Eugenia Duodu

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Eugenia Duodu
Alma materUniversity of Toronto Mississauga
Scientific career
ThesisThe Development of Receptors and Chemosensors for the Recognition of Proximally Phosphorylated Motifs (2015)
Doctoral advisorPatrick Gunning

Eugenia Duodu is a Canadian chemist and the CEO of Visions of Science Network for Learning (VoSNL).

Early life and education[edit]

Duodu grew up in a Toronto Community Housing (TCH) development in Etobicoke.[1][2][3] She credits her teachers and past TCH mentors for fostering her passion in science, but also notes that as she further progressed through science training, she was one of the few remaining black women or from community housing.[1][4][5]

In 2010, Duodu completed a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and biology at the University of Toronto Mississauga.[6] Duodu then pursued a PhD in medicinal chemistry at the same campus, under the supervision of Patrick Gunning, where her thesis focused on developing phosphoprotein recognition agents for disease detection and treatment.[4][7][8]

During her PhD, Duodu volunteered with VoSNL - a non-profit organization which provides science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) focused educational programs, through weekly local science clubs, for youth from low-income and marginalized communities.[2][9][10] Duodu coordinated weekend science clubs for Grade 4-8 children living in TCH developments, and was a member of the VoSNL board of directors.[2][3] Duodu also co-founded the Creating Global Citizens project, through which she worked with TCH youth communities to furnish an Ghanaian library, as well as other initiatives in Uganda, Tanzania, Jamaica and Trinidad.[4][11][12]


Duodu is currently the CEO of VoSNL.[9] She currently takes part in several activities to improve science literacy, where her goal is to make a long-lasting impact in disadvantaged communities through STEM engagement and thus allow youth to unlock their potential.[1][5][6][13][14][15][16][17] In 2018, at a TEDxYouth@Toronto event, Duodu shared her science journey in a talk titled "The 'Unlikely' Scientist."[5][18][19]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2012, Duodu was awarded the Harry Jerome CIBC Academics Award by the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA).[4][20][3][21] In 2013, Duodu received an Adel S. Sedra Distinguished Graduate Award, which is a $25,000 fellowship to recognize a graduate student who demonstrates academic and extra-curricular leadership.[6][11] Duodu was also recognized as one of the 50 faces of the University of Toronto Mississauga - an initiative to celebrate individuals who have influenced or been influenced by the university.[6]

Selected academic publications[edit]

  • Duodu E., Noble J., Yusuf Y., Garay C. and Bean, C. "Understanding the delivery of a Canadian-based after-school STEM program: a case study." International Journal of STEM Education. 2017 Dec, 4:20.
  • Duodu E, Kraskouskaya D, Gómez-Biagi RF, Gunning PT. "A tool for the selective sequestration of ATP and PPi to aid in-solution phosphopeptide detection assays." Analyst. 2016 Feb 7;141(3):820-2.
  • Duodu E, Kraskouskaya D, Campbell J, Graca-Lima G, Gunning PT. "Selective detection of tyrosine-containing proximally phosphorylated motifs using an antenna-free Tb³⁺ luminescent sensor." Chemical Communications (Camb). 2015 Apr 18;51(30):6675-7.
  • Kraskouskaya D, Duodu E, Arpin CC, Gunning PT. "Progress towards the development of SH2 domain inhibitors." Chemical Society Review. 2013 Apr 21;42(8):3337-70.
  • Drewry JA, Duodu E, Mazouchi A, Spagnuolo P, Burger S, Gradinaru CC, Ayers P, Schimmer AD, Gunning PT. "Phosphopeptide selective coordination complexes as promising SRC homology 2 domain mimetics." Inorganic Chemistry. 2012 Aug 6;51(15):8284-91.


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  12. ^ "Eugenia Duodu - Fellowship in inclusion and Philanthropy". Fellowship in inclusion and Philanthropy. Retrieved 2018-08-25.
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  15. ^ "Women for Women 2016: Investing in women in STEM". Crowe Soberman. Retrieved 2018-08-25.
  16. ^ "Inspiring Future Women In Science | Perimeter Institute". (in French). Retrieved 2018-08-25.
  17. ^ "Canadian Association of Science Centres | L'association canadienne des centres de sciences - Ontario Science Centre puts the spotlight on fictional and real-life female role models in STEM on July 8". Retrieved 2018-08-25.
  18. ^ TEDx Talks (2018-02-08), The "Unlikely" Scientist | Eugenia Duodu | TEDxYouth@Toronto, retrieved 2018-08-25
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  21. ^ "UTM student wins prestigious award". 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2018-08-25.