New Group Accounts on Twitter and Instagram

The Derksen Group News page has moved to Twitter (@DarrenDerksen) as well as Instagram (derksenresearchgroup).  Please follow us there for more regular updates from the group! 

Awards at 2018 Charbonneau Conference

Congratulations to James Papatzimas on winning first place at the Charbonneau Cancer Conference!  It’s not easy for a chemist to describe their work to cancer biologists but clearly James has done a great job learning this valuable skill!

Welcome to Dr. Andrew Flewelling

Welcome to Dr. Andrew Flewelling who joins our group from UNBSJ as a postdoctoral researcher!  

2017 Medicinal Chemistry Reviews Released

The '2017 Medicinal Chemistry Reviews’ has been released that includes our chapter on SAR Studies of TRP Channel Modulators.  A big thanks to the Division of Medicinal Chemistry at the American Chemical Society for this opportunity!

Book chapter accepted for 2017 Medicinal Chemistry Reviews

Congratulations to Christina LeGay for getting her book chapter on Transient Receptor Potential Channels accepted to Medicinal Chemistry Reviews!  Stay tuned for more details...

Paper accepted to SynLett

Our invited manuscript entitled “A General Strategy for the Preparation of Thalidomide-Conjugate Linkers” has been accepted for publication in an upcoming special edition of SynLett celebrating the 80th Birthday of the legendary Canadian chemist, Prof. Victor Snieckus.  

Congratulations to James, Eugene, Duncan, and Ranjan for our successful collaboration with the Bahlis group in the Cumming School of Medicine. 

DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1588539

Funding from CIHR Project Grant

We are pleased to announce that our collaborative grant application with Dr. Justin MacCallum, based on the development of novel imaging probes for diagnosing crystal arthropathies has been funded!  We are proud to be part of this multidisciplinary team - applying our skills in organic synthesis to this important clinical problem.

Funding from NSERC Discovery Grant Program

We are pleased to announce that our grant application based on the development of sigmatropic rearrangements for natural product synthesis has been awarded!  Thank you to the NSERC community for the time spent reviewing our application and for the constructive feedback that will help further enhance our program.

Congratulations to James Papatzimas - Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship

Congratulations to James Papatzimas on receiving a prestigious Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship for the next 2 years!  Well deserved! 

Duncan Brownsey wins Hypercube Award

Congratulations to Duncan Brownsey on winning the Hypercube award for his outstanding undergraduate honours thesis work!  We are extremely pleased that he will be staying in the group to begin graduate school in September!

Paper accepted in Organic Letters

Our paper entitled “Divergent Photocyclization/1,4-Sigmatropic Rearrangements for the Synthesis of Sesquiterpenoid Derivates” has been accepted by Organic Letters.  This was a collaborative work with Prof. Rob Paton at Oxford University who provided insight into the reaction mechanism using computational chemistry.  Congratulations Eugene for a job well done! doi: 10.1021/acs.orglett.6b03635

New 502 students join the group

Welcome to Duncan Brownsey and Nadia Abdallah who have joined the Derksen group for 502 Honours Research projects!

Departmental Seminars

DJD recently returned from giving departmental seminars at the University of Manitoba, Queens University, The University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and the University of Waterloo.  Thanks to Dr. John Sorensen, Dr. David Zechel, Dr. Yuri Bolshan, and Dr. Graham Murphy respectively for their generous hospitality and for thought-provoking discussions with members of each department. 

Paper accepted to RSC Advances

Our paper entitled “Thia-porphyrin mediated photocatalysis using red light” has been accepted by RSC Advances.  Congratulations to Jin, James, and Eugene!  

Paper accepted to Organic Letters

Our paper entitled "Natural-Product-Derived Transient Receptor Potential Melastatin 8 (TRPM8) Channel Modulators” has been accepted by Organic Letters and is available online.  Congratulations to Christina and Eugene!  This paper was the result of an excellent collaboration with Dr. Christophe Altier, Dr. Rithwik Ramachandran, and Dr. Mircea Iftina. DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.6b01222

Lecture at Alberta RNA Research and Training Institute

DJD gave a talk at the Alberta RNA Research and Training Institute (ARRTI) in Lethbridge.  Thanks to HJ Wieden for organizing the visit!

Paper accepted by Chemistry - A European Journal

Our collaborative work with the Keay lab has been accepted for publication in Chemistry - A European Journal.  Congratulations to Eugene! DOI: 10.1002/chem.201601370

Juan gets a job as an Applications Chemist at Nanalysis

Congratulations to Juan for getting a ‘real' job as an applications chemist!  Best of luck at Nanalysis!

Presentations at Charbonneau Cancer Research Symposium

Great day of talks at the Charbonneau Cancer Research Symposium.  DJD gave a talk while Jin and James presented a great poster!

Canadian Cancer Research Conference

DJD presents a poster at the Canadian Cancer Research Conference.  Great time in Montreal meeting the leaders in Canadian Cancer Research.  Thanks to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Institute of Cancer Research (CIHR-ICR) and the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (CCSRI) for providing the travel award for this opportunity!

Funding from MMRF!

We are very pleased to have our collaborative grant with Dr. Nizar Bahlis funded by the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Dr. Juan Araneda joins the lab

Dr. Juan Araneda has joined the Derksen lab as a post-doctoral researcher after completing his PhD in the lab of Prof. Warren Piers.  Welcome!

Travel award to attend Canadian Cancer Research Conference in Montreal

DJD has received a Careers in Cancer Research Development Program (CCRDP) New Principal Investigator Award to cover the costs of attending and presenting at the Canadian Cancer Research Conference in Montreal.  Thanks to the Canadian Institute of Health Research-Institute of Cancer Research (CIHR-ICR) and the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (CCSRI) for supporting this program.  

Equipment award from the Canada Foundation for Innovation!

The Derksen lab is very pleased to be the recipient of an award from the Canada Foundation for Innovation through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund.  These funds will be used to purchase major pieces of the equipment for the lab including HPLCs, flash chromatography instrumentation, in-line mass spectrometer, and a peptide synthesizer!  See the story in UToday.

James Papatzimas joins the lab

James Papatzimas joins the lab after completing his BSc at St. Francis Xavier University.  Welcome!

DJD Gives Invited Lectures

DJD was recently an invited guest speaker at the 5th Pediatric Oncology Research Day and was the plenary lecturer at the University of Calgary - Society of Young Researchers Interdisciplinary Research Forum.

New Group Members

We have been joined by JinGyu Lee (graduate studies) and Andrew Stark (CHEM 502 Undergraduate research Project).  Welcome Jin and Andrew!

Lab Renovations Completed

With renovations essentially complete, we are pleased to be in the lab with lots of room to work and with space for new equipment.  The new sinks, floors, and especially fumehoods are a huge improvement!  Thanks to the department for giving us some temporary lab space while renovations were being completed.  Here is a rare (never to be seen again) picture of an empty fumehood without a reaction occuring inside...  

Moving to the University of Calgary

We are currently in the process of setting up our laboratory at the University of Calgary.  With renovations to the lab currently in progress, we look forward to starting in June 2014! 

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