A major congratulations to Dr. Hang Cheng, who has been named as the 2024 recipient of the Cameron Award from the Canadian Society of Zoologists, which is awarded for the best doctoral thesis in Zoology in Canada. Dr. Cheng will present his doctoral work in a plenary lecture at the upcoming annual CSZ meeting in Moncton. Congratulations Hang, you earned it!
Congratulations to Karen, who has been awarded the 2024 Antoine Morin Memorial Scholarship. This award recognizes outstanding graduate students in the Department of Biology for academic excellence and contributions to knowledge sharing. Karen was a shoe-in for this award thanks to her tireless efforts as Editor-in-Chief (among many other roles) with BioMatters. A well-deserved prize!
We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Reyhaneh Rahnamaie-Tajadod as the newest doctoral candidate to the lab. Dr. Tajadod joins the lab with a strong background in botany and a keen interest in animal physiology. Welcome Rey!
Congratulations to Liam and Karen for their recent receipt of Travelling Fellowships from the Company of Biologists (from the Journal of Experimental Biology for Karen and the Journal of Cell Science for Liam) to conduct field work on sharks and rays in Australia in winter 2024. Great work both!
Maiah’s most recent publication, a collaboration exploring the physiological responses of Malagasy Tenrecs to hypoxia with the van Breukelen lab at UNLV, has been featured in Inside JEB: https://journals.biologists.com/jeb/article/226/6/jeb245758/301042/Tenrecs-deal-with-poor-air-quality-like-reptiles
This publication was also selected as the “Editor’s Choice” paper for April 2023. https://journals.biologists.com/jeb
Congratulations Maiah and to our fantastic collaborators Frank and Claudia!
I am very pleased to announce that Hang has successfully defended his doctoral thesis. Congratulation Hang on an outstanding body of work and on being the first PhD student to graduate from the lab. Hang is off to start a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University and we wish him continued success!
Congratulations to Hang for winning the 2023 Denis Vezina Scholarship as the top graduate student in the Faculty of Science at the University of Ottawa. Well deserved!
Check out the feature on our research in the winter issues of BioMatters!
Check out this recent article about our work in the Ottawa Citizen:
Always flattering to have one’s picture under a headline that says “ugly but gifted”!
I’m excited to announce our latest publication, which details how naked mole-rats turn off non-shivering thermogenesis in intrascapular brown adipose tissue to save energy in hypoxia. Our study demonstrates that not only are naked mole-rats heterothermic, but that they can rapidly modulate heat production in hypoxia via a novel mechanism that decreases expression of the key thermogenic protein UCP1. Furthermore, similar changes were observed in other social mole-rat species but not a solitary species, suggesting this adaptation may have evolved preferentially in social rodents.
This work was funded by a National Geographic Explorers Grant and was the result of an exciting collaboration with Dr. Nigel Bennett of the University of Pretoria, Glenn Tattersall of Brock University, and Mary-Ellen Harper and Baptiste Lacoste of uOttawa.
Read the full study here: https://rdcu.be/cBR7d
Read a commentary here:
Read some press coverage here: