Professor Molly S. Shoichet, PhD, FRSC, Order of Ontario

Professor Molly S. Shoichet, PhD, FRSC, Order of OntarioProfessor Molly Shoichet holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering and is 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 close to 400 papers, patents and abstracts and has given over 250 lectures worldwide.

She currently leads a laboratory of 25 researchers and has graduated 75 researchers over the past 15 years. She founded two spin-off companies from research in her laboratory.

Dr. Shoichet is the recipient of such prestigious distinctions as the Canada Council for the Arts’ Killam
Research Fellowship, NSERC’s Steacie Fellowship, CIfAR’s Young Explorer’s Award (to the top 20 scientists under 40 in Canada), CSChE’s Syncrude Innovation Award, Canada’s Top 40 under 40TM, the Royal Society of Canada’s Rutherford Memorial Award.

Dr. Shoichet was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Sciences in 2008, the highest distinction awarded to a Canadian scientist. In 2011, Dr. Shoichet was appointed to the Order of Ontario, Ontario’s highest honour, and recognised as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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).