News at Medicine - April 2015 - Faculty of Medicine professor receives national award in Immunology

Faculty of Medicine professor receives national award in Immunology
April 10, 2015
Dr. Mani Larijani, associate professor of immunology and infectious diseases in the Division of BioMedical Sciences has been awarded the Canadian Society for Immunology New Investigator Award.
The award is given to one individual in Canada as recognition of their excellence and impact of research contributions. It is contingent on a nomination by two senior members of the society within the first six years of the nominee’s faculty appointment. The Canadian Society for Immunology awards committee is made up of faculty members across Canada and is always faced with making a difficult decision due to the high caliber of nominations. The committee commented that they were extremely impressed by Dr. Larijani's scientific contributions as well as contributions to research training and administration.

Dr. Larijani’s research is focused on understanding the mechanisms of DNA mutating processes. His laboratory studies molecules that impact immunity, cancer, and evolution of viruses. Dr. Larijani's research has made significant impact across the fields of structural biology, enzyme biochemistry, immunology, virology, cancer research, evolutionary and developmental biology.

Dr. Larijani's other peer-reviewed awards and recognitions in the last five years include a CIHR New Investigator Salary Award, the President's award for outstanding research, the Terra Nova young innovator award and the Wallace Ingram Award for Faculty in Medicine.

Dr. Larijani is an invited peer reviewer for numerous national and international agencies including CIHR, NIH, Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research, and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Graduate students under the mentorship of Dr. Larijani have also been recognized for research excellence with nationally competitive master's and doctoral fellowships, as well as multiple first-place travel, poster awards and speaker invitations at national and international conferences.

"Receiving this award is gratifying because it signifies further national and international recognition of our research as well as contributions to the training of graduate and undergraduate students,” said Dr. Larijani. “The recognition of our research program is also a direct reflection of the hard work of my excellent trainees and their dedication to scientific discovery."

The Canadian Society for Immunology New Investigator Award will be presented to Dr. Larijani at the annual conference to be held in Winnipeg in June.