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AWARDS + HONOURS  ::  Award Winners

Award Winners

Jump to: Murray Award | Thermo Fisher Award | Armand Frappier Award | Burrows Award | Ambassador Award


Recordings of the three Awards' Lectures on YouTube (To be posted)

2022 CSM Murray Award for Career Achievement

Dr. Roger Levesque










Dr. Roger Levesque  

Dr. Roger C. Levesque, Université Laval, Laval, Québec

Biography: Roger C. Levesque is full professor of Microbiology at Université Laval. He obtained a B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Moncton, M.Sc. in microbiology at the Université de Montréal and PhD in microbiology in 1981 under the supervision of Dr. Jean-Claude Péchère in the Département de microbiologie, Faculté de médecine at Université Laval, Québec, Canada. His postdoctoral training was at Harvard University with Dr. George Jacoby in bacterial genetics, plasmids, mobile genetic elements and microbial genomics. Additional training in bacterial genetics was at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories in advanced bacterial genetics and genomics with Tom Sylhavy, Michael Berman and Lynn Enquist, in genomics with Bruce Birren and in site-specific mutagenesis with Michael Smith (Nobel 1993) at the University of British Columbia. He is the founder of the Institut de biologie intégrative et des systèmes (IBIS) at Université Laval. He was Director of IBIS from 2009-2016, and regroups 27 research professors and more than 250 scientists in molecular biology, genomics, cell biology and structural biology in medicine, biology and biochemistry, agriculture and forestry. He is currently the scientific director of the FRQS Respiratory Health Network axis on pulmonary infections and pathogens. As professor, he was awarded several FRSQ scholarships and an FRSQ Scholar of Exceptional Merit. He received the Robbie Award from Cystic Fibrosis Canada in 2013, the University of Moncton Senior Science Award in 2014, an investigator award from the American Society for Microbiology in 1983, and was president of the Canadian Society for Microbiologists. He was co-founding member with six research scientists across Canada of the Canadian Bacterial Diseases Network CBDN (1990-2005) Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada. His research is under the umbrella of ecology of infectious diseases, translational and systems biology of virulence, antibiotic resistance and genome evolution in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, enteropathogens, insects and climate change. He has a vested interest in OMICS technology development, 3D bioprinting, nanotechnology innovation and machine learning in microbiology.

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 29th, 2022, 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT

Title: The crisis in antibiotic resistance and in bacterial virulence: Pseudomonas aeruginosa as a model system

Abstract: The year 2020 marked the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 whole genome sequence (WGS). The PAO1 WGS coupled to bacterial genetics has been a driver for studies on virulence, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and major microbial OMICS advances. We used P. aeruginosa to expand an animal model of chronic lung infection, and to road-test strategies for high throughput screening to identify genes for in vivo maintenance. We developed PCR-based signature-tagged mutagenesis (STM-PCR) and in vivo expression technology (IVET) pointing to key genes for in vivo virulence. The evolutionary biology of P. aeruginosa was examined by en masse WGS and creating the International Pseudomonas Consortium Database (IPCD) available free of charge to the Pseudo scientific community. One major benefit of WGS of P. aeruginosa is that it allowed the facile cloning and expression of genes essential in bacterial cell division (FtsA and FtsZ) and in cell wall biosynthesis (MurA to MurF) for exploiting phage display and other strategies identifying potential new antibacterial targets and compounds. The IPCD framework was used for international collaborations on AMR and virulence determinants for driving the development of machine learning approaches for rapid prediction of AMR and virulence in a clinical setting. Recently, three-dimensional bioprinting of lung tissues coupled to transcriptome analysis (3D-bioprint genomics) is used to define host-Pseudomonas interactions. Future perspectives include how P. aeruginosa controls its gene expression in the host, AMR responses to climate change, an understanding the intricate links between genotype and phenotype, and how the environment influences that link. Extensive use of microbial genetics-OMICS-proteomics has the potential to transform our knowledge on how genomic variation within bacterial species impacts phenotypic versatility and drive microbial evolution towards AMR and virulence, a world challenge in human health and diseases.

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.

2022 Thermo Fisher Scientific Award

Dr. Laura Hug











Dr. Laura Hug

Dr. Laura Hug, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario

Biography:  Dr. Laura Hug is an Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Microbiology at the University of Waterloo. Her research examines the diversity and function of microbial communities in contaminated sites using a combination of ‘omics approaches and enrichment culturing. Current research in her group is characterizing the microbial communities colonizing municipal landfills, with foci on methane cycling, bioplastics degradation, and community interactions. Dr. Hug obtained her B.Sc. from the University of Guelph, her M.Sc. from Dalhousie University, her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and conducted a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California Berkeley. Dr. Hug’s work has been featured in major news outlets including the New York Times, the Atlantic, Discover Magazine, and on Public Radio International’s “The World”.

Date &Time: Monday, June 27h, 2022, 5:30 - 6:30 PM EDT 

Title: Thriving in trash: microbial community interactions in municipal landfills

Abstract: TBA

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.

2022 Armand-Frappier Outstanding Student Award

Landon Getz








Mr. Landon J. Getz

Mr. Landon J. Getz, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Biography: Landon J. Getz (He/Him) completed his undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, before beginning graduate work in the same department under the supervision of Dr. Nikhil Thomas. Landon's PhD thesis is focused on the axis between the environmental survival and the pathogenesis of Vibrio parahaemolyticus, a human pathogen that colonizes oysters and enters the human food chain through their consumption. Landon has received numerous awards and scholarships throughout his academic career, most notably the Vanier Canadian Graduate Scholarship and the Killam Pre-Doctoral scholarship both in 2019. Landon is also an award-winning undergraduate educator, having taught and designed several undergraduate courses in microbiology, chemistry, and the ethics of science. He has been recognized for his teaching excellence with both the Graduate Student Teaching Award and the Educational Leadership Award for Collaborative Teaching from Dalhousie University’s Centre for Learning and Teaching. Landon has published eight peer-reviewed journal articles, including work done during both his undergraduate and graduate training. He has also authored several commentaries found in popular media outlets including the CBC, The National Post, and TheConversation on the ethics and social dimensions of genetic engineering in humans and in nature. A member of the Chief Science Advisor's Youth Council, Landon has a keen interest in exploring the social and political dimensions of science and shaping the future of science policy in Canada. Landon has accepted a postdoctoral researcher position in Dr. Karen Maxwell's lab at the University of Toronto and will begin his postdoctoral studies in the Fall of 2022.

Date & Time: Tuesday, June 28th, 2022, 5:30 - 6:30 PM EDT 

Title: TBA

Abstract: TBA

This lecture is made possible with the financial support of

Canadian Society of Microbiologists

2022 The Burrows Award for Womxn in Microbiology

Laura Thompson













Ms. Laura Thompson

Ms. Laura Thompson, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario

Biography: Laura Thompson completed her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the University of Guelph. Through co-operative education placements, she developed a keen interest for microbiology. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Guelph, supervised by Dr. Georgina Cox. Her research focuses on the physiological functions of drug efflux pumps. Laura began volunteering with marginalized groups during her undergraduate degree, forming strong connections with student support networks at the University of Guelph. In light of the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement, Laura and a group of graduate students advocated for the establishment of a departmental EDI committee. Laura has contributed to key roles developing training resources and advocating for a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive department.

This award is possible because of support from Dr. Burrows, the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research at McMaster University and the Canadian Society of Microbiologists.


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