Donnelly News | From Bench and Beyond (Spring 2022)
Mending the Gap
Research Association Position
‘The next big step’: U of T researchers pursue a treatment for vision loss
Women's Executive Network
Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize
Congratulations to Professor Molly Shoichet on receiving Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal, Canada’s highest honour for science and engineering research.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
CBC Quirks and Quarks
Globe and Mail
University of Toronto Engineering News
Eye On Vision
• The Shoichet lab’s research to restore vision after degenerative blinding disease reached the airwaves on FM89.3 WYPL in Memphis, TN. This highlights our research recently published in Biomaterials.
University of Toronto Engineering News
• MaRS has an ongoing series called Career Diary where they feature a Canadian tech leader. Dr. Shoichet was featured on August 26, 2020. During her interview with Barry Chong, Dr. Shoichet talks about how she became a great leader through lifelong learning.
• On Monday August 14, 2020, Dr. Molly Shoichet joined Romina Mahinpei for a SciSection interview. Dr. Shoichet shares her career in science and discusses the importance of curiosity and discovery in engaging the public in research.
CBC Metro Morning
• Listen as Dr. Molly Shoichet discusses the importance of international students and diverse perspectives to the advancement of knowledge with Jill Dempsey on CBC Metro Morning on July 20, 2020. In the wake of the political climate, especially where the pandemic has resulted in travel restrictions, Molly speaks about recruiting excellent students from around the world and their importance to research and international collaborations.
Connaught Innovation Award
• On March 10, 2020, Dr. Molly Shoichet joins nine of her colleagues in receiving the Connaught Innovation Awards to help accelerate the development and commercialization of their promising technologies.
By raising lab coats to the rafters, U of T biomedical engineering lab celebrates its student MVPs
• Molly Shoichet and Laura Smith sit with Geoffrey Vendeville of UofT News (Dec 2019), to share with him on how the Shoichet lab celebrates their students, and on the sense of community in our lab.
Fellow, The Royal Society
• On July 12, 2019, Dr. Molly Shoichet joined her colleagues Dr. Ben Blencowe and Dr. Barbara Sherwood-Lollar in being admitted as Fellows of the Royal Society.
International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
• On February 7, 2019, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) named Dr. Molly Shoichet a 2019 Distinguished Woman in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering.
Chemical Engineering News
Chemistry and Industry (April 2019)
• The February 1, 2019 issue of University Affairs, features Dr. Molly Shoichet. Undeterred from any losses that may come her way, one constant goal that pushes Dr. Shoichet forward is to be a champion of science.
CBC Radio: Fresh Air
• The United Nations has declared 2019 as the international year of the periodic table of chemical elements. On December 29, 2018, Dr. Shoichet chats with Nana aba Duncan of CBC Radio on the importance of the periodic table.
Economic Club of Canada
• Dr. Shoichet is joined by Martha Crago, McGill University’s vice-principal of research and innovation, and Paul Davidson, president of Universities Canada, at the Economic Club of Canada's lunch-time panel discussion on research, innovation, and the new economy.
The Hill Times
A New Art and Science Exhibit
• On Tuesday October 10, 2018, Dr. Molly Shoichet joins Matt Galloway at CBC Metro Morning to talk about the Artful Science exhibit that is taking place at Toronto's Pearson International Airport.
• Congratulations to Stephanie Fisher, PhD who convocated on June 19, 2018 and now works at BlueRock Therapeutics.
• Dr Shoichet on how to build a culture of science in the March 2018 issue of Maclean's.
Ontario Chief Scientist Dr. @MollyShoichet & her team (@ShoichetLab @UofT) are engineering new materials to help restore vision to people who lose their sight from diseases like age-related #maculardegeneration. Just 1 of the amazing ways #WeAreOntarioInnovation pic.twitter.com/KXaLSe1f3t
— OntarioInnovation (@OntInnovation) April 19, 2018
• On Wednesday December 7 at 7pm, Dr. Shoichet delivered a public lecture at The Perimeter Institute on how her lab is engineering new strategies to combat cancer, blindness and stroke. Dr. Shoichet's lecture begins at about 23 minutes into the program.
• On Tuesday December 6, Dr. Shoichet spoke about her research on TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin.
Public Talk with Molly Shoichet
On Monday November 21 at 7pm, Dr. Shoichet will be speaking at the Toronto Public Library's Cutting Edge Lectures Series. In Dr. Shoichet's talk, she will explain how the cure of cancer, blindness and stroke lies in changing the way we look at the cause and treatment of these devastating illnesses.
Post City Magazine is a Toronto magazine that covers 7 neighbourhoods in the Greater Toronto Area. In their December 2016 issue, they looked back at the most inspirational people of the year, and included in their selection is Molly Shoichet.
Dr. Shoichet is featured in NOW Magazine's (Oct 19, 2016) online site regarding the numerous awards she has been winning. Molly recently won the 2016 Till & McCulloch Award, which recognizes Canadian stem cell researchers, for her studies related to the use of hydrogels for stem cell transplantation..
On Sunday October 9, 2016, Dr. Shoichet is inducted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), as a Foreign Member.
