Christopher Osborne, PhD student, wins 2023 SUNY GREAT Award

Published April 21, 2023

The UB Department of Biological Sciences is pleased to announce that Christopher Allen Osborne, PhD candidate, has won the 2023 SUNY Graduate Research Empowering and Accelerating Talent (GREAT) Award. Osborne is among 33 SUNY students selected as recipients of the awards recognizing outstanding students who are conducting innovative research tackling some of society’s most pressing issues. Osborne receives $5,000 in flexible funding for research expenses, professional development and stipend supplements. 

Osborne states, "I am studying variation in vitamin B1 deficiency in lake charr (Salvelinus namaycush) populations using pan-genomics. I am also investigating how hatchery environments may alter the epigenetic characteristics of lake charr used for restoration stocking efforts in the Laurentian Great Lakes. Collectively, my research will aid in restoring self-sustaining populations of lake charr to the Great Lakes of North America. Lake charr is a member of the salmon family that is of conservation concern in the Great Lakes." Osborne is a second year as a PhD student, is working with Professor Trevor Krabbenhoft. Research in the Krabbenhoft Fish Genomics Laboratory is broadly focused on pattern and process in the evolution and ecology of fishes. Read more about the awards in UBNow.