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News and Annoucements

Molly Shoichet Makes Chatelaine’s Women of the Year List

It was a big year for Canada: The federal election resulted in a new prime minister, the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games were a big success, women’s issues received major media coverage and Alanis Morissette updated the lyrics to “Ironic.” And at the centre of it all were strong, determined women including Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, IBBME). She was recently listed as one of 30 influential women in Chatelaine‘s Women of the Year list. See the full list.

NYC Startup Based on Milica Radisic’s Research

One of the most recent developments over the past year has been the presence of a number of early stage biotech investors trying to set up companies in New York. Tara Biosystems is one of those startups that hopes to take root in the city. Harris & Harris, a local biotech startup investor, seeded Tara Biosystems in 2014 based on work of two biomedical engineers one of them being Professor Milica Radisic (ChemE, IBBME). Read more.

How Scott Jolliffe Moulded Gowlings into an International Player

Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP will go through a big change next year, and this will cap the remarkable career of the man responsible for the firm’s transformation, Scott Jolliffe (7T3). He recently stepped down as chief executive of Gowlings law firm, but he is neither leaving the practice of law nor stepping away from firm management. Jolliffe’s joining the board of the new international law firm he has helped create by leading Gowlings into a merger with U.K.-based Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co. Read full story.

SOCAAR Seminar on Wed, Jan 13 (3-4pm, WB407)

Scott Weichental from Health Canada's Air Health Effects Science Division will be giving a seminar on PM2.5 Oxidative Potential, Lung Cancer Mortality, and Acute Cardiorespiratory Outcomes in Ontario, Canada. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, January 13 from 3-4pm in WB407.


January 8, 2016

Volume 33, Issue 1

In this issue:

Grad Office
Research Publications


Grad Office


SGS Sessional Dates

Friday, January 15: ?Registration deadline for students beginning program in Winter session; after this date, a late registration fee will be assessed?. Minimum required payment (arrears + 100% of current Winter session [January to April] tuition fees) due.

For other deadline dates visit: http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/currentstudents/Pages/Sessional-Dates.aspx

SGS PhD Final Oral Examination - Irja Elliott Donaghue

Title: Controlled Delivery of Therapeutic Proteins to the Injured Spinal Cord
Supervisor: Professor Molly Shoichet
Members: Professors Milica Radisic, Michael Sefton, Molly Shoichet and Charles Tator
External Appraiser: Professor Christine Schmidt, University of Florida
Date: January 14, 2016


Research Publications


Fate of modular cardiac tissue constructs in a syngeneic rat model
Leung, B.M., Miyagi, Y., Li, R.-K., Sefton, M.V.
Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine 2015, 9 ( 11 ) pp. 1247 - 1258 .

Measurement and correlation of the solubility of rivaroxaban (form I) in binary mixtures of ethyl acetate with tetrahydrofuran, N,N-dimethylformamide, and N,N-dimethylacetamide from T = (278.15 to 318.15) K
Zhang, M., Fang, Z., Zhai, J., Mao, S., Zhang, L., Rohani, S., Lu, J.
Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics 2016, 94 pp. 1 - 6.

Delivery strategies for treatment of age-related ocular diseases: From a biological understanding to biomaterial solutions
Delplace, V., Payne, S., Shoichet, M.
Journal of Controlled Release 2015, 219 pp. 652 - 668.

Diversity of hydrolases from hydrothermal vent sediments of the Levante Bay, Vulcano Island (Aeolian archipelago) identified by activity-based metagenomics and biochemical characterization of new esterases and an arabinopyranosidase
Placido, A., Hai, T., Ferrer, M., Chernikova, T.N., Distaso, M., Armstrong, D., Yakunin, A.F., Toshchakov, S.V., Yakimov, M.M., Kublanov, I.V., Golyshina, O.V., Pesole, G., Ceci, L.R., Golyshin, P.N.

Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 2015, 99 ( 23 ) pp. 10031 - 10046.


Click here for the Chem Eng Calendar


Thurday, January 14, 2016 - Ace the Interview, 6:30-8:30pm, WB238

Monday, January 11, 2016 and Monday, January 18, 2016 - ChemE Research Days, 1:00-3:00pm, location TBD

Thursday, February 18, 2016 to Saturday, February 20, 2016 - Graduate Research Days (GRD), Hart House and various locations.

Friday, February 19, 2016 - Industry Open House (IOH), various locations in Hart House.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - LLE, Research in an Industrial Catalysis World: A Lifelong Adventure, Stuart Soled, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co., 12:30-2pm, WB116

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - LLE, Bioconversion of Methane by Aerobic Methanotrophic Bacteria, Mary Lidstrom, University of Washington, 12:30-2pm, WB116

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - LLE, 2015 AEESP Distinguished Lecturer, The Interplay Between Chemicals and Microbiomes; An Environmental Biotechnology Perspective, Nancy Love, University of Michigan, 12:30-2pm, WB116

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - LLE, Making the Environment Part of the Next Generation of Urban Water Infrastructure, David Sedlak, University of California, Berkeley, 12:30-2pm, WB116

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - LLE, Thermodynamics in Cryobiology: How Math Can Save Knees, Janet Elliott, University of Alberta, 12:30-2pm, WB116


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