Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, 2002 - 2008
Founder, Mirexus Biotechnologies; Chief Science Officer and Board Member, 2015-2016; Chairman of the Board, 2013-2015; Interim CEO, 2010-2013 (Mirexus is commercializing a polysaccharide nanoparticle technology discovered in the Dutcher Lab)
Consulting: DuPont Performance Coatings, Nexia Biotechnologies, Dow Chemical Company
Member of American Physical Society, Canadian Association of Physicists, Materials Research Society, Biophysical Society, American Society for Microbiology, Canadian Society of Chemistry, Biophysical Society of Canada
NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships, University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, 1983 - 1988
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Optical Sciences Center, University of Arizona, Nov 1988 - Aug 1990
Premier’s Research Excellence Award, Province of Ontario, 1999
Presidential Distinguished Professor Award, University of Guelph, 2000
Tier I (Senior) Canada Research Chair in Soft Matter Physics and Biological, University of Guelph, 2006 – present
Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2007
The primary focus of our work in the Dutcher Lab is the physics of polymers, biopolymers and bacterial cells at surfaces and interfaces. These systems are very important in technological applications ranging from adhesion to optical coatings to information storage to biofilm contamination to self-assembled morphologies in bionanotechnology. In our research, we use a wide range of state-of-the-art, surface-sensitive techniques to probe the interaction of polymers, biopolymers and bacterial cells with a variety of different surfaces, ranging from atomically-flat surfaces to tethered lipid bilayer films to industrial-grade and food surfaces. By tuning both the properties of the surfaces and the polymer and biopolymer molecules, we hope to achieve an understanding of the underlying physical, chemical and biological principles and therefore predictive power in the design of novel technologies. Please see the links shown to the left for more details on our research projects, recent publications and research opportunities.
For more detailed information please visit the Dutcher Lab.