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Dr. Molly Shoichet holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering and is University Professor of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, Chemistry and Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. She is an expert in the study of Polymers for Drug Delivery & Regeneration which are materials that promote healing in the body. 

Dr. Shoichet has published over to 480 papers, patents and abstracts and has given over 310 lectures worldwide.  She currently leads a laboratory of 25 researchers and has graduated 134 researchers over the past 20 years.  She founded two spin-off companies from research in her laboratory.

Dr. Shoichet is the recipient of many prestigious distinctions and the only person to be a Fellow of Canada's 3 National Academies: Canadian Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering, and Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Dr. Shoichet won the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award for North America in 2015. Dr. Shoichet holds the Order of Ontario, Ontario's highest honour and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2013, her contributions to Canada's innovation agenda and the advancement of knowledge were recognized with the QEII Diamond Jubilee Award. In 2014, she was given the University of Toronto's highest distinction, University Professor, a distinction held by less than 2% of the faculty.

Before being recruited to the University of Toronto in 1995, Dr. Shoichet worked at CytoTherapeutics Inc. on encapsulated cell therapy. 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).

Education

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 1989-1992
Doctor of Philosophy, Polymer Science and Engineering
Thesis title: Synthesis and Adsorption of Polymers - Control of Polymer &
Surface Structure


Focussing on 3 themes:

• Surface Chemical Modification of Polymers
• Controlled Adsorption of Modified Polymers from Solution to
Solution/Solid Surfaces
• Polymer Synthesis and Modification


University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 1987-1992
Master of Science, Polymer Science and Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1983-1987
Bachelor of Science, Chemistry
Humanities, with a concentration in French

University of Toronto (1995-present)
Toronto, Ontario

University Professor (2014-present)
This is a distinction held by less than 2% of the faculty.

Associate Director Research
Bioengineering Minor (Aug 2005-July 2008)

Directors
Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering

Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering
Faculty of Medicine (7/2000-present)
Program in Neuroscience (1/2003-present)

Associate Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Faculty of Medicine (7/2000-present)
Program in Neuroscience (1/2003-present)

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
Department of Chemistry (7/1995-6/2000)

Associate Director
Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (3/2000-6/2001)

Visiting Scientist

Pharmacology Department (4/1995-6/1995)

Brown University (1992-1995)
Providence, RI

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Molecular Pharmacology & Biotechnology (1993-1995)
Lecturer (1992-1993)



Industrial Experience

Bonetec Corporation, Toronto, Ontario (1998-2003)

Vice President, Founding Scientist and Director

matREGEN Corporation, Toronto, Ontario (2002-present)
President, Founding Scientist

Chemical Engineering Research Consultants Limited,
Toronto, Ontario (1996-present)

Director and consultant

CytoTherapeutics Incorporated, Providence, RI (1992-1995)
Scientist, Device Design and Stability Group, Development Laboratory
(10/1994-5/1995)
Associate Scientist, Bioengineering Group, ResearchLaboratory (9/1992-9/1994