We know you’re going to love today’s episode of the Raw Talk Podcast (and every other episode, for that matter). We’re happy to introduce our guests this week: Dr. Molly Shoichet and one of her doctoral students, Nick Mitrousis.
Both Dr. Shoichet and Nick share their experiences working at the interface between engineering, chemistry, and medicine. Dr. Shoichet not only tells us about the therapeutic potentials for polymers in drug delivery and regenerative medicine, but she also discusses her role in promoting science engagement in the community. She is founder of Research2Reality, a national social media campaign launched to make research more transparent to the public. Finally, we find out what supervisors want in their prospective students and how to go about looking for a potential supervisor.
Here’s a full breakdown of what you’ll learn:
-how polymer science has been used to promote regeneration in areas such as the spine and eye.
-why collaborations are important in science
-why targeted drug delivery is important and how it can change the efficiency of a drug and prevent toxicity to the rest of the body.
-what a hydrogel is and how it can be manipulated
-what the Senior Advisor to the President of U of T on Science & Engineering Engagement does.
-how to track down a supervisor (even from another country!).
Dr. Shoichet is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering and University Professor of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, Chemistry & Biomaterials, and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. You can learn more about Nick’s project and the many other exciting projects in her lab by visiting their website.