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Dr. Aleeza Gerstein recipient of CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar Award

May 26, 2021 — 

Congratulations! Dr. Aleeza Gerstein, Assistant Professor (microbiology and statistics) recipient of the 2021 CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar Program Awards.

Dr. Gerstein is one of 19 successful applicants out of a total of 300 who applied to the early career research program, which recognizes exceptional research from across the globe.

As CIFAR reports:

“The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program is one of the most selective and prestigious early-career opportunities for young researchers anywhere in the world,” says Dr. Alan Bernstein, President & CEO of CIFAR. “These young people are selected for their excellence in research as well as their potential to become the leaders of tomorrow. They are mentored by some of the world’s top natural or social scientists and are given the unique opportunity to join a close-knit community of CIFAR fellows, challenging each other with new ideas and addressing some of the most exciting and important questions facing science and humanity.”

The 19 CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars represent eight countries: Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, China, France, and Chile. They will contribute to six CIFAR research programs: Boundaries, Membership & Belonging; Brain, Mind & Consciousness; Earth 4D: Subsurface Science & Exploration; Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities; Humans & the Microbiome; and Innovation, Equity & the Future of Prosperity. The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program is made possible through generous funding from the Azrieli Foundation.

Dr. Aleeza Gerstein, Assistant Professor.

Dr. Gerstein’s research applies evolutionary principles and computational and statistical methods to understand the acquisition of drug resistance and virulence in human fungal pathogens.


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