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

2022 Le prix SCM Murray attribué pour l’accomplissement d’une carrière

Dr. Roger Levesque










Dr. Roger Levesque  

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

Biography: Roger C. Levesque est professeur titulaire de microbiologie, Faculté de médecine, Université Laval. Il a obtenu un B. Sc. en biologie à l'Université de Moncton, M. Sc. en microbiologie à l'Université de Montréal et un Doctorat en microbiologie en 1981 sous la direction du Dr Jean-Claude Péchère au Département de microbiologie, Faculté de médecine de l'Université Laval, Québec, Canada. Il a complété une formation postdoctorale à l'Université de Harvard avec le Dr. George Jacoby en génétique bactérienne en étudiant les plasmides et les éléments génétiques mobiles en lien avec la résistance aux antibiotiques. Il a suivi une formation postdoctorale complémentaire à Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories en génétique bactérienne avancée et en génomique avec Tom Sylhavy, Michael Berman et Lynn Enquist, en génomique microbienne avec Bruce Birren et en mutagenèse site-spécifique dans les laboratoires du Dr. Michael Smith (Nobel 1993) à l'Université de British Colombia. Il est le fondateur de l'Institut de biologie intégrative et des systèmes (IBIS) de l'Université Laval. Il a été directeur de l'IBIS de 2009 à 2016. L’IBIS regroupe 27 professeurs-chercheurs et plus de 250 scientifiques en biologie moléculaire, génomique, biologie cellulaire et biologie structurale en médecine, biologie et biochimie, agriculture et foresterie. Il est actuellement directeur scientifique de l'axe du Réseau de recherche en santé respiratoire du FRQS sur les infections pulmonaires et pathogènes. En tant que professeur, il a obtenu plusieurs bourses en tant que chercheur-boursier du FRSQ et un chercheur-boursier de mérite exceptionnel du FRSQ. Il a reçu le prix Robbie de Fibrose kystique Canada en 2013, le prix scientifique des anciens en sciences de l'Université de Moncton en 2014, un prix de jeune chercheur de l'American Society for Microbiology en 1983, et a été président de la Société canadienne des microbiologistes. Il a été membre co-fondateur avec six chercheurs à travers le Canada du Réseau canadien de recherche sur les bactérioses RCCB (CBDN) (1990-2005) Réseaux de centres d'excellence du Canada. Ses recherches sont dans les contextes de l'écologie des maladies infectieuses, la biologie translationnelle et la biologie systémique de la virulence, la résistance aux antibiotiques et l'évolution du génome chez Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Ces travaux de recherche portent également sur les entéropathogènes, les insectes et les changements climatiques. Il a un intérêt pour les innovations technologiques en OMICS, la bio-impression 3D, en nanotechnologie, l'apprentissage machine et l’intelligence artificielle appliqué à la microbiologie.

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 Le prix Thermo Fisher

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 Prix Armand-Frappier pour l'étudiant exceptionnel

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 Prix Burrows pour les Femmes* en Microbiologie

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.

* femme réfère ici à toute personne se considérant comme femme

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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