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U of T researchers, including four affiliated with the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, have won just under $2.5 million in infrastructure funding in the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s latest Leadership Opportunity Fund competition.

Engineering recipients were:

  • Tobin Filleter, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, “Nanomechanics and Nanotribology Platform for Characterizing Energy Efficient Materials.”
  • Penney Gilbert, Institute for Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, “Muscle Stem Cell Bioengineering Laboratory.”
  • Benjamin Hatton, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, “Microstructured Surfaces and Adaptive Materials Engineering.”
  • Paul Yoo, Institute for Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, “Electrical Neuromodulation of Spinal and Supraspinal Reflexes for Treatment of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction.”

The other recipients were:

  • Judith Andersen, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto Mississauga, “Laboratory for the Study of the Psychophysiological Effects of Stress on Physical Health.”
  • Prabhat Jha, Centre for Global Health Research and St. Michael’s Hospital, “Integrated Million Death Study e-Platform.”
  • George Mochizuki, Department of Physical Therapy and Sunnybrook Research Institute, “Neuromuscular Recovery After Stroke: Assessment and Intervention.”
  • Brian Shoichet, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, “Structural and Systems Pharmacology Laboratory for Drug Discovery.”
  • Marla B. Sokolowski, Department of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, “Gene-Environment Interplay Research Laboratory.”
  • Michael Wheeler, Departments of Medicine and Physiology and University Health Network, “Creation of the Diabetes Discovery Core to Facilitate Innovative New Directions in Understanding Diabetes Pathophysiology and in Developing New Clinical Modalities to Manage the Disease.”
  • Shelley Wright, Dunlap Institute and the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, “Astronomical Instrumentation Development for Large Optical and Future Giant Segmented Telescopes”
  • Yeni Yücel, Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences and St. Michael’s Hospital, “Tracking Nanoparticles with Whole-Animal Imaging and Hyperspectral Microscopy: A Novel Strategy for Identifying Biomarkers and Treating Diabetes.”

“The CFI’s continued investment in U of T research is greatly appreciated,” said Professor Paul Young (CivE), U of T’s vice-president (research and innovation). “The tools and infrastructure these grants support allow our researchers to conduct some of the world’s most cutting-edge research. Their work will advance our understanding of ourselves and our world as well as lead to outcomes that improve our quality of life.”

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