Molly Shoichet Receives TERMIS Senior Scientist Award

Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, IBBME) is the recipient of the 2014 TERMIS Senior Scientist award from the Tissue Engineering International & Regenerative Medicine Society – Americas (TERMIS-AM).  This award recognizes her significant contributions to the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. 
Shoichet hydrogel

“TERMIS-AM brings the tissue engineering and regenerative medicine communities together to discuss how to translate discoveries for the benefit of humankind.  I am humbled to be included among the group of previous winners who are true leaders in our fields,”  says Shoichet.  “I am also grateful to my colleagues for their continued support and to the creative researchers in my lab with whom I have the privilege to work.”

Professor Shoichet is a world-renowned leader in the development of therapeutic medical treatments that make use of advanced polymers to solve tough medical problems.  She and her multidisciplinary research team are working on wide-ranging topics from cancer treatment to spinal cord injuries to stem cell therapy for treating blindness.  Among her current research projects are several involving the design of polymers for the delivery of drugs to treat spinal cord, brain or eye injuries, and the design of hydrogels that allow cells to grow in a three-dimensional environment as they do in nature.

Read about Shoichet’s work on hydrogels for the treatment of stroke and spinal chord injuries in a recent Nature feature.

“Beyond Professor Shoichet’s spectacular research at the interface of polymer engineering and neuroscience, she has been an important role model for women at this University and throughout Canada,” said Professor Michael Sefton (ChemE, IBBME), who nominated Shoichet for the award.

Shoichet leads the NSERC CREATE project in Manufacturing, Materials and Mimetics (M3) that provides innovative graduate education to students in cell manufacturing, biomaterials and tissue mimetics.  She is also a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering, and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

The award will be presented at the 2014 TERMIS-AM Conference in Washington, DC, on Dec 15, 2014.

Learn more about Shoichet’s current research projects.