emma master: golden age of biology

biological research, subtle technologies — By on April 29, 2010 at 5:02 pm

subtle technologies presentation

Our forest has always played a critical role in Canadian economic, social, and cultural development. Through historical investment in the forest sector, Canada has emerged as a leader in forest science and technology. Undeniably, the economic competitiveness of conventional forest products has diminished in recent years. At the same time, there is a critical need to substitute petroleum-based products with renewable materials and fuels. This presentation will review how advances in genomics and genetic engineering are allowing us to develop sustainable technologies to produce renewable, tailor-made biomaterials from plants that can help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.


Emma Master brings expertise in biological processes that direct plant fibre synthesis and conversion to energy, chemicals, and renewable materials. Before joining UofT in 2005, E. Master led an Enzyme Discovery group in the Department of Wood Biotechnology at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden (2002-2004); she also participated in the Fungal Genomics Project at Concordia University (2004-2005). E. Master’s current research activities apply genomic and proteomic strategies to develop sustainable biotechnologies for the production of tailor-made biomaterials from plants. In 2009, E. Master was awarded an Early Researcher Award by the Government of Ontario for her work on enzymatic valorization of plant biomass.

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