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Wright Lab “AMR Resistance Fighters” Receive CIHR Research Awards

From left to right: Wright Lab PhD candidates Allison Guitor and Emily Bordeleau, and Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. David Sychantha.

Congratulations to three trainees from the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research and David Braley Centre for Antibiotic Discovery on receiving prestigious Research Awards from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

PhD candidates Allison Guitor and Emily Bordeleau were both granted the Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Awards (CGS-D), and Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. David Sychantha was awarded a CIHR Fellowship.

The CIHR Research Awards program provides special recognition and support to students who are pursuing careers in a health-related field in Canada. They are awarded to highly-qualified individuals in all areas of health research, with the intention of helping generate new knowledge or expanding the existing knowledge base. 

All three McMaster University trainees work within Dr. Gerry Wright’s laboratory in the field of antimicrobial resistance research. Allison is developing a targeted capture approach to identify antibiotic resistance genes from clinical and environmental samples, Emily is characterizing the resistance mechanisms that threaten the success of repurposing the antibiotic apramycin from veterinary medicine to clinical use, and Dr. Sychantha is working on the discovery and characterization of inhibitors of bacterial cell wall biosynthesis and metallo-β-lactamases – an enzyme that makes bacteria resistant to a broad range of beta-lactam antibiotics.

Find out more about the other exciting antimicrobial resistance research efforts taking place within the Wright lab at


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