Dr. Molly Shoichet has been appointed Ontario’s First Chief Scientist. Dr. Shoichet, who was elected a Senior Fellow of Massey in 2014 holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, Chemistry and Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Dr. Shoichet holds a doctorate from the University of Massachusets in Polymer Science and Engineering and holds the University of Toronto’s highest distinction, the rank of University Professor, only held by 2% of the faculty.
Dr. Shoichet will report to the Hon. Reza Moridi, MPP, Minister of Research Innovation and Science, and will help develop the strategic plan to be used by the province both to attract and keep world-leading scientists in the province and engage the substantial challenges of climate change, our changing demographics in terms of aging and the impact of new cutting-edge technologies.
In her career so far, Dr. Shoichet has published over five hundred papers, patents and extracts, received over forty national and international awards and was the North American Laureate for the L’Oreal Unesco Women in Science Award in 2015, and won the Killam Prize in Engineering this year. She has been inducted into the Canadian Academy of Science, the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.