Dr. David Sanders





Dr. David Sanders is a member of the Department of Chemistry, and an associate member of the Department of Biochemistry. He joined the faculty in 2001.

Dr. Sanders obtained his B.Sc. from the University of Guelph (Co-Op Honours Biochemistry).
He received his PhD from the University of Arizona in the lab of Dr. W. Montfort.
He then spent 3 years as a PDF in St. Andrews, Scotland, with Dr. J. Naismith.




Postdoctoral Researchers



Research Associates




Dr. Karin van Straaten

(2006-present)
SHRF PDF 2008-2010


Dr. Sean Dalrymple

(2010-present)
SHRF PDF 2010-2011

Graduate Students




Drew Bertwistle

Ph.D. Candidate (2009-present)


Jijin Raj Ayanath

Ph.D. Candidate (2009-present)


Siddhartha Tiwari

M.Sc. Candidate (2011-present)


Cuylar Conly

M.Sc. Candidate (joint w/Dr. Palmer; 2012-present)


Naheda Sahtout

Ph.D. Candidate (2013-present)

Undergraduate Students





Linda Vogt

Undergraduate Researcher (joint w/Dr. Palmer; 2012-present), Nixon Summer Research Award (2012, 2013)



Michelle Kam

Biochemistry Honours Senior Thesis (2013-present)


Lab Alumni



Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Mary Yang, 2013-2013.



Dr. Kerri McIntosh, 2005. Research Fellow at the Albert Enstein College of Medicine (New York)

Graduate Students

Carla Protsko, M.Sc. 2010-2012
Thesis : "Structural Analysis of UDP-N-acetylgalactopyranose Mutase from Campylobacter jejuni 11168"
Currently : Instructor, Biochemistry Labs, U of S


Amira El-Ganiny, Ph.D. 2007-2011 (co-supervised w/Dr. S. Kaminskyj, Biology)
Thesis : "The Galactofuranose Biosynthesis Pathway is a Promising Antifungal Drug Target in the Cell Wall of Aspergillus nidulans."
Currently :


Sarathy Karunan Partha, Ph.D. 2006-2010
Thesis : "Structural and Inhibition Studies of UDP-Galactopyranose Mutase."
Currently : PDF - University of Queens, Kingston, Ont.



Josiah Obiero, Ph.D. 2004-2010
Thesis : "Modelling Transient Protein-Protein Interactions: A Structural Study of the Thioredoxin System."
Currently : PDF - Department of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont.



Dan Toogood, M.Sc. 2005-2009 co-supervised w/Dr. Palmer
Thesis : "Structural Studies of MenD - A Crystallographic Endeavor"
Currently : High School Teacher



Salina Pervin, M.Sc., 2002-2006
Thesis : "Study of Protein-Protein Interactions using Human and Helicobacter pylori Thioredoxin Systems"



Heng Chiat Tai, Ms. Sc., 2001-2004
Thesis: "X-ray Crystallographic Studies of Bovine Serum Albumin and Helicobacter pylori Trx-2"



Research Technicians


Dr. Inder Sheoran - 2009-2010.



Shakiba Jalal, 2008
Angela Hoffort, 2006


Edyta Sieminska - 2004-2005.




Summer Students

Leia Fedyk - NSERC USRA (2013).
Currently: Student - University of Saskatchewan



Brenna Gallagher - USTEP student (2013).
Currently: Student - University of Saskatchewan



Michelle Cheng - NSERC USRA(2012)

Taylor Oliver - NSERC USRA (2011).
Currently: Student - University of Saskatchewan



Mackenzie Stefan - Nixon Award (2011).
Currently: Student - University of Saskatchewan



Brianne Phillipenko - Summer student (2011).
Currently: Student - University of Saskatchewan



John Ko - BMST Summer student (2011).
----Biochemistry Honours thesis student (2010-2011) Thesis: "Kinetic properties of Aspergillus nidulans UDP-Glucose-4-epimerase and its mutants."
Currently: Student - University of Saskatchewan


