4 prestigious scholarships for IRBV students

Congratulations to the four IRBV students below who were just awarded prestigious scholarships from the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Graduate And Post-doctoral Studies:

Roxane Archambault-Vermette
Under the supervision of Stéphanie Pellerin, co-supervised by Julie Talbot
National Bank Scholarship, $5000

Raphaëlle Dubois
Under the supervision of Stéphanie Pellerin, co-supervised by Raphaël Proulx
Rosdev Excellence Scholarship, $5000

Émilie Échevin
Under the supervision of Anne-Lise Routier, co-supervised by Daniel Kierzkowski
Catherine Fradette Scholarship in biological sciences and neurology, $4000

Mathilde Gaudreau
Under the supervision of Jacques Brodeur, co-supervised by Paul K. Abram
Renewal of the Hydro-Québec Excellence Scholarship, $20000

Soon-Jae Lee awarded the J.-André-Fortin scholarship

Soon-Jae Lee is the 2019 recipient of the $1000 J.-André-Fortin Scholarship. He studied the evolution and roles of the interference ARN system (ARNi) the mechanism for detecting blue light and circadian clock in the genome of the mycorrhizal shrub fungus Rhizophagus irregularis using biological and bioinformatic approaches.

These roles have never been studied in shrub mycorrhizal fungi (CMA). Only a few studies have shown that blue light can affect the germination of spores and hyphae growth of CMA, however the mechanism has not been described. In the case of the circadian clock, although the circadian rhythm is ubiquitous in fungi and the diurnal rhythm of hyphae growth has been reported in the CMA, the mechanism remains unknown. The genome and transcriptome of the model CMA Rhizophagus irregularis isolate DAOM 197198, were publicly available and were exploited in the Soon-Jae Lee project.

Soon-Jae Lee has published three articles as first author and is pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.

In the footsteps of… Frère Marie-Victorin

The 22 November 2019 episode of the Historia program Dans les pas de… (In The Footsteps Of…), which is dedicated to Marie-Victorin, will feature interviews with Michel Labrecque and Luc Brouillet filmed at the IRBV, in the greenhouses and the Herbarium. Here is a complete list of broadcasts:

  • Friday the 22, 10:00pm
  • Saturday the 23, 10:00am and 6:00pm
  • Tuesday the 26, 2:00pm and 2:00am
  • Wednesday the 27, 6:00am

Benjamin Mazin receives the Marie-Victorin Excellence Award

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.