Anupama Sharan Wins a National Forestry Innovation Award

In advance of World Environment Day, Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is proud to announce the inaugural winners of the Chisholm Awards for Innovation in Forestry, a national competition which recognizes youth leadership and innovative research developments in the field of forestry. The Chisholm Awards for Innovation in Forestry program showcases the game-changing ideas,… Read more »

Professor Elizabeth Edwards featured on CTV to speak about Wastewater project

BioZone Director Professor Elizabeth Edwards along with Professor Hui Peng from the Department of Chemistry have been leading a group of researchers who are  studying wastewater during the pandemic to forecast potential COVID-19 waves. This important work has been featured on CTV. “We saw the Omicron wave coming in so quickly at Christmas time. It… Read more »

New profs working to protect a scarce resource

Posted March 14th, 2022 by Jennifer Hsu. Posted in News 2022 Water is a limited resource, and a very costly one. On March 22 we celebrate World Water Day, which reminds us to protect this valuable and diminishing reserve. The Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry at U of T strives to contribute to this vital mission and… Read more »

Solar photocatalytic treatment of pulp mill effluent for water recycling and conservation

A collaboration between BioZone Postdoctoral Fellow Tim Leshuk and Professors Grant Allen and Frank Gu makes use of solar photocatalysis to eliminate colour from pulp mill effluents making the wastewater optically clear and fit for re-use in the pulping process. This process will significantly help to reduce water usage in the pulp and paper sector. “Solar photocatalysis is an… Read more »

Now Hiring – BioZone Executive Director

BioZone is now hiring for the position of Executive Director. Please apply directly at this link   Executive Director, Biozone Date Posted: 12/03/2021 Req ID: 21689 Faculty/Division: Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering Department: Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto) Description: Reporting to the BioZone Scientific Director, and working closely with BioZone staff, the… Read more »

Alison McGuigan Announced as New Member of FTERM

BioZone Professor Alison McGuigan was announced as one of the International Fellows of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (FTERM) during the 2021 Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) World Congress. Congratulations, Alison! Read more here.    

Welcome Assistant Professor Chris Lawson to BioZone

This fall we welcomed new Assistant Professor Chris Lawson to BioZone! Chris Lawson’s research focuses on harnessing the metabolic processes of anaerobic microbiomes for sustainable wastewater treatment and the production of renewable bioenergy and bioproducts from waste resources. He is an expert in developing systems and synthetic biology approaches to understand and engineer the metabolism… Read more »

Published: “Could open science stimulate industry partnerships in chemical engineering university research?”

Abstract Open science means sharing all information in the research process as early as possible and making the output available without restriction on use. In the most expansive definition of open science, this includes sharing early-stage inventions that could be the subject of patent applications. We illustrate how this expansive open science definition has attracted… Read more »

Professors Levente Diosady and Emma Master receive 2021 Connaught Innovation Awards

BioZone’s Professors Levente Diosady and Emma Master were among seven U of T Engineering recipients of the 2021 Connaught Innovation Awards, which recognize and support innovations with a strong socio-economic or commercial potential. Congratulations, Levente and Emma! Read more about their work and the award here.

BioZone Director, University Professor Elizabeth Edwards named an Officer of the Order of Canada

University Professor Elizabeth Edwards appointed to the Order of Canada Story by Carolyn Farrell University Professor Elizabeth Edwards (ChemE) has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s most prestigious honours. The second cohort of new appointees for 2020 was announced today by Governor General Julie Payette (ECE MASc 9T0). As the Canada Research… Read more »

Professor Krishna Mahadevan Awarded Canada Research Chair in Metabolic Systems Engineering

Professor Krishna Mahadevan has been awarded a Canada Research Chair in Metabolic Systems Engineering. This news was made public after a historic announcement by the federal CRC program which includes $195 million for 259 new and renewed Chairs attracting global talent and increasing diversity in Canada research. Established in 2000, the federal CRC program invests… Read more »

