CV

Jacqueline Lebenzon CV 06.18

ACADEMIC TRAINING

PhD Candidate (Transferred from MSc September 2016)
Project: Physiological mechanisms of insect diapause and cold tolerance
Department of Biology (Physiology and Biochemistry)
University of Western Ontario, London, ON
Supervisor: Dr. Brent Sinclair
Advisory Committee: Dr. James Staples, Dr. Cam Donly

BSc (Hons) – Honour’s Specialization in Biology
Project: Development of an artificial diet for gut loading in the fall field cricket, Gryllus pennsylvanicus
Department of Biology
University of Western Ontario, London, ON
Supervisor: Dr. Brent Sinclair
Advisory committee: Dr. Chris Guglielmo, Dr. Alexander Timoshenko

SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS                                                                                                              

2018 – NSERC Post Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral Award (42000 CAD)                         2017 – Helen Battle AwardCanadian Society of Zoologists (500 CAD)
2017 – Ontario Graduate Scholarship (15000 CAD)
2017 – Travelling Fellowship, Company of Biologists (3000 CAD)
2016 – NSERC CGS Master’s (17500)
2016 – Academic Achievement Award, PSAC Local 610 TA Union (500 CAD)
2015 – Helen Battle Award finalistCanadian Society of Zoologists (250 CAD)
2015 – Western Science Entrance Scholarship (2500 CAD)
2014 – Best Physiology Oral PresentationBiology Honour’s Day (50 CAD)
2012-2014 – Dean’s Honour List
2010 – Western Scholarship of Excellence (2500 CAD) 

TEACHING & SUPERVISION

Along with teaching assistant-ships, I also have over two years of experience mentoring undergraduate students in the lab. I have directly supervised 11 undergraduate lab work study students, trained an NSERC-USRA student, and am currently training an undergraduate intern to conduct biochemical and molecular work for a substantial Genome Canada Grant.

2016-2017 – Biology InstructorBeat Your Course, London, ON, Canada
2016-Present – Teaching assistantUniversity of Western Ontario, Animal Physiology II (Bio3602), nominated for a graduate student teaching award
2015 – Teaching assistantUniversity of Western Ontario, Organismal Physiology (Bio2602), nominated for a graduate student teaching award
2015 – Teaching assistantUniversity of Western Ontario,  Introductory Biology (Bio1002/1202)

PUBLICATIONS

Accepted

Ferguson, L.V., Dhakal, P., Lebenzon, J.E., Heinrichs, D.E., Bucking, C. and Sinclair, B.J. (2018) Seasonal shifts in the insect gut microbiome are concurrent with changes in cold tolerance and immunity. Functional Ecology, https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.13153.

Toxopeus, J., Lebenzon, J.L., McKinnon, A.H. and Sinclair, B.J. (2016) Freeze tolerance of Cyphoderris monstrosa (Orthoptera: Prophalangopsidae). Canadian Entomologist, 148: 668–672.

In prep

Karsten, M., Lebenzon, J.E., Sinclair, B.J. and Terblanche, J.S. (2018) Does loss of ion homeostasis explain chill coma and impaired dispersal ability in false codling moth Thaumatotobia leucotreta (Lepidoptera: Totricidaea)? In prep

 Lebenzon, J.E., Des Marteaux, L.E. and Sinclair, B.J. (2018) Manipulating ion gradients between the hemolymph and gut of the fall field cricket, Gryllus pennsylvanicus, speeds chill coma recovery. In prep

Lebenzon, J.E., Toxopeus, J., Anthony, S.E. and Sinclair, B.J. (2018) De novo assembly of the pseudoscorpion transcriptome. In prep

PEER REVIEW

Journal of European Entomology, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS & POSTERS

Lebenzon, J.E. and Sinclair, B.J. Some like it cold: the functional role of heat shock proteins in diapause and cold tolerance of the Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) (Oral) Canadian Society of Zoologists, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, 2018.

Lebenzon, J.E., Turnbull, K.F., Mathers, K.E., Staples, J.F. and Sinclair, B.J. Does mitophagy drive metabolic suppression during diapause in the Colorado potato beetle? (Oral) International Symposium on the Environmental Physiology of Ectotherms, Tartu, Estonia, 2017.

Lebenzon, J.E., Turnbull, K.F., Mathers, K.E., Staples, J.F. and Sinclair, B.J. Let’s break it down: Mitophagy drives metabolic suppression during diapause in the Colorado potato beetles. (Poster) Canadian Society of Zoologists Meeting, Winnipeg, MB, Canada 2017. Helen battle award recipient for best poster.

Lebenzon, J.E. and Sinclair, B.J. All you need is cryoprotection: Cold tolerance of the Colorado potato beetle. (Presentation) Biology Graduate Research Forum, London, ON, Canada 2016.

Lebenzon, J.E. and B.J. Sinclair. Manipulating cryoprotectants to investigate cold tolerance in the Colorado potato beetle. (Poster) Canadian Society of Zoologists Meeting, London, ON, Canada 2016.

Lebenzon, J.E., Des Marteaux, L.E. and Sinclair, B.J. Pass the salt: Sodium gut loading affects cold tolerance in the fall field cricket, Gryllus pennsylvanicus. (Poster) Biology Graduate Research Forum, London, ON, Canada 2015.

Lebenzon, J.E., Des Marteaux, L.E. and Sinclair, B.J. Pass the salt: Sodium gut loading affects cold tolerance in the fall field cricket, Gryllus pennsylvanicus. (Poster) Canadian Society of Zoologists Meeting, Calgary, AB, Canada 2015. Helen Battle award finalist for best poster.

Lebenzon J.E. and Sinclair, B.J. Development of an artificial diet for gut loading in the fall field cricket, Gryllus pennsylvanicus. (Presentation) Ontario Biology Day, Mississauga, ON, Canada 2014.

LEADERSHIP & PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Western University 

2017-present – Graduate Education Committee, Society of Biology Graduate Students       2016-2017 – Social committee, Society of Biology Graduate Students
2016-Present – Orientation committee, Society of Graduate Students
2016-Present – Finance officer, Mustang Bioinformatics club
2016 – Biology Graduate Research Forum organizing committee, Society of Biology Graduate Students
2015-2016 – Chairperson, Society of Biology Graduate Students
2015 – Seminar organizing committee, Society of Biology Graduate Students

Canadian Society of Zoologists

2015-2016 – Local Organizing Committee communications officer 

OUTREACH

2016-present – Virtual researcher on call, VROC
2016 – “Boo-seum” event coordinator, London Children’s Museum
2015 – STEM volunteer, Inspiring young women in STEM 2016 conference, Western University
2015-2016 – London Bug Day volunteer & coordinator, Entomological Society of Ontario
2015 – Volunteer, Let’s Talk Science, Western University