Dr. Shoichet is awarded the 2016 Till & McCullloch Award. The award recognizes both Dr. Shoichet's contributions to global stem cell research, and her 2015 paper on the use of hydrogels for stem cell transplantation as the most impactful stem cell research publication authored in Canada in the past year.
On September 26, 2016, Dr. Shoichet sits down with IMS and is features on their Raw Data Podcast.
The Aug 8, 2016 issue of the Toronto Star features the Shoichet lab's cell transplantation research. In the article, Dr. Shoichet talks about the long process of turning scientific breakthroughs into clinical treatment available to patients.
In the July/August 2016 issue of Bio Business Magazine, Dr. Shoichet talks about some of the stem cell breakthroughs that have come out of the research at the University of Toronto
• Dr. Molly Shoichet celebrates and shares the success of researchers establishing the new frontiers of science.
- Molly Shoichet discusses her career and experiences as a woman working in STEM.
- In the March 2016 issue of Elle Québec, Molly Shoichet shares the spotlight with Ms. Piggy, in being named one of 32 inspirational women of the year.
- Molly Shoichet shares the spotlight with 8 other real-life female superheroes.
A one-on-one with Molly Shoichet. Hamideh Emrani met up with Molly and their interview is featured in Signalblog website.
University of Toronto researchers have found a way to embed drug compounds in nanoparticles so that they are released into the body at a controlled rate. In an article published in Science Advances, Malgosia Pakulska, Irja Donahgue Elliott, Jaclyn Obermeyer, Anup Tuladhar, Christopher McLaughlin, Tyler Shendruk and Molly Shoichet demonstrate how therapeutic drug proteins can be guided to the nanoparticle by purely electrostatic interactions between the protein and the nanoparticle's surface.
Included are several channels that have captured their publication:
University of Toronto researchers may have solved the problem of protein binding. In a review paper published in Science, Drs. Malgosia Pakulska, Shane Miersch and Molly Shoichet demonstrate how the disparate fields of computational biology and antibody engineering can be used to solve big problems in protein delivery.
Included are several channels within the University of Toronto that have captured their publication:
And some external sources:
Molly Shoichet is elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) as a Foreign Members, for contributions to neural tissue engineering and design of polymers for cell and drug delivery.
In the January 23 2016 issue of the Saturday Star, Dan Taekema writes about what makes Canada cool. It's not all about what is hip to be cool, but the great science that has come from the Great White North.
In the Dec 2015 issue of Chatelaine, Molly Shoichet is included in their list of Women of the Year.
Molly Shoichet is interviewed by science/tech journalist Kris Abel where she talks about regenerative medicine and shares her love and passion of science, and how this has led to many of her many achievements.
Molly Shoichet receives national Fleming Medal for outstanding scientific outreach.
Professor Dame Carol Robinson, Oxford University, delivers great research seminar as Irving O Shoichet lecturer at UofT, Chemical Engineering. Carol was L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Laureate for Europe when Molly was the L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Laureate for North America in 2015.
Anup Tuladhar's exciting research on local delivery to the stroke injured brain is highlighted.
Can stem cells reverse brain damage?
Behind the scenes of Medicine by Design with Molly Shoichet and Peter Zandstra.
Molly discusses "Medicine by Design" grant to UofT on CBC's Metro Morning with Matt Galloway.
On Thursday June 4, 2015, come and join us for a great afternoon of talks. We have a stellar line up of speakers who will join Molly in honour of her appointment to the rank of University Professor.
On Tuesday May 12, 2015, come and join us for an interactive symposium that demonstrates how sport science, research and technology at UofT intersect to bring out the best in high performance athletes.
The symposium is free, but registration is required.
Congratulations to the Shoichet lab ladies who cleaned up winning 4 awards at CBS!
• Best Presentation Award goes to Jennifer Logie
• Best Poster Awards go to Jessie Ngai, Samantha Payne, and Laura Smith
University of Toronto researchers show that engineered 'hydrogels' not only help with stem cell transplantation, but actually speed healing in both the eye and brain.
Also included are several media sources that have captured this publication:
Is Tim Hunt typical or outrageous?
Rubbing shoulders with "The Great One" at the Parachute Gala to raise awareness and funding for injury prevention. (Shown from left to right are Molly Shoichet, Wayne Gretzky, Zoey Shamai).
3D hydrogel chemistry is being used to better understand a rare lung disease. At a recent celebration to raise awareness and funds for this research are Bill Stanford, Alexander Baker, Stephanie Fisher, Laura Smith, Roger Tam, and Lisa Jullian. Special thanks to Caley Taylor for the picture.
Canadian Research, Molly Shoichet, wins L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award.
Molly Shoichet, 2015 L'Oréal-UNESCO Laureate
Included are several media sources that have captured this honour.
