May 15, 2018

Matthew Bergman wins best oral presentation at the CSB Research Day conference at the University of Toronto

PhD student Matthew Bergman (pictured above) received the Best Oral Presentation award at the 4th Annual CSB (Cellular & Systems Biology) Research Day, along with fellow PhD student Ahmed Hasan from Rob Ness' lab (watch out for the Ness lab, those guys are nothing but trouble.)

The title of Matthew's talk was "Elucidation of essential oil biosynthesis in rose scented geranium (Pelargonium sp.)", while Ahmed's presentation bore the title "Recombination rate variation in the model alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii". Both talks featured original research, lucidly explained, and were well received by the students and faculty in attendance.

The CSB Research Day is a chance for graduate students to showcase their work to the University of Toronto community. The one day conference featuring student talks and posters was held May 4 at the Ramsey Wright building on the St. George campus in downtown Toronto.

The abstract book featured this lovely collage of model organisms. Arabidopsis and Drosophila are right in the middle where they belong, but I don't see Chlamy in there. Prof. Ness, will this slight go unchallenged?

Congratulations to Matthew and Ahmed for their outstanding presentations, and a huge thanks to Eiji Nambara, Francis Lee, Genna Zunde, and the rest of the organizing committee for their hard work putting this conference together.

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