Teaching & Research Interests
Katherine (Katie) Rankin was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. She is an alumnus of the University of Guelph; she received a B.Sc. in Biological Chemistry in 2007 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry and Toxicology in 2012. Her Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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 presented her research and teaching activities at a number of regional and national conferences, and has received awards for her presentations.
She joined the Sheridan community as a Professor in the School of Applied Chemical and Environmental Sciences in September 2012, and currently teaches Laboratory Techniques, Applied Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis. She is the Coordinator for the four programs in the Chemical cluster (PCLTN, PENST, PCETY, PCETE), and serves on Local Academic Council and the President's Advisory Council. She has a strong belief in the importance of science education, is actively involved in community outreach, and is the advisor for Sheridan's Chemistry Club. In 2021, Katie was nominated for a Sheridan Student Success Award.
- Katie's teaching interests lie in the areas of instrumental, analytical, biological, organic, biophysical and general chemistry. She has a strong belief in the importance of science education, and has been actively involved in Science Olympics, Science Fair judging, promotion of National Chemistry Week, Brampton Library MakerSpace, and community outreach. She has also presented at conferences on the topics of teaching in science laboratories and the development of effective teaching skills.