2019 Award winners

2019 CSMB New Investigator Award

Jonathan Schertzer, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, McMaster University

Jon Schertzer

Jonathan Schertzer (PhD) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. He directs the immunometabolism laboratory in the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute and McMaster Centre for Metabolism, Obesity and Diabetes Research. He completed BSc and MSc at the University of Waterloo (Canada) where he was interested in muscle cells and studied how intracellular calcium influenced energy metabolism. He completed his PhD in 2007 at The University of Melbourne (Australia) where he was studied gene delivery, cell stress, insulin-like growth factors and endocrine control of metabolism. He then did postdoctoral work with Dr. Amira Klip at SickKids in Toronto (Canada) where he studied the cell biology of glucose transport and metabolism, but then he got interested in sources of “inflammation” that could influence metabolism. Since establishing a research program at McMaster, he guides scientists to help understand how xenobiotics, diet and microbial stress promote or combat obesity, prediabetes, and diabetic complications. Dr. Schertzer is excited to foster students and fellows to discover new aspects in the 2-way street between host glucose and bacteria (both commensal and pathogenic). Dr. Schertzer has been recognized with New Investigator Awards from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Diabetes Canada and an Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Innovation Ontario. Dr. Schertzer holds a Canada Research Chair in Metabolic Inflammation and the lab’s work is funded by Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Diabetes Canada and Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

https://fhs.mcmaster.ca/biochem/schertzer_jon.html

2019 Canadian Science Publishing Senior Investigator Award

Sylvain Moineau, Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Bioinformatics at the Université Laval

Sylvain MoineauSylvain Moineau is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Bioinformatics at the Université Laval. He also holds the Canada Research Chair in Bacteriophages and is the Curator of the Félix d’Hérelle Reference Center for Bacterial Viruses, the world largest collection of reference phages. His research group studies phage biology and phage-bacteria interactions. Among others, he has characterized mechanisms used by bacteria to resist phages, including his landmark work on CRISPR-Cas systems. Prof. Moineau has won several teaching and research awards. Recently, he was awarded the NSERC John C. Polanyi Award, the Canadian Society of Microbiologists Murray Award for Career Achievement and the DuPont Excellence Medal. He was also elected to the Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada and appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. Thomson Reuters and Clarivate Analytics have ranked him amongst the most cited microbiologists for the past five years.

2019 CSMB Jeanne Manery Fisher Memorial Lecture Award

Anne-Claude Gingras, Senior Investigator – The Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute
Full Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto

Anne-Claude GingrasAnne-Claude Gingras is the Canada Research Chair in Functional Proteomics, the Lea Reichmann Chair in Cancer Proteomics and a Senior Investigator at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health System. A Full Professor in the department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto, she also serves as as deputy editor of Molecular and Cellular Proteomics and as a co-director of the Network Biology Collaborative Centre (a Genome Canada technology platform). Her lab focuses on the study of signalling pathways using systematic approaches and the development of quantitative proteomics technologies. She has developed computational tools that enable better analysis and visualization of proteomics results, and contribute to training the next generation of proteomics researchers. Using the tools that she developed, her group has identified new protein complexes and signaling components that provide a better understanding of perturbations associated with cancer and rare diseases. Dr. Gingras has published >200 research articles and review articles that have already been cited 31,000 times.