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Four CFRI PhD students receive Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

September 23, 2013
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Pictured (left to right): Giulia Muraca, Kirandeep Bhullar, Jennifer Grants, Dominika Nackiewicz

Four University of British Columbia (UBC) doctoral students working at the Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI) at BC Children’s Hospital have received prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships for research into intestinal disorders, diabetes, gene regulation, and uncontrolled bleeding after childbirth.

The Vanier Scholarships are intended to attract and retain world-class doctoral students to Canada and are awarded to students from around the world who have displayed leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement. The scholarships are worth $50,000 per year for three years.

The announcement was made today by the Honourable Greg Rickford, Federal Minister of State (Science and Technology) at Université Laval in Québec City.

The CFRI Vanier Scholarship recipients are:

  • Kirandeep Bhullar
    Project: A sticky situation: Defining how bacterial pathogens subvert the intestinal mucus layer
    Supervisor: Dr. Bruce Vallance, CFRI, UBC, and CH.I.L.D. Foundation Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology

  • Jennifer Grants
    Project: Genetic study of CDK8-dependent gene regulation in metazoans
    Supervisor: Dr. Stefan Taubert, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT), CFRI, and UBC

  • Giulia Muraca
    Project: Epidemiological insights into increasing postpartum hemorrhage rates in Canada
    Supervisor: Dr. K.S. Joseph, CFRI and UBC

  • Dominika Nackiewicz
    Project: Using regulatory macrophages (Mregs) to promote beta cell regeneration during islet inflammation
    Supervisor: Dr. Jan Ehses, CFRI and UBC

“Jennifer Grants was my very first graduate student and she has set the tone for all other trainees, performing spectacularly,” said Dr. Stefan Taubert. “I am very pleased that her hard work and dedication has been recognized by this fantastic award.”

“The Vanier scholarship is great recognition, and I am extremely honored to have received this award. This will allow me to fully focus on my research program in the years to come,” said Grants. 

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