Biology Students Participate in Undergraduate Research Conference, April 16-18

Lakehead University will be participating in the 23rd National Conference in Undergraduate Research from April 16-18.  Hosted by the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse, this conference regularly hosts 2,000 students and their faculty mentors to present their research through posters, oral presentations, visual arts, and performances.
Lakehead University will be sending six students, two from the Department of Biology.  Most of the research was conducted last summer under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
Amber Jarvinen
"Primer Design and PCR Optimization for Evolutionary Studies into Fresh Water Drum"
Faculty Mentor, Dr. Joseph Carney
Ashley Cerqueira
"Effects of Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 mutants on the growth of Listeria biofilms"
Faculty Mentor, Dr. Heidi Schraft

Douglas Morris features National Symposium

Morris organized a National Symposium that took place at Lakehead University March 6-7, 2009, called The Ecological and Evolutionary Implications of Climate Change.  This public event celebrated the Centre for Northern Studies’ commitment to Canada’s International Polar Year as well as the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth.

H. Schraft and A. Mallik recipients of NSERC Discovery Grants

Lakehead University Vice-President (Research) Dr. Rui Wang is pleased to announce that eight Lakehead researchers have received grants to support their research. The grants total over $1 million dollars in diverse areas of study including forestry, food pathogens, and mass transfer applications. The new grants for Canada’s top researchers are through the Discovery Grants Program (DGP), administered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

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Orillia Campus Researchers Investigate Lake Simcoe Health

Orillia Campus Researchers investigate Lake Simcoe Health


This fall, three Orillia campus researchers and one Thunder Bay campus researcher will be funded $165,000 over the next two years by Environment Canada and its Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund (LSCUF) to study the role of wetlands as a nutrient buffer.

Scientists Study New Asthma Biomarker for Treatment: Lakehead Researcher only Canadian Awardee

Scientists Study New Asthma Biomarker for Treatment: Lakehead Researcher only Canadian Awardee

(October 6, 2009 – Thunder Bay, ON) The American Asthma Foundation (AAF) recently released its 2009 competition results for its Research Award Program.  Among 12 successful applicants of the 327 who applied is Dr. Rui Wang, a professor of Biology and Lakehead University's Vice-President (Research).  Dr. Wang is the only scientist in Canada to receive a 2009 award from the AAF, and his award is valued at $750,000 (U.S.) over three years."My team and I are very grateful that our research application was selected by members of the Scientific Review Board of the AAF.  It clearly attests to their belief that the study is groundbreaking and innovative," says Dr. Wang.  Alongside his collaborator, Dr. Brian M. Ross, professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), Wang will launch an innovative research project entitled "Altered Metabolism of H2S in the Lung: A Novel Biomarker and Therapeutic Avenue for Asthma."