The organizing committee of the 67th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference (CSChE), to be held October 22nd-25th, 2017 in Edmonton, is proud to announce the Emerging Leaders in Chemical Engineering Plenary Session. This prestigious session, a first of its kind at the CSChE meeting, will aim to highlight the vision and leadership of four early career researchers. Four speakers will be selected to give TED-Talk style presentations in the 67th CSChE conference. The speakers should give a perspective talk of their own research topic, and how it will influence science, engineering, and society at large in Canada and abroad. Click here to learn more.
Title: Medicine-by-Design: Discovery and Development of a Novel Therapy for Epidermolysis Bullosa Simplex
Dr. Vikramaditya G. Yadav Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering & School of Biomedical Engineering The University of British Columbia When he joined the University of Waterloo as an undergraduate student in chemical engineering, Dr. Vikramaditya G. Yadav coveted a career in Alberta’s burgeoning petrochemical sector. He even interned at Imperial Oil during his first summer break from university. Then, one fine evening during second year, he stumbled upon a copy of Juan Enríquez’s As the Future Catches You in the library and became instantly captivated with biological engineering. His journey over the past few years has taken him to Sanofi Pasteur, where he worked on designing next-generation vaccine manufacturing processes; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his doctoral degree for a thesis on engineering enzymes and bacteria for synthesis of pharmaceuticals; and later to Harvard University, where he worked on biophysics and biological thermodynamics. Now, as an Assistant Professor at UBC, he leads a wonderful group of researchers working on wide-ranging topics at the interface of biology, chemistry, engineering, medicine and economics. In a short span of 3 years, he has established a world-leading, industrially-connected research laboratory that has attracted over $1 million in research funds, and he is currently working with 4 biotechnology companies in Vancouver to commercialize his research. He also serves on several administrative committees at the University of British Columbia, is the Associate Director of ECOSCOPE, a Vancouver-based entrepreneurship hub for life scientists, and is also the Vice-Chair of the Biotechnology Division of the Chemical Institute of Canada.