Molly speaks at the famous Collège de France, Paris, in March 2015. (© Collège de France / P. Imbert)
• Standing outside of the College de France, we have Guillaume Kasperski (International Officer, Collège de France), Prof. Clément Sanchez (Chair "Chemistry of Hybrid Materials², Collège de France, host), Prof. Molly S. Shoichet, Mrs Vanessa Laufer (Director, International Relations, UoT), Jacques-Henri Gagnon (Head, Communications, Youth and Academic Relations, Embassy of Canada in France), Fevronia Novac (Canadian Cultural Centers, Academic relations). (© Collège de France / P. Imbert)
On Monday January 19th, 2015, President Meric Gertler and Provost Cheryl Regehr hosted a reception in honour of the University's newest appointees. Congratulations to Molly Shoichet on another poignant moment in your academic career.
Our collaborator, Dr. Cindi Morshead, discusses our stroke research in the publication "International Innovation". The journal provides the opportunity to communicate science and demonstrate impact and relevance to the wider community of stakeholders including funding agencies, scientists, government, and the general public.
Molly Shoichet is included as one of the six UofT engineers who is embracing entrepreneurship and commercialization.
Shoichet lab hosts visitors from Karolinska Institute in November 2014.
Congratulations to Katarina Vulic on successful completion of her PhD! We wish Katarina all the best at Novartis.
Molly speaks at Katarina's convocation on the importance of staying in the game and taking risks. We would also like to thank Lesa Holmes for the pic.
The Honorable Minister Lake visits the Shoichet Lab and engages in a discussion on the importance of research.
Molly speaks at Rice University's bioengineering research centre in November 2014 where she met with Shoichet lab alumna, Meng Shi (centre), and Tony Mikos.
Congratulations to Molly Shoichet who has been awaded the highly prestigious designation of University Professor by the Provost of the University of Toronto. The designation is bestowed in recognition of great scholarly achievement and pre-eminence; it is an exclusive appointment that is made to no more than 2% of tenured faculty.
Congratulations to Professor Molly Shoichet who was named as Senior Advisor on Science and Engineering Engagement.
Nature profiles the Shoichet lab's research on hydrogel drug delivery system. Mike Cooke demonstrates rapid gelation of HAMC hydrogel to Molly Shoichet.
Shoichet lab featured on Global News with Catherine Lawrence where Dr. Christopher McLaughlin and Ms. Stephanie Fisher are examining LAM cells.
Stem cell infographics, courtesy of the Ministry of Research and Innovation.
CCRM sits down with... Molly Shoichet, University of Toronto
Congratulations to Molly Shoichet who is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Senior Scientist Award from the Tissue Engineering International & Regenerative Medicine Society - Americas (TERMIS-AM). This award recognizes her significant contributions to the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
Contratulations to Jennifer Logie who won the best poster award in the ACS Colloids & Surfaces Division, at their Fall meeting in San Francisco, CA.
Molly has the privilege of being the Bedel at the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering graduation where Dr. Indira Samaresekera, President of the University of Alberta, receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Toronto
Drs. Molly Shoichet and Derek van der Kooy finding ways to cure blindness.
Alumni, uses nature and the environment to bring his lab's science and research together.
"Click Conjugated Polymeric Immuno-Nanoparticles for Targeted siRNA and Antisense Oligonucleotide Delivery", by Diana Chan, Glen Deleavey, Shawn Owen, Masad Damha and Molly Shoichet was downloaded 915 times since August 2013.
"Polymeric Micelle Stability", by Shawn Owen, Diana Chan and Molly Shoichet was recognized by ScienceDirect as one of the Top 25 papers published in Nano Today in 2012.
On April 24, 2014, the Shoichet lab participated in Laugh out LAM – an event spearheaded by Catherine Lawrence to raise awareness and funding for a rare lung disease. Special thanks to Caley Taylor for the pictures.
Molly Shoichet leads one of the four NSERC CREATE projects that was awarded to the University of Toronto. The NSERC CREATE in Manufacturing, Materials and Mimetics (M3) provides graduate students working in the areas of Cell Manufacturing, Biomaterials, Tissue Mimetics an innovative approach to graduate education, combining cutting edge research with soft skills and industry experience.
Molly Shoichet joins nine other scientists, as UofT's Inventors of the Year
Molly has a blog on MRI's website on why to pursue a career in science
Molly Shoichet's Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering is renewed.
Molly Shoichet wins the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee award in recognition for her excellence in advanced research and superb service to the community. Special thanks to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and to photographer Janis Rees for the pictures.
In September 2012, Molly Shoichet was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. With this latest honour, Dr. Shoichet is now the only living person to be a fellow of three prestigious Canadian Academies: The Canadian Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
Molly Shoichet is one of nine engineers at the University of Toronto, inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering
As part of the UofT campaign, Molly Shoichet's "Boundless Promise" banner is seen among wildlife
Molly's seminar at ISSCR draws attention from the press.
Supporting vision research, Molly Shoichet attends Comic Vision with collaborator, Prof Derek van der Kooy, and philanthropist, Mark Krembil.
Highlights of Biomedical Materials, which contains a compilation of the best papers published within the last two years. Included is Molly's publication with Malgosia Pakulska and Brian Ballios.
Molly Shoichet is featured in a special section on "Repairing the Brain" in the Winter 2013 issue of Edge Magazine.
Molly Shoichet speaks at AAAS panel on stroke research. Here pictured with former grad student, Jeff Karp (Professor at Harvard Medical School), Julie Payette (Canadian Astronaut), Suzanne Fortier (President, NSERC) and Chad Gadfield (Present, SSHRC).
