Students win poster awards

poster-awardPh.D. student Xin Yi was recently awarded the Best Poster Award at the International Seed Testing Association Annual Meeting held in Uruguay last month.Along with his supervisor Dr. Mark Eramian and collaborators at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Xin explored seed identification using computer vision techniques and the potential to automatically distinguish similarly-featured seeds using their digital images.

A poster submitted to the ISMB/ECCB 2015 conference by Kimberly MacKay, a Bioinformatics M.Sc. student, was one of only 36 posters selected for oral presentation out of more than 600 posters presented at the conference. Kim's research investigates the global impact rapamycin has on gene expression in normal human fibroblasts. Rapamycin is an immunosuppressant drug that is currently used to prevent transplant organ rejection. It is additionally being investigated as a potential therapy for many other diseases. The effect it has on cytoplasmic and genomic function has been extensively studied in model organisms. However, it is unclear what affect rapamycin has on gene expression in normal human primary cells.