The Toronto Open Access COVID-19 Protein Manufacturing Center

With funding from the University’s COVID Action Fund Initiative, SGC and BioZone have established the Toronto Open Access COVID-19 Protein Manufacturing Center Please order your proteins here: Our protein purification team at BioZone or SGC will produce any SARS-CoV-2 protein without restriction for any Canadian business or academic. The virus causing COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, encodes… Read more »

BioZone director – Professor Elizabeth Edwards honored at reception to recognize University Professor designation Five University of Toronto professors were recognized last week as University Professors, an elite designation bestowed on a small number of U of T faculty members for their distinguished scholarly achievement and pre-eminence in their fields. Elizabeth Edwards, Prabhat Jha, Anita McGahan, James Retallack and Frances Shepherd were honoured at a reception attended by President Meric Gertler, Vice-President and Provost Cheryl Regher and Chancellor Rose Patten. The… Read more »

NSERC CREATE Open Science Workshop on Open Publishing and Data Sharing

The CREATE for BioZone program hosted an Open Science Workshop on January 21, 2020 that was organized by CREATE trainees Anupama Sharan, Chester Pham, Premy Shanthamoorthy and Kimberly Tok. Over 60 registrants including 37 Highly Qualified Personnel (students and post-doctoral fellows) joined a panel of experts to discuss a range of topics on open publishing… Read more »

CSBERG: Developing SynBio Education

BioZone’s Patrick Diep, along with Nadia Morson, Olivia Bulka, and Alexandre Tremblay, is developing the Canadian Synthetic Biology Education Research Group (CSBERG). CSBERG is a graduate student-led teaching program based in BioZone – Centre for Applied Bioscience and Bioengineering at the University of Toronto. CSBERG seeks to understanding of the state of synthetic biology education… Read more »

Hiring- Assistant Professor – Sustainable Water Processing for the Resource Industry

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry invites applications for a tenure stream appointment in advanced approaches and technologies for water treatment (recovery-purification-recycle) and management for the natural resource sector. We have a specific interest in applications relating to the mining, metals, environmental, or oil and gas industries. The appointment will be at the… Read more »

A method of fortifying salt with buffered folic acid solution could prevent spinal cord deformities in Ethiopia.

A method of fortifying salt—spraying it with buffered folic acid solution—had already been developed by chemical engineer Levente Diosady and colleagues at the University of Toronto in Canada. Could adding folic acid to salt curb Ethiopia’s sky-high rate of spinal cord deformities? By Meredith WadmanNov. 25, 2019 , 12:55 PM Tony Magana, chief of… Read more »

NSERC CREATE Techno-Economic Analysis Primer Workshop

The first workshop hosted by the CREATE for BioZone program on November 12, 2019 was a success. The workshop was attended by 75 participants including 4 CREATE trainees along with 43 other Highly Qualified Personnel (students and post-doctoral fellows). Allison Simmonds from Savant Technical Consulting and a panel of industry experts from EcoSynthetix, Fortress Advanced… Read more »

UofT iGEM Team Wins Gold Medal

Congratulations to the U of T iGEM team for their gold medal and “Best Manufacturing Project” nomination at this year’s iGEM competition! Check out their project here, entitled “Accelerating Industrial Plastic Degradation with PETase”. BioZone has been supporting iGEM students at U of T for years by providing them with access to lab facilities. The newly-established… Read more »

U of T Engineering researchers could lower the cost of producing lab-grown meat

By Geoffrey Vendeville, University of Toronto engineering news On grocery store shelves among packages of farmed beef, poultry and pork, Peter Stogios expects to one day see meat created in labs. The senior researcher in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and his team received a $330,000 (US$250,000) grant over two years to help find a less… Read more »


Three U of T Engineering CREATE grants accelerate translation from lab to market ByTyler Irving July 11, 2019   Researchers Kylie O’Donnell (ChemE PhD 1T8) and Maryam Arefmanesh (ChemE PhD candidate) use gel electrophoresis to analyze DNA fragments in the lab of Professor Emma Master (ChemE). Master is one of three U of T Engineering… Read more »