Dr. Catherine Coleman, NASA Astronaut, visited the Shoichet Lab after giving a seminar in the Lectures on the Leading Edge seminar series on January 9, 2013.
Biomaterials Science welcomes Molly Shoichet and others to their Editorial Board.
Molly Shoichet gives the Medtronics Lecture at Oxford University - with information found on page 6
Molly Shoichet wins a Connaught Innovation Award
Molly Shoichet wins Clemson Award
Yukie Aizawa's Biomaterials' publication was featured in the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine's June 2012 newsletter.
The April e-newsletter of UHN features a paper with the collaborative efforts of the Shoichet and Fehlings' laboratory, entitled Spinal Cord Injury: Reducing Inflammation with a Smart Material.
In the March 27, 2012, issue of the Globe and Mail, Diana McLaren explains a new tool that tracks people in academia based on their H-index. And scoring on this chart, in the discipline of Biological Engineering, is Molly Shoichet.
Katarina Vulic's J Am Chem Soc publication was featured in the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine's February 2012 newsletter.
Molly Shoichet is named to Ontario's Highest Honour.
UofT faculty honoured by American Association for the Advancement of Science
Ryan Wylie's Nature Materials publication has recently been added to the specialized citation collection
Discovering the Discovery District
A testament to Molly Shoichet's laurels and achievements
Congratulations to Ryan Wylie for his paper published in Nature Materials and to Ryan Wylie and Karyn Ho for their artwork featured on the October 2011 cover.
Congratulations to Malgosia Pakulska for winning a prestigious Vanier graduate scholarship. Malgosia was featured in the national McLean's magazine and the Engineering website.
Recipient of Collaborative Health Research Project Grants
Molly Shoichet is among four faculty members from the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at UofT to receive support from Canada's new Collaborative Health Research Project (CHRP) program.
Canada Foundation for Innovation
Molly Shoichet shares details of her life and passion, and how it has led to great advancement in tissue engineering and spinal cord injury repair.
The Toronto Star, 21 November 2010, by Judy Gerstel, Toronto 'We know more about what is happening in the universe than between our ears' Judy Gerstel Special to the Star
Molly Shoichet, a biomedical scientist at the University of Toronto who holds the Canada research chair in tissue engineering, described a "growing momentum" in the bio-engineering field as collaboration increases between engineers, biologists, and surgeon scientists.
Nafees Rahman's Biomaterials publication was featured in the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine's August 2010 newsletter.
• Molly Shoichet and her research was recently featured on NSERC's website. If your link should ever become broken,please
• In September 2009 the University of Toronto launched a recruitment campaign featuring Faculty and graduate students. Professor Molly Shoichet, and one of our doctoral students, Douglas Baumann are among those featured. The footage shot during these interviews, edited to 30s commercial form, has appeared on national television. Longer versions have also been posted to You Tube by the University. Links to interviews with Professor Shoichet are given below. Additional footage and biographical information is available at
Molly Shoichet was awarded the Clara Benson Award at The Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition. The award is in recognition of a distinguished contribution to chemistry by a woman while working in Canada. The conference and celebration took place in June 2009, in Hamilton.
• Molly Shoichet was profiled in the Pre-Sping 2008 issue of
• A major Chinese channel (CCTV-10) went to visit several Canadian universities. In this video, UofT is featured. About 5 minutes into the video, we can see some of the members in our lab, including Molly, Meng, Laura, and Yukie (just to name a few).
• Molly Shoichet was inducted into the Canadian Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada with UofT colleagues
• Molly's public lecture to UTM alumni attracts the attention of the
• Molly Shoichet has the honour of becoming a fellow of the
• Molly Shoichet has been elected to the Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada. Election to Fellowship in the Society is the highest academic accolade in Canada that is available to scientists and scholars. Molly's citation reads as follows, "Molly Shoichet is an innovative and influential scholar working at the interface of chemistry, biology and engineering who seeks to advance fundamental science, while at the same time translating this knowledge into advanced human health. Molly is internationally acclaimed and recognized for her outstanding research and leadership in these multi-disciplinary fields."
• Shoichet Research Team featured in the Spring 2008 issue of the University of Toronto Magazine for Advances in Spinal Cord Injury Repair Strategies
• On February 20, 2008, two of University of Toronto's Chemical-Engineering profesors, Molly Shoichet and Elizabeth Edwards became recipients of the Killam Fellowship Award. You can click here to see the feature done by Aisha Greene of The Varsity, or here for a link to the PDF file.
• In the January 12, 2008, issue of the Toronto Star, Peter Calami reports on the Canada Research Chairs program and its impact to professors in universities across Canada. In Peter's article, entitled "Brain drain? That's so nineties", the University of Toronto tops the list of universities to have professors being recipients for this prestigious program, and Molly Shoichet is highlighted as the "poster woman for a national success".
• Not only is it exciting to have Jordan Wosnick and Molly Shoichet's "Three-Dimensional Chemical Patterning of Transparent Hydrogels", appear in the 20th Anniversary volume of Chemistry of Materials, but the artwork of Ms. Hyun Joo Lee, was also featured on their front cover!
