York researchers awarded prestigious Banting Fellowships

Two researchers have been awarded prestigious Banting Fellowships.

photo of York researcher Jesus Bermejo Tirado

Jesus Bermejo Tirado

Jesus Bermejo Tirado is the recipient of a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship for his project “Household Living Standards during the Severan Period.” He will develop a detailed social and economic portrait of households in six western provinces of the Roman Empire during the Severan period. His project is a comparative attempt to address the question of whether the separation between the western and eastern parts of the Roman Empire also had an impact at the level of the domestic economy. Bermejo Tirado’s research will analyze the real impact of Severan policies on the everyday life conditions of a meaningful sector of the Roman Empire’s population.

Bermejo Tirado received his PhD in archaeology at the Universidad Complutense de Madridin in Spain in 2011 and his habilitation as professor of archaeology and ancient history by the National Agency for Quality Accreditation and Evaluation that same year. He will be mentored by Professor Jonathan Edmondson in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.

photo of York researcher Alexander Stasheuski

Alexander Stasheuski

Alexander Stasheuski is the recipient of a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship for his project “Technology for Identification of Cancer Subtypes.” The project focuses on designing a technology for diagnosing cancer subtypes, which is crucial for personalized cancer medicine. He will focus on developing an instrument that will facilitate quantitative and highly sensitive measurements of MicroRNAs (MiRNA), a promising molecular marker for cancer diagnosis.

Stasheuski received his PhD in physics and mathematics at the Institute of Physics of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus in 2013. He will be mentored by Professor Sergey Krylov in the Faculty of Science.

“We are delighted to have Drs. Bermejo Tirado and Stasheuski pursue their research at York,” said Robert Haché, York’s vice-president research & innovation. “The Banting Fellowship program provides an opportunity to attract outstanding postdoctoral researchers from around the world and provides these talented researchers with the resources and supports needed to succeed in their research at York.”

The awards were announced by Ed Holder, minister of state (science and technology), and Peter Van Loan, leader of the government in the House of Commons. Both researchers will receive $140,000 in research funding over two years.

The purpose of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships is to build world-class research capacity by recruiting top-tier Canadian and international postdoctoral researchers at an internationally competitive level of funding. The program supports 140 postdoctoral researchers annually who work at Canadian universities and leading international research institutions.