We are a synthetic bioorganic/materials group focused on applying the tools of synthetic organic chemistry to the challenges of biology, medicine and materials science.Our chemistry involves developing new unnatural amino acids and carbohydrates and making more stable artificial oligosaccharides and peptides for immunological and anti-cancer applications, and using these biomaterials as the basis for new classes of sustainable materials for a variety of applications including smart drug-delivery, environmentally benign plastics, and for use as nano probes for medical diagnostics. Our team includes synthetic chemists, computational chemists, analytical chemists, supramolecular and nanoscale chemists and engineers, biologists, biochemists and materials scientists! We have broad interests in science.
Areas of Research Interest
We are using synthetic organic chemistry in combination with computational techniques to design and make interesting new carbohydrates, peptides and polymers for biological, supramolecular, immunological, material and medical applications. We are particularly interested in projects that involve a multidisciplinary strategy at the interface of chemistry, materials science and biology.
Academic and Industrial Collaboration
We are always interested in applying our expertise in bioorganic chemistry to other challenges. Interested academic and industrial partners are encouraged to contact Dr. Trant to explore possible areas of mutual interest and benefit. For Canadian industrial partners, further financial support may be obtained through a joint proposal to MITACS or NSERC Alliance
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These are expected to start as soon as filled. Unfortunately due to COVID delays with the Government of Canada, strong preference is given to Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents, or those with a valid Open Canadian Work Permit. However, exceptional candidates from outside of Canada should still send an inquiry; we can wait for the perfect person. Position is open to individuals holding a PhD in chemistry or a related discipline. The successful candidate(s) will have doctoral-level expertise in either total synthesis, methodology development, or medicinal chemistry. Preference will be given for individuals with experience in structural determination and/or process chemistry experience. Ideally the candidate will have experience with scale-up chemistry and non-chromatographic separation science (although HPLC experience is an asset). A strong understanding of organic mechanism and asymmetric synthesis is an asset. Science will involve developing new scalable synthetic and purification routes for complex materials. Individuals will be required to work closely with the biological, analytical and computational teams, and previous experience in an interdisciplinary environment, or a strong interest in developing this experience will be preferred (and will likely make you happier in the position).