Drs. Cermakian, Dadar, and Zeighami obtain NSERC Discovery Grants

September 27, 2023

On September 19, 2023, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) awarded 147 McGill research projects with funding from its Discovery Research Programs, including Discovery Grants, Discovery Launch Supplements, Subatomic Physics Discovery Grants, Ship Time Grants, Discovery Grants Northern Research Supplements, and Research Tools and Instruments Grants for a total investment of $31 million. The funding was announced by the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry, and the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, as part of a suite of national science and research investment. We are pleased to announce that Drs. Nicolas Cermakian, Mahsa Dadar, and Yashar Zeighami all received funding as a part of this competition.

The Discovery Research Program supports ongoing programs of research with long-term goals. These grants recognize the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of all research advances. It also includes support for early-career researchers who will bring new perspectives and insights to their fields, enabling them to become the research leaders of tomorrow.

Recipients from the Douglas are:

  • Nicolas Cermakian, Department, Psychiatry, McGill University
    Molecular dissection of the mammalian circadian clock: The roles of deubiquitinases in the circadian system – $45,000
  • Mahsa Dadar, Department, Psychiatry, McGill University
    Design, development, and validation of assessment methodologies for in vivo and ex vivo study of the aging human brain – $48,500
  • Yashar Zeighami, Department, Psychiatry, McGill University
    Developing multi-scale computational models of brain cortical morphology – combining ex-vivo and in-vivo brain imaging – $56,500


For a list of McGill’s Discovery Research Program recipients, consult the database of awardees here