Ask a Laureate

The Chemistry Department, University of Toronto presents: The 10th Annual "Ask a Laureate" event on the St. George campus of the University of Toronto. Open to the public. Welcome students, parents, teachers, classes, everyone. Learn about cool new science in layman's language!!

Please contact Cecilia Kutas -

Medical Sciences Building, 
JJR MacLeod Auditorium, 
1 King's College Circle


Peter Ottensmeyer

Professor Emeritus, Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto; Ontario Cancer Institute / Princess Margaret Hospital

A decorated biophysicist with a long and illustrious career in cancer research, Dr. Ottensmeyer has turned the focus of his expertise to finding productive uses for the spent nuclear materials generated in energy production and nuclear medicine.


Scott Prosser

Professor of Chemistry, Biophysics an Physical Chemistry University of Toronto Mississauga

Dr. Prosser's research focuses on how complex biological processes happen. They use MRI techniques to take pictures of proteins and nanoparticles, as they fold, misfold, and interact. Understanding the dynamics, activation mechanisms and functional pathways of complex proteins helps us understand what they do and how they do it.


Sarah Rauscher

Assistant Professor, Physics and Computational Biophysics, University of Toronto, Mississauga

Dr. Rauscher's research works on obtaining atomistic descriptions of the structure and dynamics of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins. To develop a simulation methodology that obtains efficient and accurate structural descriptions of IDPs would help decipher the tremendous biological importance of IDPs; the roles they play in diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS, cancer, AIDS


Datong Song

Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Toronto

Transition metals found throughout Nature in metallo-enzymes, have a much higher activity and specificity than the best synthetic catalysts. Dr Song's research studies the co-operative effect of multiple components in natural catalytic (enzymatic) systems with the goal of leading to rational design of highly efficient synthetic catalytic systems.



Time Event
9:30 Welcome
9:45 Datong Song
Fun With Metals
10:10 Q & A
10:25 Sarah Rauscher
Order in Disorder: tracking the structure and dynamics of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins
10:50 Q & A
11:00 Break
11:10 Magic Moments
11:20 Scott Prosser
Receptors & Enzymes. How Macromolecular Machines Work for You
11:45 Q & A
11:55 Peter Ottensmeyer
New Clarity on Nuclear Options: the recycling of spent nuclear fuel for sustainable, clean energy
12:20 Q & A
12:30 Essay Competition Winners Recognized
12:45 Closing Remarks


This event is made possible with the generous support of the Department of Chemistry.