The Faculty of Science will soon house more than half a million dollars’ worth of new research equipment thanks to the success of the 2022 Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
RTI grants foster and enhance the discovery, innovation, and training capability of university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering by supporting the purchase of research equipment.
“Our success with this year’s RTI competition is a testament to the strength of our faculty and the effectiveness of the programs we have implemented to support and grow research and scholarly work in the Faculty of Science,” says Chris Houser, dean of science.
The successful projects are:
- Munir Rahim, biomedical sciences, Multi-User High Throughput Flow Cytometry System;
- Jeremy Rawson, chemistry and biochemistry, Photon III detector for single crystal X-ray diffraction;
- John Trant, chemistry and biochemistry, Label-free measurement of protein-ligand interactions for biochemistry, structural biology, immunology, engineering, and chemical biology;
- Hossein Fani, computer science, Computing Workstations for Deep Learning on Graph-Structured Data;
- Steven Rehse, physics, An Echelle Spectrometer to Enable Novel Diagnostic Tests Using High-Resolution Time-Resolved Laser-Induced Plasma Emission Spectroscopy.
“This equipment will also provide unprecedented opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in cutting-edge research,” says Dr. Houser.
“Being leaders in undergraduate research has been key to us becoming the ‘Destination Science’ program in the province of Ontario.”