OGI Summer Research Fellowship Program

The OGI Summer Fellowships Program will not be offered during 2015. Information about the program and an archive of previous years' fellowship recipients is below.

What is the program?

The Ontario Genomics Institute’s (OGI’s) Summer Research Fellowships offer undergraduate students a unique opportunity to engage in meaningful, real-life research in genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, or GE³LS (ethical, economic, environmental, legal, and/or social issues relating to genomics and proteomics research) in academia or industry. These fellowships allow students to gain work experience and it form part of OGI’s efforts to build the future of genomics in Ontario.

Who is eligible to apply?

Fellows are academically proficient, highly motivated individuals who have a serious career interest in research in genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics and/or GE3LS research. They are residents of Ontario, Canada and are currently undergraduate students in their first, second, or third year at an Ontario university working towards their first degree in any recognized program. They must be in good academic standing, having earned a cumulative average of at least B+, as defined by their university. They must conduct their research projects in the province of Ontario.

International students are eligible to apply as long as they meet the aforementioned criteria.  Students in co-operative education or undergraduate professional degree programs are not eligible to apply.

How much is a fellowship worth?

The Summer Research Fellowship is $5,000. A travel allowance will also be available to students (and supervisors) outside the Greater Toronto Area to offset the costs of attending fellowship events. OGI strongly recommends that universities support these outstanding students by using other sources to increase the award. They may also provide fringe benefits, such as vacations and medical insurance.

How do I apply for a fellowship?

The OGI Summer Fellowships Program will not be offered during 2015.

 

Questions?

Please contact OGI at info@ontariogenomics.ca and type “OGI Summer-Research Fellowship” in the subject line.

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Previous Recipients    

| 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003


2013 OGI SUMMER FELLOWSHIPS 

This is the 11th year for the OGI Summer Research Fellowship competition and we were very pleased once again with the excellent response and the high quality of applications submitted. 

Applications were in the areas of human health and medicine, technology development, and ethics and genomics policy, reflecting a diverse spectrum of genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics projects from students across the province.  

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 OGI Summer Research Fellowships:

julian hung

Julian Hung, University of Toronto
Supervisor: Brenda Andrews, University of Toronto
Project Title: Identifying networking genes in DNA damage response using synthetic genetic array analysis

 

olivia lee

Olivia Lee, University of Ottawa
Supervisor: Jennifer Chandler, University of Ottawa
Project Title: Behavioural genetics - Legal and social implications of the emerging genetics of human behaviour

Anam Qudrat, York University
Supervisor: Tino Alavie, Qvella Corporation
Project Title: Bacterial growth and replication

paul reginato

Paul Reginato, University of Waterloo
Supervisor: Andrew Doxey, University of Waterloo
Project Title: Structure-based discovery of carbohydrate-metabolizing proteins from metagenomic data

nicole valiquette

Nicole Valiquette, Laurentian University
Supervisor: Thomas Merritt, Laurentian University
Project Title: Bioinformatic characterization of acid mine drainage sediment microbial community

anson wong

Anson Wong, McMaster University
Supervisor: Hendrik Poinar, McMaster University
Project Title: Black death genomics and the evolution of pathogen virulence


2012 OGI SUMMER FELLOWSHIPS

This is the tenth year for the OGI Summer Research Fellowship competition and we were very pleased once again with the excellent response and the high quality of applications submitted. 

Applications were in the areas of human health and medicine, technology development, and ethics and genomics policy, reflecting a diverse spectrum of genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics projects from students across the province.  

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 OGI Summer Research Fellowships:

Polina Binder, University of Toronto
Supervisor: Quaid Morris, University of Toronto
Project Title: Predicting risk of metastasis from tumour genome sequence

Jeremy Chitpin, University of Ottawa
Supervisor: Kristin Baetz, University of Ottawa
Project Title: Investigating the novel roles of Elp3 in regulating protein trafficking

 

Sarah Hampson, McMaster University
Supervisor: Kym Boycott, University of Ottawa
Project Title: Therapeutic investigation of HSD17B4 for treatment of d-bifunctional protein deficiency

 

Amanda Kelsall, Queen's University
Supervisor: Jeffrey Lee, University of Toronto
Project Title: Structural proteomics of APOBEC3:  A new axis for anti-HIV therapy

Anna Kobylianskii, McMaster University
Supervisor: Jason Moffat, University of Toronto
Project Title: Development of synthetic human antibodies for CD83

 

Filip Miscevic, University of Toronto
Supervisor: Xiao-Yan Wen, St. Michael's Hospital
Project Title: Development of a zebrafish ferritin heavy chain transgenic reporter line for pharmacogenomic drug discovery of novel iron chelators



2011 OGI SUMMER FELLOWSHIPS

This is the ninth year for the OGI Summer Research Fellowship competition and we were very pleased once again with the excellent response and the high quality of applications submitted. 