BioZone Director appointed to rank of University Professor Elizabeth Edwards (ChemE) has been appointed to the rank of University Professor. This is the University of Toronto’s highest academic rank, recognizing unusual scholarly achievement and pre-eminence in a particular field of knowledge. The number of such appointments is limited to 2% of the University’s tenured faculty. Edwards is a pioneer in bioremediation, a… Read more »

Professor Krishna Mahadevan (ChemE), are among nine teams awarded $1.2 million in funding from Medicine by Design

ix U of T Engineering researchers, including Professor Krishna Mahadevan (ChemE), are among nine teams awarded $1.2 million in funding from Medicine by Design to support critical new ideas in regenerative medicine. Medicine by Design’s New Ideas and Seed Fund awards supports translational research aimed at advancing innovative concepts that are expected to be of critical importance to… Read more »

Christian Euler wins Leaders of Tomorrow Award

Congratulations to Christian Euler who was awarded the The Professor Douglas Reeve Leaders of Tomorrow Award from the Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering. The Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) Awards recognize students in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry who have shown the potential to become outstanding leaders.

Growing cultured meat less expensively.

BioZone researcher Peter Stogios is using funding from the Good Food Institute to search for growth factors that can make growing meat in a culture dish less expensive. Animal source-free clean meat production requires the use of serum-free growth media to culture muscle tissue.  However, the scale-up and commercialization of clean meat is hindered by… Read more »

Prof. Krishna Mahadevan featured on Research2Reality

“It’s Like Speeding Up the Process of Evolution” – An interview with Professor.Krishna Mahadevan, Biochemist, University of Toronto ‘It’s Like Speeding Up the Process of Evolution’ My research group primarily focuses on looking at metabolism. Metabolism is a central component of life, and if you study metabolism better, then you can harness its potential for… Read more »

BioZone professor Levente Diosady named to the Order of Canada

Professor Levente Diosady (ChemE) has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada ( Diosady was honoured “for his contributions to the science of food engineering, which has improved the lives of millions of people around the world.” He is widely recognized for his work on micronutrients — vitamins and minerals that are needed… Read more »

Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry is Hiring

A new faculty position is available in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry and BioZone. Join a team of high impact researchers working in an open and collaborative environment using genomics, bioengineering, and computational biology to solve important industrial, environmental, and societal issues. Candidates should have experience in at least two of the… Read more »

Alison McGuigan elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

Alison McGuigan elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists Professor Alison McGuigan (ChemE, IBBME) has been named to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Established in 2014, the College is the country’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual… Read more »

Uncovering activities of Carbohydrate-Active enZymes (CAZymes) on biomass fractions

Plant-derived polymers including cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin could be chemically and/or enzymatically engineered to obtain new functional properties and create high-value products. Therefore, methods to detect binding interactions as well as enzymatic activities on these high molecular-weight, plant-derived materials have been developed. In particular, these plant polymers were coated on Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation… Read more »

Seminar : Tapping into Methanogenesis and Methane Oxidation for Renewable Energy and Biobased Chemicals

Associate Professor Patrick Lee is visiting BioZone from City University of Hong Kong and will be presenting a seminar on Monday 17th September, 2018 at 4:00 pm in WB407. His current work in Hong Kong focuses on microbial community (i.e., indoor built environment microbiome, anaerobic digestion, and latest work on methane oxidation). Please reach out… Read more »

Ardra Bio awarded funding from Bioenterprise

26 Ontario companies awarded seed funding for innovation commercialization Twenty-six Ontario companies, including Ardra Bio, a spin out from BioZone, have been selected to receive seed funding from Bioenterprise Corporation and its delivery partner Innovation Guelph, the fourth round of a program funded by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency… Read more »

World Microbiome Day

Ontario Genomics has posted a profile of a BioZone project led by Elizabeth Edwards and Krishna Mahadevan called “Genome-based community modeling reveals essential metabolite exchanges in anaerobic microbial communities” See the story here:    

Sustainable plastics degradation for recycling

In response to the increase in social awareness about environmental issues, biodegradable plastics are getting more popular. Several types of biodegradable polyesters with different physical properties have emerged to replace traditional petroleum-based polymers. However, there is no efficient recycling strategy in place for most of these plastics. As a solution, we’ have developed a patent-pending, enzyme-based… Read more »

