Dr. Ashkar is currently working to discover the host innate immune response to viral diseases and cancers. He began his career as a veterinarian, but his desire to understand the basic reason for disease caused him to pursue a degree in innate immunology. He attended Guelph University as a graduate and did his undergraduate studies at the University of Tehran, Iran. His favourite part about his job is the freedom to formulate a hypothesis that has never been tested before. He still plays competitive soccer at southern Ontario level as a member of the city of Guelph’s senior team.  He also enjoys walking with his sons through golf courses.


Congratulations Sophie Poznanski from the Ashkar Lab for the only Master's Student in receiving the Ontario Women's Health Scholar. Her research involves the understanding of Natural Killer immune cells as a new treatment for ovarian cancer. Read more about it here: http://cou.on.ca/about/awards/ontario-womens-health-scholars/2017-owhs-bios/




Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Bramson, who will be taking on the role of the associate dean of research for the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS). This is an incredibly prestigious position, and we know that Dr. Bramson will do an excellent job. Read the full release here:



Canada Gairdner Award Laureate Dr. Rino Rappuoli, Chief Scientist and Head External R&D at GSK Vaccines, Siena, Italy, awarded for “For pioneering the genomic approach, known as reverse vaccinology, used to develop a vaccine against meningococcus B which has saved many lives worldwide” (read more here) is visiting McMaster University on Wed Oct 25th and will be giving the Gairdner lecture at 10am.


Dr Rino Rappuoli ForMemRS



At the recent gala dinner for the American Society of Reproductive Immunology Annual Meeting, Dr. Charu Kaushic was presented with the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology Award, which is one of the highest awards from the Society. "This award is presented annually to a senior investigator who has made outstanding contributions to the area of reproductive immunology".  CONGRATS to Charu!


Charu Kaushic

Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Miller on accepting the Bhagirath Singh Early Career Award in Infection and Immunity! This award was presented by Dr. Marc Ouellette, the Scientific Director of the Institute of Infection and Immunity at CIHR.

The CIHR’s Institute of Infection and Immunity (III) has selected Dr. Matthew Miller as its 2015 laureate for the Bhagirath Singh Early Career Award in Infection and Immunity.

Established in 2010 to honour the III’s inaugural Scientific Director, Dr. Bhagirath Singh, this prize is awarded annually to a new investigator in the field of infection and immunity who obtained the highest ranking in the institute’s Open Operating Grants competition.

The official ceremony took place this past month at the III New Investigator Forum in Quebec City.


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Congratulations to Dr. Karen Mossman! For more info, read here

The Women of Distinction Awards, presented by YWCA chapters across the world, recognize outstanding women who are committed to supporting the development of other women and making an impact on their communities as a whole. This year, post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Jocelyn Wessels from the Kaushic lab, was one of thirty extraordinary female leaders honoured at the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph’s 22nd Annual Women of Distinction Fundraising Gala. Jocelyn received the award under the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math category in recognition for her contributions towards women’s health, her excellence in research, her generous community involvement, and her invaluable role as a mentor for younger scientists. The Fundraising Gala acted an excellent opportunity to celebrate these wonderful women, as well as raise much needed funds in support of Guelph Y programs. Furthermore, the Women of Distinction honourees shared inspirational words of wisdom with the attendees, which can be viewed here: (http://www.guelphy.org/y-in-the-community/women-of-distinction/2017-women-of-distinction-honouree-videos/). When asked what receiving this award meant to her, Jocelyn had the following to share: “I am truly honoured to receive the Women of Distinction award for my work in STEM and in mentoring young scientists, because I am proud of the work I have done and mentorship has been integral in shaping me into the scientist I am today. My main goal in mentorship is to help others grow scientifically and intellectually, acting as a guide as needed. I feel that being recognized for contributing to the advancement of the next generation of scientists through mentorship has been one of my most significant contributions to date.” To read more, visit:  (http://www.guelphy.org/22nd-annual-ymca-ywca-of-guelph-women-of-distinction-honourees/). Congratulations on this wonderful achievement, Jocelyn!




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