University receives $4.7 million in Canada Research Chairs funding
Four Queen’s researchers have received funding under the Canada Research Chairs program. The funding will create one new Tier 1 chair, and renew the appointments of two current Tier 1 chairs and one current Tier 2 chair.
“We’re fortunate enough here at Queen’s to support some of the world’s most accomplished and promising researchers,” says Steven Liss (Vice Principal Research). “The Canada Research Chair program continues to advance Canada as one of the world’s top countries for research excellence, and Queen’s is proud to be at the forefront of this strategic growth.”
Colin Funk (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences) – Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Molecular, Cellular, and Physiological Medicine renewal. Dr. Funk’s research focuses on mechanisms of cardiovascular inflammation that occur during a heart attack and development of blood clots. He plans to branch out into new areas by investigating adaptive biochemical pathways in older athletes and to develop new strategies for treating rare genetic disorders.
Zongchao Jia (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences) – New Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Structural Biology. Dr. Jia will focus on several proteins, one of which is involved in bacteria survival in nutrient-limited conditions, such as in drinking water. He is working to create a detailed three-dimensional structure of this protein that will allow researchers to better understand how the protein functions. His research could lead to advances in water purification techniques.
Guojun Liu (Chemistry) – Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Materials Science renewal. Dr. Liu’s research group continues to develop polymer and polymer hybrid nanotechnology materials. He hopes to further explore different applications for this technology, including commercially viable paints that are highly oil and water repellent and self-cleaning. His research group is also working to commercialize a friction reducing nanotechnology for automobile engines and other machinery.
Wolfgang Rau (Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy) – Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Particle Astrophysics renewal. Dr. Rau is involved in the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) experiment, which employs low temperature detectors to search for dark matter particles. The discovery of dark matter particles, which are thought to make up as much as 85 per cent of the matter in the universe, would revolutionize scientists’ understanding of particle physics and cosmology.
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