James Scott is Professor and Division Head in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Division of Occupational & Environmental Health at the University of Toronto, situated in the Gage Occupational & Environmental Health Unit (GOEHU). James is cross-appointed to the Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, and holds hospital appointments at St. Michael's Hospital (Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute), and the Hospital for Sick Children (Ontario Poison Centre) where James serves as the Southern Ontario consultant on mushroom poisoning. James is one of the founding members of the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease (CREOD) -- a research centre and network supported by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). Dr. Scott is also the CEO and Scientific Director of Sporometrics Inc., a company he founded in 1993 that provides commercial testing services and conducts biotech research activities on environmental microbiology. James is an internationally recognized authority on the microbiology of the indoor environment, particularly the ecology and systematics of indoor microfungi. Research in the Scott laboratory is focused on the measurement and evaluation of biohazards in the workplace and community.
James was born in Simcoe, Ontario, and educated at Elgin Avenue Public School and Simcoe Composite School prior to attending the University of Toronto, Victoria College, as an undergraduate student specializing in phytopathology and botany, minoring in French language. Throughout his undergraduate studies, James was fortunate to hold a series of laboratory-based summer research assistant positions at the Delhi Research Station (Agriculture Canada), Mushroom Research Group at the Horticultural Research Institute of Ontario (Vineland, Ontario), and the University of Toronto Department of Chemistry (in the laboratory of his esteemed late cousin, polymer chemist Prof. James Edwin Guillet). Following the completion of his BSc, James worked as a technician in medical mycology under the late Dr. Julius Kane, and later for several years as a research technician working on coprophilous fungi under Prof. David Malloch in the Department of Botany at the University of Toronto. James then returned as a graduate student under Prof. Malloch, completing his PhD dissertation in 2001 on the ecology and systematics of indoor microfungi, with emphasis on the terverticillate members of the genus Penicillium.
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