Join us for the next CSMB seminar Tuesday, December 5th at 9am PT/12pm ET

Our next seminar series is coming up next Tuesday, December 5th at 9am PT/12pm ET. Our PI speaker will be Dr. Martin Schmeing from McGill whose talk is titled “Chemical and structural biology of nonribosomal peptide synthetase megaenzymes” and our trainee speaker will be Dr. Benjamin Martin, a postdoc at Harvard Medical School, whose talk is titled “Global identification of SWI/SNF targets reveals compensation by EP400”.
Please circulate in your networks. Hope to see you all there!

CSMB trainees: Sign up to give a talk in the new CSMB virtual seminar series!

The CSMB is organizing a virtual monthly seminar series to promote the research of scientists and trainees across Canada and to provide networking opportunities. We are currently looking for trainees and PIs to give research talks starting in January 2023.

Each seminar will include a 10–15-minute talk from a CSMB trainee (graduate student or post-doc, followed by 5 minutes Q & A) highlighting their research and a 25–30-minute presentation from a PI (followed by 10 minutes Q & A). The speakers should be CSMB members. Non-CSMB members will be considered, but they must become CSMB members at the time of their scheduled talk. + + +

Career Development – Creating an effective CV – November 17 11AM

Dear Trainees,

The Ryerson Career and Co-op Centre (RCCC), and the Canadian Society for Molecular Bioscience (CSMB) are pleased to announce a Career Development offering to support trainees, graduate, undergraduate students and early career professionals with their career development.

The first component of this offering is a “Creating an Effective CV” webinar on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 11 am to 12 noon EST. To register follow

If you require any accommodation support, please contact Leia Faso at

Matt & Krysta

CSMB Trainee Committee Co-Chairs


CSMB Secretary James Davie participates in an IUBMB meeting in Kuala Lumpur

IUBMB executive committee

James Davie attended a meeting of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biochemistry (IUBMB), which took place August 19-22 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  He brought his knowledge of CSMB to meetings of the IUBMB executive committee in his capacity as IUBMB General Secretary.

One of my IUBMB activities will be to link Trainee Committees that are active in the societies affiliated with IUBMB. So this is an international effort. The goal is to help establish a trainee committee to those societies that do not have one, and second see if we can form a IUBMB international trainee committee.

-James Davie

The CSMB executive and trainee committees look forward to working with the CSMB to promote the careers of trainees around the world.

Advocating for research funding – Evidence for Democracy – CSMB collaboration

The CSMB is collaborating with Evidence for Democracy – E4D to ensure that all CSMB members have tools to help them understand the importance of science-informed policy making and to connect with their elected representatives.
E4D has prepared two very useful documents on how to connect with your representative (Connecting with Reps – Toolkit), and a specific brief for the 2019 elections (2019_Federal_Election_Brief).  We invite you to read both documents, and also to view a training webinar CSMB organized with E4D in September 2018 – below.
Stay connected to CSMB for more materials to come from E4D later in the summer relating to connecting directly with candidates.

Webinar: The Antibody Crisis: Leveraging machine learning for evidence-based antibody search

BenchSciThe CSMB-SCBM trainee committee is partnering with BenchSci for a special webinar.
The “reproducibility crisis” has generated much attention in the research community over the past years. While the issue is multifaceted at its core, rogue antibodies have been identified as one of the major culprits.

To ensure scientists can find antibodies that have been proven to work repeatedly by peers, we developed an open-access resource that uses a machine learning algorithm to screen the literature and identify which and how antibodies have been cited. The resulting peer-reviewed data are searchable by protein targets or product identifier and are filterable by experimental contexts as cited in papers, including technique, tissue, cell line, to help users pinpoint antibodies that have been published under experimental conditions matching their study interest.

Wednesday May 15th 2pm EDT

A recording of this webinar is available here:

Freely accessible resource for academic scientists at


CSMB Board of Directors Call for Nominations

Two Regular Board Member positions, and Two Trainee Representative positions are open.

Nomination are due April 15, 2019.

The CSMB represents Canadian scientists and trainees working in the Molecular Biosciences, including the fields of Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Systems biology, and Computational Biology. Board Directors will be asked to participate in advancing the mission of the CSMB. The current directors of the CSMB are listed here:

 The CSMB and its activities are fully run by its board members. We therefore seek individuals who want to actively participate in the mandate of the CSMB.
Candidates must be current CSMB members. To be considered, please submit a CV and an expression of interest outlining your qualities that define you as an appropriate candidate who wants to advance the society and the situation of researchers in Canada.  Please forward your nomination package to Dr. Phil Hieter, Chair of the CSMB Nominating committee (

#NextGenCanScience twitter campaign re-launch for Banting’s birthday – November 14

In Budget 2018 released earlier this year, the Canadian research community saw – and celebrated – a substantial increase to federal funding supporting basic science research. However, this increase was not extended to the number of studentships and fellowships supporting trainees.

In response, the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences is re-launching our Twitter campaign #NextGenCanScience in the hopes of increasing public awareness about the importance of government funding for studentships and fellowships from the Tri-Council Agencies: CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC.

Frederick Banting, co-discoverer of Insulin and Nobel Laureate, holds universal regard as one of Canada’s greatest scientists; for this reason, awards at both levels carry his name (the CGS-D and Banting PDF Award). As we seek federal support for the next generation of Bantings, and recognition of present and future Canadian research excellence, we ask that you join us on Twitter on Frederick Banting’s Birthday (Wednesday November 14th, 2018).
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