Molly Shoichet joined the University of Toronto in 1995, bringing a wealth of industry experience and expertise in the study of polymers—materials that promote healing in the body—and their use for drug delivery and regeneration. Shoichet holds the Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering. In 2014, she was awarded U of T’s highest distinction, University Professor, a designation held by fewer than 2% of the faculty and only one of many honours that she has earned over her career.
She established the Dorothy Shoichet Women Faculty Award of Excellence because she is passionate about increasing the number of women science professors and believes that time is one of the biggest barriers to achieving this. “This gift will provide one of the key ingredients to women science faculty seeking to advance knowledge in a meaningful way—a little more time at a key point in their career when often family, research, classroom teaching and service are all vying for attention.” The award honours Shoichet’s mother, a towering influence in the professor’s life and career.
“I wanted both to honour my mother and to give back to U of T in a way that is meaningful to me. Dorothy Shoichet is a great role model for me and achieved many firsts for women in business at a time when there were few opportunities for women.”
The inaugural holder of the award is Professor Jennifer Mitchell of the Department of Cell & Systems Biology.
(left to right) Dorothy Shoichet, Professor Jennifer Mitchell, University Professor Molly Shoichet. Photo: Jackie Shapiro