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 http://bit.ly/2nj7JMR 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

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 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: 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 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 »

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 »