Gary Slater


Gary Slater
Professor and holder of the University Research Chair in Biological Physics

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Gary Slater


University Research Chair in Biological Physics

Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Research Focus

  • Modelling by molecular dynamics;
  • Diffusion on a lattice and drug delivery systems; and
  • Biofilms: An innovative model using autonomous agents.

Research Relevance

This research is of considerable interest to biology, specifically because of the development of molecular genetics and large genome projects, both of which depend heavily on electrophoresis. This work takes place in the context of developments in molecular science and in health, and most particularly in the genetic and biopharmaceutical sectors.

At the frontiers of biophysics

Gary Slater has for quite some time been working on research in the area where physics and biology meet. He is considered a leading world expert on DNA electrophoresis. His work on the basic principles of separating DNA in gels is recognized as having had a major influence in the whole field leading to genome sequencing. Professor Slater and his team were not content with helping to give a solid fundamental and conceptual base to this cutting-edge field; they also introduced a number of remarkable innovations, such as the ELFSE technique.

In his work, Professor Slater has become interested in electrophoresis of hybrid DNA-peptide molecules; in the interactions between a DNA molecule and elements of microfluid dynamics in development; in hydrodynamics in the stretching of polymers in the poor solvents; and in systems for DNA analysis based on nanopores.

He has also undertaken the study of biofilms, the bacterial colonies that grow on surfaces and which can be a major threat when found on medical implants or in water conduits.

Featured Awards and Recognition

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2012)
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (2011)
  • Excellence in Research Award (2001)
  • Researcher of the Year (2001)
  • Researcher of the Year (2000)
  • Xerox award for excellence in science and technology
  • Named to American Men & Women of Science
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