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NSERC-USRA Opportunity - Non-equilibrium steady states in chemical reaction networks
Posted Fri, Feb 7th

Understanding how chemical reaction networks can support steady states out of equilibrium is of crucial importance in the study of the origin of life, and in the study of cell metabolism. Recent advances in non-equilibrium statistical physics strongly constrain models for such behaviour, but a comprehensive framework is lacking. This project will involve simulating the dynamics of chemical reaction networks and testing a theoretical framework proposed by the supervisor to quantify non-equilibrium steady states. This framework aims to play the same fundamental role in the physics of large chemical reaction networks as the dynamical matrix, with its concomitant quasiparticles, plays in condensed matter physics. After validating the simulations and theory on model systems, you will simulate the metabolism of e-coli and yeast using publicly available data. You will test the theory on these organisms, and then compare their behaviour to that of random chemical reaction networks.

This project is suitable for students who are finishing their 3rd or 4th year of an undergraduate physics degree. Programming will be in MATLAB or Python. Background knowledge in statistical physics and/or chemistry would be useful but is not required.

Project Supervisor: Dr. Eric De Guili

NSERC-USRA Opportunity - Computational ViroPhysics
Posted Fri, Jan 31st

In Physics, our understanding of phenomena is expressed in terms of math expressions, e.g. F=ma or E=mc^2, which also allows us to make verifiable predictions beyond experimental observations. In Virology, there is little or no math, and this makes robust validation of knowledge and prediction impossible: let's work together to fix this! In your project, you will use scientific programming (probably coding in python) and math (mostly ODEs) to describe and study a specific aspect of a virus infection, like flu or HIV. Specifics of the project will depend on your skills and interests.

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Research Group: Dr. Catherine Beauchemin

2020 NSERC USRA Applications - Info Session January 29
Posted Thu, Jan 16th

Updated: For more information about how to apply visit our NSERC-USRA 2020 Applications page.

Applications for 2020 NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Assistant scholarships will be due in February. OVPRI will host an information session for prospective student applicants and supervisors on January 29.

2020 NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) Information Session

Date: Wednesday, January 29th, 2020
Time: 12:00pm (noon) - 1:00pm
Location: 1 Dundas St West - OVPRI - YDI 11th Floor - Room 1134
Invitees: NSERC-USRA eligible undergraduates, potential supervisors & program staff

This is intended to be an interactive presentation covering topics such as:

  • USRA Program Updates;
  • NSERC and University eligibility criteria (students and potential supervisors); and
  • NSERC online & Ryerson application processes for students and supervisors.

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Ryerson's Faculty of Science and Tree of Knowledge International's Nanotechnology Research Project Expands to Include the Development of Targeted Treatments for Cancer Tumours
Posted Thu, Oct 3rd

Ryerson University's Faculty of Science and Tree of Knowledge International Corp (TOKI) are pleased to announce that they are expanding their current research project to develop a new nanotechnology-enhanced delivery method for medical cannabis and cannabinoid molecules. Added to the initial goal of creating targeted treatments for pain conditions is a pioneering application to combat cancerous tumours.

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Dr. Jahan Tavakkoli and Dr. Kevin Rod, project leads, meeting in the St.Michael's Hospital iBEST research lab.
Back to School!
Posted Fri, Sep 6th

The Fall semester of 2019 begins. We had a great day Thursday welcoming our newest graduate students into the department and catching up with colleagues after a busy summer.

As classes, labs, tutorials, and of course research kick off for another term, we're looking forward to many great successes this year in the Department of Physics.

Department of Physics group photo taken during 2019 orientation day.
2018-19 Medical Physics Fourth Year Thesis Poster Presentation
Posted Fri, May 3rd

On Friday, April 26th, students from PCS 40A/B gathered for a poster session to present their 4th-year medical physics thesis research projects. PCS 40A/B pairs students with researchers in the field of Medical Physics from Ryerson University and affiliating hospitals (Princess Margaret, St. Michael's, and Sunnybrook Health Science Center) or industry. Over the course of two semesters the students conduct original research on wide range of topics in medical physics, such as advanced imaging and therapies using ultrasound, optics, radiation, etc.

