News and Events
2018 January - July
 
NEWS
 
Dr. Prashen Chelikani (NPI), Dr. Robert Schroth (PI),  and Drs. Kangmin Duan and Pingzhao Hu (Co-PIs) received a project grant from CIHR, 5 year ($885,870).
Title: Role of taste signaling and host-microbial interactions on caries risk in young children.
 
Dr. Rotimi Aluko was the guest editor for an issue titled “Functional Foods and Nutrition” in Current Opinion in Food Science journal. Click here to read the article.
 
Dr. Rotimi Aluko was honoured with the American Oil Chemists’ Society “Fellow” Award at the annual conference in Minneapolis, May 6-9 2018. Click here to read the article.

Dr. Ayush Kumar was elected as the 2nd Vice-President of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM) in June 2018. He will be the President of CSM in the year 2020.
 
Dr. Ayush Kumar received the University of Manitoba-UMFA Merit Award (2017) for Combination of Teaching; Service; and Research, Scholarly Work, and Other Creative Activities .
 
 
MEDIA
 
An article published by Drs. Rotimi Aluko and Prashen Chelikani in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry was the subject of a special American Chemical Society global news release titled: Beef peptides block bitter tastes. Click here to read the news release
 
Dr. Ayush Kumar’s laboratory was featured by Shaw TV Winnipeg. Click here to watch story 
 
Vanessa Kornelsen (Dr. Ayush Kumar’s laboratory) wrote an Op-Ed article for Winnipeg Free Press, “Choose antibiotic-free meat and poultry products” Click here to access the article
 
Appalaraju Jaggupilli (Dr. Chelikani lab) successfully defended his PhD on July 16th and received a MITACS Elevate PDF. On of his articles showing how taste receptors detect quorum sensing molecules, and act as sensors for bacterial signals was featured as Covert art for the July issue of ACS Infectious DiseasesClick here to read the article 


2017 July - December

Dr. Rotimi Aluko has been named to the list of 2017 Highly Cited Researcher in the Agricultural Sciences category by Thomson Reuter’s Clarivate Analytics. The recognition is for his multiple publications over the past 11 yrs that rank globally in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in Web of Science. According to the citation “Highly Cited Researchers are leading the way in solving the world’s biggest challenges.” Full list of researchers can be found at the following website, click here to see the list
 
You can also watch the video of what it means to be a highly cited researcher, click here to watch video

Dr. Robert Schroth received the Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry’s Public Service Award in September 2017.
 
Dr. Ayush Kumar and Dr. Kangmin Duan edited a topical issue for the Journal of Membrane Biology (Springer-Nature)
Title: Bacterial Membrane Proteins: Signal transduction, antibiotic resistance and virulence click here to read article.

Dr. Ayush Kumar (PI) received an operating grant from Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (US$ 98,800)
Title:  Assembly of tripartite multidrug efflux pumps in Pseudomonas aeruginosa
 
Dr. John Sorenson (PI), Dr. Shyamala Dakshinamurti and Dr. Prashen Chelikani (Co-PIs) received an operating grant from the University Collaborative Research Program ($25,000)
Title: The synthesis of isoform selective activators of adenylyl cyclase and their effect on pulmonary hypertension of the newborn
 
Dr. Prashen Chelikani (PI) and Dr. Rotimi Aluko (Co-PI) received an operating grant from the University Collaborative Research Program ($25,000).
Title: Pea protein hydrolysates as bitter taste modifiers.
 
Dr. Prashen Chelikani (PI) received an equipment grant from the University of Manitoba RFHS and SREF ($75,000).
Title: FlexStation 3 Multimode Microplate Reader (Trade-in)
 
Dr. Robert Schroth (PI) along with colleagues and the Healthy Smile Happy Child partnership received an operating grant from Manitoba Dental Foundation ($ 7,500)
Title:  Healthy Smile Happy Child initiative
 
Media Contributions
 
Dr. Robert Schroth’s research work highlighted by CBC. Winnipeg dentist turning baby teeth black — to keep kids out of surgery. Silver diamine fluoride a low-cost way to halt (but not fix) tooth decay.  Click here to watch story.
 
Dr. Ayush Kumar wrote an Op-Ed article for Winnipeg Free Press, “Do cleaning products pose a threat to our health?” Click here to read article.

 


2017 April - June

Dr. Shyamala Dakshinamurti (PI) and Dr. Prashen Chelikani (Co-PI) received an operating grant from Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM), ($40,000).
Title: Gene Expression Profile of Smooth Muscle Contraction and Relaxation pathways in Hypoxic Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn.

Dr. Prashen Chelikani (PI) and Dr. Bob Schroth (Co-PI) received an operating grant from Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM), ($40,000).
Title: The etiology of genes involved in taste signaling in determining young children's susceptibility to severe early childhood caries.
 
