Two scientists in research labs
WCVM faculty members Dr. Arinjay Banerjee (left) and Dr. Ali Honaramooz are among seven USask scientists who received financial support through the New Frontiers in Research Fund. Supplied photos.

WCVM researchers among USask's "high-risk, high-reward" funding recipients

Two Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) researchers are among seven University of Saskatchewan (USask) members who have received a total of $1.7 million for innovative new research projects.

Dr. Arinjay Banerjee received $247,912 for his research into how and why viruses move from bats to other animals or humans by studying the detailed mechanics involved. Dr. Ali Honaramooz was awarded $250,000 for his research into exploring new methods for genetically modifying pigs that can be used for organ transplants.

The substantial funding is awarded through the Government of Canada’s New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) Exploration grants. This program supports “high-risk, high-reward” Canadian-led research projects.

“USask research continues to lead, pioneer and innovate new techniques and new technologies across our fields of expertise,” said USask Vice-President Research Dr. Baljit Singh (PhD). “These bold initiatives and the funding received from the NFRF program are a testament to USask’s efforts to be the university the world needs and underscore the groundbreaking research and training happening on this campus every day.”

Below are all the USask projects which received funding through the NFRF Exploration grant program:

  • Arinjay Banerjee (PhD), Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Field-to-lab: mechanistic interrogation of factors that drive virus spillover from bats – $247,912
  • Ali Honaramooz (PhD), Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Novel approaches to generating transgenic pigs suitable for organ xenotransplantation – $250,000
  • Amira Abdelrasoul (PhD), College of Engineering. Creating an evidence-based biomimetic hemodialysis membrane inspired by glomerular basement membrane (GBM) — 3D modelling and mimicry – $250,000
  • Markus Brinkmann (PhD), School of Environment and Sustainability. Revolutionizing the tracking of microplastics: novel DNA-labelled plastics for environmental and toxicological studies – $250,000
  • Amanda Froehlich Chow (PhD), School of Public Health.Nîsowak ~ walking together: co-creating Indigenous-rooted, land-based and physical literacy enriched early learning environments – $199,937
  • Tara Kahan (PhD), College of Arts and Science (Department of Chemistry). Assessing and communicating opportunities and barriers to improving indoor air quality in Canadian residences – $250,000
  • Cari McIlduff (PhD), College of Medicine. Indigenous community ethics approval required — a determinant of health and mental health resulting from self-determined research ethical protocols – $249,800

Together, we will undertake the research the world needs. We invite you to join by supporting critical research at USask.