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At the graduation ceremony on May 15, the INRS Foundation once again awarded eight prizes for the best master’s thesis or essay and the best doctoral thesis in each of the four centers.

These awards are the perfect link between our raison d’être, since they are given to new and new graduates thanks to the generosity of the members of the INRS community who donate to our “Acclaiming excellence” campaign, which closes shortly.

Thank you! Together, we provide the recipients with a scholarship of $1,000 at the master’s level and $2,000 at the doctorate level to recognize their outstanding work.

Prize for the best master’s thesis

Dazhong Zheng
Master’s in experimental health sciences (INRS-Clermont Auvergne University, in biomedical diagnostics)
Under the supervision of Charles Calmettes
Centre Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie

His dissertation is interested in the structural study of protein complexes that contribute to the movement of bacteria, such as meningococcus. Obtaining the three-dimensional structure of these complexes allows us to better understand their behavior and will allow the development of new antibacterial drugs. Dazhong is pursuing his doctoral studies in structural biology at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

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Marc-Alexandre Fillion
Master’s in Earth sciences
Under the supervision of Richard Martel
Centre Eau Terre Environnement

His research evaluated a new formulation of explosives used at Canadian military training sites. His laboratory experiments examined the degradation of PAX-48 compounds and their persistence in the environment. His work helps enlighten decision-makers in order to avoid damage to soil or groundwater that would result from the use of these explosives on firing ranges. Marc-Alexandre is now a doctoral student at INRS.

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Belmir De Jesus Junior
Master’s in Telecommunications
Under the supervision of Tiago H. Falk
Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications

During his research, he studied the development of new biomarkers to follow the course of Alzheimer’s disease using a combination of electroencephalography and magnetic resonance imaging, as well as different machine learning algorithms. He hopes the results will help healthcare professionals improve patient care and early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Belmir is continuing his doctoral studies at INRS.

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Johanna Cardona Campuzano
Master’s in research and public action practices
Under the supervision of Nicole Gallant
Centre Urbanisation Culture Société

In the research directorate of the Ministry of Employment and Social Solidarity, his work aimed to mobilize knowledge arising from three research projects. His essay helps guide decisions regarding certain needs and services offered to the immigrant population of Quebec. Now doing a doctorate at INRS, Johanna continues to be interested in the impact of public policies on the socio-professional integration of immigrants.

Meet Johanna

Prize for the best doctoral dissertation

Golara Golbaghi
Doctorate in biology
Under the supervision of Annie Castonguay
Centre Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie

In her doctoral research targeting new metal compounds to treat breast cancer, his work demonstrated that certain ruthenium complexes could be considered to eventually replace cisplatin. She hopes these results will help develop more effective treatments. Passionate about the application of research, Golara is now an industrial scientist and product developer.

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Pratik Kumar
Doctorate in water sciences
Under the supervision of Satinder Kaur Brar
Centre Eau Terre Environnement

She has developed a reliable and economical solution to eliminate cyanotoxins caused by blue-green algae, upstream of water treatment plants. In the field, its filtration adjustments through graphite sand have produced healthy and safe water. Pratik has been appointed assistant professor at the Indian Institute of Technology in Jammu.

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Stefania Sciara
Doctorate in energy and materials sciences
Under the supervision of Roberto Morandotti
Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications

She has theoretically developed quantum operators which allow the detection and characterization of any complex state of entangled photons, allowing a simple and reliable experimental measurement. She developed, as proof of principle, the theory of the first large-dimensional unisupervisional quantum processing. Stefania is continuing her postdoctoral research at INRS, where she wishes to contribute in particular the development of secure communications.

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Leslie Touré Kapo
Doctorate in Urban Studies
Under the supervision of Julie-Anne Boudreau
Centre Urbanisation Culture Société

His work is based on a combination of interesting methodological tools—combining sociology and geography—and offers a significant and original contribution to the advancement of knowledge on the experiences and life paths of young Montrealers belonging to racialized communities. and ethnic minorities. Leslie wishes to continue his intellectual work here in Canada.

Meet Leslie

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Thank you to our donors for their generosity in saluting their excellence.

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