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IIDR’s Stephanie Jones Receives Top ‘Graduate Research Prize’ for Most Innovative Refereed Journal Article in Canada

Stephanie Jones delivering a presentation on her research at this year’s IIDR Trainee Day, for which she also received the Michael Kamin Hart Memorial Scholarship (Ph.D. level). 

November 15th, 2017 – McMaster’s Stephanie Jones, a Vanier Scholar and senior Ph.D. student in Dr. Marie Elliot’s lab in the Department of Biology, has just been awarded the top ‘Graduate Research Prize’ by the Canadian Council of University Biology Chairs (CCUBC).

This CCUBC Prize is awarded annually to the graduate student who has the best and most innovative refereed journal article based on their graduate research, published or in press, in any national or international scientific journal.

Stephanie’s eLife paper, entitled “Streptomyces exploration is triggered by fungal interactions and volatile signals”, astonished scholars in the field of microbial development when she reported a completely new mechanism of bacterial growth, development, and communication. Her findings were all the more remarkable considering that the bacterium she studies (Streptomyces), has been the subject of developmental investigations for 70+ years.

Stephanie’s eLife paper has received extensive attention, including being highlighted in the journals Nature and Nature Reviews Microbiology. The honour will be officially conferred on November 16th during the CCUBC’s annual meeting.

Read Stephanie’s full eLife article here.