Faculty of Applied Science & Technology
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Scholarship, Research & Creative Activities
Katherine (Katie) Rankin was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. She is an alumnus of the University of Guelph: she received a BSc in biological chemistry in 2007 and a PhD in chemistry in 2012. Her PhD thesis, completed under the supervision of Richard Manderville, was entitled “Structure and Properties of C8-Aryl-2'-Deoxyguanosine Adducts: From Mutagenic Lesions to Conformational Probes in Duplex DNA.”
Katie received national funding (NSERC PGS M and D) to carry out her PhD research, and has published her findings in peer-reviewed journal articles, with first-authored publications in the Journal of Organic Chemistry chosen as Featured Articles in 2009 and 2012. She has had the opportunity to present her research at a number of regional and national conferences, and has received awards for her oral and poster presentations.
Katie was the recipient of two teaching awards from the University of Guelph: the “Harold Suderman Laboratory Instructor Award” in 2010 and “Class of OAC ’60 Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant” in 2011. She joined the Sheridan community as a professor in September 2012.
Katie's other interests include running, yoga and cheering for the Toronto Blue Jays.
- Katie's teaching interests lie in the areas of biological, instrumental, organic, biophysical and general chemistry. She has a strong belief in the importance of science education, and has been actively involved in the University of Guelph Science Olympics, Science Fair judging and the promotion of National Chemistry Week. She has also presented at conferences on the topics of teaching in science laboratories and the development of effective teaching skills.