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Eugenia Kumacheva

Eugenia Kumacheva awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

April 12, 2021

University Professor Eugenia Kumacheva, a distinguished professor of chemistry in the Faculty of Arts & Science, has been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Kumacheva’s  research explores the field of “soft matter” or polymers, colloids, liquid crystals, hydrogels and living matter. She has designed and developed soft materials for use in an extraordinarily broad range of areas, including telecommunications, security, data storage, drug delivery and tissue engineering.

A native of Ukraine, Kumacheva holds a Canada Research Chair in Advanced Polymer Materials. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada, an Officer of the Order of Canada and was the first Canadian winner of the L’Oreal-UNESCO Prize for Women in Science.

Kumacheva, who is cross-appointed to the Institute of Biomedical Engineering is now collaborating with Professor Alán Aspuru-Guzik, a professor of chemistry and computer science, on the development of innovative anti-cancer therapies.

“The Guggenheim Fellowship is a mark of recognition and one of the great career achievements for a scientist,” says Kumacheva. “It will support the collaborative research with Professor Alán Aspuru-Guzik, with an ambitious goal to accelerate anticancer drug discovery.”

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