USask biology professor Dr. Christy Morrissey (PhD) has been awarded $275,000 for her research project detecting effects of insecticides on migratory birds. (Photo: David Stobbe)

USask researchers awarded over $5 million in NSERC Discovery Grants

University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have been awarded nearly $5.7 million from Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s (NSERC) Discovery Grants Program to support 32 wide-ranging projects.

"The diversity of projects awarded Discovery Grant funding this year is representative of USask’s impressive, diversified research atmosphere,” said USask Vice-President Research Baljit Singh. “Our scientists are on a constant quest to provide discovery the world needs, and this deeply appreciated investment from the federal government will fuel these efforts.”

The Discovery Grants Program provides up to five years of support to ongoing and long-term research projects which present creativity and innovation.

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced investments of more than $635 million in science, research and engineering to support more than 4,800 lead researchers and their teams at a press conference today.

Here is a selection of the projects awarded: 

Discovery Grants

Veronica Campanucci
Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology (APP)
Amount: $180,000
Project: Chloride homeostasis and DRG neuron excitability

Juan Ianowski
Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology (APP)
Amount: $140,000
Project: Cellular and molecular mechanisms of ion transport by the insect excretory system

Jenny-Lee Thomassin
Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Immunology (BMI)
Amount: $162,500
Project: Identification and characterization of the type II secretion system in carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae ST258

Changting Xiao
Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology (APP)
Amount: $160,000
Project: Regulation of Cytoplasmic Lipid Droplet Mobilization in Intestinal Enterocyte

For a full list of USask Awardees, please visit the USask news site.

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