Dr. Silvia T. Cardona (PI) received a Mid Career Operating Grant from Research Manitoba (RM), 2 year ($146,700).
Title: Elucidation of the mechanism of action of a novel antibiotic targeting cell division
 
Dr. Ayush Kumar received an operating grant from CIHR, 5 year ($623,475).
Title: Studying microbial load and antibiotic resistance genes in source and drinking water from First Nation Reserves

Dr. Ayush Kumar received a URGP grant ($7,411).
Title: Characterizing a master switch of multidrug resistance and virulence in Acinetobacter baumannii
Three pilot grants ($7,000 each) from the following MCSB members were funded for 2017-18.

Drs. Ayush kumar and Silvia Cardona
Title: Designing CRISPR-based next-generation antimicrobials for Acinetobacter baumannii

Drs. Kangmin Duan and John Sorenson
Title: Synthesis and biological assessment of anti-virulence compounds- potential drug leads for bacterial infections
 
Drs. Shyamala Dakshinamurti and Prashen Chelikani
Title: Vasoactive Receptor Expression Patterns in Neonatal Pulmonary Hypertension


2017 January - March
 
Dr. Rotimi Aluko received the 2017 Fellow Award from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).
 
Dr. Bob Schroth (PI) and his team received a 3-year CIHR Team Grant: Pathways implementation Research Team - Component 2 -Oral Health Pool, ($900,000).
Title: Scaling up the Healthy Smile Happy Child initiative: tailoring and enhancing a community development approach to improve early childhood oral health for First Nations and Metis children.
 
Dr. Prashen Chelikani received a 2-yr operating grant from Cystic Fibrosis Canada, $196,000.
Title: Role of chemosensory bitter taste receptors (T2Rs) in cystic fibrosis.
 
Dr. Ayush Kumar (PI) and Drs. Kangmin Duan and George Hausner (Co-PIs) received a 1-yr University Collaborative Research Program (UCRP) operating grant, $25,0000.
Title: Purification and characterization of a novel antibiotic compound from a fungal isolate.


2016 July - December
 
Grants funded
 
Dr. Ayush Kumar received a CIHR project grant, $100,000. 
Title: Functional and Biochemical Characterization of the Assembly of Multidrug Resistance Tripartile Pump in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
 
Dr. Prashen Chelikani received a 2-yr MITACS Accelerate Cluster grant, $416,000.
(Co-applicant: Dr. Anthony Iacopino)
Title: Enhanced and Conformation Specific G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) Expression for Autoimmune Diagnostics.
 
Three pilot grants from the following MCSB members were funded on a matching basis with other funding sources.
 
Drs. Ayush kumar and Kangmin Duan
Title: Purification and characterization of a novel antibiotic compound from a fungal isolate.
 
Drs. John Sorenson, Shyamala Dakshinamurti and Raj Bhullar
Title: The design and synthesis of isoform selective activators of adenylyl cyclase and the effect on persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn.
 
Drs. Rotimi Aluko and Prashen Chelikani
Title: Sensors for the electronic tongue (e-tongue)

Media articles

 
Dr. Prashen Chelikani's opinion on bitter blockers in Metronews and WIRED magazine
 
Dr. Ayush Kumar's discovery of novel hybrid antibiotics, news article


2016 April – June

Dr. Bob Scroth received a 4-yr CIHR Embedded Clinician Researcher Salary Award, $300,000.

Title: Improving access to oral health care and oral health care delivery for vulnerable young children in Manitoba.

Dr. Shyamala Dakshinamurti received a 2-yr mid-career operating grant from Research Manitoba, $150,000.
 
Title: Pulmonary Arterial Hypoxia and Adenylyl Cyclase Mediated Signaling in Neonatal Pulmonary Hypertension.
 
Dr. Ayush Kumar's discovery of antibiotic resistance bacteria in a Manitoba First Nation's water, news article on
CBC and CTV news


2016 January – March

 

 
Dr. Rotimi Aluko (along with Dr. Peter Jones) received a 3-yr operating grant from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, $232,148. 
 
Title: Evaluating the anti-hypertensive properties of whole hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) protein and hemp protein hydrolysate derived bioactive peptides in healthy participants with mild or moderate hypertension.
 
Dr. Bob Scroth (along with PIs Drs Martin Chartier and Mary Mcnally) received a 2-yr operating grant from CIHR. $250,000.

Title: A mixed methods evaluation of Health Canada's Children's Oral Health Initiative (COHI). Does it lead to improved oral health for young First Nations and Inuit children?
 
PhD Candidate Ms. Anjali Bhagirath secured second place in the 2016 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at University of Manitoba.
 
MCSB Graduate students Ms. Anjali Bhagirath and Crystal Sidhu received prizes for oral and poster presentations at the Dentistry Research Day, Annual Manitoba Dental Association Convention, Convention Centre, Winnipeg. January 2016.
 

 


 

2015 October – December

Former Alumni of Dr.Chelikani's lab, Dr. Sai Prasad Pydi recieves the NIDDK Nanacy Nossal Fellowship Award at National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA

Graduate student Ifeanyi D. Nwachukwu from Dr. Rotimi Aluko’s lab is one of the 2015 Vanier Scholars.

Dr. Chelikani’s opinion on the taste of Nutella in Maclean's magazine, November 2015.

Dr. Kumar’s interview on 680CJOB discussing the problems of antibiotic resistance