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Interdisciplinary
Champion

Dr. Catherine
Beauchemin brings
together experts from
various disciplines

Uncovering the
Laws of Virus
Physics

Dr. Catherine Beauchemin

Faculty of Science

Department of
Physics

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"I'm part of a very
small field worldwide.
There are not a lot of
people doing virology
with math."

TO BETTER UNDERSTAND the possibilities of
interdisciplinary work, look no further than
Ryerson's Dr. Catherine Beauchemin. She
has been reintegrating math and physics into
virology - a branch of microbiology. An expert
in the field of virophysics, Beauchemin has
been enlisting mathematical computer
models to predict virus behaviour - and wants
to change the way scientists do virology.
While the physics professor's theory
challenges conventional methods of research
in the field, Beauchemin believes that such a
shift, the reintegration of math and physics into
virology, is essential to produce reliable results
in health research and novel medications.
In the last few years, thanks to such
compelling work, Beauchemin is becoming
a leader in her field. She's picked up several
notable awards, including the 2012 Macrae
Group LLC Young Investigator Award, awarded
to emerging scientists under age 35. In 2014,
Beauchemin received an Ontario government
Early Researcher Award to develop her work on
antiviral drugs to combat influenza.
Recently, she has formalized a new
international collaboration with RIKEN,
(Institute of Physical and Chemical Research,
Japan), that country's largest comprehensive
research institution. "I'm part of a very small
field worldwide. There are not a lot of people
doing virology with math," says Beauchemin.
As a Senior Visiting Scientist in the
Interdisciplinary Theoretical Science (iTHES)
research group at RIKEN, she anticipates new
research capabilities: "One of my Japanese
collaborators is a mathematician. I'm a
physicist. We're both working on the theoretical
counterpart to virology experiments, but
bring different perspectives to the table."
The RIKEN connection, says Beauchemin,
has also opened up additional funding and
opportunities for graduate students and
postdoctoral fellows in Ryerson's Faculty
of Science.



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