The 2008 Polanyi Prize Winners
Dr. Mark Taylor, an Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry at the University of Toronto, received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Taylor's research involves finding new catalysts to control organic chemical reactions, and developing polymer-based sensors.
Dr. Warren Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, and a staff physician in the Department of Clinical Care at St. Michael's Hospital. He trained as a clinician/scientist at the university and pursued a post-doctoral fellowship at Cornell University. His research involves phagocytosis (the process by which immune cells degrade microbial pathogens); this could lead to a better understanding of inflammatory and infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and sepsis, and possibly lead to new therapies.
Dr. Katherine Larson is an Assistant Professor in English at the University of Toronto. She has a degree from the University of Oxford and an undergraduate degree in vocal performance from St. Olaf College, Minnesota. She will study how song was used to persuade 16th- and 17th-century literary and musical audiences. Her work looks at the connections between social space, language and personal and political agency.
Dr. Philip DeCicca, an Assistant Professor of Economics at McMaster University, received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2005. He has published extensively in the field of health economics, with particular attention to the economics of smoking. His current research focuses on the impact of early childhood education on sustainable academic achievement.
Dr. Nadine Kolas is a post-doctoral fellow at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, in 2005. Her research uses state-of-the-art molecular genetic techniques to identify and characterize novel genes involved in DNA repair; this may shed new light on chromosome instability in human disease such as cancer and congenital abnormalities.