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18 leading early career researchers named

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Eighteen University of Waterloo researchers have received Early Research Awards worth $2.5 million. The announcement is part of larger investment by the Province of Ontario aimed at advancing Ontario’s competitive edge.

Each researcher will receive $140,000 over five years plus an additional $50,000 from the University. They are:

Applied Health Sciences

  • Robin Duncan (Kinesiology): A role for kidney fat in diabetes development
  • Mark Ferro (School of Public Health and Health Systems): Rates and determinants of psychiatric readmission of youth
  • Steven Fischer (Kinesiology): Screening for movement capacity and competency: Tools for preventing musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace

Arts

  • Igor Grossmann (Psychology): Harnessing insights from psychology, physiology, and mobile technologies to improve emotion-regulation and mental health of Ontarians
  • Ashley Kelly (English Language and Literature): Networked expertise as a novel approach to complex problem solving

Engineering

  • Nasser Mohieddin Abukhdeir (Chemical Engineering): Simulation-based design and optimization of next-generation liquid crystal display technology
  • Michal Bajcsy (Electrical and Computer Engineering): Nano-photonic structures for generation, detection, manipulation, and storage of single photons on a chip
  • Na Young Kim (Electrical and Computer Engineering): Scalable solid-state quantum information processors 
  • Hossein Abouee Mehrizi (Management Sciences): A general patient-flow model for strategic hospital capacity and operational planning
  • Guo-Xing Miao (Electrical and Computer Engineering): Topological quantum computing on scalable quantum material platforms
  • Michael Reimer (Electrical and Computer Engineering): Nanoscale photonic devices for quantum communication networks
  • Alfred Yu (Electrical and Computer Engineering): US-WASRI: Ultrasound wall shear rate imaging for high-frame-rate vascular diagnostics

Environment

  • Sarah Burch (Geography and Environmental Management): Triggering sustainability transformations in cities: enabling innovative entrepreneurship

Mathematics

  • Eduardo Martin-Martinez (Applied Mathematics): Advancement of quantum information science and technology
  • Daniel Vogel (David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science): Human-computer interaction in fully interactive physio-digital spaces

Science

  • Andrew Doxey (Biology): Targeted discovery of novel microbial proteolytic enzymes in biofilm and host tissue degradation
  • Scott Hopkins (Chemistry): A new tool for drug discovery
  • Germán Sciaini (Chemistry): Drug targets at atomic resolution
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