Ontario Genomics & CANSSI Ontario Announce $300K for Postdoctoral Fellowships in Genome Data Science

TORONTO, ON. Ontario Genomics and CANSSI Ontario announce three recipients of $300,000 total in Postdoctoral Fellowships to support research that deepens our understanding of genomic epidemiology and statistical genetics at a CANSSI Ontario member university or any of their affiliated research institutes.

The Ontario Genomics-CANSSI Ontario Postdoctoral Fellowship in Genome Data Science program, originally conceived as a single fellowship in 2021, has since evolved into three awards.

The Fellowship offers two-year salary support for up to $50,000 per year. We are delighted to congratulate the inaugural recipients of this Fellowship:

Project: Quantifying the clonality and dynamics of the within-host HIV-1 latent reservoir
Dr. Roux-Cil Ferreira, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Western University
Supervisors: Drs. Art Poon and Jessica Prodger

Dr. Roux-Cil Ferreira is a Postdoctoral Associate in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Western University, where she works under the supervision of Drs. Art Poon and Jessica Prodger. Roux-Cil’s research interest is in the statistical analysis of viral genomic data. Her research and writing have mainly focused on the analysis of HIV-1 data. She is currently working on analyzing the latent HIV-1 viral reservoir that represents a key barrier to a HIV cure.

Project: Mapping inter-chromosomal interactions across human cell types to decode 3D genome architecture
Dr. Daniella Lato, Genetics and Genome Biology program, The Hospital for Sick Children
Supervisors: Drs. Philipp Maas and Michael Wilson

Dr. Daniella Lato attended McMaster University in Hamilton, where she received her Ph.D. in Bioinformatics (2021). Working with Dr. Brian Golding during her Ph.D., Dr. Lato explored the impact of genome re-organization on bacterial genome evolution. Currently, Dr. Lato is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Daniella’s current project will assist in illuminating the genomic role inter-chromosomal interactions play in molecular functions.

Project: Genomic surveillance of antifungal-resistant Candida in south-Central Ontario
Dr. Nicholas Waglechner, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Healh
Supervisors: Drs. Allison McGeer and Leah Cowen

Dr. Waglechner is currently based at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute | Sinai Health in Toronto. He was awarded a Canadian Institute of Health Research scholarship to continue as a Ph.D. student where he predicted and identified a novel member in this family, Corbomycin, having a new mechanism of action targeting bacterial cell wall recycling. In 2020 he began postdoctoral work at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto with Dr. Robyn Lee and continued his postdoctoral work at the Toronto Invasive Bacterial Disease Network (TIBDN) at Mount Sinai Hospital with Dr. Allison McGeer.

Drs. Ferreira, Lato, and Waglechner are profiled, along with information about their background, research, and proposed research projects, in these news releases about the awards: Ferreira | Lato | Waglechner

Ontario Genomics is proud to be a partner with CANSSI Ontario to help build research capacity in data science and genomics in Ontario.

About Ontario Genomics
Established in 2000, Ontario Genomics is a not-for-profit organization leading the application of genomics-based solutions to drive economic growth, improved quality of life, and global leadership for Ontario. As part of its strategic vision, Ontario Genomics (OG) is dedicated to supporting the development of educational resources that demonstrate how genomics plays a vital role to address key challenges in our society. Ontario Genomics also plays a role in advancing genomics projects and programs across the province by supporting the development of proposals, helping researchers access diverse funding sources, and finding the right industry partners to take this research out of the lab to apply it to the world’s most pressing challenges. Since its inception, Ontario Genomics has raised more than $1.27 billion for genomics applied research in Ontario and directly supported more than 9,100 trainees and jobs. OG supports 110+ active projects, 500+ impactful partnerships and has secured $1.34 billion in follow-on investments.

About CANSSI Ontario
CANSSI Ontario is the Ontario Regional Centre of the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI). Its goal is to strengthen and enhance research and training in data science by developing programs that promote interdisciplinary research and enable multidisciplinary collaborations.

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