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Celebrating your achievements

To include awards and achievements in The Pulse Faculty and Staff Newsletter please email your submission with the subject line “The Pulse: Achievement” to jessica.mcgaw@schulich.uwo.ca. Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year and will be featured in the following month's newsletter.


Congratulations to the 2016 recipients of the Faculty Support for Research in Education awards. Congratulations to Kori LaDonna, PhD, Dr. Alp Sener, Dr. Neil Duggal and their teams.

Schulich Medicine & Dentistry researchers Paula Foster and Greg Dekaban are one step closer to being the first in Canada to use MRI cell-tracking in humans to determine the fate of cell-based immunotherapies for cancer. Thanks to a grant from BioCanRx, the team at Robarts Research Institute will be able to move their research into human trials. Read More.

The YMCA of Western Ontario announced its 2017 Women of Excellence. Health, Science & Technology honouree Dr. Marina Salvadori, Department of Paediatrics, is recognized as a provincial, national and international expert in immunization and immunization policy.

Congratulations to Julie Kaiser, PhD candidate, Microbiology and Immunology, who is the recipient of the 2016 John A. Thomas award. Julie was recognized by the graduate studies committee for her strong publication record, her earning of provincial and national scholarships, including our own RGE Murray award, and her many contributions to the life of the Graduate Program in Microbiology & Immunology.

Congratulations to Carolina R. Batista, PhD candidate, Microbiology and Immunology, for having her paper “PU.1 regulates Ig light chain transcription and rearrangement in pre-B cells during B cell development” published in Journal of Immunology.

Congratulations to Peter Szabo, PhD candidate, Microbiology and Immunology, for having his paper “Invariant NKT cells are pathogenic in the HLA-DR4-transgenic humanized mouse model of toxic shock syndrome and can be targeted to reduce morbidity” published in the Journal of Infectious Disease.

Congratulations to Ashley Makela, PhD candidate, Molecular Imaging, for having her paper “Quantifying tumor associated macrophages in breast cancer: a comparison of iron and fluorine-based MRI cell tracking” published in the Scientific Reports Journal

Congratulations to Ashley Schormans, PhD candidate, Anatomy and Cell Biology, for having her paper “Audiovisual Temporal Processing and Synchrony Perception in the Rat” published.

Congratulations to Saqgar Desai, PhD candidate, Anatomy and Cell Biology, for having their paper “Combination of behaviorally sub-effective doses of glutamate NMDA and dopamine D1 receptor antagonists impairs executive function” published in the Journal of Behavioural Brain Research.

Congratulations to Kelly Baines, MSc Candidate, Anatomy and Cell Biology, for having her paper “Transcription Factors That Regulate Trophoblast Development and Function” published in the Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science Journal.