The Ragai Ibrahim Award
Le Prix Ragai Ibrahim

The Ragai Ibrahim Award Fund was established by CSPB-SCBV through a generous donation from Professor Ragai Ibrahim, eminent Canadian plant scientist and an emeritus member of the CSPP-SCPV. The purpose of the award is to recognize excellence in publication by graduate students. There is one award per year, and the nomination information can be found here.

Professor Ibrahim is a long-time faculty member at Concordia University, where he is currently Distinguished Professor Emeritus. He has made numerous outstanding contributions to the understanding of plant flavonoid biochemistry. In recognition of his body of work he was awarded the CSPB-SCBV Society Medal (the "Gold Medal") in 2004. Highlights of his career were published in an invited review: Ibrahim RK (2005) A forty-year journey in plant research: original contributions to flavonoid biochemistry. Canadian Journal of Botany 83:433-450.

Le Prix Ragai Ibrahim a été créé par la CSPB/SCBV en 2006 grâce à un généreux don du Professeur Ragai Ibrahim, éminent scientifique canadien dans le domaine végétal et membre émérite de la CSPP/SCPV. Le but de ce prix est de reconnaître l'excellence des publications des étudiants de 2ème et 3ème cycles. Un prix est attribué par année et information à nomination est ici.

Professeur Ibrahim est un membre de longue date du corps professoral de l'Université Concordia, où il est actuellement professeur distingué émérite. Il contribua remarquablement à la compréhension de la biochimie des flavonoïdes chez les végétaux. En reconnaissance de son oeuvre, la CSPP-SCPV lui décerna la Médaille de la Société («Médaille d'or») en 2004. Les faits saillants de sa carrière furent publiés dans une revue invitée: Ibrahim RK (2005) A forty-year journey in plant research: original contributions to flavonoid biochemistry. Canadian Journal of Botany 83:433-450.


Ragai Ibrahim (left) at the 2005 Plant Canada conference in Edmonton, receiving his Society Medal from outgoing President Deep Saini (centre) and incoming President Robert Guy (right).

Ragai Ibrahim (à gauche) recevant la Médaille dela Société du président sortant Deep Saini (centre) et du nouveau président Robert Guy (à droite) lors du congrès Plant Canada 2005 qui s'est tenu à Edmonton.


Former Award Winners


2021 - Hyun Kung Lee, University of Toronto

Lee HK, Goring DR (2020) Two subgroups of receptor-like kinases promote early compatible pollen responses in the Arabidopsis thaliana pistil. Journal of Experimental Botany 72:1198-1211.


2021- Carina Carianopol, University of Toronto Scarborough

Carianopol CS, Chan AL, Dong S, Provart NJ, Lumba S (2020) An abscisic acid-responsive protein interaction network for sucrose non-fermenting related kinase1 in abiotic stress response. Communications Biology 3:145.


2020 - Mina Ghahremani, Queen's University


Ghahremani M, Tran H, Biglou SG, O'Gallagher B, She Y-M, Plaxton WC (2019) A glycoform of the purple acid phosphatase AtPAP26 co-purifies with a mannose-binding lectin (AtGAL1) secreted by phosphate starved Arabidopsis. Plant Cell Environment 42:1139-1157


2020 (honourable mention) - Samuel Livingston, University of British Columbia


Livingston SJ, Quilichini TD, Booth JK, Wong DCJ, Rensing KH, Laflamme-Yonkman J, Castellarin SD, Bohlmann J, Page JE, Samuels AL (2019) Cannabis glandular trichomes alter morphology and metabolite content during flower maturation. The Plant Journal 101:37-56.

2019 - Laryssa Halat, University of British Columbia

Ruan Y, Halat LS, Khan D, Jancowski S, Ambrose C, Belmonte MF, Wasteneys GO (2018) Microtubule-associated protein CLASP sustains cell proliferation through a brassinosteroid signaling negative feedback loop. Current Biology. 28:2718-2729.


2018 - Jiaqi Sun, McGill University

Sun J, Zheng H (2018) Efficient ER fusion requires a dimerization and a C-terminal tail mediated membrane anchoring of RHD31. Plant Physiology 176:406-417.


2012 - Yue (Alex) Wu, Brock University

Wu Y, Zhang D, Chu JY, Boyle P, Wang Y, Brindle ID, De Luca V, Després C (2012) The Arabidopsis NPR1 protein is a receptor for the plant defense hormone salicylic acid. Cell Reports 1:639-647


2012 (honourable mention) - Shiu (Terry) Chung Lung, University of Waterloo

Lung SC, Chuong SDX (2012) A transit peptide-like sorting signal at the C terminus Directs the Bienertia sinuspersici preprotein receptor Toc159 to the chloroplast outer membrane. Plant Cell 24:1560-1578


2011 - Glen Uhrig, University of Calgary

Uhrig GR, Moorhead GB (2011) Two ancient bacterial-like PPP family phosphatases from Arabidopsis are highly conserved plant proteins that possess unique properties. Plant Physiology 157: 1778-1792.


2011 (honourable mention) - Lenka Plavcová, University of Alberta

Plavcová L, Hacke UG (2011) Heterogeneous distribution of pectin epitopes and calcium in different pit types of four angiosperm species. New Phytologist 192: 885-897.


2010 - Laurent Cappadocia, Université de Montréal

Cappadocia L, Maréchal A, Parent J-S, Lepage É, Sygusch J, Brisson N (2010) Crystal structures of DNA-Whirly complexes and their role in Arabidopsis organelle genome repair. The Plant Cell 22:1849-1867.


2009 - Patrick Boyle, Brock University

Boyle P, Le Su E, Rochon A, Shearer HL, Murmu J, Chu JY, Fobert PR, Després C (2009) The BTB/POZ domain of the Arabidopsis disease resistance protein NPR1 interacts with the repression domain of TGA2 to negate its function. The Plant Cell 21:3700-3713.


2008 - James Uniacke, Concordia University

Uniacke J, Zerges W (2008) Stress induces the assembly of RNA granules in the chloroplast of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Journal of Cell Biology 182:641-646.


2007 - Sam Gennidakis, Queen's University

Gennidakis S, Rao S, Greenham K, Uhrig RG, O'Leary B, Snedden WA, Lu C, Plaxton WC (2007) Bacterial- and plant-type phosphoenol-pyruvate carboxylase polypeptides interact in the hetero-oligomeric Class-2 PEPC complex of developing castor oil seeds. Plant Journal 52:839-849.


2006 - Amanda Rochon, Brock University

Rochon A, Boyle P, Wignes T, Fobert PR, Després C (2006) The coactivator function of Arabidopsis NPR1 requires the core of its BTB/POZ domain and the oxidation of C-terminal cysteines. The Plant Cell 18:3670-3685.

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