Profs, Students Make Headlines

November 13, 2013 - In the News

Prof. Emma Allen-Vercoe, Molecular and Cellular Biology, is featured today in articles in the Vancouver Sun and Ottawa Citizen. The stories discuss her work with the “robo-gut,” her scientific laboratory mimicking the environment of the large intestine, and include photos and a video.

Written by well-known national science writer Margaret Munro for the Postmedia News, the story will appear in newspapers and on web sites and news reports across Canada. Allen-Vercoe was also featured in the National Post last week.

Allen-Vercoe uses the robo-gut to study normal gut microflora in healthy and ill people, including people with inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis), disease associated with Clostridium difficile and regressive autism. She was part of a Canadian research team that found synthetic “poop” can cure nasty gastrointestinal infections caused by C. diff.

Just in time to mark “Movember,” research by Guelph graduate student Cameron Hudson and integrative biology professor Jinzhong Fu is featured today in the Toronto Star. They study how and why male Emei moustache toads grow sharp, seasonal spines resembling small rhinoceros horns.

The U of G researchers have found that the “moustaches” grow just before the month-long breeding season and then fall away.

The Globe and Mail ran a full-page feature story on Gryphon runner Yves Sikubwabo this past weekend. The article talked about how running helped Sikubwabo survive in Rwanda and find a new life in Canada.

Sikubwabo competed in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships Nov. 9, placing eighth. Guelph's women's and men's cross-country squads once again swept the team titles at the event.

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