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A scientist born of many influences

Herbert Kronzucker will speak at the first annual Principal's Research Award Lecture & Reception.

Herbert J. Kronzucker’s pioneering work is not only giving us insights into the basics of plant biology – it could someday help to alleviate global hunger.

Kronzucker will explain his work – and how a “German country boy” was led to science in part by a love of music and medicine – at a lecture on Thursday.

“A scientist is born of many influences,” Kronzucker says. “I will try to map those that mattered to me, and highlight a bit of the biology that emerged along the way.”

Kronzucker is a plant biologist with a special interest in how food crops respond to stress, and how they can be improved. For instance, he’s exploring ways to make rice thrive in soil that might otherwise be too salty.

Kronzucker established the Canadian Centre for World Hunger Research at UTSC last year, which takes a multi-disciplinary approach to solving world hunger. He’s also the Canada Research Chair in Systems Biology of Plant Nutrition and Ion Transport, and has published more than 80 papers and earned more than $5.5 million in research grant funding.

Kronzucker will deliver his talk at the Principal’s Research Award Lecture & Reception, the first of what will become an annual event. The award recognizes and encourages the research activities and achievements of faculty at the UTSC.

The inaugural lecture and reception celebrates the award’s 20th year. It will take place Thursday, Feb. 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. The lecture will be in the Instructional Centre 220, and the reception will take place in the atrium afterwards.

Kronzucker and his work were profiled in Spring UTSC Commons, here.


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