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Dr.Maxwell T.Hincke
University of Ottawa
Canada
Title: Recent advances in egg quality issues

 

 

Biography:

Maxwell Hincke received his Ph.D. (Biochemistry, 1981) from the University of Alberta and is currently a tenured Full Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He is also a member of the Senate, the body which sets the University's educational policies and is responsible for the sound management of academic issues. His career at the University of Ottawa has been distinguished by strong efforts expended towards research, teaching, administrative and leadership responsibilities. Dr. Hincke has an extensive publication record with 94 peer reviewed journal articles, of which approximately 50% are focussed on the eggshell and its proteins. These studies have been performed via international collaborations with academic, government and industrial colleagues. Hincke is an international authority on the proteins associated with the eggshell matrix and their functional implications for eggshell mineralization.

Flaws in chicken eggshell fabrication are a global food safety issue. In this sense, the reproducible nature of calcitic biomineralization of the eggshell is of critical concern to the health of human society. Hincke’s research program is passionately focused on innate immunity of the avian egg. Integrated defense strategies that operate at biomineralized barriers are a hallmark of sophisticated biological structures. The eggshell provides a barrier function and acts in concert with antimicrobial proteins to maintain the pathogen-free status of the egg. These two coupled features are essential for food safety of the unfertilized egg and reveal the egg contents as a bio-inspiration for discovery of novel antimicrobials. Hincke investigates how molecular control of calcitic biomineralization is exerted during eggshell calcification in parallel with multi-tasking antimicrobial strategies.  His vision is that this insight can be reverse-engineered for application to human health and therapeutics.
 

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