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Queen's researchers receive Early Researcher Awards


Three Queen’s researchers are receiving Early Researcher Awards from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation. These awards help promising, recently-appointed Ontario researchers enhance their work. Each researcher receives $140,000 to continue their studies and develop their research team.

Chandra Tayade (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences) researches endometriosis, a condition where cells lining the uterus grow in other areas of the body. It can cause pain, irregular bleeding and infertility in some cases. Dr. Tayade and his team are testing a compound that cuts off the blood supply feeding the lesions associated with the condition.

“We are quite excited about our encouraging results,” says Dr. Tayade. “The Early Researcher Award will help attract highly talented and motivated graduate students for research in this area. This training will prepare them for careers in academic research and/or industry.”

Lauren Flynn (Chemical Engineering) researches wound healing and tissue regeneration. Her new approach to tissue engineering with adult stem cells could make it possible for patients who have experienced severe wounds, such as burns, to heal without scarring. Her research is conducted with Kingston General Hospital at the Human Mobility Research Centre.

“This program will make it possible to expand my research into complimentary areas and hire new student researchers,” says Dr. Flynn. “It’s also nice to have recognition that the research we’re doing is important.”

Yves Filion (Civil Engineering) is developing a tool for helping municipalities across Ontario improve their response to aging water mains. His innovative approach will help provide sustainable drinking water and save money on repair and emergency costs.

“The award will help me hire and train graduate students to develop innovative tools to help municipalities in Ontario deal with their infrastructure deficit,” says Dr. Filion.

The Early Researcher Awards Program aims at improving Ontario’s ability to attract and retain the best and brightest research talent.

Learn more about the Early Researcher Awards.

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