Canada’s federal science minister, Kirsty Duncan visits BioZone Labs. When Kirsty Duncan, Canada’s federal science minister, wants to illustrate the importance of fundamental science – research driven by human curiosity, not potential outcomes – she often reaches for the example of deep learning. The branch of artificial intelligence, which attempts to mimic the way the human brain learns, was pioneered by University of… Read more »

Levente Diosady wins the 2018 Engineers Canada Gold Medal

Prof. Levente Diosady has received the 2018 Engineers Canada Gold Medal Award, the organization’s highest honour, recognizing exceptional individual achievement and distinction in engineering. A world-renowned food engineer, Diosady has spent much of his career developing techniques for fortifying staple foods with micronutrients to improve human health. Read full story.      

Designing microbes to produce chemicals from renewable resources

The environmental impact of fossil fuels, their unstable prices, and limited supplies have led to concerns regarding the sustainability of chemical processes. A promising alternative is the use of microbes to produce the same chemicals but from renewable resources and in a sustainable and cost-effective process. Designing microbes for producing valuable chemicals from cheap feedstocks… Read more »

PDF position – removal of trace organic contaminants from bioretention cells.

Position: Postdoctoral fellow in Passeport lab. Location: University of Toronto, St George downtown campus, Toronto, Canada Start date: as early as February/March 2018 Project description: Bioretention cells are urban stormwater control systems used to collect, infiltrate, and treat stormwater runoff. Their efficiency for the removal of trace organic contaminants is poorly understood. In this research,… Read more »

Genome Canada Project – Genomics Driven Engineering of Hosts for Bio-Nylon The Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) funds translational research and development projects that address real-world challenges and opportunities as identified by industry, government, not-for-profits, and other “receptors” of genomics knowledge and technology. Five projects have been selected for funding in Round 8 of GAPP, for a total investment of $24.5 million ($8.1 million from… Read more »

Alison McGuigan- Research2Reality

‘Don’t Be Scared to Collaborate’ Alison McGuigan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto. We asked everything from alternative professions to favourite TV shows in hopes of giving you a better understanding of what goes on outside the lab for one of the best… Read more »

M.Eng/MASc project in Biomining Project

M.Eng/MASc project in Elements of Biomining Project ( Extraction of base metals from sulfide minerals has led to worldwide challenges with sulfide-laden tailings that represent a potential environmental problem and are costly to clean up. These waste “reservoirs” can also contain a large quantity of metals, such as nickel, gold, or copper, albeit at low… Read more »

Ardra, a renewable chemicals and BioZone startup, awarded funding

Ontario Genomics invests in renewable chemicals November 1, 2017 Ontario Genomics is pleased to announce its investment in Ardra Inc. via its Pre-Commercial Business Development Fund. Ardra is a specialty chemicals company focused on the production of natural ingredients for the cosmetics and flavour and fragrance industries. Their synthetic biology platform uses designer biochemical pathways to… Read more »

Cleaner Mining

The challenge of supplying future mineral demands is alarmingly complex. Earth’s high-grade primary metal reserves are depleting, and this calls for new alternative mining strategies to complement – and eventually replace – traditional pyro/hydrometallurgy techniques. Biomining is a technique which applies different microbes to mineral ores for the purpose of extracting target metals so they… Read more »

Preventing Iron and Micro-nutrient Deficiency with Tea

Micronutrient poor diets around the globe, and in particular in the developing world, cause deficiencies in iron and folic acid. Rectifying this issue through food fortification has been the focus of my graduate research. The fortification of black tea with iron has the potential to reduce the prevalence of iron deficiency in the developing world…. Read more »

Probiotics Treatment for Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is one of the most common chronic inflammatory diseases of the small and large intestine. The symptoms include diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and abdominal pain due to inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract. Currently, there is no known cure for the disease. The symptoms can be managed using medication but not… Read more »

