Engineering Now .: Volume 3 - Edition 8 .: March 2007

Shoichet speaks at 16th Annual Lynda Shaw Memorial Distinguished Lecture Series


Dr. Molly Shoichet
Dr. Molly Shoichet discussed, Bioengineering: Where Engineering Meets Medicine, at the 16th Annual Lynda Shaw Memorial Distinguished Lecture Series held Thursday, March 15, 2007.

Members of Western’s community and relatives of Lynda Shaw attended the 16th Annual Lynda Shaw Memorial Distinguished Lecture Series held Thursday, March 15, 2007.

Dr. Molly Shoichet, Professor and Director, Undergraduate Collaborative Bioengineering Program at the University of Toronto was the guest speaker at this year’s event.

Dr. Molly Shoichet holds the Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering and is a Professor of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, Chemistry and Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Dr. Shoichet is the recipient of such prestigious distinctions as NSERC’s Steacie Fellowship, CIAR’s Young Explorer’s Award (to the top 20 scientists under 40 in Canada), CSChE’s Syncrude Innovation Award and Canada’s Top 40 under 40. She is an expert in the study of Polymers for Regeneration – that is materials that promote healing in the body, specifically for nerve regeneration.

Dr. Shoichet’s research has commercial appeal. Her laboratory has numerous patents published and pending on drug delivery and scaffold design. Dr. Shoichet founded Matregen Corp, a spin-off focused on drug delivery and based on a polymer processing platform technology invented in her laboratory and previously co-founded BoneTec Corp, also a spin-off from her laboratory.

Dr. Shoichet received her S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Chemistry (1987) and her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Polymer Science and Engineering (1992). She worked at CytoTherapeutics Inc on encapsulated cell therapy before being recruited to the University of Toronto in 1995. Dr. Shoichet has published over 220 papers, patents and abstracts and has been invited to speak at over 130 institutions worldwide.

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