Toxicology Centre to be renovated; will become leader in pollution research
Construction will begin Jan. 23 on a $9.6-million expansion to the U of S Toxicology Centre, giving it unique capabilities that will make it the foremost centre in the country for water pollution research.
“Any university that does environmental toxicology research will be envious of what we’re building here,” said Centre Director Karsten Liber.
The two-storey addition and other renovations that will, for example, house an aquatic toxicology research facility, were key to attracting Canada Research Chairs John Giesy and Monique Dubé, U of S Research Communications reports.
The addition will include state-of-the-art labs for chemical, biochemical, and molecular toxicology work that will allow Giesy and his group to analyse biological samples generated in the aquatic lab.
Giesy, from Michigan State University, is a world-renowned expert in industrial pollutants and their effects on people and the environment. He assumes his position as Canada Research Chair in Environmental Toxicology in May, leading a group of more than 16 graduate students, five post-doctoral fellows, five research technicians and several undergraduate students
Dubé, Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Ecosystem Health Diagnosis, joined the U of S from the National Water Research Institute. Renovations to accommodate her river ecosystem health research are complete.
Capital funding for the Toxicology Building expansion will come from the provincial and federal governments, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the U of S and from Geisy’s and other existing and anticipated research contracts.
The office component of the project is expected to be completed by May 1 and the remainder of the project is slated for completion by Dec. 1.
The University’s Integrated Plan identifies northern ecosystems toxicology as an area for new initiatives.