Scientists receive Early Researcher Award
Congratulations to Science professors Ryan Hili and Jean-Paul Paluzzi for receiving Early Researcher Awards from the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science. They were among seven researchers from York University to receive an award. See the full story in yFile.
Ryan Hili’s research in the Department of Chemistry is focused on developing a platform to rapidly generate artificial antibodies to address a deficit of diagnostic tools in biomedical research. This will be achieved by developing a system capable of evolving chemically modified nucleic acid polymers that can recognize and bind proteins and other biomolecules implicated in human disease. Products generated from this research will have immediate impact on health care in Ontario, all the while providing an excellent training ground for new scientists in chemical biology.
Jean-Paul Paluzzi’s research, in the Department of Biology, studies the biology of disease vectors, including ticks and mosquitoes. Specifically, it examines neuroendocrine systems, which are central in regulating the fundamental biology of these organisms. This will benefit the comparative endocrinology community since many hormone systems are found in other animals, including humans. This research is both innovative and timely since it will accelerate development of novel compounds and strategies aimed at reducing the prevalence of disease-vectors, which is of significant concern in Ontario due to increased risk of tick- and mosquito-borne diseases.
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