• In the January 5, 2008, issue of the Globe and Mail, Tenille Bonoguore gave an in-depth look at how Toronto - specifically within the University and College Streets area - is a mecca for Science. To get a pdf version of the article published on the Globe and Mail's website, please click here.
• A major focus of the 2007 year for the University of Toronto pertains to recruitment strategies. In one project, three students from our lab were invited to share their thoughts and impressions of UofT. Please click here to to get to the page with the links. Unfortunately we do not have direct links to these videos. You may also have to download either RealPlayer or Windows Media Player to view these.
• In March 2007, the Ontario Centre of Excellence made a great feature on Celebrating 20 years of Innovation and looking distinctly at the champions of innovation in Ontario. In pursuing this project, Molly was identified as being a leader in this field. Please click here
to learn how there is "Engineering Hope in the Laboratory and the Marketplace".
• Jordan Wosnick on laser photo-patterning of biomaterials, at the Functional Materials Symposium
• Molly is profiled in ACS Chemical Biology's August 18th 2006 issue of Ask the Expert feature.
• Dimpy Gupta's study was featured in the February 3, 2006 issue of Science
• Ying Luo's study was featured in the April 2004 issue Nature Materials - for a preview of the story, please click here.
• From The Times' special section on Life Sciences, featuring several professors at the University of Toronto.
• From BBC (UK) - Radio 4: Molly was featured on Radio 4's program, Leading Edge
Towards the left of the screen, there will be a box with the caption "Listen Again".
Please click on "Listen to 27 May" to hear the broadcast. Please Note: Real Player may be required to listen to this. Molly's excerpt is roughly between 13:09 and 18:04 of the 30 minute broadcast.
Awards and Distinctions
For a Good Cause
• Rick Hansen's Wheels in Motion - please click here to see some of the beautiful moments captured
• Here's Molly Shoichet's TEDxToronto talk:
The Future of Medicine is Personal
• We would like to thank the photographer, Andrew Williamson, who has captured some beautiful shots of Molly as she was giving her presentation.
Tanis Haas, editor of a health and wellness newsletter, MeDCAN, spoke to some speakers of TEDxToronto where she has shared how they stay healthy while making waves in their research and outreach.
• This year, the theme of the 2015 conference is Thresholds.
• Molly Shoichet is interviewed by 680 News where she discusses her research which is to be featured at TEDxToronto.
• TEDxToronto 2015 announces first round of speakers.
• Social media campaign aims to raise profile of Canadian research.
• DiscovHer: How 1 researcher + 1 film-maker are making research a reality for 1,000s.
• On Monday May 11, 2015, Molly Shoichet was interviewed by Matt Galloway of CBC Metro Morning.
Canadian Research, Molly Shoichet, wins L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award.
Molly Shoichet's portrait video
In a November 2011 convocation, Mrs. Dorothy Shoichet received an honourary degree. Beside the photo, is her daughter, Dr. Molly Shoichet as the "beadle" from when her Mom received her honorary degree.
• August 2018 - Congratulations to Sonja Ing on successfully defending her MASc thesis! We wish Sonja great success in veterinary school at the University of Guelph.
• July 2018 - Congratulations to Samantha Payne for successfully defending her PhD! We would also to congratulate Ellie Arnold, Eric Donders, and Eric Ho who have all been awarded OGS scholarships.
• June 2018 - Congratulations to Nick for successfully defending his PhD! As always, Nick had a lot to say and it was all good. Great job!
• May 2018 - Congratulations to Anup who successfully defended his PhD more than a week ago, but I’m not sure that we congratulated him with an all group e-mail. Great job Anup on getting across that finish line with an exciting new drug combination! We would also like to congratulate Jackie for successfully defending her PhD at the Departmental Oral. Jackie also did a great job explaining her data! Just one more defense left. We would also like to congratulate Anup on having a News & Views article accepted for publication in Nature Materials!
• March/April 2018 - Congratulations to Alex who will be awarded the Chemical Engineering Student Life Catalyst Award! We will also like to congratulate Sonja who will now have a busy summer writing up her Master’s thesis and peer-reviewed papers before heading off to Guelph.
• January/February 2018 - Love is in the air: Join me in congratulating Linyang on her recent marriage; Alex on his recent marriage; and Anup on his recent engagement. We would also like to congratulate Dr. Stephanie Fisher who has successfully defended her PhD.
• December 2017 - Congratulations to Nick Mitrousis on winning the Blue Rock Best Translational Research Poster Award at the Medicine by Design 2017 Symposium.
• November 2017 - Many congratulations in the lab: Margaret Ho on receiving the Barbara & Frank Milligan Graduate Fellowship; Jackie Obermeyer on receiving the Professor William F. Graydon Memorial Graduate Fellowship; Dr. Jennifer Logie (PhD, 8/2017) on receiving the Department of Chemical Engineering's (UofT) Graduate Student Life Catalyst Award Therapeutic. We would also like to congratulate Dr. Roger Tam on his new position as Research Scientist in Glycobiology, at Health Canada.
