Tareq Joins the Lab

Tareq Islam officially joins the Boucher Lab for his Ph.D.! He is originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of Dhaka. He worked as a Senior Research Officer in the Enteric and Food Microbiology Lab at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) with Dr. Munirul Alam. He also worked as a visiting researcher in Dr. Rita Colwell-Dr. Anwar Huq's lab at the University of Maryland, College Park during his tenure at icddr,b. Back in the summer of 2014, Tareq assisted Yan and Tania during their field work in Bangladesh to isolate Vibrio cholerae from various regions of the Ganges Delta.

Tareq is the recipient of two awards – the University of Alberta Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship and the Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures Graduate Student Scholarship.

Welcome Tareq!

Tareq is ready for winter in Edmonton

FGSR Teaching Award for Tania

Tania is one of the recipients of the 2015 Graduate Student Teaching Award from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR). Dr. Jonathan Schaeffer, Dean of the Faculty of Science, hosted a lunch get-together for all awardees at the Faculty Club. Congratulations!

Dr. Jonathan Schaeffer and Tania during the awarding ceremony

2015 AITF Graduate Student Scholarship Awardees

Congratulations to Tania and incoming Ph.D. student Tareq for receiving the Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF) Graduate Student Scholarships!

Tania is also currently a holder of the NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship    Doctoral award. Tareq will join the lab in the fall and is also the recipient of the University of Alberta Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship.

Publication Awards for the Boucher Lab

Yan, Fabini, and co-authors, lead by Dr. Lee Katz and Dr. Cheryl Tarr of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), received two prestigious CDC awards in recognition of their paper entitled "Evolutionary dynamics of Vibrio cholerae O1 following a single-source introduction to Haiti," published in the journal mBio on July 2, 2013.

For their work, the group received the James H. Nakano Citation Award from the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) for one of the best papers of 2013 and a Charles C. Shepard Award nomination (Laboratory Science category) from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

The awards were accepted by members of the CDC group during the ceremony (pictured below).

Accepting the James H. Nakano Citation Award at the CDC (from left): Nakano's son, Lori Gladney, Lee Katz, Cheryl Tarr, Beth Bell (director of NCEZID), Maryann Turnsek, and Molly Freeman (photo by Lee Katz)