In a paper that was published in the September 26, 2013 issue of Nature, Dr. Crowe and his colleagues report geological evidence that there were low concentrations of oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere at least 3 billion years ago, 700 million years earlier than was previously thought. This raises new questions about the evolution of early life and how it led to the eventual oxygenation of the Earth's atmosphere. According to Dr. Crowe, "This study now suggests that the process began very early in Earth's history, supporting a much greater antiquity for oxygen... Read More
Dr. Perona-Wright was awarded a prestigious CIHR New Investigator Salary Award.
Both Dr. Harder and Dr. Finlay received 5-year CIHR operating grants in the latest competition. Dr. Harder's research grant is entitled "Phagocyte control of innate lymphocytes and adaptive immune responses". Dr. Finlay's research grant is entitled "The role of the microbiota in enteric infectious diseases".
Jessica successfully defended her thesis Diversity and evolution of ssDNA viruses in Marine environments in April 2013.and is currently working as a Post-Doc with Dr. Stepanauskas at the Bigelow laboratory for Ocean Sciences.
Brigitte successfully defended her thesis in April 2013 and will begin her new post-doc position at the University of Western Ontario in Dr. David Heinrichs' lab in August. She will be studying the mechanisms of iron acquisition by Staphylococcus aureus while inside the host.