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.
Morgan Piczak struggles to carry all 28 pounds of No. 4 through the marsh while wearing rubber chest waders for his 15 minutes of fame
Phoebe’s bloom has opened, a beautiful bloom with the look and smell of rotting meat. The temperature of the long erect appendix is actually 4-6 degrees above room temperature to help the smell travel farther. Last time Phoebe opened, the smell and bloom were greatest on the first day. Then the bloom actually closed up at the end of the of the first day. We are curious to see what happens with this larger bloom. Closing may keep the pollinators near the flowers inside, ensuring better pollination. Open 9AM to 8PM Thursday and Friday.
This event celebrates the achievements of our Undergraduate Thesis Students and provides them with an opportunity to share the results of their research. The quality of work produced by the students was very impressive, and a number of students were recognized for their outstanding posters or presentations.
In particular, congratulations to:
In the area of Cellular and Molecular Biology and Genetics – Shyanne Fournier, working with André Bédard and co-supervised by Juliet Daniel for the talk “MEK Inhibition and Hypoxia Promote Growth Arrest and p20K Expression in v-Src Transformed Chicken Embryo Fibroblasts (CEF)”
In the area of Biodiversity, Behaviour, and Neuroscience – Eisi Mollanji, working with Kim Dej and co-supervised by Bhagwati Gupta for the talk “The Isolation and Classification of a Potentially Novel Species of Nematode: The Gremlitode”
In the area of Ecology and the impact of Environment – Victoria Radauskas, working with Rosa da Silva and co-supervised by Roger Jacobs for the talk “Utilizing Entomopathogenic Fungi to Investigate the Physiology of the Halyomorpha halys Immune Response”
In the area of Physiology – Jasmine Choi, working with Graham Scott and co-supervised by Sigal Balshine for the talk “The effects of wastewater effluent on metabolism of bluegill sunfish”
In the area of Cellular and Molecular Biology – Rebecca Voth, working with Bhagwati Gupta and co-supervised by André Bédard for the poster “Characterizing the developmental and behavioural roles of two nuclear factors, ivp-3 and lin-11, in nematodes C. elegans and C. briggsae”
In the area of Environmental Biology – Michelle Murphy, working with Denys de Catanzaro and co-supervised by Graham Scott for the poster “Exposure to Bisphenol S During the Preimplantation Period Alters Uterine Morphology in Mice”
In the area of Ecology and Physiology – Vivek Patel, working with Graham Jones and co-supervised by Jonathon Stone for the poster “Heart Rate Variability (HRV) as a Measure for Diagnosing Patients in the ICU with Various Illnesses”
For the Best Overall Talk – Vicky Lai, working with Grant McClelland and co-supervised by Graham Scott on “Ontogeny of Brown Adipose Tissue in Deer Mice”
For the Best Overall Poster – Devon Jones, working with Joanna Wilson and co-supervised by Ben Evans on “Estrogen receptor-mediated regulation of CYP3C gene expression in Zebrafish (Danio rerio)”
A great big thank you to Rebecca Woodworth scheduling and organizing all aspects of the event. A very big thank you also to Sinah Lee who organized the judging and to all the judges who volunteered their time, and all of the students and faculty who attended to support their colleagues.
The judges included the following individuals, Courtney Young, Daniel Hsieh, Catherine Ivy, Lana Shaya, Alison Cowie, Dr. Juliet Daniel, David Crisante, Caylieh Robertson, Brittney Borowiec, Alex Shephard, Romy Pabla, Stephanie Peragine, Natalie D’Silva, Dr. Lovaye Kajiura, Scott Amon, Caitlin Simopoulos,Ben Furman Dr. Grant McClelland, Daniella Lato, Nicole Pranckevicius, Taylor Brooks, Himeshi Samarasinghe, Stephanie Jones, Christine Kempthorne, Sulayman Lyons, Dr. Jonathan Dushoff, Mohammad Mohiuddin, Marvin Gunderman, Shaima Salman, and Aly El Sheikha.
BUS continues to be an excellent means for biology students to gain experience presenting their research projects. Attending this event and watching how well our students present and discuss their research is a great entry point to the spring and summer seasons.
4th year Biology student, Caitlin West (From Wilson Lab) featured in iClimate video competition.
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