Medicine by Design-funded researcher and University Professor Molly Shoichet has been appointed Ontario’s first chief scientist.
Her responsibilities will include working with research hospitals, universities and research institutes to champion high-quality science in government and education, help the government make decisions on science-based policy issues and advise the government on how to support future research and innovation projects.
Shoichet will also lay the groundwork for the next generation of research and innovation jobs in Ontario by helping to develop the province’s science strategy.
Shoichet is a professor in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering’s Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry and the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering and is a leading researcher in stem cell transplantation and regenerative medicine. She leads one of 19 Medicine by Design team projects focused on advancing transformational discoveries in the field. Her lab is known for its use of materials called hydrogels that surround and protect stem cells when they are injected in the body. These hydrogels help stem cells survive and integrate into tissues, including nervous tissue damaged by stroke, macular degeneration or other diseases.