Professor Cathleen Crudden of Queen's University (Canada) and the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), Nagoya University (Japan) has been selected as one of the six recipients of the 2015 Killam Research Fellowship, administered by the Canada Council. The Killam Research Fellowships support scholars engaged in ongoing projects of outstanding merit and widespread interest in their fields. Prof. Crudden is supported for her ongoing project, "Organically Modified Metal Surfaces: Biosensing and Beyond".
Prof. Crudden centers on the use of catalysis for organic synthesis and materials chemistry. Her key focus is to use boron chemistry to conduct catalysis in an efficient and green manner. At ITbM, Prof. Crudden is mainly involved in the development of molecules that selectively induce plant growth along with bio-imaging.
The World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) for the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM) at Nagoya University in Japan is committed to advance the integration of synthetic chemistry, plant/animal biology and theoretical science, all of which are traditionally strong fields in the university. As part of the Japanese science ministry's MEXT program, ITbM aims to develop transformative bio-molecules, innovative functional molecules capable of bringing about fundamental change to biological science and technology. Research at ITbM is carried out in a "Mix-Lab" style, where international young researchers from multidisciplinary fields work together side-by-side in the same lab. Through these endeavors, ITbM will create "transformative bio-molecules" that will dramatically change the way of research in chemistry, biology and other related fields to solve urgent problems, such as environmental issues, food production and medical technology that have a significant impact on the society.