Molly S. Shoichet, PhD, FRSC

Dr. Molly Shoichet, PhD, FRSC, holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering and is University Professor of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, Chemistry and Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Dr. Shoichet is Director and a consultant for Chemical Engineering Research Consultants in Toronto. She is an expert in the study of polymers for drug delivery and regeneration that promote healing in the body. Dr. Shoichet has published over 480 papers, patents, and abstracts and has given over 310 lectures worldwide. She founded two spin-off companies from research in her laboratory, Bonetec and matREGEN. Dr. Shoichet is the recipient of many prestigious distinctions and the only person to be a Fellow of Canada’s 3 National Academies: Canadian Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering, and Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She won the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award for North America in 2015. Dr. Shoichet holds the Order of Ontario, Ontario’s highest honor. In 2013, her contributions to Canada’s innovation agenda and the advancement of knowledge were recognized with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award. In 2014, Dr. Shoichet was given the University of Toronto’s highest distinction, University Professor, held by less than 2% of the faculty. She is an International Fellow of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and Biomaterials Science and Engineering. Dr. Shoichet received the Senior Scientist Award from Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Americas in 2014, the Innovation of the Year Award from the University of Toronto in 2012, the Clemson Award for Contributions to Literature from the Society for Biomaterials in 2012, a Canada Council for the Arts Killam Research Fellowship in 2008, the Clara Benson Award from the Canadian Society for Chemistry in 2009, the Royal Society of Canada Rutherford Memorial Medal in Chemistry in 2006, the University of Toronto McLean Award in 2004, the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering Syncrude Canada Innovation Award in 2003, the Canada Foundation for Innovation Career Award in 2003, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Young Explorer’s Award in 2002, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council University Faculty Award from 1995-2000. Dr. Shoichet was 1 of 4 women honored for contributions to the advancement of knowledge with the Woman of Action Award from the Israel Cancer Research Fund in 2010, and received a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Steacie Fellowship from 2003-2005. She was named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 for innovation and leadership in 2002. Before being recruited to the University of Toronto in 1995, she worked at CytoTherapeutics on encapsulated cell therapy. Dr. Shoichet received her BS in chemistry from MIT and her MS and PhD in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

  • Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering, University of Toronto
  • University Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto
  • Director & University Professor, Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto
  • Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto
  • Professor, Donnelly Centre for Cellular & Biomolecular Research, University of Toronto
  • Director & Consultant, Chemical Engineering Research Consultants, Toronto