We are happy to announce that the recipient of the 2019 Marie-Victorin Excellence Award is Benjamin Mazin, a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Daniel Philippe Matton. Benjamin presented impeccably his project on the molecular mechanisms allowing pollen grains and eggs to develop properly. He also showed great ability to describe the scientific benefits of his work.
The overall goal of his doctoral degree is to understand how external signals are integrated during the development of gametophytes and pollen tube growth in Solanaceae, including wild potatoes. In the laboratory, Benjamin showed that individuals affected by a decrease in the expression of a certain gene produced fewer seeds per fruit. These results will ultimately result in higher yielding crop varieties.
Benjamin began his Ph.D. in 2016 in the laboratory of Professor Daniel Matton who describes him as a hard worker and dedicated to his studies. Benjamin also has an impressive social implication. He particularly likes to help CEGEP students and high school students to carry out scientific projects.