Engineering's BioZone's renovated and expanded space now open

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 10:40:00 AM

Research


Chemical Engineering Chair Grant Allen, Engineering Dean Cristina Amon and BioZone Director Elizabeth Edwards cut the double-helix ribbon to officially open the expanded and 
BioZone's newly renovated and expanded space was officially opened December 4, 2012 with speeches, guided tours and a uniquely biochemical ribbon-cutting.(www.engineering.utoronto.ca)


BioZone's newly renovated and expanded space was officially opened December 4, 2012 with speeches, guided tours and a uniquely biochemical ribbon-cutting.

A multidisciplinary centre for collaborative bioengineering research in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, BioZone provides a nexus where the best minds from relevant engineering disciplines work together using state-of-the-art equipment to develop innovative biotechnology to protect our environment and our health.

U of T Engineering Dean Cristina Amon, helped by BioZone Director Elizabeth Edwards and Chemical Engineering Chair Grant Allen, cut the DNA-shaped ribbon, to open the space. BioZone has been in operation since 2010, but the December event marked the expansion of the facility into additional space on the fourth floor of the Wallberg building at 200 College St.

The research conducted in the new centre focuses on providing viable solutions to urgent societal needs in energy, the environment and health. The centre is home to nine principal investigators and includes around 90 graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and research associates. In addition, the centre facilitates collaboration with researchers in a variety of fields and institutions.  Research at BioZone includes anaerobic treatment of soil and groundwater contaminants, engineering cell organization and growth and economic, life cycle and policy analysis of bioproducts and biofuels.

For more information, visit the BioZone site at http://www.biozone.utoronto.ca.

This is an edited excerpt from an article at www.engineering.utoronto.ca