Andrew Woolley

University of Toronto

Andrew (Drew) Woolley is a professor in the Department of Chemistry of the University of Toronto. His research interests lie at the interface of chemistry and biology and concern the development of chemical approaches for probing biological systems. He and his group have developed of molecular light switches based on azobenzenes that permit the structure and function of peptides and proteins to be turned on and off remotely. Most recently they have developed new classes of light switches that permit function to be turned on and off with visible light and even red light, which penetrates skin and tissue, so that molecular function can be manipulated directly in living organisms.