Left: Dr. Arinjay Banerjee, Right: Eliza Doyle (Photos courtsey of CBC)

USask celebrates Future 40 winners

Two USask alumni were among the winners announced at this year’s CBC Saskatchewan’s Future 40 awards.

Congratulations to these outstanding young alumni who keep making us proud!

Eliza Doyle (BEd'08) -  Eliza Doyle has been working in remote, underserved and vulnerable Northern communities in Saskatchewan since 2016. In 2020 she started a non-profit called CAMP (Community Arts Mentorship Program) with Holly Yuzicapi, from Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation. The non-profit strengthens the role music plays in culture, community, identity, and self-esteem for youth, adults and Elders. It is hard in remote communities to see beyond local boundaries and understand how to fit into the bigger picture when there are limited opportunities and resources to do so. Doyle works towards making the benefits of music available to anyone who wants it through opportunities, resources, mentorship and education. 

Dr. Arinjay Banerjee (PhD'18) - Dr. Arinjay Banerjee (PhD) moved to the province of Saskatchewan from India in January 2014 to pursue his Master of Science research. Dr. Banerjee went on to complete his PhD at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) in 2018 during which he studied how highly pathogenic coronaviruses evaded our immune response. His PhD was awarded Canada's Governor General's Gold medal. His training in SK proved critical when COVID-19 broke out in Canada. Dr. Banerjee led a team in Toronto to isolate SARS-CoV-2 from clinical patients. Subsequently, Dr. Banerjee completed multiple projects to develop SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics. Dr. Banerjee's research group at VIDO, USask continues to study how SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogenic coronaviruses evade our immune response, and he is involved in developing next generation pan-coronavirus vaccines. 

Click here for more information on the award winners.