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Théo Chauvirey

Théo Chauvirey uses mushroom roots to imagine future metro design

The state of the environment continues to make headlines, and the news is usually bleak. It’s hard not to get discouraged.

Luckily, some people are channelling that anxiety into positive change — including Concordia master’s student Théo Chauvirey, who is using the power of biomaterials as a sustainable approach to metro design.

His means to get there might seem like an unlikely one: fungus. Chauvirey is working with mycelium, which is the white filamentous matter that grows in soil and produces mushrooms.

“It’s lightweight, strong, fire retardant and completely compostable,” he explains. “My research aims to investigate how to integrate mycelium-based biomaterials in public transport design, as well as how to phase out oil-based fibreglass-reinforced composites.”


$1.8 million to improve cybersecurity with the arrival of 5G technology

By 2024, there will be 4.1 billion cellular Internet of Things connections, according to the June 2019 Ericsson Mobility Report. The fifth-generation (5G) telecommunications networks would be a cornerstone to leverage these devices in different industries, from smart cities to smart cars.

In foresight, Concordia has partnered with Ericsson and NSERC to create a new Industry Research Chair in Software-Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualization Security.

Valued at $1.8 million over five years, the chair in the Gina Cody School brings together graduate students, professors, industrial researchers and subject matter experts to strengthen cybersecurity for the networks of the future. The chairholder is Lingyu Wang, professor at the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering.

Groundbreaking Genome Foundry places Concordia at synthetic biology forefront

Concordia’s pioneering Genome Foundry is delivering significant increases in the speed and scale of synthetic biology research, thanks to its use of robotic instrumentation.

Synthetic biology fuses the design principles of engineering with the tools of biology to create meaningful systems. By automating notoriously labour-intensive lab procedures, the Genome Foundry eliminates bottlenecks in the rapidly evolving field.


Engaging Indigenous knowledge in the study of physics

For two science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) researchers and an Indigenous scholar, the study of light provided the nucleus of an unconventional opportunity.

After winning the university’s first New Frontiers in Research Fund award, valued at more than $163,000, Tanja Tajmel, Louellyn White and Ingo Salzmann began collaborating to reimagine approaches to physics education and research. Their project aims to decolonize contemporary physics research and attract Indigenous students.

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