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Amro Zayed earns award for postdoctoral mentorship excellence

Amro Zayed earns award for postdoctoral mentorship excellence

Congratulations to Faculty of Science Professor Amro Zayed, who was one of two faculty members honoured by the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) with the Postdoctoral Supervisor Award during an FGS council meeting on Dec. 7. The award is presented annually to a faculty member in any department and program at York who demonstrates exemplary […]

Annual bee conference at York welcomes scientists from across the globe

Annual bee conference at York welcomes scientists from across the globe

On October 12-13, 2023, the Centre for Bee Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (BEEc) at York University hosted the twelfth annual BeeCon, a free conference that brings together bee biologists from around the world to discuss bees, collection methods, pollination, genomics, conservation and behaviour. The two-day hybrid event welcomed researchers and community members from over 30 […]

Professor Peter Backx named to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

Professor Peter Backx named to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

Congratulations to Professor Peter Backx for being elected as a Fellow to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS), considered one of the highest honours for individuals in the Canadian health sciences community. Backx, a professor in the Department of Biology, holds the Canada Research Chair in Cardiovascular Biology. He has been at the forefront […]

Scientist receives Brain Canada grant to combine neuroscience and artificial intelligence in autism research

Scientist receives Brain Canada grant to combine neuroscience and artificial intelligence in autism research

Professor Kohitij Kar in the Department of Biology is among 28 early-career researchers who received grants valued at $100,000 from Brain Canada’s Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research program. His project will combine neuroscience and artificial intelligence (AI) studies of vision into autism research. Kar, a Canada Research Chair in Visual Neuroscience, combines machine learning […]

New Faculty of Science members to further York’s scientific innovation, impact

New Faculty of Science members to further York’s scientific innovation, impact

This story is published in YFile’s New Faces feature issue 2023. Every September, YFile introduces and welcomes those joining the York University community, and those with new appointments. The York University Faculty of Science welcomes 14 new faculty members this fall. “We are thrilled to welcome our newest cohort of high-calibre researchers and instructors to […]

Lack of maternal care effects development, microbiome and health of wild bees

Lack of maternal care effects development, microbiome and health of wild bees

Media Release from September 14, 2023 York University researchers examined the early and late life stages of small developing carpenter bees in the presence and absence of maternal care and were surprised by the results. Most wild bees are solitary, but one tiny species of carpenter bees fastidiously cares for and raises their offspring, an […]

Professor receives $780,000 in CIHR funding

Professor receives $780,000 in CIHR funding

Professor and York University Research Chair Chun Peng received $780,000 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to fund a new project associated with her ongoing research into pre-eclampsia, a pregnancy disorder with a profound impact on maternal and fetal health. The grant funds a project titled “NLRC5 isoforms in placental development and pathogenesis […]

Two Science students receive Robert J. Tiffin Student Leadership Award

Two Science students receive Robert J. Tiffin Student Leadership Award

Congratulations to Faculty of Science students Arman Sadr and Mustafa Abdulkadhim for receiving Robert J. Tiffin Student Leadership Awards, which recognize students whose leadership has contributed to the growth, development and vitality of York University. Sadr, a BSc student in the biomedical science program, has been involved with Bethune College since his first year at […]

More algal blooms likely in Lake Erie as deep-water oxygen levels continue to drop

More algal blooms likely in Lake Erie as deep-water oxygen levels continue to drop

Media release from July 25, 2023 York University researchers take novel approach to look at history of deep-water oxygen in Lake Erie through insect larvae in lake sediment over last 150 years. Researchers at York University went searching for the fossilized remains of small insect larvae called chironomids, found in sediment in Lake Erie, to […]

Professor Sapna Sharma appointed as York Research Chair in Global Change Biology

Professor Sapna Sharma appointed as York Research Chair in Global Change Biology

Congratulations to Biology Professor Sapna Sharma on being named among the 15 newest York Research Chairs (YRC), an internal program that mirrors the national Canada Research Chairs program which recognizes world-leading researchers in a variety of fields. “The York Research Chair program is an important complement to the Canada Research Chair program to advance our […]