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Dr. Stewart Aitchison

Associate Scientific Director
Theme Lead for Public Health: Disease Prevention and Treatment

Professor J. Stewart Aitchison received his Ph.D. from the Department of Physics, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, U.K., in 1987.  He joined the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, University of Glasgow in 1990 and was promoted to a personal chair as Professor of Photonics in 1999.  Since 2001, Professor Aitchison has held the Nortel chair in Engineering at the University of Toronto.  His research focuses on the development of micro and nano-scale devices for optical signal processing and sensing applications.  From 2004 – 2007, he was the Director (and from 2010 – 2011 the interim director) of the Emerging Communications Technology Institute at the University of Toronto, where he established an open access micro and nano-fabrication facility.  In 2009, he co-founded ChipCare Corporation with James Dou and Rakesh Nayyar.  ChipCare is currently developing a portable HIV monitoring system, which will enhance healthcare delivery in remote communities.  This project won the University of Toronto inventor of the year award in 2012 and the Canada business magazine Innovation Award in 2010.  Professor Aitchison is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.