The study involves an obscure little rodent living in the deserts of Argentina.
Though obscure, the rat is unique in the world. It seems to be the only mammal that has undergone a huge genome expansion resulting in a larger genome than humans, much, much larger in fact.
Ben Evans (PhD) is the lead author of a study of the red vizcacha rat. He is a professor in the biology department at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario
Congratulations to George Colin diCenzo, a PhD student in Dr. Turlough Finan’s lab, for winning this year’s Armand-Frappier Outstanding Student Award! This award was presented on June 23rd, 2017, at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists in Waterloo. Each year, the award is given to the most outstanding graduate student in microbiology in Canada.
At the meeting, George presented his award lecture titled: “Experimental and in silico guided approaches to engineering the rhizobium – legume symbiosis”.
Dr. Patricia Chow-Fraser and PhD candidate Chantel Markle studied reptile road mortality along one of the deadliest roads in North America for species at risk. The collaborative research project resulted in declines in reptile mortality and highlights the importance of complete fencing along roadways.
Dr. Graham Scott, who holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) was honoured with the The Bob Boutilier New Investigator Award at this month’s Canadian Society of Zoologists Meeting in Winnipeg. The award recognises scientists who made significant contributions to zoology and are considered a “rising star” in their field. Dr. Scott gave a keynote lecture “Living the high life: integrative functional mechanisms of high-altitude adaptation”.
Dr. Juliet Daniel was honoured with a Harry Jerome Award from the Black Business and Professional Association this weekend.