Natural fibres: New yeast strains could turn plant waste into fabrics

Natural fibres: New yeast strains could turn plant waste into fabrics Posted October 26th, 2017 by Tyler Irving Nylon — used in everything from clothing to car parts to toothbrush bristles — is derived from oil, a nonrenewable fossil fuel. A team of researchers from U of T Engineering is working on a way to make… Read more »

Elements of bio-mining: Engineering collaboration aims to turn mine waste into valuable metals Posted September 13th, 2017 by Tyler Irving Elements of bio-mining: Engineering collaboration aims to turn mine waste into valuable metals An industry-academic collaboration led by U of T Engineering professors is studying the use of microorganisms to treat mine waste in tailings ponds. The researchers also hope to extract valuable metals that could offset… Read more »

Alison McGuigan wins Connaught Fund, McLean Award

Alison McGuigan wins Connaught Fund, McLean Award Professor Alison McGuigan is the 2017 winner of the Connaught Fund, McLean Award. This $125,000-award is presented annually to support an emerging research leader conducting basic research in physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, engineering sciences, and the theory and methods of statistics. The McLean Award is restricted to… Read more »

BioZone PIs awarded two ORF-RE 8 grants

BioZone PIs are leading two Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence (ORF-RE) round 8 applications. Each project is worth $12M over 5 years with a $4M contribution from the Ministry of Research and Innovation.   The goal of the Biochemicals from Cellulosic Biomass (BioCeB) project is to replace petroleum-derived chemicals with green, sustainable chemicals made… Read more »

Cleaning up benzene contamination

Benzene is a simple hydrocarbon that occurs naturally in crude oils and refined fuels, and is used as a precursor in industrial processes. It is a common contaminant in fuel storage and industrial sites. Benzene is highly toxic and carcinogenic, and therefore its removal from sites near human habitation is a priority in contaminated site… Read more »

Krishna Mahadevan wins 2017 Biochemical Engineering Journal Young Investigator Award

Krishna Mahadevan wins 2017 Biochemical Engineering Journal Young Investigator Award The Editors of the Biochemical Engineering Journal, in cooperation with Engineering Conferences International and Biochemical and Molecular Engineering XX, are very pleased to announce the selection of Professor Krishna Mahadevan as the recipient of the 2017 Biochemical Engineering Journal Young Investigator Award. Read full story.

Alison McGuigan honored with the Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award

Alison McGuigan is the 2017 Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award winner. The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award is awarded to a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant who has made an outstanding contribution to chemical engineering, demonstrating exceptional promise, while working in Canada. Eligible candidates must have held their first professional appointment… Read more »

10th Annual Science Rendezvous

On May 13th, the 10th annual Science Rendezvous was held all over the country. Science Rendezvous is a free event celebrating science and engineering with children and the general public. This year, BioZone, PAPTAC (Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada) and chemical engineer volunteers ran a booth where over 300 children made paper from… Read more »

Printing 3D tumor models

With support from BioZone’s Alison McGuigan, high school student Jody Mou used a bioprinter to make 3D tumor models. This high school student designed a process to create 3D tumours Jody Mou’s volunteer work in a university lab recognized with science fair award By Stephanie Matteis, CBC News Posted: May 07, 2017 5:00 AM ETLast… Read more »

BioZone’s Protein Structure and Function Lab Battling infectious diseases with 3-D structures

Alexei Savchenko’s group in BioZone has helped to solve hundreds of proteins in an international effort to fight infectious diseases. Battling infectious diseases with 3-D structures April 26, 2017 CHICAGO – An international team of scientists led by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has determined the 3-D atomic structure of more than 1,000 proteins… Read more »

BioZone Director wins 2017 faculty award for outstanding teaching and research

Getting hands-on with microbes: Elizabeth Edwards wins a 2017 Faculty Award for outstanding teaching and research It’s the magic of chemistry – combine two substances and they transform into a third that’s completely different. Elizabeth Edwards, a pioneering researcher in the field of environmental engineering, makes this magic with microbes and contaminated water, cleaning… Read more »

