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AWARDS + HONOURS  ::  Award Winners

Award Winners


2018 CSM Murray Award for Career Achievement

Dr. Gregor Reid

Dr. Gregor Reid, Lawson Health Research Institute, London, ON

Professor Re─▒d ─▒s or─▒g─▒nally from Scotland where he rece─▒ved a BSc Honours ─▒n M─▒crob─▒ology at Glasgow University. Under a Rotary International Scholarship he obtained a PhD from Massey University in New Zealand studying E. coli pathogenesis in urinary tract infection. Latterly, he obtained an MBA from Monash University in Australia. He was recruited to Canada in 1982 for a post-doctoral fellowship by Dr. Bill Costerton, former student of Dr. Murray. The fellowship project was based in Toronto in collaboration with Dr. Andrew Bruce, Chair of Urology. It was through Dr. Bruce that he began to study the role of lactobacilli in preventing urogenital infection in women. This proved to be a prelude for the human microbiome era and probiotics, two research themes now at the forefront of microbiology. He joined the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Surgery at The University of Western Ontario in 1990, and became an Assistant Director at the Lawson Health Research Institute in 1996 where his lab currently resides. His research has so far resulted in 28 patents, 522 publications, over 600 talks in 54 countries, and a Google Scholar H index of 87 with more than 27,400 citations. He has helped create human─▒tar─▒an programs ─▒n Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya that produce affordable probiotic yogurt for over 250,000 people. His efforts have also resulted in the use of probiotics to all but eradicate necrotizing enterocolitis in premature low b─▒rth we─▒ght bab─▒es in London ON. He has been the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Orebro University in Sweden, and is an inductee into the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. 

This award is made possible by the financial support of Canadian Science Publishing (publisher of the NRC Research Press journals). Their commitment and service to microbiological research and teaching in Canada is greatly appreciated.

2018 Thermo Fisher Scientific Award

Dr. Andrew Doxey

Dr. Andrew Doxey, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON  

My interests in bioinformatics and microbial genomics started in my undergraduate years (2003) in a summer research project with Drs. Brendan McConkey and Marilyn Griffith at the University of Waterloo. I was tasked with developing a method to predict proteins with ice-binding (“antifreeze”) activity. This ultimately led to my Ph.D. work on the computational prediction of protein functions and evolutionary adaptations. I then completed an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University in the lab of Dr. Gill Bejerano, turning my attention to understanding non-coding regulatory sequences and how they work.

Following my postdoc, I returned to the University of Waterloo in 2013 as an Assistant Professor to set up my laboratory. My lab’s research merges my interests in protein biochemistry with computational genomics, and focuses on genomic data mining, unexplored molecular diversity, and protein function discovery. We have chosen microbial genomes and metagenomes as a central target for data-mining given the vast diversity of uncharacterized sequences (genes and genomes) that exist in the microbial world. We are particularly interested in the discovery of new protein domain families and domain combinations indicative of new biological functionality, and are currently focusing our efforts on bacterial toxins and degradative enzymes involved in bacterial biofilms and host tissue decomposition. My lab is supported by grants from NSERC, MITACs, and an Ontario Early Researcher Award.

This lecture is made possible with the financial support of Thermo Fisher Scientific. Their commitment and service to microbiological research and teaching in Canada is greatly appreciated.

2018 Armand-Frappier Gold Metal Award Lecture

Stephanie Jones

Stephanie Jones, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON 

Stephanie Jones completed her B.Sc. in Biology at Syracuse University in 2012, and is currently finishing her Ph.D. in the lab of Dr. Marie Elliot at McMaster University. Her research focuses on understanding the growth and development of Streptomyces bacteria, known for their antibiotic production capabilities and their complex life cycle. She discovered a novel form of Streptomyces development termed exploration, and has been working to characterize the genetic and biochemical factors underlying this form of development. Steph has found exploration involves the cooperation of two cellular growth mechanisms, and alters microbial community dynamics through various competition and communication strategies. Her work in the Elliot Lab has been supported by an NSERC Vanier scholarship. Steph will be starting a postdoc at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology in the lab of Dr. Mike Laub in September 2018, where she will be studying the evolution of chromosome dynamics and toxin-antitoxin systems in bacteria.

This lecture is made possible with the financial support of Canadian Society of Microbiologists. Their commitment and service to microbiological research and teaching in Canada is greatly appreciated.

2018 CSM Graduate Ambassador Award

Marie-Laurence Lemay

Marie-Laurence Lemay, Université Laval, Québec, QC

I studied Microbiology (BSc, 2011-2014) at the Département de microbiologie, de biochimie et de bio-informatique of the Université Laval. Then, I started graduate studies in Sylvain Moineau’s lab and I am now entering the final year (hopefully!) of my PhD. I work on phage biology, making use of CRISPR-Cas9 and proteomics to study phage-host interactions. I attended my first CSM annual conference in 2016 in Toronto where I had the chance to present in the student symposium competition and was granted the ISME-8 student award. I’ve been a CSM student representative at Université Laval ever since. Last year, I participated in the CSM FOME (Forum for Microbiology Education) in Waterloo and presented how we have been using CRISPR-Cas for the past four years in undergraduate laboratory classrooms at Université Laval. I am really thrilled to serve as a CSM graduate ambassador this year. I am looking forward to see you all at the 2018 annual meeting in Winnipeg!

This award is made possible with the financial support of Canadian Society of Microbiologists


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