The poster presentations were juried by participating faculty members and researchers. The following posters were awarded for their scientific quality, and depth and breadth of research work presented:

First Place Award:
Monica Bell Villa for the poster entitled "Textural Analysis of Optical Coherence Tomography Images to Detect Early Radiobiological Changes of Single Dose Irradiated Tumours"
Supervisor: Dr. Alex Vitkin

Second Place Award:
Daniel Cresta for the poster entitled "A Discrete Dynamical Intercellular System Model for Influenza A Virus (IAV) Infection Kinetics"
Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Beauchemin

Third Place Award (two awards):
Marek Tam for the poster entitled "Cancer Diagnostics and Therapy using Photoacoustic Imaging and Gold Nanoparticles"
Supervisor: Dr. Carl Kumaradas

Shiva Nassori for the poster entitled "Optimizing a Desktop System for Benchtop MRI Research System"
Supervisor: Dr. Yuan Xu

Congratulations to all the students of PCS 40A/B course for their excellent research work and presentation of their results. Successful completion of this course marks the culmination of their BSc (Hons.) degree in Medical Physics, and we hope all participants take great pride in this significant and well-deserved accomplishment.

Fourth year thesis poster presentation event - group shot of student participants.
MPCU Hosts LaTeX Workshop!
Posted Tue, Nov 6th

The Medical Physics Course Union (MPCU) hosted an excellent workshop this week in order to teach undergrads (and some grad students) the finer points of the LaTeX typesetting system. LaTeX is one of the premier tools for authoring scientific papers and posters, so it's a really valuable skill set to learn and use as an undergraduate student. Looking forward to seeing the results next April during Fourth Year Thesis Poster Presentations!

Big thanks to Daniel C for running the event!

LaTeX typesetting workshop hosted by the Med Physics Course Union
In the News... Ultrasound device to improve pain management for osteoarthritis patients
Posted Wed, Oct 24th

Dr. Jahan Tavakkoli's work featured in Innovation Issue 30 newsletter:

"By packaging the therapeutic value of ultrasound into a small handheld device, medical physics professor Jahan Tavakkoli is developing a tool that could be used to treat osteoarthritis at home.

Along with clinical collaborator Dr. Kevin Rod, medical director of the Toronto Poly Clinic, and industrial collaborator Hossein Zereshkian, president of Circuit Plus Inc., a technology development firm, professor Tavakkoli is applying his expertise in ultrasound technology in this project."

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CIBC Run for the Cure 2018 - Physics Grad and Undergrad Students Represent!
Posted Mon, Oct 1st

On Sunday, September 30th, Ryerson Physics runners hit the pavement in the CIBC Run for the Cure!

The run was organized by our Biomedical Physics graduate students and Medical Physics undergrads. Despite the cool, overcast conditions, 18 of our Physics students and friends met up bright and early at U of T's King's College Circle start zone and set out on the 5km course.

All together we raised well over $1800 dollars! Funds raised from the run go toward supporting breast cancer research, a cause near and dear to many of the participants. And since much of our research here in Ryerson's Department of Physics focuses on improving cancer diagnostics and treatment, we know all too well how important this fight is.

It was an amazing event and we encourage everyone to support the cause and get involved next year!

Special thanks to Charlotte Ferworn (BPGSU) and Monica Bell Villa (MPCU) for organizing.

Ryerson Physics runners pose for a photo after fundraising $1800 at the 5km CIBC Run for the Cure.
Posted Thu, Sep 27th

Dr. Tavakkoli brings to our attention a new online course about Focussed Ultrasound. This rapidly advancing field is central to several research groups in Ryerson's Biomedical Physics program.

The Laboratory of Therapeutic Applications of Ultrasound (LabTAU) – in collaboration with the Focussed Ultrasound Foundation – recently launched the first presentation in its Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) dedicated to therapeutic ultrasound.

Throughout the upcoming year, a new course will become available each month. The first course – “Neurological disorders treated by HIFU” by W. Jeffrey Elias, MD – is available now.

For more information and to participate in the course, visit: