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AWARDS + HONOURS  ::  Award Winners

Award Winners


2019 CSM Murray Award for Career Achievement

Dr. Yves Brun

Dr. Yves Brun, Université de Montréal

Dr. Brun did his B.Sc. (1983) and M.Sc. (1985) studies at the Université de Moncton, Canada where he performed research on the mechanisms of protein synthesis with Alan Fraser, funded by undergraduate and graduate fellowships from the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). He received the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal for graduate work. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Université Laval, Canada (1990) for work on the evolution and regulation of tRNA and aminoacyl tRNA synthetase genes with Jacques Lapointe and with fellowship support from NSERC. He conducted postdoctoral research (1990-93) at Stanford University, where he performed research on the regulation of bacterial cell differentiation with Lucy Shapiro, funded by fellowships from NSERC and from the Medical Research Council of Canada. He moved to a faculty position at Indiana University in 1993 (until 2019) where he was the Clyde Culbertson and Distinguished Professor of Biology, served as Director Microbiology Graduate Program and as Associate Chair for Microbiology, and received many teaching awards. He received an Academic Scientific Achievement Award from the American Society for Microbiology (2005), was elected to the American Academy of Microbiology (2010) and to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2012), and received a Fulbright US Research Scholar Award (2014). He has served as Editor of the Journal of Bacteriology (2003-07 and 2018-pres.) and mBio (2013-16). In January 2019, he moved to the Université de Montréal in the Département de microbiologie, infectiologie et immunologie where he is the Canada 150 Research Chair in Bacterial Cell Biology. His research spans a wide area in microbiology and is characterized by the use of multidisciplinary approaches. He has made important contribution to our understanding of the regulation of cell division, cell cycle control, development and cell differentiation, protein localization, the function, determination, and evolution of cell shape, and the mechanisms, regulation, and biophysics of surface adhesion and biofilm formation in bacteria. 

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.

2019 Thermo Fisher Scientific Award

Dr.  Joe J. Harrison

Dr.  Joe J. Harrison, University of Calgary, Alberta 

Dr. Joe J. Harrison is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary (U of C). Harrison is passionate about microbiology, genetics and biochemistry, and seeks to better understand chronic infectious diseases and to devise new ways to defeat them. Harrison holds a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Biofilm Microbiology and Genomics. He is a member of the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases and is the chair of the Biofilm Research Group at the U of C. He is a co-lead for Integrated Microbiome Platforms for Advancing Causation Testing and Translation (IMPACTT), which is the CIHR Canadian Microbiome Core. During his PhD, Harrison had a lead role in developing and commercializing the MBECTM assay, which is used for biofilm antimicrobial susceptibility testing. This technology was commercialized to create a spinoff company acquired in 2006 by Innovotech Incorporated, which is now listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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.

2019 Armand-Frappier Gold Metal Award Lecture

Dr. Yogesh Hooda

Dr. Yogesh Hooda, University of Toronto

Dr. Yogesh Hooda did his bachelors from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India. He then went on to do his masters and PhD at the University of Toronto, Canada. During his PhD, he worked on developing biochemical approaches to investigate the molecular mechanisms of protein transport in bacteria. He is currently working as a postdoctoral scientist at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK researching the assembly of membrane protein complexes. 

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.

2019 CSM Graduate Ambassador Award

 Deeksha Shetty, McGill University, Quebec

Ms. Deeksha Shetty is currently working as a Research Assistant at McGill University, Quebec on understanding the role of small regulatory RNAs expressed by intracellular pathogen Legionellapneumophila. She did her Masters from University of Saskatchewan, Canada and recently defended her work in March 2019. During her Masters, she worked on investigating the role of RpoE sigma factor and Cpx two-component system during Salmonella biofilm formation under the supervision of Dr. Korber (U of S) and Dr. Vidovic (University of Minnesota). She is passionate about Microbiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology and has been recently awarded “Alltech Young Scientist Award” for North America. She also served as a Student representative for CSM from 2016-2018. She expresses her excitement to serve as CSM ambassador for the year 2019.

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


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