Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

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Dr. Xing-Fang Li has been elected to the Royal Society of Canada (Academy of Science) as a Fellow. The official press release of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) states today that “new Fellows have been elected by their peers for their outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement. Recognition by the RSC for career achievement is the highest honour an individual can achieve in the Arts, Social Sciences and Sciences.” (
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Dr. Li is recognized for her career achievement in analytical chemistry and water research. Her research team develops innovative techniques that enable ultrasensitive detection of environmental contaminants, microbial pathogens, and biomolecular interactions. Her research program contributes to water safety and public health protection. Dr. Li credits her team, colleagues, collaborators, mentors, mentees, friends, and family for their contributions, encouragement, and support!

Steven Dang and his supervisors, Josh Raizman and Albert Tsui, both clinical biochemists with Alberta Precision Laboratories (APL) and members of the U of A’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, developed a new protocol to alert emergency room doctors of the potential for misdiagnosing patients receiving treatment, helping to ensure correct patient care in these situations.

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Michael Mengel, of the Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology, is the project leader for the Alberta Diagnostics Ecosystem Platform for Translation (ADEPT). This new province wide precision diagnostics platform will break down barriers faced by universities and industry in bringing diagnostic innovation ideas to the marketplace. ADEPT has been awarded support through the Health Innovation Platform Partnerships (HIPP) program. The initial HIPP contribution is $200,000 for nine months to allow the platform partners (University of Alberta, University of Calgary, Alberta Precision Laboratories (APL), DynaLife DIagnostics, Alberta Precision Exchange (APEX) time to develop proof-of-concept and qualify for further funding.
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Congratulations to the 2021 Summer Studentship Stipend Recipients:

  • Eden Huang (supervisor Dr. Xing-Fang Li)
  • Celina Phan (supervisor Dr. Jason Acker)

Dr. Jason Acker has been selected as the recipient of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry's Tier I Basic Science Award for Excellence in Mentoring Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows, an award that our Faculty holds in the highest esteem.  This award recognizes Dr. Acker’s outstanding mentoring capabilities, commitment to providing the best possible learning environment and unfailing encouragement and support to students, including supporting their professional placement and career goals.

 Dr. Jelena Holovati has received one of FGSR's (Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research) Great Supervisor Awards.  The purpose of this award is to recognize supervisors who demonstrate superb supervisory skills or foster mentorship in their programs.  Dr. Holovati was nominated for her excellent supervisory skills and collaboration with graduate students.

Congratulations to Professor Xing-Fang Li for receiving the 2020 Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) Ricardo Aroca Award. Dr. Li, Professor in the Division of Analytical and Environmental Toxicology, is recognized for her distinguished contributions to analytical chemistry for water research and environmental health. The award, which consists of a framed scroll, $1,000 cash and up to $1000 for travel expenses to this CSC Conference, will be presented during the 103rd Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition which is taking place in Winnipeg on May 24-28, 2020.

Congratulations to Dr. Steve Hrudey for his appointment to the Order of Canada. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, made 120 new appointments, including 5 Companions, 38 Officers, and 77 Members. Dr. Hrudey is one of the new Members (C.M.) of the Order of Canada, announced on December 28, 2019. Dr. Hrudey is Professor Emeritus in the Division of Analytical and Environmental Toxicology. He is honored "for his contributions to environmental health sciences and for his advocacy of safe drinking water".

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