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UNB biologist receives funding for algae research

Author: Communications

Posted on Sep 6, 2011

Category: myUNB

University of New Brunswick biologist, Adrian Reyes’ research in the evolution of algae was given a financial boost last week by the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Leaders Opportunities Fund. Dr. Reyes received $169,069 for new infrastructure that will allow him to study the molecular research in plastid evolution and algal diversity. “My research program aims to increase our understanding of the origin, evolution and diversification of plants and algae,” said Dr. Reyes. “Thanks to this CFI support I can purchase the molecular, cell biology and bioinformatics equipment needed to establish my research program at UNB.” Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State (ACOA) (La Francophonie), made the official announcement in Moncton recently. “Our government is investing in science and technology to create jobs, improve the quality of life of Canadians and strengthen the economy,” said Minister Valcourt. “This investment will make sure that our scientists have the tools they need to be successful and help Canada develop, attract and retain the world’s best researchers.” The Canada Foundation for Innovation will invest $53 million to create the knowledge, solutions and new products and services that Canada needs to compete globally. This investment will support 207 projects at 42 Canadian research institutions across Canada. “CFI investments provide vital infrastructure in communities across the country and create opportunities for leveraging the work being undertaken by our enterprising researchers,” said Dr. Gilles G. Patry, Canada Foundation for Innovation President and Chief Executive Officer. “Cutting-edge research facilities are magnets that attract the best talent from around the world, allowing them to work with business and train a new generation of Canadian researchers and innovators.” For more information about Dr. Reyes research initiative, please contact him at areyes@unb.ca. To view more information about the CFI national announcement, visit http://innovation.ca/en/news/2011/09/1/262