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Queen's University


Shai Sabbah, Vanier Scholar

This week Shai Sabbah, a Ph.D. student in Biology at Queen's, was awarded the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. 

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program was launched by the Government of Canada and is administered by Canada’s three federal research granting agencies—the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). This scholarship program has recently been launched by the Government of Canada to "reaffirm Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and education". The awards were given yesterday in Ottawa in a ceremony led by Canadian Minister of State (Science and Technology), Gary Goodyear.

Shai's research program examines visual biology of ciclid fishes of Lake Malawi. His project has taken him into the field to Lake Malawi where he made measurements of the underwater light field of cichlids. He is currently conducting electrophysiological experiments on color vision in cichlid fishes and its relevance for target detection under dynamic visual conditions.


Shai comes to Queen's University from Israel where he earned his B.Sc. at Technion University and his M.Sc. at Hebrew University in Marine Biology


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