Canada’s New Noah title goes to McMaster grad

The prestigious scholarship program takes selected students to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius for a post-graduate diploma in Endangered Species Recovery for six months. Students emerge with new experiences and skills to be able to run their own wildlife conservation project.

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McMaster Forest rises from the ashes of neglected former potato farm

Those plants will literally rise from the ashes of invasive buckthorn shrubs that for decades had choked out hectares of other plant life – until McMaster researchers, students and community volunteers uprooted, cut, and burned them.

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Phil Carella has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the CUPE 3906 TA/RA Award

Phil Carella has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the CUPE 3906 TA/RA Award for the Faculty of Science. Phil has been a graduate student in the department since 2010 and has been a TA for Biology 2D03, 2L06 and Mol Bio 3Y03. He went above and beyond to help develop and troubleshoot many lab exercises for both Bio 2D03 and 2L06. He was also a great mentor to his students helping to further their understanding of the material while balancing his research responsibilities. We are sad to lose him as a TA but congratulate him for landing a post-doc at the Sainsbury lab at Cambridge University in the UK where he will study the immune systems of early land plants like moss.

Jasmine Choi wins second place in NSERC’s Science, Action! Video Contest

Description: “Jasmine Choi, a third year undergraduate biology student working in Graham Scott’s lab, has been awarded second place in NSERC’s Science, Action! Video Contest ( Her video, entitled Something Fishy About Wastewater, features research being done as part of a collaborative project between the Scott lab and the lab of Sigal Balshine in the McMaster Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour. The video can be found at

Biology Undergraduates Present Thesis Research at the Biology Undergraduate Symposium

Fourth year Biology undergraduates shared the results of their senior thesis research at the Biology Undergraduate Symposium (BUS) on Monday April 11th, 2016. The day long event is a celebration of their senior year and showcases the contributions that students make to the research program of this department. Congratulations to all of our students!

Awards were given for best oral and poster presentations in several categories.
This year’s winners are:


Abigail Lee
“Chronic Exposure of Brown Hydra to Environmentally Relevant Concentrations of Pharmaceuticals”
Abigail completed her thesis research in the laboratory of Dr Joanna Wilson


Stela Danaj
“Death by Dyeing: Possible chemical Signalling Effects of Charming Acid on Hypsibius dujardini”
Stela completed her thesis research in the laboratory of Dr. Jon Stone


David Crisante, Cellular and Molecular Biology Category
Hoifung Ma, Learning and Pedagogy Category
Josephine Vescio, Physiology Category
Nicole Revie, Genetics Category
Theresa Warriner, Ecology Category


Samiksha Kaul, Human Studies – Health and Behaviour Category
Madeline Kubieski, Animal Studies Category
Chloe Bair-Marshall, Cellular and Molecular Biology Category

McMaster Students Union Community Engagement Teaching Award

The 2015-2016 McMaster Students Union Community Engagement Teaching Award has been presented to the McMaster IMPACT Project.

Dr. Lovaye Kajiura, an assistant professor in Biology, is one of the drivers of this interdisciplinary learning initiative. Biology salutes her success!

The IMPACT Project is an interdisciplinary collaboration that engages Engineering undergraduate/graduate students, Biology/Science undergraduate /graduate students, Occupational Therapy graduate students, McMaster Alumni, community healthcare partners, and volunteer clients. The IMPACT Project Team successfully designs devices to help clients living with challenges to assist them with activities critical to their health and improving their quality of life.