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CSChE Biotech Meeting

Welcome to the 20th Annual CSChE Ontario-Quebec Biotechnology Meeting 2018

We invite you to participate in the CSChE (Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering) Quebec-Ontario Biotechnology Meeting to be held at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario on May 17-18, 2018.

The goal of the meeting is to provide forum for graduate students in the field of biomedical, biotechnology and biochemical engineering and bioremediation to present research results and exchange ideas on new developments in the field. It is a good opportunity to meet and network with colleagues in a pleasant and informal setting. This year our annual meeting will be celebrating its 20 years of existence. To celebrate this anniversary, we have planned special events to commemorate this anniversary.  

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The Department of Chemical Engineering of the McMaster University is proud to host the 2018 QC-ON Biotechnology meeting. The meeting will take place on the main campus, in CIBC Hall, 3rd floor of the student centre. There will be many talks throughout the two days and a poster competition! 



Registration Fees

Early Bird Pricing

Start Date
End Date
March 15, 2018 April 30, 2018 Student (Undergraduate, Masters, PhD) $90
March 15, 2018 April 30, 2018 Post-Doctoral Fellows $125
March 15, 2018 May 10, 2018 Professors $100
March 15, 2018 May 10, 2018 Industry Attendee $200

Late Registration Pricing

Start Date
End Date
April 30, 2018 May 15, 2018 Student (Undergraduate, Masters, PhD) $115
April 30, 2018 May 15, 2018 Post-Doctoral Fellows $150
*Above rates are in Canadian Dollars and include HST (if applicable).

Presentation & Poster Guidelines

Oral Presentation Guide

Each presentation will be a maximum of 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes of questions and will be judged by the following criteria:

  • A brief and clear introduction so that someone unfamiliar with the field would understand what the research is about and the state of current knowledge
  • A clear definition of objectives
  • Clear, audible speaking style and speed at all times
  • Addressing the auidence rather than slides
  • Clearly visible, understandable, and properly labeled graphics (figures, tables, etc.)
  • Clearly indicates significant information in graphics
  • Scientific/engineering content is of good quality
  • Summary of list of conclusions
  • Ending with allotted time
  • Ability to answer questions

Poster Presentation Guide

The posters should fit space available (no bigger than 4 feet wide) and will be placed on poster boards using pins.

  • Must be intelligible in absence of authors
  • Heading at top center of poster includes title poster, name of authors and affiliations
    • Suggested letter size: at least 40 mm high
  • Divided in four sections: Introduction, Results, Discussion and Summary
    • Introduction - background summary and purpose of study in relation to current knowledge
    • Divide results in sections, using sub-headings, which indicate the most important findings
      • Use only results necessary to validate conclusions
    • Discussion - interpretation and significance of results and easily remembered "take home message" summarizing findings
    • Summary - list key results and conclusions
  • Keep text to a minimum 
    • Use point form; eliminate all but key elements
  • Emphasize tables, charts, graphs and photos
  • Layout is important: sections should be clearly defined with adequate spacing
  • Be readable at a distance of 1-2 meters
    • Suggested minimum height of graphs and tables: 20 cm
    • Suggested letter size of main headings 12-16 mm; sub-headings, labeling of figures and tables and text, no smaller than 5 mm


Thursday, May 17, 2018

8:15 Registration
Session 1 Chair: Prof. Zeinab Hosseini-Doust (McMaster University)


Opening remarks: Prof. Juliana Ramsay (Queen's University) & Prof. Christine Moresoli (University of Waterloo)


Keynote: Prof. Yingfu Li (McMaster University)
Biosensing Applications Incorporating Synthetic DNA Molecules with Catalytic and Binding Properties.

10:20-10:40 Coffee Break
Session 2 Chair: prof. Boyang Zhang (McMaster University)


Siavash Pourzeynali Miankooh (Queens)
Antimicrobial properties of graphene materials focusing on mechanisms of microbial death


Sadru Walji (Waterloo)
Virucidal Efficacy of Copper-Coated Surfaces to Reduce Hospital-Acquired Infections


Azucena Gonzalez Gomez (McMaster)
Two models for predicting drug encapsulation inside unilamellar liposomes


Prof. Boyang Zhang (McMaster)
Micro-engineering Tissue Assembly for Medical Discovery and Therapy



Session 3 Chair: Prof. Noemie Dorval Courchesne (McGill University)

Hanie Yousefi (McMaster)
Reusable biosensors for at home pathogen detection


Christina Bitar (McGill)
Microencapsulation of pancreatic beta cells using a novel microchannel emulsification device


Azadeh Peivandi (McMaster)
Designing bioactive hydrogels with filamentous phage


Jason Glas (Western)
Microbial Kinetics of the BioGenerator


Prof. Noemie Dorval Courchesne (McGill)
Assembling protein-based materials for use in energy-harvesting and sensing devices


Coffee Break

Session 4  Chair: Prof. Valerie Ward (University of Waterloo)

Claudio Lira (Western)
C5HI - A new index relating biomass characteristics with autohydrolysis products


