Kagan Kerman named Canada Research Chair in Bioelectrochemistry of Proteins
Congratulations to Professor Kagan Kerman, who has been named Canada Research Chair in Bioelectrochemistry of Proteins! Kerman is part of a group of 25 new Canada Research Chairs at the University of Toronto, announced by Federal Minister of Science Kristy Duncan on December 2, 2016.
Kerman's research takes place at the intersection of chemistry, biology, and neuroscience, where he is working to improve early detection and track the progression of Alzheimer's disease through the development of biosensors that interact with biomarkers linked to the disease.
Wheeler Group: Hacking healthcare in a refugee camp
Backed by a grant from Grand Challenges Canada, this summer members of the Wheeler Group traveled to Kakuma Refugee Camp in remote northwestern Kenya. They had developed the world’s first lab-quality field-deployable diagnostic test for measles and rubella viruses using only finger-prick amounts of blood. Collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a non-governmental humanitarian organization delivering aid in Kakuma, the team ran 600 tests in just three weeks in a study designed to evaluate the efficacy of their tool for monitoring the rate of vaccine coverage and identifying disease outbreaks. Read the full story at Arts & Science News.
Seabird guano: cooling the Arctic summer
In new research published in Nature Communications, Murphy and Abbatt group researchers and their collaborators show that ammonia from the guano of seabirds helps to form clouds and cool the summertime Arctic. "It certainly brings home the fact that everything is connected," says study coauthor Greg Wentworth, who completed his PhD with Prof. Murphy in fall 2016. Their surprising discovery has been featured in UofT News, Science News, Popular Science, and Discover Magazine.
Thin-Film Batteries: Bio-Derived Polymers for Sustainable Lithium-Ion Batteries
Sustainable materials for energy storage are urgently needed due to the increased use of electric vehicles and mobile electronics. D. S. Seferos and co-workers demonstrate a lithium-ion battery cath...
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