Stephanie Jones, a Vanier Scholar and senior Ph.D. student in Dr. Marie Elliot’s lab in the Department of Biology, has just been awarded the top ‘Graduate Research Prize’ by the ‘Canadian Council of University Biology Chairs’ (CCUBC). This award is given in recognition of publishing the best and most innovative refereed journal article (based on graduate research), this year in Canada. The honour will be officially conferred tomorrow (Nov 16th), during the CCUBC’s annual meeting.
Stephanie’s eLife paper (https://elifesciences.org/articles/21738) turned the field of microbial development on its head, when she reported a completely new mechanism of bacterial growth, development and communication. Her findings were all the more remarkable considering that the bacterium she studies (Streptomyces), has been the subject of developmental investigations for 70+ years. Stephanie’s eLife paper has received extensive attention, including being highlighted in the journals Nature and Nature Reviews Microbiology.
Congratulations to Taru Vasanthan, PhD student in Dr. Jon Stone’s lab, who was chosen as valedictorian for the Faculties of Engineering and Sciences’ Fall Convocation Ceremony on Friday, November 17th at 9:30 a.m. at the FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly called Hamilton Place).
Join us Wednesday Sept 27 @ 630pm for the Level II Welcome Night!
It’s a great opportunity to meet with the Professors.
Pizza will be served.
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”.