where research & creativity connect

Research Intensive

Conducting innovative research that fosters graduate and undergraduate excellence, U of T Mississauga incubates ideas and talent fit for a borderless world.

 

For students and faculty alike, curiosity is the seed that sparks growth and knowledge. At U of T Mississauga, our curiosity is spurring intellectual and creative pursuits that impact a larger world.

Research & Creativity

Photo of Patrick Gunning.Photo of Richard Greene.Collage of photos of dramatic productions.Photo of Rhonda McEwen.

Patrick Gunning

Patrick Gunning
Photo of Patrick Gunning.

Patrick Gunning Targets Cancer

For medicinal chemist Patrick Gunning, an interest in very tiny things has the potential for some massive results. Early in his career, Professor Gunning developed a fascination with building small molecules that could kill cancer cells, at least in a petri dish. He focused his instincts on how proteins interact and lead to cancer cell duplication and tumour growth. In his lab, his team creates tiny molecules that could either prevent cancer proteins from linking or immobilize them against the cell membrane, making them more vulnerable to chemotherapy.

For his research, Professor Gunning has gained wide international recognition and a number of prestigious awards at home and abroad. But of far greater importance is the impact his findings may have on the treatment of a number of deadly cancers, starting with glioblastoma (a brain cancer). Having proven highly effective in lab and animal studies, his approach moves to human clinical trials. “The potential is that the new molecule can be combined with existing therapies to kill cancer stem cells that cause tumour recurrence.” A powerful form of chemotherapy with fewer side effects that makes cancer much less likely to return, Professor Gunning’s tiny molecules could make a huge impact in the lives of cancer patients.
 

Richard Greene

Richard Greene

Capturing Life in Verse

Poetry speaks to the heart in a unique way, mixing meaning, meter and mood to tell the stories of the human condition. Richard Greene, a scholar and professor in the Department of English and Drama, was curious enough about the sound of language to write poetry of his own.

His collection, Boxing the Compass, was highly lauded, and won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry–Canada’s highest literary prize. Along with winning that prestigious prize, he is the author of two internationally acclaimed biographies about British writer Graham Greene and British poet Dame Edith Sitwell.

Photo of Richard Greene.

Daring Drama

Collage of photos of dramatic productions.

Daring Drama

Students have no hesitation getting in on the act. They constantly display their creativity at Theatre Erindale at UTM, an intimate black-box-style theatre suitable for workshops and community performances. In addition to the high quality of the theatre’s productions, it is renowned for its daring and inventive programming. Theatre Erindale has staged previously unperformed dramas such as The Witlings by controversial eighteenth-century writer Frances Burney, dramatized the autobiography of Canadian feminist and journalist Doris Anderson, and created a vivid stage version of Charlotte Gray’s bestseller, The Massey Murder.



Rhonda McEwen

Rhonda McEwen

Breaking Down Barriers

The rumour was compelling: tablet computers seemed to help students with autism communicate better. Professor Rhonda McEwen knew more research in this area could have huge implications for parents and teachers hoping to bridge the gap to autistic children struggling to communicate and socially interact. Was there more to this than mere anecdote?

Professor McEwen, an expert in new media at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology, decided to find out. Working with Toronto-area schools, she designed a major research project, whose results confirmed the positive impact of tablets. Her findings were so significant that they were extensively reported in the media (including on CBS’s Sixty Minutes) and prompted enquiries from as far afield as Australia, Dubai and Africa.

Photo of Rhonda McEwen.