Prominent chemist named VP Research

Bernie Kraatz in his laboratory

Award-winning chemist Heinz-Bernhard Kraatz is UTSC’s new vice-principal, research.

In this role, Kraatz is responsible for stimulating new research and supporting and strengthening ongoing activities, as well as enhancing the research environment for undergraduate and graduate students. He will also work to advance collaboration among the three U of T campuses.

Kraatz succeeds Malcolm Campbell, a leading expert in plant biology and an international authority on the regulation of gene expression in plants and the biochemical composition of plant matter.

Kraatz joined U of T in 2011. He has served as Chair of UTSC’s Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences since 2012. Kraatz’s research has focused principally on creating new materials to detect bio- molecules ranging from DNA to proteins to whole cells and even biological processes. This has implications for the detection of viral infections, cancer and other diseases. He is also involved in research that probes the underlying molecular causes of diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

“I see my role as that of an advocate for and facilitator of our increasingly robust research enterprise,” he says of his new position.