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McMaster alumnus recognized for top thesis

Published: December 13, 2017
McMaster alumnus Chad Johnston. Photo by Karen Baird
McMaster alumnus Chad Johnston. Photo by Karen Baird

Chad Johnston has been named the recipient of the 2017 Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) ProQuest Dissertation Award in the field of biological sciences.

His thesis, New Techniques Facilitate the Discovery and Study of Modular Microbial Natural Products, was selected as the best among 57 nominations from universities throughout North America.

The award recognizes an individual who has completed a dissertation representing original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline.

Johnston has a PhD in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences ('16), as well as a BSc Hons ('10) in Biochemistry, both from McMaster University.

His graduate research has been called 'transformative' for harnessing the tools of modern genomics to find new antibiotics and re-engaging the sector with practical methods and technology.

Johnston is currently a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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