(photos courtesy of Xun Wu and Vasudeva Bhat)
As Mother Nature paints the leaves with autumn colour, a new academic year begins, bringing new names and faces to our ever-growing and changing Department. Join us in welcoming our new members. They are:
|Students:||Sheena Manghera, Ph.D. Program – Supervisor: Dr. Renée Douville and Dr. Yvonne Myal, co-supervisor
Bryce Warner, Ph.D. Program – Supervisor: Dr. Gary Kobinger
Anthony Altieri, M.Sc. Program – Supervisor: Dr. Neeloffer Mookherjee
|Technicians:||Paul Lopez arrived during the summer and is working with Thomas Murooka
Kimia Sheikholeslami worked in Aaron Marshall's lab this past summer as a student volunteer and is staying on for the next 6 months as a casual technician.
|Post Docs:||Wan Koh will be arriving on October 1st. She will join Paul Lopez in Thomas Murooka's lab.
Ying Peng, who is no stranger to members of the Xi Yang lab, is once again working with them.
|Visiting Students:||Ruoxin Wang and Sai Qiao are students of Tianjin Medical University in China. Ruoxin will be here for 18 months and Sai will be here for 24 months, working with Xi Yang.|
|Caretakers:||Sylwester Zlotucha is our new caretaker, replacing Joe Lécuyer. You will see him working side by side with Emilia Berezanski, who is temporarily filling the shoes of Melody Carlson until her return in a few weeks.|
|Volunteer:||Liumei Lui was a student research assistant with us last year and graduated with a B.Sc. since then. She joined Jude Uzonna's lab as a volunteer earlier this summer and will be here until February.|
that scientists love data, and that the most engrossing kind is data about ourselves?
As of September 29, 2015 we now number 84 souls:
|6||Post Doctoral Fellows|
|18||Ph.D. Graduate Students|
|10||M.Sc. Graduate Student|
|In true beginning-of-the-academic year tradition, the Department handed out awards on September 28th to recognize our students' achievements of the last academic year and to applaud the teaching skills of Dr. Neeloffer Mookherjee, the 2014/15 winner of the Department of Immunology Graduate Students Teaching Award. This award is given annually to a professor who consistently demonstrates excellence in all aspects of teaching at the graduate level. Bravo Neeloffer! You did it again!
L-R: Vasudeva Bhat, Dr. Neeloffer Mookherjee
Student winners are:
|Ka-Yee Grace Choi, Ph.D. Program - Best Journal Club Presentation, 2014/15
L-R: Dr. Xi Yang, Grace Choi
Forough Khadem, Ph.D. program - Department of Immunology and Ade & Company - Award for Excellence in Graduate Research Seminars 2014/15 (Presented in absentia)
|Nour Eissa, Rony Thomas, and Emelissa Mendoza (M.Sc. program students) - The Graduate Entrance Scholarship 2014/15. These students received their awards several months ago but hadn't received certificates until this year's celebration.|
Dr. Xi Yang with:
NOTES: Winners for the 2015/16 Entrance Scholarship have been chosen and will be announced after the Department's decision has been approved by the Financial Aid and Awards Office. Stay tuned. The Department of Immunology Graduate Student Academic Award was not given this year. One of the criteria is that the awardee must have achieved the highest cumulative grade in the core course IMMU7020 - Immunobiology (6 credit hours) and one other Immunology course (3 credit hours). Since IMMU7030 - Immunobiology was not offered in 2014/15, the award was not given out.
Research funding makes the scientific world go around. In our current economic climate, it is getting harder to come by. Perseverence and excellent proposals have paid off for our researchers. Congratulations to our faculty, Post Doctoral Fellow and students on their latest successes in grant and travel award competitions.
Dr. Jean-Eric Ghia – Research Manitoba Partnership Program Grant (CIHR) - $65,000 for one year.
Project: Anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of electrically coupled enteric neurons in the intestinal system.
Dr. Jean-Eric Ghia – CIHR operating grant from the INMD Start-Funds (Clinician and New Investigators) competition - $100,000 for one year.
Project: Semaphorin 3E and Gut Inflammation
Dr. Jean-Eric Ghia (Drs. Abdelilah Soussi Gounni & Charles Bernstein, co-applicants) – Crohn’s and Colitis Canada - $375,000 over 3 years.
Project: How Semaphorin 3E regulates relapse of quiescent experimental colitis.
Dr. Thomas Murooka - Research Manitoba New Investigator Operating Grant - $225,000 over 3 years
Project: Dynamic in vivo imaging of DC:T cell interactions and their role in HIV spread
Dr. Thomas Murooka - GSK-CIHR Partnered Chair Program - $67,000 per year over 5 years.
Project: Dynamics of cell-to-cell mediated HIV-1 spread in the lymph node
Dr. Thomas Murooka - CanCURE Pilot Project Grant - $25,000 for one year
Project: Cellular mechanisms of HIV-1 transmission through macrophage:T cell interactions
Dr. Afshin Raouf - Richard Hoeschen Memorial Award from the Manitoba Medical Services Foundation and St. Boniface Hospital Research for his contribution to the B.Sc. (Med.) program.
Dr. Aaron Marshall – Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada - $160,000 over 2 years
Project: Control of malignant B cell migration by PI 3-kinases.
Dr. Qingdong Guan (Post Doctoral Fellow working with Dr. Donna Wall) – The Mindel and Tom Olenick Research Award in Immunology: (Health Sciences Centre Foundation) - $10,500
Project: The functions of MSC from multiple sclerosis patients and effects of MSC infusion on the adaptive immune cells in multiple sclerosis
L-R: Dr. Xi Yang and Dr. Qingdong Guan
Vasudeva Bhat, Ph.D. Program - The Breast Cancer Society of Canada Hope Scholarship for breast cancer research - $20,750 plus $1,000 for travel expenses
Sheena Manghera, Ph.D. Program - The Breast Cancer Society of Canada Hope Scholarship for breast cancer research - $20,750 plus $1,000 for travel expenses
Nour Eissa, Ph.D. Program – Faculty of Graduate Studies Travel Award - $1,000
Emeka Okeke, Ph.D. Program – Faculty of Graduate Studies Travel Award - $750
but he'll be back. Jean-Eric did his first radio broadcast on September 22nd for the CBC French radio network. He is taking part in a new initiative to promote and explain Manitoban and Canadian biomedical research news to the public. He will appear on 88.1 FM (Ici Radio-Canada Première) every second Tuesday at 7:45 a.m., on the morning show Le 6-9. He shares this program with Professor Fernand Saurette of the Université de Saint-Boniface who will talk about the natural sciences. His first topic was entitled Des éprouvettes et des hommes (Of Test Tubes and Man). Check it out on 88.1 FM
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