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New funding supports world-class research at Queen's


Four Queen’s researchers have received a total of $526,402 from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Leaders Opportunity Fund in recognition of their leading-edge research projects.

“This funding from the CFI recognizes Queen’s capacity for innovative world-class research and technology development,” says V-P (Research) Steven Liss. “These awards will support four of our researchers in their collaborations with business and industry, assist in the acquisition of state-of-the-art research infrastructure, and contribute to the training of a new generation of Canadian research talent.”

Dominik Barz (Chemical Engineering) has been awarded $128,000 for his research on miniaturized electrical power supplies for micro systems. A typical example of these micro systems is the ‘Lab-on-a-Chip’, a square centimeter-sized chemical lab that can provide cheap and portable medical diagnostics. Dr. Barz’s research aims to overcome the problems that arise from micro systems being powered by large power supplies, which can compromise the advantages of miniaturization.

Amer Johri (School of Medicine) has been awarded $128,402 to develop a 3D imaging program that will assist in the strain and stress test detection of cardiovascular disease.

Joshua Marshall (Mining) has been awarded $150,000 for a cooperative mining machines research test-bed. This grant will be used to fund the development of robotic mining equipment that can be deployed into increasingly deep, hot, and dangerous mining scenarios to find and extract new mineral wealth.

Terence Ozolins (School of Medicine) has been awarded $120,000 for his research on structural malformations of the heart. These malformations are the most common birth defect and recent evidence suggests structural defects may also have long-term unwanted effects on heart function. Dr. Ozolins is seeking to discover why these malformations occur and develop intervention strategies that improve patient health.

For more information on the Leaders Opportunity Fund, visit the Canadian Foundation for Innovation’s website.

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