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Dr. Molly Shoichet

University of Toronto
University Professor and Senior Advisor to the President on Science and Engineering Engagement

Professor Molly Shoichet holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering at the University of Toronto.  She served as Ontario’s first Chief Scientist in 2018 where she worked to enhance the culture of science in Ontario. Dr. Shoichet has published over 575 papers, patents and abstracts and has given over 350 lectures worldwide. She currently leads a laboratory of 30 and has graduated 158 researchers. Her research is focused on drug and cell delivery strategies in the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, retina) and 3D hydrogel culture systems to model cancer. Dr. Shoichet co-founded three spin-off companies, is actively engaged in translational research and science outreach. Dr. Shoichet is the recipient of many prestigious distinctions and the only person ever to be inducted into all three of Canada’s National Academies: the Canadian Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.  In 2018, Professor Shoichet was inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada – one of the highest distinctions for a Canadian - and in 2011, she was awarded the Order of Ontario – Ontario’s highest honour. In 2014, Dr. Shoichet was given the University of Toronto’s highest distinction, University Professor, which is held by less than 2% of the faculty. Dr. Shoichet was the L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Laureate for North America in 2015, elected Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering in 2016, and won the Killam Prize in Engineering in 2017. Dr. Shoichet received her SB from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1987) and her PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Polymer Science and Engineering (1992).