• October 2017 - Samantha Payne describes how she uses HAMC hydroge for cell delivery to the brain.
Also, on October 24th, 2017, Petro Czupiel earned the Guinness World Record for running a half-marathon (21.1km) while dressed as a clown. Congratulations Petro on this great accomplishment!
• September 2017 - We welcome Aileen Gracias (PhD, Karolinska Institute, Sweden) to our lab for graduate studies.
• August 2017 - We welcome Eric Ho (BASc, Waterloo), Margaret Ho (BMSc, Western) and Carter Teal (MEng, Imperial College, UK) to our lab for graduate studies. Many congratulations in the lab: Julia Rao on winning an award at UnERD; Ahil Ganesh, Sam Payne and Margaret Ho on receiving an OGS; and Jackie Obermeyer on receiving a QEII Scholarship. We would also like to congratulate Stephanie Fisher on securing an intership at BlueRock Therapeutics.
• June/July 2017 - We say farewell to Dr. Jennifer Logie who takes up a position at Environment Canada in Ottawa after completing an industry internship at Hammock Therapeutics.
• May 2017 - Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Sporting Life 10k Toronto Marathon
• March 2017 - Congratulations to Laura Bahlmann who was awarded an NSERC CGSM
• December 2016 - Congratulations to Jennifer Logie who successfully defended her PhD! Dr. Logie is now doing an internship at Hammock Pharmaceuticals.
• October/November 2016 - Congratulations to Priya Anandakumaran and Jessica Ngai who both successfully defended their Master's of Applied Science and Engineering in September 2016. Priya is off to Columbia University to pursue her PhD and Jessica is at an internship at Merrimack Pharmaceuticals.
• September 2016 - The Shoichet Lab welcomes Dr. Ana Fokina from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Ms. Laura Bahlman, BSc Waterloo and Mr. Eric Donders, Queen's University.
• August 2016 - Shoichet Lab swells in summer 2016 with undergraduate researchers. Welcome to the lab: Niema Binth Mohammad, Leo Zhu, Martina Heinelt, Molly Lindway, Marc Goudge, Natalie Landon-Brace, Elliott Birman, Oriana Shaw, and Shorab Zand.
• June/July 2016 - Congratulations! Leah Kesselman, Irja Elliott Donaghue, and Malgosia Pakulska celebrate after convocation with Molly Shoichet.
• May 2016 - Congratulations to all the presenters at WBC2016. Our lab was well presented with both current graduate students, as well as former graduate students!
• April 2016 - Congratulations to Linyang Yu on successfully passing her PhD bypass exam.
• January 2016 - Congratulations to Irja Donaghue Elliott on successfully defending her PhD, as well as Leah Kesselman on her MASc.
• December 2015 - Congratulations to Malgosia Pakulska on successfully defending her PhD and securing a great job with Medicine by Design. We would also like to congratulate Samantha Payne on winning one of the three prizes awarded by the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine's (OIRM), for their Pitchfest competition. A video will be put together after the New Year and available in Spring...stay tuned!
• October/November 2015 - There are many to whom we wish to extend our congratulations. In awards, congratulations to Ellie Arnold on receiving the 2015 Cecil Yip Doctoral Research Award. Congratulations to Petro Czupiel and Jessica Ngai on their recent OGS scholarships. Congratulations to Stephanie Fisher, Anup Tuladhar and Samantha Payne who have all been awarded QEII Graduate Scholarships. We would also like to congratulation Jamie Parker who sucessfully completed his Master of Science in Chemistry. We wish Jamie great success in Law School her at UofT.
• July/August 2015 - The Shoichet Lab welcomes the following summer students: Shermaine Li, Jay Chi, Jill Harrop, Elliot Birman, and Molly Lindway.
• June 2015 - Congratulations to Shoichet Lab Alumnus, Prof Nic Leipzig, on his recent promotion to Associate Professor with tenure at the University of Akron! Also, our innovative hydrogel for cell transplantation to the eye and brain, co-led by Brian Ballios and Michael Cooke, garnered national and international attention.
• March/April 2015 - There is a lot to celebrate in these last couple of months. Congratulations to Katarina Vulic on her new job at Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research. Congratulations to Priya Anandakumaran and Laura Smith on winning the prestigious NSERC CGSM! Congratulations to Ellie Arnold on winning a prestigious NSERC CGSD!
• January/February 2015 - We are delighted to welcome Dr. Vianney Delplace from Universite de Paris Sud to the Shoichet Lab as a post-doctoral fellow.
• November/December 2014 - Congratulations to Katarina Vulic who will receive her PhD at convocation on November 21 and to Karyn Ho who will receive her Masters in Biomedical Communications on November 19. Molly is super excited to be speaking at Katarina's convocation on November 21. Katarina is currently doing an internship at Novartis in Cambridge, MA and Karyn is working at Mechanisms in Medicine to develop visual patient education resources as a 3D animator and senior grants manager.
