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Maria Cleveland obtained her B.Sc. in Biology in 2014 from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. She had worked in the laboratories of Dr. Stan Brown, Dr. Laurent Seroude and Dr. David Zechel studying palladium based metallocycle catalysts, genetics of fruit flies and secondary metabolites of Streptomyces curacoi, respectively. In 2015, she moved to British Columbia where she pursued her PhD in Chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Harry Brumer at the University of British Columbia in the Michael Smith Laboratories. The work focused on recombinant production, biochemical characterization and product analysis of fungal Auxiliary Activity enzymes, specifically AA5_2 [1, 2]. Her work has showcased the wide range of substrate specificities that exist in this subfamily and demonstrated that the catalytic flexibility of the AA5_2 could be potentially used in a variety of biotech applications.
- Cleveland M, Lafond M, Xia FR, Chung R, Mulyk P, Hein JE, and Brumer H. (2021). Two Fusarium copper radical oxidases with high activity on aryl alcohols. Biotechnol Biofuels. 2021;14(1):138. DOI:10.1186/s13068-021-01984-0 |
- Cleveland ME, Mathieu Y, Ribeaucourt D, Haon M, Mulyk P, Hein JE, Lafond M, Berrin JG, and Brumer H. (2021). A survey of substrate specificity among Auxiliary Activity Family 5 copper radical oxidases. Cell Mol Life Sci. 2021;78(24):8187-8208. DOI:10.1007/s00018-021-03981-w |