McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

Profs awarded for early international scholarship

Published: May 3, 2016
Sonia Anand
Sonia Anand
Brian Coombes
Brian Coombes

Two professors from the Faculty of Health Sciences have been named this year’s University Scholars, which is a recognition of McMaster’s faculty in mid-career who have already distinguished themselves as international scholars.

Brian Coombes, associate professor of the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, and Sonia Anand, professor of the Department of Medicine, are among four winners of this year’s honours.

Coombes is the Canada Research Chair in Infectious Disease Pathogenesis. He investigates how the organisms impact gastrointestinal systems, and how human and environmental activities influence the evolution of these infectious diseases.

Anand focuses on the environmental and genetic determinants of vascular disease in populations of varying ancestral origins, women and cardiovascular disease. Anand holds the Heart and Stroke Foundation/Michael G. DeGroote Chair in Population Health Research.

The other McMaster University Scholars are biophysicist Maikel Rheinstadter, who is looking at trans-membrane proteins, and engineer Steve Hranilovic, who is studying wireless communications that use light.

Each University Scholar will receive $15,000 a year for four years, funded by the University and their Faculty.

Last year’s winners from the Faculty were Mohit Bhandari, professor in the Department of Surgery; P.J. Deveraux, associate professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics; and Gregory Steinberg, professor in the Department of Medicine.

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