• October/November 2014 - We welcomed a number of students to our lab, who have also come with a number of awards: We welcome Linyang Yu and congratulate her on winning a prestigious Connaught Graduate Scholarship; we welcome Ellie Arnold to the lab and congratulate her for winning an NSERC CGSM scholarship; we welcome Jessica Ngai and congratulate her on winning an NSERC CREATE in M3 scholarship; congratulations also goes to Irja Donaghue Elliott and Katarina Vulic who have also won the this award. We also welcome Laura Smith to the lab.
• August/September 2014 - There are many to whom we wish to extend our congratulations: Congratulations to Alexander Baker for winning the best poster prize at the Canadian Biomaterials Society meeting in 2014 and an NSERC CGSD.Congratulation to Anup Tuladahar for winning an OGS Scholarship, and the Mary Gertrude l'Anson Scholarship; Ahil Ganesh for winning an NSERC PGSD; Jackie Obermeyer for winning an NSERC CGSD; Leah Kesselman for winning an NSERC CGSD; and Tobi Fuehrmann for winning a CIHR TPRM post-doctoral scholarship. We welcome Priya Anandakumaran to the lab for graduate school and congratulate her for winning a QEII OGSST graduate scholarship.
• January-February 2014 - We congratulate Dr. Shawn Owen, former post-doctoral fellow, who started as a tenure track Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Utah. We would also like to congratulate Dr. Brian Ballios, former PhD student, won the first place poster prize for the MD/PhD category at the 28th annual Medical Student Research Day (MSRD), that was held on January 28, 2014. The event showcased a total of 170 posters submitted across nine different research categories; and to Dr. Karyn Ho, former PhD student, who was recently named a Vesalian Scholar.
• October-December 2013 - Congratulations to Yuanfei Wang for successfully defending her PhD! We wish Yuanfei all the best as she returns to work at Fletcher Spaght, Inc. We would also like to congratulate Anup on receiving the TPRM graduate student fellowship, Tobi for receiving the TPRM post-doctoral fellowship, and Mike for receiving the MITACs ELEVATE post-doctoral fellowship and inclusion in the Rotman school Creative Destructive Lab program.
• August/September 2013 - Congratulations to Brian G. Ballios, PhD on winning the prestigious Donnelly Centre thesis prize. Congratulations also to Priya Anandakumaran for winning undergraduate awards for her summer research from both IBBME for her oral presentation and UnERD for her poster presentation. Congratulations to Michael Cooke, PhD for winning a MITACs elevate post-doctoral fellowship and to Chris McLaughlin for winning a prestigious NSERC PDF.
• June/July 2013 - Congratulations to Brian G. Ballios, PhD who officially received his PhD at convocation in June 2013. We wish Brian best of luck as he continues his medical school training. Please also welcome the newest members of the Shoichet Group: Chris McLaughlin, PhD (post-doctoral fellow); Jamie Parker (Master's student); Ahil Ganesh (Master's student).
• May 2013 - Join me in congratulating Jackie Obermeyer for getting first prize in the IBBME poster competition in her category; Petro Czupiel for getting honourable mention in the IBBME poster competition in his category; Ahil Ganesh for winning an OGS; and Leah Kesselman for winning an NSERC CGSM.
• March 2013 - We congratulate Dr. Shawn Owen on winning the prestigious Controlled Release Society T. Nagai Postdoc Research Achievement Award.
• December 2012 - Congratulations to Daniel McLean who successfully defended his PhD at the department level and will return to defend his PhD at the University level in the new year. We wish Dan great success as he pursues a policy internship with Health Canada.
• October 2012 - Congratulations to Brian Ballios for successfully defending his PhD. We wish Brian great success as he returns to medical school to finish his MD. And congratulations to Roger Tam and Karyn Ho for their cover art on the October 2012 issue of J Materials Chemistry.
• September/October 2012 - Congratulations to Dianna Chan and Matt Caicco for successfully defending their Master's of Applied Science degrees. We wish Dianna all the best as she embarks on her new career at Kraft and are delighted that Matt will stay to explore commercial properties of HAMC. And welcome the newest members of the Shoichet lab: Petro Czupiel, Dr. Tobi Fuehrman, Leah Kesselman, Jackie Obermeyer and Samantha Payne.
• August 2012 - Congratulations to Karyn Ho for successfully defending her PhD! We wish Karyn all the best as she dives into the world of Biomedical Communications. Congratulations also goes to Shawn Owen's paper in . It is in the top 10 most downloaded from ACS Chemical Biology in the last 12 months.
• May 2012 - Congratulations to Brian Ballios for winning the first place price for science talks at the IMS Scientific Day. Congratuations also goes to Matt Caicco and Malgosia Pakulska for winning a travel award to this summers Controlled Release Society meeting; and for Anup Tuladhar on winning an OGS Scholarship. Well done to all!
• April 2012 - Congratulations to Jennifer Logie on winning an NSERC CGS-M! Also congratulations to Ryan Wylie on winning a Banting Post-doctoral Fellowship!
