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Louis Siminovitch is a molecular biologist and professor of medicine at the University of Toronto.
He received his undergraduate and graduate education in chemistry from McGill (PhD 1944) and he trained at the Institut Pasteur, where he shared in the discovery of bacteriophage lysogeny. Returning to U of T, Siminovitch participated in the formation of the Dept of Medical Biophysics, founded the Dept of Medical Cell Biology (now Medical Genetics) as its first chairman, established the Dept of Genetics at the Hospital for Sick Children as geneticist in chief (1970-85), and from 1983 to 1989 was director of research at the Mount Sinai Research Institute.
In his unofficial capacity as Canada's chief biologist, he has served nationally and provincially on various bodies, as editor of the scientific journals Virology and Molecular and Cellular Biology, and was a founding member of the now-defunct Canadian science journal Science Forum. He has had a major influence on the careers of numerous Canadian molecular biologists. His research has centered on somatic cell genetics as a founder of the field, and on the Molecular Biology of mammalian cells.
Some 170 publications in books and leading scientific journals have come from his work. Among numerous awards are the Centennial Medal, Gairdner Foundation International Award, Flavelle Gold Medal and membership in the Royal Society (London). An Officer of the Order of Canada since 1980, Siminovitch was promoted within the Order to Companion in 1989.