CBB member Shirley Tang named one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women

Friday, October 21, 2022

Shirley Tang
Shirley Tang, a CBB member and professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been named among the top 100 most powerful women in Canada for her research impact and empowering women in STEM by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN).

WXN rankings are widely seen as a measure of exceptional impact for leadership in business, research, science, arts, public administration and community advocacy. The WXN rankings define power through compassion, humility and the promotion of collective well-being rather than more traditional measures of power, such as wealth, status or physical strength.

Professor Tang is a research powerhouse and has been published in top journals in her field. Her work is internationally recognized for its pioneering work on hybrid nanobiomaterials and devices, which has applications in health-related fields.

Her research crosses disciplines and unites chemistry, biology, nanoengineering and medicine. She initiated several collaborations with clinicians and researchers in the field of biomedical engineering to explore nanochemistry empowered solutions for early diagnosis and regenerative medicine. From her research, groundbreaking analytical tools based on nanobiosensors with artifical intelligence integration were created and currently going through clinical trials for commercialization. She founded a company, LeNano Diagnostics, Inc. to commercialize a point-of-care testing system for early diagnosis and outpatient monitoring of heart failure. The potential impact of this emerging diagnostic technology on cardiovascular care will be profound and go beyond Canadian borders. She has also collaborated with industry partners 3M Canada and Angstom Engineering.

Through entrepreneurship and industrial partnership, Tang's research helps create life-changing medical innovations for Canadians.

Tang has devoted extensive effort to promote women in STEM. She aims to shatter the gender boundaries in science and be an example that women can excel in positions of leadership. In her lab she promotes, encourages and mentors women in science. She has participated in numerous hiring, equity and advisory committees. She actively brings science to female youth by breaking barriers, stigma and shows how science can change the world around them. She designed scientific demonstrations and lessons for Girl Scouts. She also attended their events to explain scientific concepts and show how interesting, impactful and approachable science is. Her goal is to bring women's voices into the discussion and help foster an environment that is comfortable for all genders to create fair and unbiased planning and policy development.

This article was originally published on the Department of Chemistry website.