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June 18, 2021

Our CSPB/SCBV Society Awards were presented at the 2021 Virtual Meeting this past week. A big congratulations to all of our awardees!

2021 Society Gold Medal: Dr. Vincenzo De Luca, Brock University

In recognition of outstanding career research and leadership contributions, primarily in Canada.

2021 C.D. Nelson Award: Dr. Isabel Desgagné-Penix, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

In recognition of outstanding research contributions to plant biology in Canada by an early-career researcher in an independent, full-time research position.

2021 Carl Douglas Prize: Dr. Yang Xu, Michigan State University

In recognition of outstanding contributions to plant biology by a postdoctoral fellow, based on initiative and originality of the research, productivity of the individual, and leadership during their postdoctoral fellowship.

2021 Ragai Ibrahim Award for Best Student Paper

Excellence in publication by graduate students

Winner: Dr. Hyun Kyung Lee (Daphne Goring lab, U of T) for the paper entitled “Two subgroups of receptor-like kinases promote early compatible pollen responses in the Arabidopsis thaliana pistil.”

Honorable mention: Dr. Carina Carianopol (Sonia Gazzarrini Lab, UTSc) for the paper entitled “An abscisic acid-responsive protein interaction network for sucrose non-fermenting related kinase1 in abiotic stress response.”

Check out our awards pages for past winners.


June 17, 2021

Congratulations to all of the student presenters at this year's conference. The quality of presentations was again exceptional and made the job of the judges very difficult.



Chak Chung Kuo, UBC, Identification of MOR1 homologs in plants and bioinformatic analysis of putative microtubule-binding motifs.

Nathan Doner, UoGuelph, Identifying new lipid droplet proteins in Arabidopsis thaliana: ERD7 localizes to lipid droplets via its senescence domain.


Ivette Menedez-Perodomo, UCalgary, Biochemical characterization of O-Methyltransferases involved in benzylisoquinoline alkaloids biosynthesis in sacred lotus.

Dristy Zaman, Western, L-Asparagine metabolism in Phaseolus vulgaris and Glycine max.



Jordan VanderBurgt, Western, Production of self-assembling virus-like particles displaying PRRSV epitopes in Nicotiana benthamiana.

Bridget Murphy, UToronto, Variation in the timing of autumn cold acclimation in field-grown white spruce under elevated temperatures and reduced water availability.

Hai Nguyen, Trent U, Phytohormone-enhanced heavy metal responses in Euglena gracilis: Ni, Pb and Cd uptake and associated hormone and metabolomic dynamics.


Varusha Veerapen, USherbrooke, Resistance to viroids can be transferred between plant species using natural variation in the AGO2 gene.

Udaya Subedi, UAlberta, Transcriptional down-regulation of various genes in alfalfa leads to superior tolerance to abiotic stresses and distinct morphology.

Paula Berronilla, UToronto, Investigating the role of PUBs in the self-incompatibility pathway of transgenic SI A. thaliana of the C24 accession.


Kethmi Jayawardhane, UAlberta, Over-expression of AINTEGUMENTA-LIKE7 (AIL7) in Arabidopsis alters morphological characteristic and heat stress response.




J. Duncan Giebelahus, UAlberta, Gibberellin regulation of protein accumulation in developing pea (Pisum sativum L.) seeds).


Somajeh Zafari, UTS Memorial, Alternative oxidase modulates serine metabolism and GABA shunt in tobacco under hypoxia.


Dilrukshi Komba Liyanage, UAlberta, Genotypic response of Canadian short-season soybean cultivars to drought stress.


Gamalat Allam, Western, miR156/SPL network negatively regulates aluminum stress tolerance in Medicago sativa.


Chris White-Gloria, UCalgary, Novel protein phosphatase SLP1 has a vast reach on chloroplast metabolism regulation.



Holly Wilts, UPEI, Cultivating Salix viminalis in agricultural-riparian transition areas to produce biomass and mitigate N2O emissions from potato cropping systems on Prince Edward Island.

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