harold B. Stewart Lecture

1:45-2:45 pm

Poster Session A* 

2:45-3 pm

Poster set-up for session B and refreshment break

3-4 pm

Poster Session B*    

*Presenters will stand by their posters in order to explain their research results and answer questions from viewers as needed.
(Presenters include 1st-year Biochemistry graduate students and undergraduate students in 4th-year Biochemistry research project courses.) 



Complimentary parking is available in the gated Huron Parking Lot. Turn from Western Road into the street that leads to the Western and Huron Parking Lots (the Huron Dining Hall will be on the right). Then, take the first right and proceed to the parking gate directly ahead. This gate will be opened from 12:30 pm-1:30 pm for anyone requiring parking.

Please be aware that the pay and display and reserved parking spaces are not included as complimentary.


List of Presenters

  • Presenters have been divided into two poster sessions, A (1:45-2:45 pm) and B (3-4 pm).
  • List of presenters by group (PDF, 193kb)
  • List of presenters by poster number (PDF, 192kb)

Instructions to Presenters

- Check list of presenters for your poster session and number
- Check the agenda for set-up times and viewing times for each poster session

- Print your poster in one piece using a commercial graphics company
- Print out your figures and text on 8.5x11-inch paper, then glue or tape them to a bristol board or large paper sheet

- Poster size: maximum of 4 feet by 4 feet
- Velcro holders will be supplied to fasten poster to poster board (do not use tape or pins). One side of each holder is sticky and attaches to the poster. The other side of each holder has velcro and attaches to the poster board.

- Minimize text: use point form
- Use images: a picture is worth a thousand words
- Use lots of blank space
- Use a large, easy-to-read font (Arial): must see text from 1-2 metres away
- Label figures and diagrams clearly
- Highlight specific problems you are having or alternative directions you might go
- Remember your audience:  non-experts and experts in your research field, so explain terminology

Sections of a poster
1. Poster banner showing the title, author(s), and institution
2. Introduction or Background
3. Hypothesis or Objective(s)
4. Methods
5. Results (text, tables, figures)
6. Discussion
7. Conclusion
8. References
9. Acknowledgments


Dr. Lynn Weir
Research Co-ordinator
Dept. of Biochemistry
Medical Sciences Bldg. - Room 348
Western University
London, ON, Canada N6A 5C1
519-661-2111, ext. 84561


This event was made possible by the Stewart Family Donation; Biochemistry Graduate Incentive Fund; and joint funding from Research Western, SOGS, and SGPS.