Applications were in the areas of human health and medicine, technology development, and ethics and genomics policy, reflecting a diverse spectrum of genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics projects from students across the province.  

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 OGI Summer Research Fellowships:  

Sean (Xiaoxiao) Cai

Sean (Xiaoxiao) Cai, University of Toronto
Supervisor:  Stephen Wright, University of Toronto
Project Title:  Identification and characterization of regulatory non-coding DNA associated with speciation and floral evolution in Capsella
Category of Award:  Health & Medicine

George diCenzo

George diCenzo, McMaster University
Supervisor:  Turlough M. Finan , McMaster University
Project Title:  Synthetic Biology - Defining the minimal genome for the agriculturally important bacterium Sinorhizobium meliloti
Category of Award:  Health & Medicine

Christine P'ng

Christine P'ng, Queen's University
Supervisor:  Paul Boutros, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR)
Project Title:  Improved methods for multi-dimensional visualization of genomic data
Category of Award:  Health & Medicine

Carol Saleh

Carol Saleh, McMaster University
Supervisor:  George Yousef, St. Michael's Hospital/University of Toronto
Project Title:  Accurate prediction of biochemical relapse in prostate cancer by miRNA analysis
Category of Award:  Health & Medicine

Brianna Smrke

Brianna Smrke, McMaster University
Supervisor:  Jeffrey Lee, University of Toronto
Project Title:  Structural proteomics of a complete library of viral fusion proteins
Category of Award:  Health & Medicine

Maria Tassone

Maria Tassone, University of Toronto
Supervisor:  Ahmed El-Sohemy, University of Toronto
Project Title:  Genetic information and dietary intake behaviour
Category of Award:  Health & Medicine

Charles (Chu Yang) Yin

Charles (Chu Yang) Yin, McMaster University
Supervisor:  Marie Elliot, McMaster University
Project Title:  Discovery of novel antibiotics in Streptomyces spp
Category of Award:  Health & Medicine


2010 OGI SUMMER FELLOWSHIPS 

This is the eighth year for the OGI Summer Research Fellowship competition and we were very pleased once again with the excellent response and the high quality of applications submitted. 

Applications were in the areas of human health and medicine, technology development, and ethics and genomics policy, reflecting a diverse spectrum of genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics projects from students across the province.  

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 OGI Summer Research Fellowships:  

Tian Tian (Phoebe) Bao, University of Toronto
Supervisor:  Dr. George Yousef, St. Michael’s Hospital
Project Title:  Exploring the role of microRNAs as renal cell carcinoma pathogenesis using bioinformatic and experimental analyses.
Category of Award:  Health and Medicine

Kevin Chen, University of Western Ontario
Supervisor:  Dr. Gregory Gloor, University of Western Ontario
Project Title:  Metagenomic error rate analysis of rare biomes.
Category of Award: Health and Medicine

Alan Jiao, University of Toronto
Supervisor:  Dr. Alberto Martin, University of Toronto
Project Title:  A genome-wide RNAi screen to identify novel factors involved in class switch recombination and the DNA damage response.
Category of Award: Health and Medicine

Sabrina Nurmohamed, University of Western Ontario
Supervisor:  Dr. Philip Marsden, University of Toronto
Project Title:  The temporal relationship between DNA replication and DNA methylation of endothelial cell lineage-specific genes.
Category of Award: Health and Medicine    

Lauren Wallace, University of Guelph
Supervisor:  Dr. Mehrdad Hajibabaei, Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (University of Guelph)
Project Title:  DNA barcoding of commercial natural health products:  A further exploration of the potential contributions of DNA barcoding to natural health product regulation.
Category of Award: GE3LS/Genome Policy   