BioZone Researcher Prof. Diosady on CBC Iron-rich salt — developed at U of T — is combating India’s anemia epidemic Double-fortified salt is now being distributed to more than 24 million people in Uttar Pradesh state Laura DaSilva · CBC News February 18, 2017 University of Toronto food engineering professor Levente Diosady (centre) and his team developed a way to… Read more »

The invisible clean-up crew: Engineering microbial cultures to destroy pollutants

UofT Engineering news (Tyler Irving) has a new article on engineering microbial cultures to destroy pollutants: The invisible clean-up crew: Engineering microbial cultures to destroy pollutants Elizabeth Edwards, right, is the director of BioZone, a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Her… Read more »

Paper, not plastic: Leveraging microbial genes to make greener materials

by Tyler Irving: Paper, not plastic: Leveraging microbial genes to make greener materials Maryam Arefmanesh (ChemE PhD candidate) and Thu Vuong, a postdoctoral fellow in Professor Emma Master’s lab, examine a protein gel showing enzymes cultured from microorganisms that degrade wood. By studying these enzymes, the team hopes to develop new materials from trees… Read more »

BioZone Recognition Awards 2016

Each year BioZone recognizes the students, research associates, technicians, faculty, and staff that have made an outstanding contribution to the BioZone community. These awards are voted on by all BioZone members. The 2016 recognition awards were presented to: Mabel Wong for Community Service           Kayla Nemr for Technical Excellence    … Read more »

Emma Master awarded a Genome Canada’s 2015 Large-Scale Applied Research Project grant

BioZone member Emma Master  has been awarded one of 13 Genome Canada Large-Scale Applied Research Project grants for a project entitled “SYNBIOMICS: Functional genomics and techno-economic models for advanced biopolymer synthesis“. Emma is leading a team that includes co-leader Harry Brumer from the University of British Columbia, BioZone member Elizabeth Edwards, Adrian Tsang from Concordia… Read more »

Heart Professorship awarded to Alison McGuigan

Professor Alison McGuigan (ChemE) – Erwin Edward Hart Professor in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry Professor McGuigan received her PhD at the University of Toronto and completed postdoctoral research at Harvard University and Stanford University before joining U of T Engineering in 2009. She specializes in developing systems to grow human tissues outside the body…. Read more »

Founder Stories: Bringing back industrial biotech with Pratish of Ardra Bio

Medium Magazine has published a profile of Pratish Gawand, CEO of Ardra Bio. Founder Stories: Bringing back industrial biotech with Pratish of Ardra Bio What happened to the biotech industrial revolution? Not long ago we thought synthetic biology would completely change industrial biotech, only to see a string of failed companies unable to bring innovation… Read more »

Dr. Edwards Receives Genome Canada GAPP Award

BioZone’s Elizabeth Edwards along with partners from SiREM and Federated Co-operative LTD has been awarded a Genome Canada Genomics Applied Partnership Program (GAPP) grant. Please see the UofT News story below: New funding from Genome Canada will help Elizabeth Edwards (right) and her team commercialize a microbial culture that can digest chemical pollutants without the… Read more »

IndiBio Demo Day

As a member of the IndiBio Program, Ardra Bio Inc, the renewable chemicals company founded by Dr. Pratish Gawand (CEO) and Professor Mahadevan, is participating in the IndiBio Demo day on July 14, 2016. The IndiBio Demo day is an opportunity for companies hosted by the IndiBio accelerator to pitch their products to over 400… Read more »

UofT Biomod Team

BioZone is supporting the wet lab component of the UofT Biomod team’s project. The UofT Biomod team is comprised of undergraduate students preparing a bio-nanotechnology project to compete at BIOMOD, an annual bio-molecular design competition hosted by the Wyss Institute for biologically inspired engineering at Harvard University. The purpose of this competition is to challenge… Read more »

iGEM Toronto

As in past years, BioZone is providing laboratory space and other support for the University of Toronto’s 2016 iGEM team “iGEM Toronto”. For those who are unfamiliar with iGEM, it stands for the International Genetically Engineered Machine Foundation. iGEM’s mission is to promote the advancement of synthetic biology, and the development of an open community and… Read more »

PDF/Graduate Student Opportunity: MITACS Industrial PDF in Bioprocess Development