Pedram Madadkar (McMaster)
Laterally-fed Membrane Chromatography (LFMC) Devices for High-Resolution Separation of Biopharmaceuticals


Guilherme Oliveira (Queens)
The stimulatory effect of decanoic acid on PHA production via de novo fatty acid biosynthesis


Mickel Tawadrous (Queens)
Airlift bioreactor study of naphtha solvent degradation and greenhouse gases production under different redox terminal electron acceptors


Prof. Valerie Ward (Waterloo)
Developing microalgae as sustainable chemical factories

17:15-18:45 Poster Session and Cocktail Hour (Marketplace of Student Center)
19:00 Dinner (University Club)

Please note: This schedule is tentative and subject to change.
Veuillez noter: Ceci est un programme provisoire et peut être sujet à modification.

Poster Session

Showcase your research! 

Poster Session
Thursday, May 17, 2018 

Location: MarketPlace of Student Centre

Posters should be placed for viewing by 5:00 PM on Thursday, May 17, 2018 and removed by 7:00 PM on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Authors should be at their posters during the cocktail period between 17:15 and 18:45 to answer questions, etc. The absence of the presetning author at this time automatically disqualifies the poster from the competition. 
Poster Presenter University Poster Title 
Omar Bashth McGill University Surface Modification Strategies to Capture Endothelial Progenitor Cells by a Combination of an Antibody and an Extracellular Matrix-Derived Peptide
Jihed Bentahar  Universite du Quebec A Rimouski Acid whey permeate: an alternative growth medium for microalgae Scenedesmus obliquus and production of ß-galactosidase
Samantha Cheung University of Toronto Development of a specific qPCR assay for S. obliquus and C. vulgaris in algal biofilms for the production of biofuels and bioproducts
Patrick Diep University of Toronto Exploring Microbial Nickel Capture Proteins for Mining Applications
Kelli-anne Johnson McMaster University Crosslinking and Characterization of Pressurized Gas eXpanded Liquid (PGX) Polymer Morphologies to Create Macroporous Hydrogels for Drug Delivery and Wound Healing
Karina Kawka McMaster University Purification of oncolytic viruses using membrane chromatography
Scott Proulx University of Toronto Addressing oxygen compatibility in the muconic acid pathway
Hsuan-Ming (Jack) Su McMaster University Covalent attachment of amine conjugated DNA probes to various functional surfaces for the creation of reusable bio-sensing platform
Yujie Zhang Western University Enhanced wet extraction of DHA using room-temperature ionic liquids
Claudio Lira Western University C5HI - Relating feedstock characteristics with their susceptibility to autohydrolysis
Mohammadreza Pazouki McMaster University Use of fluorescently-labeled nanoparticles to study the sterile filtration behavior of therapeutic viruses : the critical effect of surfactant concentration
Eva Mueller McMaster University Degradable homogeneous microgels via self-assembly of reactive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) oligomers
Eduardo Ramírez Montiel University of Waterloo Generation and characterization of trackable fluorescent influenza H1N1 virus-like particles (VLPs)


Please note: This schedule is tentative and subject to change.
Veuillez noter: Ceci est un programme provisoire et peut être sujet à modification.

** Note: Poster boards available at event are 4x8 in size **


Mary E. Keyes Suite Features

  • Individual private bedroom includes a twin bed, desk with bookcase, chair and built-in closet
  • Shared lounge with love seat, coffee table, overhead lighting, window coverings, entertainment unit (TV not included)
  • Shared kitchenette with fridge, stove top, microwave, toaster and kettle and built-in island with stools (dishes, cookware and cutlery not supplied)
  • Two private washrooms within each suite (sink, mirror, shower, toilet)


  • Single Occupancy (1 twin bed): $65.00 + 8.45 = $73.45 per room, per night

Floor Features and Amenities

  • Shared furnished lounge with cable TV
  • Large study room with table and chairs

Building Features

  • Complimentary Wireless Internet (WiFi) or hardwired connection
  • Large study room centrally located on the 2nd floor
  • Large lounge/meeting room centrally located on 2nd floor equipped with pool table
  • Air conditioned
  • Laundry facility equipped with irons and ironing boards
  • West Quad Service Centre located in building lobby
  • Accessible suites
  • Elevator accessibility
  • Secured entry


  • Fresh bed linens, towel, face cloth and soap will be provided for all guests

Check-in/out Details 

  • Check-In Time: after 4pm
  • Check-Out Time: before 10am
  • Check-in/Out Location: Guest Service Center Located in the lobby of Mary E. Keyes
  • Directional information/check-in specifics will be emailed to you prior to arrival.

Accommodation Cancellations

  • Reservations cancelled before 4:00 pm EST the day prior to arrival, will result in a full refund. 
  • Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing by email to 
  • Reservations cancelled after 4:00 pm EST or failing to show for the first night, will result in a 1 night charge and the cancellation of the remainder of your reservation.

Reservation Deadline

  • McMaster accommodation reservations for your team will be available for booking until May 7, 2018.

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