• February/March 2012 - Congratulations to Jiao Lu for successfully defending her Ph.D.! We wish Dr. Lu all the best as she pursues a post-doctoral fellowship in Japan at Kyoto University, under the supervision of Prof. Akiyoshi Kazunari; she is being hired by the Japan Science and Technology Agengy (JST). Also to congratulate are: Brian Ballios for having his paper on retinal stem cell differentiation to photoreceptors published in; Jason Stanwick and Doug Baumann for their paper on the controlled release of anti-NogoA in ; and Ira Schmid has completed a 6-month exchange from Johannes-Gutenberg, Universitat Mainz, Germany and will return to her home institution
• January 2012 - Congratulations to Chelsea Nimmo and Karyn Ho for their cover art of . Also to congratulate are: Katarina Vulic for her innovative delivery system, published in ; Karyn Ho for her novel cancer delivery system, published in; Daniel McLean for his informative brain imaging system, published in; and Yuanfei Wang for her new local delivery system to the brain, published in
• November/December 2011 - Congratulations to Yukie Aizawa for successfully defending her PhD! We wish Yukie all the best as she returns to work at Kaneka. We congratulate Howard Kim, PhD; Ryan Wylie, PhD; Chelsea Nimmo, MSc; and Jason Stanwick, MASc, all of whom formally received their degrees at convocation in November.
• October 2011 - Congratulations to Ryan Wylie for successfully defending his PhD thesis. We wish Ryan continued success as he pursues a post-doctoral fellowship in Robert Langer's laboratory at MIT. We would also like to congratulate Doug Baumann, PhD, on his new job at Syngenta.
• September 2011 - Congratulations to three new graduates from The Shoichet Lab. Howard Kim successfully defended his PhD and is now pursuing a career at Bayliss Medical. Jason Stanwick successfully defended his MASc and is pursuing a career at Apotex. Chelsea Nimmo successfully presented her MSc and is now pursuing a law degree at McGill University. Congratulations to Howard, Jason and Chelsea and best of luck in their new careers.
• August 2011 - Shoichet lab undergraduates sweep prizes at the annual Undergraduate Engineering Research Day (UnERD) symposium. Anthony Vo won first prize in the afternoon podium presentation session and Joshua Budman won second prize in the morning podium presentation session. Congratulations to Anthony and Josh! We wish Anthony great success at the University of Ottawa where he begins medical school and Josh best of luck as he returns to John Hopkins for his third year of Biomedical Engineering
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Sunday October 19th, 2015
• Another successful day. Thank goodness the raining weather passed and brought in some needed sunshine.
• SBeRT have done it again!!
• Another successful day was met when the Shoichet Bioengineering Research Team took part in the 2007 Rick Hansen's Wheels in Motion
• In 2007 the Shoichet Group won the Wheels in Motion Community Wheelchair Relay at the Docks in Toronto. The large silver bowl and individual gold trophies (above) were awarded to the five members of our "A Team"; while both the A and B Teams received beautiful gift baskets for winning their respective heats. In the finals the A Team won with a time of 2:44 while the B Team was fifth in 3:18. In addition to the relay trophies the Shoichet Group also placed 2nd across Canada in the Community Relay Fundraising Category.
• Shoichet Group would like to thank SARSTEDT for financial support and MEDI-Chair and Shopper's Home Health Care for their expertise and generous donation of racing wheelchairs. The Team would also like to extend heartfelt thanks to our friends, family, and colleagues for their support in 2007.
• This year (June 2006), the Shoichet group put together a corporate team, Shoichet Bioengineering Research Team. Along with the excitement of creating a team, Molly and her son (Emerson) were quoted in the Toronto Star.
- Please also find this beautiful thank you letter attached.
• Rick Hansen's Wheels in Motion (June 2005) - please click here to see some of the beautiful moments captured.
Awards and Distinctions
• Please click here to enjoy some group celebrations that we've had
• June 2016 - ShoichetLab alumnus, Prof Yen Wah Tong of NUS, returns to UofT for a seminar on peptide amphiphiles.
• May 2016 - This year's World Biomaterials Congress (WBC2016) was extra-special, as it brought together a Shoichet Lab Reunion.
• March 2016 - Congratulations to Dr. Jiao Lu (PhD 2012) and her husband who are proud parents of a baby boy. Yutaro Ohara was born on October 6, 2015.
• October 2015 - The Fall 2015 issue of interfaces, an Alumni & Industry Magazine of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto, profiles alumna Laura Yu (PhD 2008)
• April 2015 - Congratulations to Dr. Katarina Vulic (PhD 2014). Katarina was recently offered the position of Senior Scientist at Novartis Insitutes for BioMedical Research. This comes off the heels of her having a relatively short intern placement at Novartis during which she excelled and she was also awarded a Novartis Spot Award. Her intern placement at Novartis is a position that she gained from being one of our first NSERC M3 award recipients!
• July 2014 - Congratulations to Dr. Yuanfei Wang (PhD 2013). Yuanfei was recently offered the Life Sciences Consultant position at Putnam Associates, a Boston-based pharma-biotech strategy consulting firm.
• July 2014 - Congratulations to Ms. Ankeeta Tadkase (BASc 2010), who has just graduated from medical school. She is now starting her residency in the Family Medicine department, University of Toronto.
• April 2014 - Congratulations to Dr. Paul Dalton (PDF, 1999-2002), who together with his family have moved to Germany, where he has now taken on a Full Professor faculty position in Biofabrication at the University of Wuerzburg.