MITACS Industrial Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioprocess Development Group at BioZone Job ID: 2016-0520 Positions: 1 Location: BioZone, Chemical Engineering Department, University of Toronto and AbCelex Technologies Inc., Mississauga Category: R&D Company Overview: AbCelex Technologies Inc. ( is a Canadian biotech company committed to the discovery & development of innovative technologies and feed additive products to… Read more »

The 2016 Killam Prize Winners on CBC Ideas

The 2016 Killam Prize award winners have be interviewed for CBC’s Idea radio show by Paul Kennedy. You can listen to the interviews on the Idea’s website here: 2016 Killam Prize Winners

Professor Elizabeth Edwards wins Killam Prize

  Elizabeth Edwards is one of the five recipients of this year’s Killam Prizes, presented by the Canada Council for the Arts. (Photo: Jen Hsu) Professor Elizabeth Edwards (ChemE) has been named among this year’s Killam Prize winners. Presented by the Canada Council for the Arts, the awards honour eminent Canadian scholars and scientists actively… Read more »

Using tree bark to treat anaemia

Oluwasegun Modupe, a PhD student supervised by Professor Levente Diosady, recently co-published a paper entitled, Optimizing dose of aqueous extract of Mangifera indica L stem bark for treating anaemia and its effect on some disaccharidases activity in iron deficient weanling rats, in the Journal of Nutrition & Intermediary Metabolism, Volume 3, March 2016, Pages 18-22,… Read more »

UofT Chemical Engineering Awards

Three students from BioZone received awards at the Annual Chemical Engineering Dinner this year. Darren Rodenhizer – Frank Howard Guest Bursary Olivia Molenda – Diran Basmadjian Graduate Scholarship in Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry Mabel Wong – William E. Graydon Memorial Graduate Scholarship

Ardra Bio supported by Indie Bio

Indie Bio, an accelerator that funds and builds biotech startups, has chosen to support Ardra Bio. Ardra Bio was founded by BioZome Alumni Pratish Gawand and Krishna Mahadevan to engineer technologies to produce completely petroleum-free, high purity, and sustainable biochemicals for the cosmetics market, as well as for pharmaceuticals and foods. IndieBio’s 15 Latest Biotech… Read more »

Three Ways U of T Engineers are Addressing Food and Nutrition Issues around the World

A new multidisciplinary collaboration from the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN) is bringing together researchers from across the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering to address hunger and malnutrition, which affect billions of people around the world. The Food & Nutrition Security Engineering Initiative (FaNSEI) seeks to leverage the Faculty’s diverse expertise to advance engineering… Read more »

BioZone Researchers Create New Technology for Understanding Cancer Growth

A tumour you can unroll: engineers create new technology for understanding cancer growth This rolled-up strip of engineered tissue allows scientists to mimic the way cells grow in a tumour, yet it can be unrolled in seconds for detailed analysis. The cells are labelled with a purple dye. (Photo: Darren Rodenhizer) A team of U… Read more »

Can we use engineered tumours to find better drugs? | Alison McGuigan | TEDxUofT

Alison McGuigan is an Assistant Professor in BioZone at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry and the Institute for Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. She, along with her research team are engaged in building artificial tissues to study and look for cures to diseases. Let her take us into… Read more »

New Strategy to Fight Parasitic Plant

Engineering and biology professors at the University of Toronto have developed a new strategy for helping African farmers fight a parasitic plant that devastates crops. Plants in the genus Striga, also known as witchweed, act as parasites of other plants, tapping into their root systems and hijacking them for their own purposes. Though their purple… Read more »

Levente Diosady Named Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Professor Levente Diosady (6T6, PhD 7T2) has been elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) on the basis of his exceptional contributions to Canadian intellectual life. The Society’s mission is to recognize scholarly, research and artistic excellence, to advise governments and organizations, and to promote a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada…. Read more »

$2.8 million research grant boosts the search for ‘green plastics’

