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  • March 12, 2014

Supporting Discoveries and Creating Jobs in Guelph

Ontario Researchers Finding Innovative Solutions to Global Challenges

Ontario is increasing its ability to attract and retain promising and recently-appointed researchers to build teams focused on furthering scientific breakthroughs. 

The Early Researcher Awards program is helping 3 talented scientists make new discoveries while creating jobs for graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows and research assistants.

At the University of Guelph, Ontario is supporting:

  • Dr. M. Alexander Smith, who researches how forestry practices affect diversity and community structure of Ontario forest arthropods
  • Dr. Suresh Neethirajan, who researches how to design therapeutic strategies to prevent bacterial biofilms and microbial infections
  • Dr. Jess Haines, who will study families during mealtimes to learn about connections between parental feeding practices and children’s diet and obesity risk

Building our knowledge economy is part of the government’s economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario’s greatest strengths – its people and strategic partnerships.


“The University of Guelph continues to attract talented researchers and these Early Researcher Awards from the Ontario Research Fund will assist them to move forward with their innovative research projects.”
— Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph

“Ontario’s cutting edge researchers are on the forefront of exciting and innovative discoveries.  Our government is proud to support their work, which will bring to market exciting new technologies, enhance our reputation for research excellence and amplify job creation and economic growth in our province.”

—   Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation

“The Early Researcher Awards are an important investment by Ontario in advancing the research programs of some of our most promising young faculty at the University of Guelph. These awardees have already proven themselves as leaders in their fields."

-Rich Moccia, acting Vice-President (research) and Associate Vice-President Research (strategic partnerships).


  • Ontario’s Early Researcher Awards program is providing almost $14 million to support 99 research projects at 24 research institutions across the province.


Learn more about the Early Researcher Awards.

For more information, Contact:

Jenny Waterston

Office of Liz Sandals, MPP

(519) 836-4190

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