The Ragai Ibrahim Award

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.

    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).

    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 (honourable mention), 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 - Samuel Livingston (honourable mention) ,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.


    2017 - Thomas DeFalco, University of Toronto

    DeFalco, T.A., Marshall, C.B., Munro, K., Kang, H.G., Moeder, W., Ikura, M., Snedden,W.A., Yoshioka, K. (2016) Multiple calmodulin-binding sites positively and negatively regulate Arabidopsis CYCLIC NUCLEOTIDE-GATED CHANNEL 12. The Plant Cell 28:1738-1751.


    2017 - Mehran Dastmalchi (honourable mention), Western University and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

    Dastmalchi, M., Bernards, M.A. and Dhaubhadel S. (2016) Twin anchors of the soybean isoflavonoid metabolon: IFS and C4H tether the complex to the endoplasmic reticulum. Plant Journal 85:689-706.


    2016 - Scott Farrow, University of Alberta

    Farrow SC, Hagel JM, Beaudoin GA, Burns DC, Facchini PJ 2016. Stereochemical inversion of (S)-reticuline by a cytochrome P450 fusion in opium poppy. Nature Chemical Biology 11:728-734.


    2016 - Yochiro Watanabe (honourable mention), University of British Columbia

    Watanabe Y, Meents MJ, McDonnell LM, Barkwill S, Sampathkumar A, Cartwright HN, Demura T, Ehrhardt DW, Samuels AL, Mansfield SD (2015) Visualization of cellulose synthases in Arabidopsis secondary cell walls. Science 350:198-203.


    2015 - Ryan Eng, Univsersity of British Columbia

    Eng RC, Wasteneys G. (2014) The microtubule plus-end tafficking protein ARMADIILLO-REPEAT KINESIN1 promotes microtubule catastrophe in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 26:3372-3386.


    2015 - Teagan Quilichini (honourable mention), University if British Columbia

    Quilichini TD, Samuels AL, Douglas CJ. (2014.) ABCG26-mediated polyketide tafficking and hydroxycinnamoyl spermidines contribute to pollen wall exine formation in Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell 26:4483-4498.


    2014 - Gregory Downs, University of Guelph


    2014 - Hardy Hall (honourable mention), University of British Columbia


    2013 -


    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 - Shiu (Terry) Chung Lung (honourable mention), 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. The 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 - Lenka Plavcová (honourable mention), 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.

    Le Prix Ragai Ibrahim

    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 (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.



    Laureats Précédents


    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 (honourable mention), 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 - Samuel Livingston (honourable mention) ,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.


    2017 - Thomas DeFalco, University of Toronto

    DeFalco, T.A., Marshall, C.B., Munro, K., Kang, H.G., Moeder, W., Ikura, M., Snedden,W.A., Yoshioka, K. (2016) Multiple calmodulin-binding sites positively and negatively regulate Arabidopsis CYCLIC NUCLEOTIDE-GATED CHANNEL 12. The Plant Cell 28:1738-1751.


    2017 - Mehran Dastmalchi (honourable mention), Western University and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

    Dastmalchi, M., Bernards, M.A. and Dhaubhadel S. (2016) Twin anchors of the soybean isoflavonoid metabolon: IFS and C4H tether the complex to the endoplasmic reticulum. Plant Journal 85:689-706.


    2016 - Scott Farrow, University of Alberta

    Farrow SC, Hagel JM, Beaudoin GA, Burns DC, Facchini PJ 2016. Stereochemical inversion of (S)-reticuline by a cytochrome P450 fusion in opium poppy. Nature Chemical Biology 11:728-734.


    2016 - Yochiro Watanabe (honourable mention), University of British Columbia

    Watanabe Y, Meents MJ, McDonnell LM, Barkwill S, Sampathkumar A, Cartwright HN, Demura T, Ehrhardt DW, Samuels AL, Mansfield SD (2015) Visualization of cellulose synthases in Arabidopsis secondary cell walls. Science 350:198-203.


    2015 - Ryan Eng, Univsersity of British Columbia

    Eng RC, Wasteneys G. (2014) The microtubule plus-end tafficking protein ARMADIILLO-REPEAT KINESIN1 promotes microtubule catastrophe in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 26:3372-3386.


    2015 - Teagan Quilichini (honourable mention), University if British Columbia

    Quilichini TD, Samuels AL, Douglas CJ. (2014.) ABCG26-mediated polyketide tafficking and hydroxycinnamoyl spermidines contribute to pollen wall exine formation in Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell 26:4483-4498.


    2014 - Gregory Downs, University of Guelph


    2014 - Hardy Hall (honourable mention), University of British Columbia


    2013 -


    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 - Shiu (Terry) Chung Lung (honourable mention), 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. The 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 - Lenka Plavcová (honourable mention), 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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