Tyler Irving Paper or plastic? This seemingly mundane question captures one of our biggest sustainability challenges: although paper is renewable and biodegradable, for many uses non-degradable plastic still wins out due to its resilience and versatility. Now, thanks to a new grant from the European Research Council, Professor Emma Master (ChemE) is searching for ways to… Read more »

New NSERC Strategic Grant

The Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry received 4 NSERC strategic grants with one of them being awarded to the Professor Grant Allen from BioZone. The objective of NSERC’s strategic grants program is to increase research and training in targeted areas that could strongly enhance Canada’s economy, society and/or environment within the next ten years…. Read more »

Connaught Funds Research at Chemical Engineering

Eleven U of T researchers have been awarded a grand total of $933,800 from the university’s own research funding source, the Connaught Fund. Professor Radhakrishnan Mahadevan from BioZone has been funded for his project titled, “Production of bio-based 1,3-butanediol.” Founded in 1972, the Connaught Fund was created from the sale of the Connaught Laboratories. The labs mass-produced… Read more »

New $5-million NSERC Strategic Network

A major new Canadian initiative on the use of enzymes for environmentally sound manufacturing processes was announced today and will be led by ChemE Professor Elizabeth Edwards. The Industrial Biocatalysis Network (IBN) is a 5-year, $5 million project involving nine researchers from U of T, Concordia University and the University of British Columbia, as well as six industrial… Read more »

Professor Elizabeth Edwards named Canada Research Chair in Anaerobic Biotechnology

Congratulations to ChemE Professor Elizabeth Edwards who has been named Canada Research Chair in Anaerobic Biotechnology. Professor Edwards is the Director of BioZone and a leading expert on the use of microbes to remediate groundwater contaminated with industrial solvents. Microbial cultures developed in her lab are in use at several hundred polluted sites around the world, putting to use… Read more »

Innovations for Developing Countries: Grand Challenges Canada

ChemE Professors Krishna Mahadevan, Alexei Savchenko and Alexander Yakunin just received a big boost for their project entitled Low Cost Synthesis of Tuberculosis Drug Using Synthetic Biology, thanks to a grant from Grand Challenges Canada (GCC). The GCC grant is awarded to health care innovations that could transform the way disease is treated in the developing world. Click here for the full story.

UK Supports Diosady’s Iron Fortified Tea Solution

The UK is backing new research into iron fortified tea leaves, which it is hoped will save the lives of thousands of mothers and babies in the developing world. Across the world, a woman dies in childbirth every 2 minutes. Dr Levente Diosady, a professor of chemical engineering and applied chemistry at the University of… Read more »

Professor Bradley Saville Appears on BNN

Yesterday, Professor Bradley Saville appeared on the Business News Network (BNN) to discuss biofuel opportunities in the prairie provinces. To watch, click here.

Professor Elizabeth Edwards Talks Career and Parenthood

Elizabeth Edwards, a chemical engineering professor at the University of Toronto and the mother of three children, the youngest of whom is now 19, credits her outlook to great mentorship. Her late mother was a professor of urban planning at McGill University in the 1970s and 1980s when there was a major pay restructuring after… Read more »

Professor Bradley Saville Predicts Alberta as a Biofuel Leader

A Canadian province most well-known for its petroleum products could be that country’s leader in non-petroleum energy. According to this article in the Edmonton Journal, Alberta, in all the headlines for its oilsands, could end up leading Canada by replacing half of its transportation fuels with biodiesel and ethanol. “We now have ethanol from grain… Read more »

Fortifying Tea with Iron Project Wins Prestigious Science Grant

ChemE Professors Edgar Acosta, Yu-Ling Cheng and Levente Diosady (ChemE 6T6, PhD 7T2) have been awarded a prestigious science grant that will allow them to develop an idea to fortify tea leaves with iron, a project that could help reduce the maternal and perinatal death rate in the developing world. For the full story, click here.

Goodbye to Plastics?

Plastic is an amazing material: it is light, strong, flexible and cheap to produce. But it has two big drawbacks: it’s made from petroleum, of which we have limited supplies, and it doesn’t decompose easily. Humans throw away billions of tonnes of plastic every year. A tiny portion of it is now biodegradable, but the… Read more »