Dr. Brendan McConkey

Division of Respirology

Dr. Brendan McConkey

PhD (Biology), BSc (Applied Physics)

Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct), Division of Respirology, Department of Medicine






Research Interests

Brendan McConkey's research focuses on proteomics analysis, that is, identifying and quantifying the proteins active within a biological system. He and his team develop experimental techniques as well as use computational and bioinformatics tools to study protein function and identify changes in protein expression in biological systems, such as yeast, algae, plants and mammalian cells.

Selected Publications

  1. Cheng Z, Li J, Niu Y, Zhang X, Woody O, Xiong Y, Djonović S, Millet Y, Bush J, McConkey BJ, Sheen J, Ausubel F. (2015) Pathogen-Secreted Proteases Activate a Novel Plant Immune Pathway. Nature. 521(7551):213-6.
  2. Marinier E, Brown DG, McConkey BJ. (2015) Pollux: platform independent error correction of single and mixed genomes. BMC Bioinformatics 16:10.
  3. Kong Z, Glick BR, Duan J, Ding S, Tian J, McConkey BJ, Wei G (2015). Effects of 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate (ACC) deaminase-overproducing Sinorhizobium meliloti on plant growth and copper tolerance of Medicago lupulina. Plant and Soil 391 (1-2), 383-398.
  4. SE Ruffell, KM Müller, and BJ McConkey (2015). Comparative assessment of microalgal fatty acids as topical antibiotics. J. Appl. Phycol. 10.1007/s10811-015-0692-4 (in press).
  5. Rodríguez-Gil JL, Brain R, Baxter L, Ruffell S, McConkey B, Solomon K, Hanson M. (2014) Optimization of culturing conditions for toxicity testing with the alga Oophila sp. (Chlorophyceae), an amphibian endosymbiont. Environ Toxicol Chem. 33(11):2566-75