The Biochemistry Department's Annual Research Showcase...

The 2020 Harold B. Stewart Lecture

Dr. Brent Stead, MBA

Founder and CEO
Specific Biologics, Inc.
Toronto, ON

“Specific Biologics: a Story of a Biotech Startup”


Poster Sessions A and B

Featuring Biochemistry Students

17 Jan 2020
(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 Stewart Lecture honours Dr. Stewart, a former Biochemistry Chair and Dean of Graduate Studies at Western, and is made possible by the Stewart Family Donation.

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

This Showcase will benefit Western's graduate students in the following ways:

  1. Graduate students can attend the Harold B. Stewart Lecture given by Dr. Brent Stead, MBA. He represents an inspirational role model for students, given that he graduated from the Biochemistry PhD program and Ivey MBA program at Western and is now the Founder and CEO of Specific Biologics, Inc., a biotechnology company. Dr. Stead will speak about his journey in setting up his company.

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

  3. Graduate students will learn about research in the Dept. of Biochemistry and interact with other researchers at the posters, allowing excellent opportunities for collaboration and exchange of ideas.

This Showcase will expand the scientific horizons of graduate students in Western's 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. The Lecturer, a Biochemistry alumnus/alumna, is chosen by current Biochemistry graduate students. 

Dr. Ben Kleinstiver
Research Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital
Instructor, Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

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.) 



Limited parking is available in the Pay & Display Parking Lot near the Huron Dining Hall. Note that you must pay for this parking.

Directions to this parking lot are as follows:
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 then another right to enter the Pay & Display Parking Lot.


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, 20 kb)
  • List of presenters by poster number (PDF, 20 kb)

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.