News and Events

September 2021

September 23rd: We attended the Queen’s University Health Sciences Research Trainee Day, where John, Isabella and Emma presented their projects. We enjoyed our first in-person conference in a long time, and had a great time discussing science with our colleagues in the department.

September 7th: Our new undergraduate students, Taylor and Nicole, have joined us for their MICR 499 and HSCI 592 research projects. Welcome Taylor and Nicole!

September 1st: We had our first annual Colpitts Lab Retreat: A morning of science, followed by an afternoon hike at Rock Dunder to burn off a delicious curry lunch at Namaste!

July 2021

July 17th: Our review on the roles of cyclophilins in hepatitis C virus and flavivirus infections has been published! Congrats to lead author Carla! Check it out here.

July 15th: We are thrilled that Emma has received a very prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship to support her PhD studies in the lab! This is fantastic news – huge congrats to Emma! Read more here.

June 2021

June 1st: Our review on hepatitis C virus and glycans has been published! A nice team effort with the Capicciotti lab! We discuss the roles of glycans in HCV infection, and the potential for novel preventative strategies targeting glycans. Check it out here!

May 2021

We are excited to welcome two new lab members! Carla has officially started her PhD with us, and Kim has joined us for an NSERC USRA summer project. Welcome Carla and Kim!

April 2021

Good news! Carla, our incoming PhD student, has been awarded a Mitacs Globalink graduate fellowship supporting the first year of her PhD. Congratulations, Carla!

March 2021

March 22-26th: Emma and John present posters on their research at the (virtual) 34th International Conference on Antiviral Research. Well done both! Congrats to Emma for winning the 2nd place prize in the PechaKucha contest, and a runner-up poster prize!

February 2021

February 1: We are excited to finally welcome our MICR 499 project students, Caleb and Lauren, into the lab!

December 2020

December 16: We celebrated the end of 2020 with a Zoom holiday celebration/trivia night. It was a great way to wrap up the year – looking forward to more exciting and fun science in 2021!

September 2020

September 23: Dr. Colpitts was interviewed by IEEE Spectrum about antivirals and COVID-19. Check out the article.

September 21: New MSc student Isabella Delano has started in the lab. Welcome, Isabella!

September 8: The fall semester has started and our first PhD student, Emma LeBlanc, has started in the lab. Welcome, Emma!

August 2020

August 27: Our collaborative SARS-CoV-2 research with the Capicciotti lab was featured on Global News Kingston! Check out the interview:

August 18: We are grateful to have been awarded a grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation John R. Evans Leaders Fund to support the purchase of fancy new equipment for our research. We are excited to get started!

August 10: Our first Masters student, John Mamatis, has started in the lab! Welcome, John!

June 2020

June 16: Our paper on the role of cyclophilin A in HCV replication (which describes a new, potentially broad-spectrum, antiviral mechanism of action of cyclophilin inhibitors) has been published in eLife! Check it out here!

May 2020

May 25: Dr. Colpitts was interviewed by CBC News about antiviral strategies for COVID-19. Check out the article here.

April 2020

April 24: We have been awarded a Banting Discovery Award to evaluate membrane remodelling as an antiviral target for coronaviruses. Thank you, Banting Research Foundation, for funding this timely research.

April 23: We are happy to have been awarded an NSERC Discovery Grant to support our research for 5 years. Thank you, NSERC!

March 2020

March 18: Our review on HCV entry has been published! A collaborative effort with our colleague Mirjam Zeisel in France, and input from our very own Celine Tsai! Check it out here.

March 10: Caleb has earned an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award to support his summer research project evaluating host-targeting agents as coronavirus antivirals. Congratulations, Caleb!

November 2019

November 27: Celine has been awarded research funding from the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society at Queen’s University to support her winter term research project. Way to go, Celine!