The Burrows Award for Womxn in Microbiology

Date limite : 12 May, 2024

About the Award

This award recognizes a womxn graduate student in microbiology who demonstrates both scientific excellence and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the microbiological and related sciences.

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.

Value of the Award: $500 + Framed Certificate

Number of Awards: 1

Frequency of the Award: Annual

Eligibility (Level or Program of Study): Canadian Womxn M.Sc. or Ph.D. Graduate Student Enrolled in a Canadian Graduate Program with a CSM membership

Application Contact: CSM Secretariat at

Nomination Information: Download Here

There are no limits as to the number of nominees from any one institution. The nomination process involves completing the online application form, and submitting it by the nomination deadline. Nominations will be evaluated by the EDI Committee. If the committee believes that no nominee merits the award in any given year, then no award shall be given.

Prof. Lori Burrows

About Lori Burrows

Professor Lori Burrows (McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario) is a microbiologist, Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, and international expert on the structure, function, and regulation of type IV pili (T4P), ubiquitous bacterial virulence factors used for adherence, DNA uptake, biofilm formation, and twitching motility. Using the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa as a model, her group studies its pilin repertoire (relevant to vaccine design), pilin glycosylation systems involved in bacteriophage defense, structure-function of the pilus assembly system and its integration into the cell envelope, and the complex regulation underlying T4P function. Her group also studies biofilm formation, particularly stimulation of biofilm development by sub-inhibitory antibiotic concentrations and exploitation of the stimulation phenotype to find new antimicrobials for multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria. Burrows’ research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Glycomics Network, the Ontario Research Fund, and industrial support. She has published over 120 peer reviewed papers, reviews, and book chapters (h-index 49). She is currently the Associate Director (Partnerships and Outreach) of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Diseases Research and serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Bacteriology (ASM), the Journal of Biochemistry (ASBMB), and ACS Infectious Diseases. Dr. Burrows is the recipient of the CSM 2020 Murray Award for Career Achievement.

Past Award Winners

Congratulations to all of our past award winners!