 2009

Alisha Fernandes, University of Guelph
Supervisor: Dr. David Castle, University of Ottawa
Project title: Development of a literature review and 'focus group guides' for the examination of public and professional opinions surrounding the use of gene-based information in population disease risk assessment and prediction
Category of award: GE3LS/Genome Policy

Andrew Girgis, University of Ottawa
Supervisor: Dr. George Yousef, St. Michael's Hospital
Project title: New biomarker discovery for Kidney cancer:  experimental validation and assessment of clinical significance.
Category of award: Health and Medicine

Zuhaib Mir, University of Western Ontario
Supervisor: Dr. Stephane Angers, University of Toronto
Project title: Investigation of the Wnt5a-Ror2 inhibition pathway
Category of award: Health and Medicine

Jared Mudrik, University of Toronto
Supervisor: Dr. Aaron Wheeler, University of Toronto
Project title: Bringing advanced chromatography techniques to the microscale for efficient, facile proteomics separations
Category of award: Health and Medicine 

Belle Song, University of Toronto
Supervisor: Dr. Duncan Stewart, Ottawa Health Research Institute
Project title: Dysregulation of protein expression in endothelial progenitor cells from patients with coronary artery disease:  A proteomics approach
Category of award: Health and Medicine
 

OGI-sanofi pasteur Industry Fellow  

sanofi pasteurR. Samual Ferber, Queen's University
Supervisor: Dr. Bryan McNeil, sanofi pasteur, North York
Project title: Investigating the Properties of a Viral Protein
Category of award: Health and Medicine

 

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 2008

Kate Gerster, University of Western Ontario
Supervisor: Dr. Fei-Fei Liu, UHN/Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto
Project title: Role of micro-RNA’s in human breast cancer
Category of award: Health and Medicine

Jelena Lukovic, University of Western Ontario
Supervisor: Dr. Philip A. Marsden, University of Toronto
Project title: Role of epigenetic dysregulation in vascular endothelial gene expression in hyperglycemia
Category of award: Health and Medicine

Stephen McCarthy, Trent University
Supervisor: Dr. Janet Yee, Trent University
Project title: Effects of elemental food quality on the relative expression of fourteen responsive genes in Daphnia pulex: A stoichiometric approach.
Category of award: Environment

Alexandra Mogyoros, University of Guelph
Supervisor: Dr. Trudo Lemmens, University of Toronto
Project title: Exploring the legal and ethical implications of biobanking: Are Canadian rights and values at stake?
Category of award: GE3LS

sanofi pasteurRebekah Oomen, Trent University
OGI-sanofi pasteur Industry Fellow
Supervisor: Dr. Jackie McCluskey, sanofi pasteur
Project title: A reverse vaccinology approach to identifying vaccine candidates against a bacterial pathogen
Category of award: Health and Medicine

Xinchen Wang, University of Toronto
Supervisor: Dr. Claudia dos Santos, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto
Project title: Development of a cross-species and cross-platform meta-analysis method for microarray data in ventilator-induced lung injury
Category of award: Health and Medicine

Melanie Wills, University of Guelph
Supervisor: Dr. Nina Jones, University of Guelph
Project title: Characterizing the expression profile of the ShcD signaling scaffold in cranial and neuroendocrine malignancies
Category of award: Health and Medicine 

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2007

Ghadi Antoun, University of Ottawa
Supervisor: Dr. Bruce McKay, Ottawa Health Research Institute
Project title: The effect of transcription-coupled nucleotide excision repair on cisplatin-induced gene expression
Category of award: Health and Medicine

Selim Asmer, University of Ottawa
Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Figeys, University of Ottawa
Project title: Development of methodology for the purification of ubiquinated proteins in plasma
Category of award: Health and Medicine

Brianne Davis, University of Western Ontario
Supervisor: Dr. Joaquin Madrenas, Robarts Research Institute/University of Western Ontario
Project title: Genomic analysis of bacterial superantigen-induced T-cells
Category of award: Health and Medicine

Christopher Johansen, University of Western Ontario
Supervisor: Dr. Krzysztof Szczyglowski, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Project title: Zinc-finger scissors for plant genome modification
Category of award: Agriculture

Benjamin Kwan, University of Toronto
Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Scherer, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
Project title: Assessing copy number variation in autistic individuals using Affymetrix 500k SNP microarrays
Category of award: Health and Medicine

