Chris Lawson wins the ISME/IWA Rising Star Award

BioZone's own Assistant Professor Chris Lawson has been named the 2022 recipient of the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME)/International Water Association (IWA) Rising Star Award. This award is a collaboration between the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME) and the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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: https://dev.biozone.utoronto.ca/covid-19-protein-manufacturing-center/ Our protein purification team at BioZone or SGC will produce any SARS-CoV-2…

BioZone director – Professor Elizabeth Edwards honored at reception to recognize University Professor designation

https://www.utoronto.ca/celebrates/five-u-t-professors-receive-elite-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…

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…

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. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/11/could-adding-folic-acid-salt-curb-ethiopias-sky-high-rate-spinal-cord-deformities Could adding folic acid to salt curb Ethiopia’s sky-high rate of…

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…

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…

NSERC CREATE for BioZone

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…

BioZone Director appointed to rank of University Professor

https://news.engineering.utoronto.ca/ 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…

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…

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…

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…

BioZone professor Levente Diosady named to the Order of Canada

Professor Levente Diosady (ChemE) has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada (https://news.engineering.utoronto.ca/u-of-t-engineering-professor-and-alumnus-named-to-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…

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…

Ardra Bio awarded funding from Bioenterprise

26 Ontario companies awarded seed funding for innovation commercialization http://www.bioenterprise.ca/index.cfm?page=newsItem&id=494 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…

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: http://www.ontariogenomics.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/1/2018/06/2016_SPARK_Edwards-Mahadevan.pdf    

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…

Canada’s federal science minister, Kirsty Duncan visits BioZone Labs.

  https://www.utoronto.ca/news/it-all-starts-discovery-research-federal-science-minister-says-canada-s-innovation-pipeline?utm_source=The+Bulletin&utm_campaign=652a8269c3-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_06_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_916b4e500a-652a8269c3-108826513 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,…

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…

Genome Canada Project – Genomics Driven Engineering of Hosts for Bio-Nylon

https://www.genomecanada.ca/en/news-and-events/news-releases/genomics-researchers-partner-industry-further-innovation-health 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…

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…

M.Eng/MASc project in Biomining Project

M.Eng/MASc project in Elements of Biomining Project (www.biomining.ca) 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…

Ardra, a renewable chemicals and BioZone startup, awarded funding

Ontario Genomics invests in renewable chemicals http://www.ontariogenomics.ca/news-events/news/ontario-genomics-invests-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…

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…

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…

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…

Elements of bio-mining: Engineering collaboration aims to turn mine waste into valuable metals

http://news.engineering.utoronto.ca/elements-bio-mining-engineering-collaboration-aims-turn-mine-waste-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…

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,…

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…

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,…

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…

Printing 3D tumor models

With support from BioZone’s Alison McGuigan, high school student Jody Mou used a bioprinter to make 3D tumor models. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-university-lab-high-school-science-fair-award-1.4101643 This high school student designed a process to create 3D tumours Jody Mou’s volunteer work in a university lab recognized…

BioZone Researcher Prof. Diosady on CBC

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/toronto/double-fortified-salt-university-of-toronto-india-anemia-epidemic-1.3989346 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…

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

by Tyler Irving: http://news.engineering.utoronto.ca/paper-not-plastic-leveraging-microbial-genes-make-greener-materials/ 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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