Novel Serum Hormone Sampling Methodology: Applications for Understanding Ovarian Follicular Waves during the Human Menstrual Cycle

The menstrual cycle involves a complex chain of events between the brain, ovaries, and uterus. At the beginningof a woman’s cycle, the follicles (fluid-filled sacs in the ovaries that contain the eggs) grow, then one follicle isselected for further growth and eventually ruptures to release the egg during ovulation. Previous research fromour group has shown that follicles grow in 2-3 waves throughout the cycle. This study aims to use a new methodof collecting blood samples to evaluate how hormones from the brain and ovaries regulate the growth of folliclewaves in the ovaries.

Comprehensive investigation of pesticides in honey, pollen, bees and soil collected from canola fields

In 2018, Health Canada proposed to phase out all agricultural uses of thiamethoxam and clothianidin neonicotinoids. However, after a comprehensive review, Health Canada decided (in March 2021) not to implement any changes for the use of neonicotinoids in canola production. While many stakeholders in the Canadian agriculture industry are pleased that Health Canada changed its original position on using thiamethoxam and clothianidin for canola corps, many (e.g. environmental groups) are not. In addition, many policy makers among various countries (e.g.

Evaluating the Winter Economy in Saskatoon

This study examines best practices for winter economic opportunities with the desired outcome of increased economic activity during the winter months. This study will employ a social impact lens to evaluate the policies and programs in place which support economic activity in winter in Saskatoon. Adopting a social impact lens allows the research team to employ a more holistic framework to analyze the policies and programs by using appropriate methods to collect qualitative and quantitative data from a broad set of relevant stakeholder groups.

Indigenous Economic Development Corporations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Indigenous economic development corporations have emerged as major players in the Canadian economy remain largely unknown and understudied. Some of the corporations have over $1 billion in investable assets; many have annual revenues in excess of $100 million per year. This partnership with the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business will provide detailed analysis of the structure, activities and impact of these community-owned enterprises and will identify the major contributions and barriers experienced by these Indigenous controlled firms.

Development of Biochar based Plastic Composite Materials

The proposed research focuses on developing biochar-plastic composite materials to support the product development goals of the industry partners. In this study, the intern will be accessing the effect of biochar properties and extrusion conditions on the properties of biochar-plastic composite materials and identify an optimum operating condition and formulation that results in higher mechanical properties. The project outcome will help to overcome current challenges faced by the industry partner in the product development and marketing.

Supporting 2SLGBTQI+ Organizations Through Research and Advocacy

The Enchanté Network is Canada’s largest network of 2SLGBTQI+ organizations, connecting nearly 200 members in every province and territory. The Enchanté Network’s Resourcing 2SLGBTQI+ Communities Initiative supports a Postdoctoral fellow in carrying out a community-driven model for research collaboration, public policy engagement, and social innovation in the areas of gender, sexuality, and culture. In particular, it shines a light on the funding available to support 2SLGBTQI+ services and organizations.

Modification of Lactococcus lactis Xaa-Pro dipeptidase based on X-ray crystallographic studies using directed evolution approaches

Dairy fermented products receive a lot of attention from consumers. An issue of dairy fermented foods, especially cheese, is a potential development of bitter taste. A main protein in milk is casein proteins. This family of proteins contains much higher contents of proline, which shows very bitter taste in its peptide forms. During fermentation, casein proteins are hydrolyzed and generate a lot of proline-containing peptides.

Synthesis of Arabinoxylan and Furfurals from Oat Hulls

The proposed research aims at overcoming the issues with oat hulls waste management by developing green processes for its conversion to higher value chemicals. The intern will be investigating hydrothermal extraction and microwave assisted hydrolysis system for the extraction of hemicellulose and its conversion to arabinoxylan and furfurals. Richardson Milling Limited (RML) is a global leader in oat milling. Richardson Milling whole grain oat groats are produced by cleaning, dehulling and kiln toasting high quality raw oats.

Development of a high-throughput screening system for SARS CoV-2 variants and screening for novel antivirals

The COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest public health disaster in over a century resulting in the death of nearly 6 million people world-wide. The virus has evolved over the last two years to highly transmissible variants, outpacing our efforts to contain it by mass vaccination. Effective drugs that can curtail the infection at early stages, preventing transmission and hospitalizations are essential to limit community spread of the new, highly transmissible variants.

Development of Edible Casings for Vegan Meat Applications

Plant based or vegan meat applications in the marketplace is experience a large market push, as demand for vegan products increases. To produce vegan sausages, casings are typically produced out of seaweed polysaccharides (e.g., carrageenan). However, this has limitations as clients are demanding increased criteria, such as locally grown or made from local Saskatchewan ingredients. This research project aims to develop a plant-based edible casing for potential vegan meat applications.

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