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Professor Bernie Kraatz earns award for distinguished work as a chemist

Professor Heinz-Bernhard (Bernie) Kraatz, Vice-Principal of Research at U of T Scarborough

Renowned chemist and U of T Scarborough's Vice-Principal of Research, Professor Heinz-Bernhard (Bernie) Kraatz is the 2017 winner of the Rio Tinto Alcan Award.

Sponsored by Rio Tinto Alcan, the award is given to a scientist who “has made a distinguished contribution to the fields of inorganic chemistry or electrochemistry while working in Canada.”

Kraatz, who became UTSC’s Vice-Principal of Research in 2015, has had a distinguished career. In addition to serving as the director of the Nanofabrication Facility at Western University, he has received numerous awards and recognitions including a Canada Research Chair in Biomaterials, the PetroCanada Young Innovator Award, the Canadian Society for Chemistry Award in Pure or Applied Inorganic Chemistry, as well as a U of T Scarborough Principal’s Research Award.

His research focuses primarily on creating new materials to detect biomolecules ranging from DNA to proteins, to whole cells and even biological processes, which has implications for the detection of diseases like viral infections and cancer. He is also involved in research that probes the underlying molecular causes for diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

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