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Inaugural Issue of e-Distillations:

Dear Chemistry Alumni:

I am pleased to share with you the inaugural edition of e-Distillations, featuring the latest news from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto.

Rob Batey, Professor and Chair


Aaron Wheeler Receives 2015 NSERC Steacie Fellowship

Aaron Wheeler Receives 2015 NSERC Steacie Fellowship

Aaron Wheeler who is the recipient of an NSERC Steacie Fellowship awarded annually to enhance the career development of outstanding and highly promising scientists and engineers who are faculty members of Canadian universities. Three of six Steacie Fellowships were awarded to UoT researchers. Aaron’s research is developing better ways to test newborns for serious yet treatable genetic diseases. The current mode of testing – a blood draw that is then processed in a lab – is manual and slow. Wheeler is using digital microfluidic technology to develop an automated process. He is also working on extending his techniques beyond genetic disorders to screen mothers and babies for infectious diseases like rubella and inborn disorders like fetal alcohol syndrome.

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Christine Le Named to Forbes' Top 30 Under 30 Science List

Christine Le Named to Forbes' Top 30 Under 30 Science List

Christine Le (Lautens' group) has been named to the Forbes’ Top 30 Under 30 Science list. She’s been cited as a rising star by Forbes for her research on designing more efficient and environmentally-friendly methods to create molecules that are mainly used by pharmaceutical drug and chemical manufacturing industries.

To read more about Christine, please visit, http://news.artsci.utoronto.ca/news/chemistry-phd-candidate-forbes-top-30-under-30-science-list/.

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