Governor General's Gold Medal and University of Saskatchewan Dissertation Award

Jonathon Doering, Toxicology Graduate Student was chosen as one of the recipients of the Governor General’s Gold Medal for 2017 at the University of Saskatchewan. The Toxicology Centre would like to congratulate Jonathon on this outstanding academic performance.


Jon moved to Saskatoon from Moose Jaw, SK in 2004 to pursue a B.Sc. at the University of Saskatchewan.  He received a B.Sc. in Biology in 2009.  As an undergraduate, he began working as a research assistant at the Toxicology Centre in the Environmental Toxicology Laboratory of Dr. John Giesy.  In 2010 Jon began his M.Sc. in Toxicology and in 2012 he transferred into the Ph.D. program under the supervision of Dr. Markus Hecker.  Jon's Ph.D. thesis, "Predicting the Relative Sensitivity of Sturgeons to Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Agonists" describes a mechanistic model capable of predicting toxicities of pollutants to fishes from genetic information.  During graduate studies, Jon published 20 peer-reviewed papers, presented 50 lectures and 36 conference papers, and received 28 awards, including the Vanier CGS and Dean's Scholarship.  Jon currently holds a National Research Council Fellowship with tenure at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research and Development.

Jon Doering and Markus Hecker

John Doering and Dr. Markus Hecker