Celebrating Eva Kaufmann, PhD: 2023 Banting Discovery Awardee

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June 2023

We’re delighted to spotlight Dr. Eva Kaufmann, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen’s University. She is a standout figure in the field of immunology with an emphasis on trained immunity. Her innovative research program explores how exposure to pathogenic molds and their allergens can induce lasting reprogramming of hematopoietic stem cells, thereby increasing host susceptibility to infection.

Dr. Kaufmann’s groundbreaking work was recently recognized when she was named the 2023 Mitacs-Banting Discovery Awardee, a prestigious honor bestowed by the Banting Research Foundation, in collaboration with Mitacs. This award supports promising early-career researchers in health and biomedical sciences in Canada, with each recipient chosen through a rigorous peer-review process for their exceptional potential to make significant contributions to their field.

“At Mitacs, we’re committed to supporting innovation, and that’s why we’re proud to partner with the Banting Research Foundation year after year. Through the Mitacs-Banting Discovery Postdoctoral Fellowship, some of the brightest postdoctoral scholars researching today are pushing boundaries and shaping the future of biomedical science and human health. Congratulations to the 2023 winners on this tremendous achievement!” Said Dr. John Hepburn, CEO, Mitacs.


From left to right: Gabriella Stefan, Eva Kaufmann, Mckenna Perlin, Conrad Pietrzak.

As part of her current research, Dr. Kaufmann has established a mold exposure model in mice to scrutinize innate immunity in cells from exposed mice. Her approach employs single-cell RNA sequencing to discern transcriptional changes and understand alterations in immunity mechanistically. This project showcases her dedication to providing a molecular comprehension of how mold allergens can affect the immune system and her commitment to advancing the field of immunology.

Dr. Kaufmann’s noteworthy research portfolio has drawn commendation from the scientific community. She boasts a robust track record and impressive productivity in her area of study. Her solid base of preliminary data and her strategic collaborations with other researchers further strengthen her research endeavors. 

Dr. Kaufmann’s research holds significant potential for the future of immunology and infectious disease. By elucidating the impacts of mold exposure on the immune system, her work could open avenues for new treatment strategies to mitigate the effects of mold-related illnesses. It is evident that her research trajectory will continue to make a lasting impact on health science research in Canada and beyond. We look forward to following her future endeavors and the contributions she will undoubtedly make to her field.

Congratulations to Dr. Kaufmann on her Mitacs-Banting Discovery Award. Her work serves as an inspiration for researchers at the beginning of their careers and a beacon of innovation in health and biomedical research.

Interested in learning more about what we do at The Banting Research Foundation? Or perhaps you’re interested in supporting the next generation of young Canadian researchers? Feel free to contact max@bantingresearchfoundation.ca to find out more.