Eugenia Kumacheva wins 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship

April 12, 2021 by Cynthia Macdonald

University Professor Eugenia Kumacheva has been honoured with one of this year’s prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships. Offered annually since 1925, the grants support mid-career professionals who have shown exceptional capacity as scholars or artists, and who continue to produce transformative work. 

Her research explores the field of “soft matter” — that is to say, polymers, colloids, liquid crystals, hydrogels and living matter. She has designed and developed soft materials for use in an extraordinarily broad range of areas: these have included telecommunications, security, data storage, drug delivery and tissue engineering.

A native of Ukraine, Officer of the Order of Canada and first Canadian winner of the L’Oreal-UNESCO Prize for Women in Science, Kumacheva is now collaborating with Professor Alán Aspuru-Guzik to combine her expertise with artificial intelligence, in order to fuel the development of innovative anti-cancer therapies.

“The Guggenheim Fellowship is a mark of recognition and one of the great career achievements for a scientist,” says Kumacheva. “It will support the collaborative research with Professor Alán Aspuru-Guzik, with an ambitious goal to accelerate anticancer drug discovery.”

Kumacheva joins three other researchers at U of T to be recognised with a fellowship this year.

“We are thrilled that four members of our Faculty are receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship," said Melanie Woodin, dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science. "This is an incredible career achievement for a scholar, and it will allow them each to continue their important work in their respective areas of focus.”