Laurentian University celebrates discovery research

University researchers receive $1.4 million in federal funding as part of NSERC’s Discovery Grants Program

(2018-10-09) Laurentian University researchers have received $1.4 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to fund 10 research projects.

Sudbury MP Paul Lefebvre and Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré made the announcement earlier today at a press conference held at the Laurentian’s Cliff Fielding Research, Innovation, and Engineering Building.

“Laurentian University is committed to strengthening the foundation of knowledge in higher education and research,” said Dr. Pierre Zundel, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor, Laurentian University. “Through critical inquiry we strive to discover answers relevant to society. Today’s announcement testifies of our engagement – and particularly the engagement of our professors – to pursue this mission. Congratulations to all the recipients.”

“Our government believes in science, and investments in science support new discoveries and the commercialization of ideas, leading to sustainable growth and new jobs. That’s why our government continues to make significant investments in fundamental science, including right here at Laurentian University,” said Sudbury MP Paul Lefebvre.

“Laurentian University is one of Ontario’s scientific powerhouses fostering innovative ideas with some of the most acclaimed scientist and researcher teams at the helm,” added Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré. “We will continue to support and recognize the efforts of our skilled researchers as their findings hold the key to countless discoveries which will create future opportunities! Congratulations to all the brilliant recipients and their teams for this well-deserved grant. I wish you much success as you forge ahead with each of your research initiatives.”

The Discovery Grants Program is NSERC’s largest and longest-standing program. The grants provide the core funding and freedom so Canada’s best researchers can pursue their most promising ideas and breakthrough discoveries.



Hoyun Lee, Health Sciences North Research Institute ­­
Cell cycle regulation by PP1 and Cdc7.

David Lesbarreres, Department of Biology
Local adaptations to infectious diseases: curse or opportunity?

Thomas Merritt, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Genetic dissection of the NADPH metabolic network in drosophila.

Ralf Meyer, Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences  
Modelling of nanoscale phonemic crystals.

Jesse Popp, Department of Biology  
The influence of natural and anthropogenic disturbance on wildlife diversity, demographics, and distributions.

Michael Schindler, Harquail School of Earth Sciences        
Nano-Earth sciences: Understanding environmental processes at the nano-scale.

Stefan Siemann, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry         
Metal requirement and mechanism of anthrax lethal factor and other zinc proteases.

Alain Simard, Northern Ontario School of Medicine 
Regulation of immune functions by the non-neuronal cholinergic system.

T.C. Tai, Northern Ontario School of Medicine         
Role of ROS in hypoxia-mediated regulation of the phenylethanolamine n-methyltransferase gene.

James Watterson, Department of Forensics 
Xenobiotic and Metabolite Profiling in Skeletal Remains for Classification of Xenobiotic Exposure Patterns.