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OGI awards summer research fellowships to 7 Ontario students
Date:5/25/2011

The program offers undergraduate students at Ontario universities a unique opportunity to engage in leading-edge genomics research, gain familiarity with associated technologies, or explore the societal outcomes, impacts and issues associated with the research. Through their fellowship experience, students acquire a deeper understanding of the impact genomics is having and will have across the spectrum of human and animal health, agriculture, biosurveillance, natural resource management and sustainable energy.

The program, in its ninth year, provides $5,000 to the students to assist them with living expenses while they conduct original research projects and benefit from an on-going exchange of ideas and insights with each other and OGI staff through peer-to-peer meetings, journal clubs and roundtable discussions.

This year's fellows include:

  • Sean Cai, from Toronto, studying at the University of Toronto (U of T), will work with Dr. Stephen Wright at U of T. His research is working to identify the DNA changes that drive the mating system evolution in plants and how this influences the genetic structure of Capsella plants specifically.

  • George diCenzo, from Brampton, studying at McMaster University, will work with Dr. Turlough M. Finan at McMaster. Mr. diCenzo will spend his summer uncovering genes in the agriculturally important Sinorhizobium meliloti bacterium, which is one of several nitrogen fixing bacteria that live in symbiosis with foods like alfalfa and soybeans, which do not require nitrogen-based fertilizers. As plants cannot survive and grow without nitrogen, nitrogen deficiency is one of the primary causes of low crop yields. Mr. diCenzo will assist the research team in Dr. Finan's lab in contributing to the current understanding of the genetic basics of these cell processes which may be essential for life.

  • Christine P'ng, from North York, studying at Queen's University, wi
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Contact: Alastair Harris-Cartwright
aharriscartwright@ontariogenomics.ca
416-673-6582
Ontario Genomics Institute
Source:Eurekalert

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