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2006

Sarah Blissett, University of Western Ontario
Supervisor: Dr. Kathleen Hill, University of Western Ontario
Project title: Mutation load in neurons in a mouse model of neurodegeneration
Category of award: Health and Medicine

Julia Creider, University of Western Ontario
Supervisor: Dr. Robert Hegele, Robarts Research Institute/University of Western Ontario
Project title: Differential exon expression patterns from human cell lines associated with normal and Hutchison-Gilford progeria syndrome
Category of award: Health and Medicine

Erin Lymer, McMaster University
Supervisor: Dr. Fiona Miller, McMaster University
Project title: The ethics of predictive genetic testing in children: exploring and evaluating existing policies in terms of emerging literature at national and international levels
Category of award: GE3LS

Sheri Skerget, Lakehead University
Supervisor: Dr. David Law, Lakehead University
Project title: Development of expression profiling techniques for key genes affected by pulp and paper mill toxicant exposure in a fathead minnow
Category of award: Environment

Lauren Van Der Kraak, University of Guelph
Supervisor: Dr. Elise HĂ©on, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
Project title: Mutational analysis of TRIM32 in a multiethnic population
Category of award: Health and Medicine

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2005

Ram Ananth
Supervisor: Dr. Ken Dimock, University of Ottawa
Project title: The role of the sialic acid configuration and sialyltransferases in enterovirus tropism
Category of award: Health and Medicine

Meghan Andrews
Supervisor: Dr. Martin Holcik, University of Ottawa
Project title: Genome-wide identification of novel IRES elements utilized during endoplasmic reticulum stress
Category of award: Health and Medicine

Andre Bourgeois
Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Figeys, University of Ottawa
Project title: Targeting downstream effectors of amyloid protein induced synaptotoxicity and neuronal loss
Category of award: Health and Medicine

Wing Chun Andy Pang
Supervisor: Dr. Zhaolei Zhang, University of Toronto
Project title: Characterizing the transcriptionally active regions (TARS) in the human genome
Category of award: Health and Medicine

Sandy Shamon
Supervisor: Dr. Marie Elliot, McMaster University
Project title: Putative small RNA control of antibiotic production in streptomyces
Category of award: Health and Medicine

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2004

Christopher Thomas Appleton
Supervisor: Dr. Frank Beier, University of Western Ontario
Project title: Functional analysis of RGS proteins in differentiating chondrocytes
Category of award: Health and Medicine

Matthew Cahill
Supervisor: Dr. Barry Saville, University of Toronto at Mississauga
Project title: Construction of a full length cDNA library for Ustilago maydis dormant teliospores
Category of award: Agriculture

Erin Court
Supervisor: Dr. Peter Singer, University of Toronto
Project title: Top ten nanotechnologies for sustainable development: Determining the nanotechnologies most likely to benefit developing countries in the near future
Category of award: GE3LS

Michelle Dagnino
Supervisor: Professor Roxanne Mykitiuk, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Project title: Considering all sides: Using patent law and policy to refine the gene patenting debate
Category of award: GE3LS

Terence Tang
Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Scherer, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
Project title: Segmental duplications and diseases
Category of award: Health and Medicine

Christina Williams
Supervisor: Dr. Robert Hegele, Robarts Research Institute/University of Western Ontario
Project title: Differential gene expression patterns from human cell lines associated with normal and abnormal ageing
Category of award: Health and Medicine

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2003

Jamei Eng
Supervisor: Amadeo Parissenti, Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre, Sudbury
Project title: Pharmacogenomics of anthracycline and taxane resistance in human breast cancer
Category of award: Health and Medicine

Derek Ha
Supervisor: Bita Amani, Queen’s University
Project title: The Canadian stance on intellectual property law and its effects on foreign investment in genomics
Category of award: GE3LS

Katharine Hagerman
Supervisor: Andrew Wilde, University of Toronto
Project title: Identification of novel proteins involved in mitotic microtubule spindle assembly
Category of award: Health and Medicine

Saara Rawn
Supervisor: Basil Arif, Great Lakes Forestry Centre, Sault Ste Marie
Project title: Structural genomics of a granulovirus: comparisons to other baculovirus genomes
Category of award: Environment and Forestry

Namasivayum Vythilingum
Supervisor: Ronald Pearlman, York University
Project title: Developing high throughput functional genomics analysis in tetrahymena
Category of award: Health and Medicine

 

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