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MMI 2007 Events Archive

Alma Luces Retires From MMI

Alma with Family Members

Alma Luces, a long-time employee in the MMI first floor MSB Wash-Up facility, has retired after 25 years of service at the University of Alberta. A farewell luncheon, attended by Alma's coworkers, friends and family, was held at the home of MMI Chair Dr. David Evans on July 26, 2007. We wish Alma the very best of luck and look forward to visiting with her here in Edmonton before she leaves for Trinidad in the winter. Alma will be setting up her own Bed and Breakfast business in Trinidad.

Assistant Professor Dr. Stefan Pukatzki Joins MMI

MMI welcomes bacteriologist Dr. Stefan Pukatzki from Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Pukatzki officially joined the department on July 1, 2007 although he arrived by car a few days earlier (just in time to hear that his CIHR grant application had been successful). His office is currently located in 1-63A Medical Science Building. A graduate of Columbia University in New York, Dr. Pukatzki did his post-doctoral research in the lab of Dr. John Mekalanos at Harvard. As a faculty member in MMI, Stefan plans to expand his work on the molecular mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis. To learn more about his research interests, click here.

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Congratulations to Dr. Stephen Barr and his wife Jenn on the arrival of their baby boy, Dominic!

In Steve's own words, "After an effortless labor (at least according to me) my wife Jenn gave birth to baby Dominic on June 26, 2007. He weighed in at 6 pounds 6 ounces and 19 inches long. All are healthy and doing great. If I look like a zombie in the hall, it is because the last month has felt like one long day".


MMI Welcomes Dr. Ronald G. Gill

MMI welcomes Dr. Ronald G.Gill, the new Scientific Director of the Alberta Diabetes Institute and professor inour department, effective April 1, 2007.Dr. Gill comes to us from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Centre in Denver where he was also director of the University of Colorado Transplant Immunology Program, a member of the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diseases and Director of the Islet Cell Resources Program.


MMI Welcomes Dr. Bradley Kerr

MMI welcomes Dr. Bradley Kerr from the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine who will be located in 1-28 MSB for the next few months. Please be sure to give Dr. Kerr a friendly greeting when you see him in the hall; to find out about his research interests, click here.