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Two U of G PhD Candidates Awarded Vanier Scholarships

Two University of Guelph PhD candidates — one studying maternal and neonatal care for Inuit, the other studying innovative strategies to fight cancer — have received the most prestigious doctoral awards in Canada.

Laura Jane Weber and Ashley Ross were announced last week as recipients of Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

The scholarships are worth $50,000 per year for up to three years, and recognize leading Canadian and international doctoral students at Canadian universities.

Weber, who graduated from U of G with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science, is now in the joint epidemiology and international development studies program. 

She will work with Northern partners to study the health and well-being of Inuit women during pregnancy and childbirth, as well as the well-being of their families and communities.

Ross will begin her PhD at U of G this September after completing her master’s degree at the University of Waterloo.

She will study use of oncolytic viruses (OVs) – naturally occurring viruses that do not cause disease — to infect and kill cancer cells along with photodynamic therapy (PDT).

Read the entire news release on the University of Guelph website