Congratulations to Professors Andrea Edginton, Anna Klinkova and Rebecca Rooney for being awarded the 2022 Faculty of Science Excellence in Science Research Awards!
This award was established by the Faculty of Science’s Associate Dean of Research in 2021 to recognize outstanding research accomplishments by Science faculty members. Each year, the Science Research Office will award one tenure-track and two tenured faculty members based on their research accomplishments and excellence in the previous two or five years for the tenure-track and tenured faculty members respectively.
Professor Andrea Edginton, the Hallman Director of the School of Pharmacy, has been selected for one of this year’s tenure-level awards. She is a globally recognized leader in pharmacokinetic (PK) modeling, an area of study that explores how the human body processes medications. The Edginton lab specializes in designing computer-based virtual patients to test how drugs are absorbed, disrupted, metabolized and excreted from the body. Her research helps clinicians make informed decisions when deciding what dose of medication is safe in specific patient populations.
“I am thrilled to receive the ESRA and look forward to improving patient care through leveraging PK modelling and simulation techniques,” says Edginton. “This award will support the training of pharmacometricians in my lab who continue to evolve this important work.”
Professor Anna Klinkova from the Department of Chemistry has been selected for this year’s tenure-track award. She focuses her research on developing catalytic materials and chemical reactions for sustainability applications, including electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide to useful chemicals, treatment and upgrading of nitrogenous waste, and electrosynthesis of renewable fuels. Working at the nexus of nanoscience, catalysis and electrochemistry, Klinkova aims to advance technologies for treating and upgrading carbon and nitrogen emissions thereby facilitating net zero transition.
"I am honoured to receive this award, which will support my group’s work on rational chemistry design for flue-to-fuel conversion and hydrogen storage and utilization."
Professor Rebecca Rooney from the Department of Biology is the second tenured faculty member selected for this year’s award. She studies the effects of human disturbance and invasive species on wetlands. Wetlands purify our water and are crucial for climate change mitigation and adaptation. They are also biodiversity hotspots, home to many of our species at risk. Yet they are sensitive to contamination from pesticides and microplastics, climate change and biological invasions. Rooney’s important research into the ecological effects of these stressors helps government agencies, environmental NGOs, and land owners more effectively conserve biodiversity, restore degraded wetlands, and steward our existing wetlands to protect ecosystem services for future generations.
“I’m so proud to be recognized with the Excellence in Science Research Award. This honour will give me more time to mentor my talented graduate students, whose important work on wetland ecology is helping us conserve these precious ecosystems for the benefit of wildlife, human health, and the economy.”
Congratulations Andrea, Anna and Rebecca!