Biology Student wins award at OBD

On March 24th and 25th, a group of fourth year undergraduate Biology students travelled to Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo for the annual Ontario Biology Day. This two day conference brings together Biology students from all Ontario universities to present their fourth year thesis project research to other students, professors and members of the community. Sarah Sandor is currently conducting her fourth year thesis project under the supervision of Dr. Jianping (JP) Xu in the Department of Biology. Her project involves examining the global phylogeography of mushrooms within the matsutake mushroom species complex. Matsutake are edible mushrooms found throughout temperate regions in the Northern Hemisphere. These organisms have high economic value in Japan, where they are commonly consumed, and play an important role in maintaining the health of ecosystems. Through analyzing specimens collected from around the world, Sarah conducted a multi-locus genotype analysis based on sequences of genes from the mitochondrial genome. This project is contributing to our understanding of the global diversity and evolutionary history of these species.

Sarah was awarded second place for the oral presentation she gave at the conference in the Ecology and Evolution division. 

Sarah will start her MSc thesis research in JP’s lab in May 2018.