Awards and recognition
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) recently announced $29.2 m of funding over five years for 181 UBC led research projects. Six MSL faculty have been awarded NSERC Discovery Grants and supplemental program funds. The projects funded span a diverse range of research focuses, from immune system biology to plant genetics and single molecule biophysics.
The NSERC Discovery Grant program aims to recognize creative and innovative research by supporting long term project goals. Distributed over five years, these grants provide operating funds often in tandem with other support programs. Researchers receiving funds have the flexibility to pursue activities that extend beyond their original proposals, as well as collaborative projects.
MSL faculty led Discovery Grant funded projects include:
Dr. Wilfred Jefferies
Cellular and molecular biology underlying priming of the immune system
Dr. James Kronstad
Molecular Genetics of Smut Fungi
Dr. Sabrina Leslie
Biophysics of molecular interactions at the single-molecule level
Dr. Marco Todesco
Understanding the genetic basis of local adaptation in wild sunflowers
$ 245,000 plus $12,5000 Discovery Launch Supplement
Dr. Nobuhiko Tokuriki
Evolutionary Mechanisms for Novel Metabolic Pathways
Additionally, 14 projects led by UBC researchers were awarded NSERC Research Tools and Instruments grants that support the discovery, innovation and training capability of university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering by enabling the purchase of research equipment.
MSL faculty led NSERC Research Tools and Instruments projects include:
Dr. Xin Li
A high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) system for analyzing plant defense hormone salicylic acid
- Read the full funding announcement from UBC’s Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation
- Read highlights from the projects led by UBC Faculty of Science
- Learn more about NSERC’s Discovery Grant program