Ryan Stubbins - NSERC USRA (2009-2010).
----Biochemistry Honours thesis student (2009-2010) Thesis: "Structural and Biochemical Investigations of L. plantarum IolG1, an IDH Related Protein."
Currently: Medical Student - University of Saskatchewan


Lindsey Berast - Nixon Award (2009).
Currently: Pharmacy Student - University of Saskatchewan



Mary Tait - summer student (2009).
Currently: Student - Cape Breton University



Kate Slowski - USTEP/BMST (2007-2008)
----- BMST Honours thesis student (2007-2008) Thesis : "Endeavours in Crystallography : Studies of IDH mutants from Bacillus subtilis.
Alexandra Anderson - NSERC USRA (2008)
Howard Meng - Researcher of Tomorrow (2008)
Peng Zhang - 2008
----- Biochemistry Project Student (2009) Project: "Investigation of Inhibitors of UDP-Galactopyranose Mutase from Deinococcus radiodurans."
Jackie Dovell - NSERC USRA (2007)
Amelia Knaus - BMST course development (2007)

Sara Bonderoff - NSERC USRA (2004-2006).
PDF, Emory University



Vanessa Pittet - NSERC USRA (2006). Graduate Student - UofS Microbiology

Jill Cowie - BMSTR course development student (2005)
Biochemistry Honours thesis student (2005-2006) Thesis : "Development of Binding Assays for Studying Thioredoxin/Thioredoxin Reductase Interactions"


Jennifer Chad - USTEP (2004) NSERC USRA (2005)
Currently: Practicing MD, Saskatoon, SK



Meghan Goerzten - USTEP (2005). Currently : Graduate Student : Toxicology (U of S)



Jordan Marit - NSERC USRA (joint w/ Dr. Kaminskyj; 2005)




Virginia Isley - USTEP (2002) NSERC USRA (2003)




Jennifer Bonderoff - (joint w/Dr. Bonham-Smith; 2003); Biochemistry Honours thesis student(2002-2003)
Thesis: "Purification of Human Rab5 and Brassica napus S15a for Crystallization"
Currently: PDF - UBC


Amanda Boechler - USTEP (2003)




Lisa Horton - USTEP (2003)
Currently: Pharmacist



Ignace Moya - (joint w/ Dr. Palmer; 2002)
Currently: PDF - Lakehead University



Carli Czuba - (joint w/Dr. Bonham-Smith; 2002)

Project Students (plus some summer students - see above)

Cuylar Conley - NSERC USRA (2012) - (joint w/Dr. Palmer) -----BMST Honours thesis student (joint w/ Dr. Palmer; 2011-2012) Thesis: "2.0 Å Crystal Structure of DHDPS from Campylobacter jejuni Containing Both the Substrate Pyruvate and Allosteric Inhibitor Lysine Provides Insight into the Inhibitory Mechanism."

Julie Boisvert-Martel - BMST Honours thesis student (joint w/ Dr. Palmer; 2009-2010) Thesis: "Characterization of NtdB as a phosphatase."


Celia Lam - Chemistry (2005) Project: "Evaluating Inhibitors of UDP-Galactopyranose Mutase."
Aisyah Matjin - Chemistry Honours (2004-2005) Thesis: "Initiating a Crystallographic Study of Inositol Dehydrogenase from Bascillus subtilis."
Weitao Li - Biochemistry (2005) Project: "Kinetic Characterization of Thioredoxin System in Methanobacterium thermoautotrophicum."
Kristen Hahn - Biochemistry Honours (2003-2004) Thesis: "Cloning and Sub-cloning of UDP-Galactopyranose Mutase."

Heather Filson - Chemistry Honours (2002-2003) Thesis: "Crystallization and Structure Determination of Thioredoxin-2 from Helicobacter pylori."