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UTSC prof among those awarded funding from CFI

U of T researchers, including University of Toronto Scarborough’s Kagan Kerman, have won more than $3.8 million in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Leaders Opportunity Fund.

Created by the Government of Canada in 1997, the (CFI) strives to build our nation’s capacity to undertake world-class research and technology development through investments in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions. Its Leaders Opportunity Fund helps universities attract and retain top research talent.

“CFI investments provide vital infrastructure in communities across the country and create opportunities for leveraging the work being undertaken by our enterprising researchers,” said Dr. Gilles G. Patry, CFI President and CEO. “Cutting-edge research facilities are magnets that attract the best talent from around the world, allowing them to work with business and train a new generation of Canadian researchers and innovators.”

Seventeen U of T researchers won a total of $3,892,005, representing 13.7 per cent of the total funding awarded nationally. They are:

  • Cathy Chin of chemical engineering and applied chemistry: $191,136 for Multidisciplinary Laboratory for Innovative Catalytic Science;
  • Rudolf Ehrhardt of immunology: $115,515 for Control Mechanisms Regulating Human Memory B Cell Responses and Biomarker Discovery Using Novel Lamprey VLR Monoclonal Antibodies;
  • Mitsuhiko Ikura of medical biophysics and the University Health Network: $795,562 for Structural Biology Facility for New Generation Cancer Research;
  • Emily Impett of psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga: $30,421 for Laboratory for the Study of Optimal and Thriving Relationships;
  • Gordon Keller of surgery and the University Health Network: $396,670 for Animal Resources to Support Cardiovascular and Cancer Research;
  • Kagan Kerman of chemistry at the University of Toronto Scarborough: $160,400 for New Generation Biosensors for the Discovery of Effective Therapeutics Targeting Alzheimer’s Disease;
  • Junchul Kim of psychology: $200,000 for Identifying Hippocampal Neural Circuits Underlying Anxiety;
  • Wolfgang Kuebler of surgery and St. Michael’s Hospital: $389,428 for Combined in Vitro/in Vivo Bioimaging Approach for Translational Research in Lung Injury and Repair;
  • Jeffrey Lee of laboratory medicine and pathobiology: $140,214 for Laboratory for Structural Immunovirology- Integrated Infrastructure for Mammalian Protein Expression and Microfluidic Crystallization Screening;
  • Thierry Mallevaey of immunology: $116,769 for Features of Activation and Antigen Recognition by Invariant Natural Killer T Cells;
  • Tina Malti of psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga: $23,716 for Laboratory for the Study of Adaptive Development and Emotions in Children and Youth;
  • Karim Mekhail of laboratory medicine and pathobiology: $119,965 for Infrastructure for Advanced Analysis of Genome Organization and Stability;
  • Tara Moriarty of dentistry: $249,294 for High Resolution Real-Time 3D Imaging of Bacterial Infection in Living Hosts: Investigation of Blood-Borne Dissemination Mechanisms of the Lyme Disease Pathogen;
  • Daman Panesar of civil engineering: $100,000 for Characterization of Cement-Based Materials Using a MicroXRF for Durable Concrete Infrastructure;
  • Arun Ramchandran of chemical engineering and applied chemistry: $125,215 for Laboratory of Complex Fluids;
  • Hong-Shuo Sun of surgery: $120,000 for Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Stroke in Diabetes and its Potential Therapeutic Treatments; and
  • Ulrich Tepass of cell and systems biology: $617,700 for Advanced Imaging Platforms for Basic Cancer Research.

 “On behalf of the University of Toronto, I extend heartfelt thanks to the Canada Foundation for Innovation and to the Government of Canada for this investment in our researchers,” said Professor Paul Young, U of T’s vice-president (research). “Support like this is crucial to the success of our research endeavour — both here at U of T and across the country.”




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