U of G Research Nabs Provincial Support

August 13, 2007 - News Release

The Ontario government is investing nearly $1.6 million in 10 leading-edge research projects at the University of Guelph.

The funding provided through the Research Infrastructure Program of the Ontario Research Fund is intended to help researchers obtain the tools they need to stay at the forefront of innovation. The money may be used to cover costs for lab space, equipment and computer software.

It's part of a $36-million provincial investment to support 240 research projects across Ontario and matches funding provided earlier this summer by the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

"Supporting innovative research in Guelph is part of the government's plan to attract and retain the best and brightest people and provide jobs and prosperity for the next generation of Ontarians," said Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph-Wellington, who announced the U of G funding.

Guelph projects and the lead researchers are:

Andrew Brooks, Department of Pathobiology,$115,142 to investigate genetic variations that alter the susceptibility of swine to infection.

Hermann Eberl, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, $119,014 to develop innovative computer simulation tools and to carry out research aimed at improving methods of wastewater treatment, soil remediation and food processing hygiene.

Karen Gordon, School of Engineering, $127,953 for a lab to study orthopedic soft-tissue mechanics (ligaments, tendons, etc.). Collaborating with clinical studies professor Mark Hurtig, she will apply the engineering measurements to the clinical study of osteoarthritis.

Steffen Graether and Matt Kimber, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, $250,672 to establish a structural biology laboratory in the sciencecomplex’s Advanced Analysis Centre.

Ryan Gregory and Robert Hanner, Department of Integrative Biology, $249,586 to investigate biodiversity at the genomic level and to enhance future biodiversity and genomic research.

Katerina Jordan and Eric Lyons, Department of Plant Agriculture, $246,945 to study turfgrass threshold levels for pest and drought tolerance.

Judi McCuaig, Department of Computing and Information Science, $64,023 for a novel lab to perform human computer interaction experiments.

Steven Newmaster, Department of Integrative Biology, $124,119 to study plant biodiversity, including variation in individual genes and genomes and morphological traits within and between species.

David Stanley and Harjinder Gill, Department of Psychology, $213,473 to set up an industrial-organizational psychology research centre.

Ian Tetlow, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, $123,429 to study the regulation of starch biosynthesis in plants.

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