Current Winners

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2023 Award Winners

The Canadian Society of Microbiologists is pleased to announce the award recipients for this year. Congratulations everyone on your hard work and contributions to Microbiology across Canada!

CSM Murray Award for Career Achievement:
Dr. Michael Surette, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

This award is made possible by the financial support of Canadian Science Publishing (publisher of the NRC Research Press journals). Their commitment and service to microbiological research and teaching in Canada is greatly appreciated.

Michael SuretteBIOGRAPHY

Dr. Michael Surette is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Interdisciplinary Microbiome Research in the Department of Medicine and Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, in the Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (2018). Dr. Surette is also Director of the Farncombe Genomics Facility. He completed his BSc(Hons) in Biochemistry at Memorial University of Newfoundland with a thesis on the regulation of naphthalene degradation pathways in Pseudomonas putida. His PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Western Ontario investigated DNA transposition using Bacteriophage Mu as a model system in the lab of Dr. George Chaconas. Following a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Princeton University with Dr. Jeff Stock, on signal transduction and two component systems in bacterial chemotaxis, he joined the Bacterial Pathogenesis Research Group in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary as an Assistant Professor in 1997. Dr. Surette’s work focused on gene expression and population behaviours in bacteria which eventually led to work on the polymicrobial nature of airway infections in cystic fibrosis patients. This work was the foundation to his ongoing research program on the human microbiome. In 2010 he moved to his current position in the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute at McMaster University. Dr. Surette’s research addresses the human microbiome of the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts in health and disease across the life course. The lab is focused on developing high throughput culturing and phenotyping methods to investigate infectious disease and the microbiome, applying and improving next-generation sequencing approaches to characterize the microbiome, and how the microbiome changes with age.


Date & Time: Wednesday, June 28th, 2023, 2:30 – 3:30 PM EDT

Title: TBA

Abstract: Coming Soon…

Thermo Fisher Scientific Award:
Dr. Jennifer Geddes-McAlister, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario

This lecture is made possible with the financial support of Thermo Fisher Scientific. Their commitment and service to microbiological research and teaching in Canada is greatly appreciated.

Jennifer Geddes-McAlisterBIOGRAPHY

Dr. Jennifer Geddes-McAlister joined the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Guelph in July 2018 and she was recently awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professor. Her lab applies mass spectrometry-based proteomics to investigate host-pathogen interactions with a focus on One Health approaches to overcoming fungal disease. She completed her BSc and MSc at the University of Lethbridge, her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology With Dr. Jim Kronstad from the University of British Columbia, and a post-doctoral fellowship funded by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (Germany) with Prof. Dr. Matthias Mann. She is Director of the Bioinformatics Graduate Program at the University of Guelph, President of the Canadian National Proteomics Network, Founder of the Canadian Proteomics and Artificial Intelligence Consortium, and founder of ‘Moms in Proteomics’ an initiative dedicated to recognizing and supporting mothers in STEM.


Date & Time: Tuesday, June 27th, 2023, 4:30 – 5:30 PM EDT 

Title: Proteomics of Fungal Disease in One Health

Armand-Frappier Outstanding Student Award:
Elisse Magnuson, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

This lecture is made possible with the financial support of Canadian Society of Microbiologists

Elisse MagnusonBIOGRAPHY

Elisse Magnuson completed her B.Sc. in biochemistry and history from the University of Toronto. She also received an M.A.Sc. in Applied Chemistry from the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Edwards. Her M.A.Sc. research examined the mechanism of benzene biodegradation in anaerobic nitrate-reducing microbial enrichment cultures. Elisse is currently a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Dr. Lyle Whyte at McGill University, where her research focuses on characterization of microbial activity in extreme cold, saline springs in the Canadian High Arctic. Her research has been featured in news outlets including Wired, The Independent, CTV, Radio Canada, and Le Devoir, and was selected as one of Quebec Science’s Les 10 découverts de 2022.


Date & Time: Monday, June 26th, 2023, 5:30 – 6:30 PM EDT

Title: Active lithoautotrophic sulfur- and methane-cycling microbial community in an anoxic, sub-zero, and hypersaline High Arctic spring

The Burrows Award for Womxn in Microbiology:
Ms. Ellen Sykes, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba

This award is possible because of support from Dr. Burrows, the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research at McMaster University and the Canadian Society of Microbiologists.


Ellen Sykes completed her BSc in Biological Sciences with a specialization in Microbiology at the University of Alberta. After working for a number of years in the drug development industry, she realized that her main interests still remained in microbiology. She is now a PhD candidate in Dr. Ayush Kumar’s lab at the University of Manitoba (U of M). Her research encompasses the study of genetic and phenotypic diversity of the opportunistic bacterial pathogen, Acinetobacter baumannii to enable further understanding of virulence and antimicrobial resistance mechanisms. During her time as a graduate student, Ellen began volunteering with the Verna J. Kirkness Education Foundation which provides opportunities for indigenous high school students to spend one week engaging in research activities at the U of M, while also being able to experience campus life. She enjoys connecting with students and providing a welcoming and meaningful experience to support the next step in their education. Ellen has also volunteered on the inaugural Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee with the CSM and chaired the first EDI session at the CSM’s annual conference in 2022. She is grateful to receive this award and will continue to support EDI initiatives in the next step of her career.

CSM Ambassador Award:
Jordan Lin, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

This award is made possible with the financial support of Canadian Society of Microbiologists


Jordan Lin completed undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Biology at the University of British Columbia. During this time, he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Laura Parfrey to characterize the microbiome of the giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera, and the polysaccharide degrading potential of kelp-associated bacterial species. He is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto, supervised by Dr. Alexander Ensminger. Jordan’s current work is focused on characterizing genetic elements known as toxin-antitoxin systems in the pathogenic bacterium Legionella pneumophila, and exploring the function of these systems in bacterial physiology and stress tolerance.