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Dr. Stephanie Jones Awarded 2018 Armand-Frappier Outstanding Student Award

Recent Ph.D. graduate Dr. Stephanie Jones, IIDR trainee within Dr. Marie Elliot’s lab at McMaster University.

Congratulations to recent McMaster postdoctoral graduate Dr. Stephanie Jones on being awarded the Armand-Frappier Outstanding Student Award at the 2018 meeting of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM).

This prestigious award, named after one of CSM’s most prominent founding members and presidents, is awarded each year to the top microbiology student in the country based on selection by a 5-member International Scientific Committee.

As the recipient of this year’s award, Stephanie received a cheque of $500, a framed certificate, and travel, accommodation, and complimentary registration to the annual CSM conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Here, Stephanie was invited to present a talk on her research, entitled “Exploring a new mode of bacterial development, communication and competition”.

Receiving this distinguished award is just one of Stephanie’s several accomplishments over the past year. Notably, Stephanie was awarded the top Graduate Research Prize by the Canadian Council of University Biology Chairs last November for publishing the “best and most innovative referred journal article based on graduate research in any national or international scientific journal”. Stephanie’s eLife paper, which presented an entirely new mechanism of bacterial growth, development, and communication, astonished scholars in the field who have been investigating Streptomyces development for over 7 decades. Further, the 2014 Vanier Scholarship recipient was presented the Michael Kamin Hart Memorial Scholarship at the 2017 IIDR Trainee Day last Fall, based on her outstanding demonstration of academic excellence, leadership, and enthusiasm for scientific research.

Graduating with her Ph.D. in Biology just this month under the supervision of Department of Biology Professor and upcoming Chair Dr. Marie Elliot, Stephanie plans to continue doing research that advances our understanding of microbiology. In the Fall, Stephanie will be commencing postdoctoral research within Dr. Mike Laub’s lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she will investigate toxin-antitoxin systems and microbial phage defense systems. We wish Dr. Jones continued success and look forward to seeing where her bright future takes her.