McMaster researchers receive federal funding for cutting-edge labs and equipment

Two men stand over a microscope in a lab

From left to right: postdoctoral researcher Mio Nakanishi and professor Mick Bhatia. Bhatia's lab was one of six facilities to receive an award from the Canada Foundation for Innovation's John R. Evans Leadership Fund.

Six McMaster researchers have received more than $2 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). The fund helps universities conduct leading-edge research by funding infrastructure such as labs, tools and equipment.

The McMaster researchers and their projects are:

  • Mick Bhatia (Faculty of Health Sciences): Development of AML-relapse therapeutics (DART)
  • Khaled Hassanein (DeGroote School of Business): Mobile user experience lab
  • Karen Kidd (Faculty of Science): Lab to assess food web fate and effects of aquatic contaminants
  • Ivona Kucerova (Faculty of Humanities): Syntax laboratory
  • Guillaume Paré (Faculty of Health Sciences): High-throughput whole genome sequencing for improved disease risk prediction
  • Clifton van der Linden (Faculty of Social Sciences): AI + Democracy lab

In total, the Government of Canada invested more than $61 million in 261 projects at 40 universities across Canada.

“Researchers in Canada know that cutting-edge tools and labs are necessary to make discoveries and innovate,” says Kirsty Duncan, Canada’s minister of science and sport. “That is why our government is announcing funding for the infrastructure needs of Canadian researchers. Their ground-breaking contributions to science and research have an enormous impact on the breakthroughs that help make our visions for a better future a reality.”

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