Sponsored by the Canadian Council of University Chemistry Chairs (CCUCC), the Clara Benson Award is presented to recognize a woman who has made a distinguished contribution to chemistry while working in Canada.
The 2017 winner of the Clara Benson Award is:
Ann English, FCIC
Ann English received her BSc from University College Dublin and PhD from McGill University followed by a NSERC PDF at the California Institute of Technology. She has risen through the professorial ranks at Concordia University where she is currently professor of chemistry and biochemistry. She holds an Honorary Concordia University Research Chair in Bioinorganic Chemistry and is the founding director of the Centre for Biological Applications of Mass Spectrometry at Concordia.
Research in her group combines mass spectrometry with inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, computational chemistry, microscopy, and molecular biology to understand the redox chemistry critical in cell signaling, especially those mediated by metalloproteins and small inorganic hormones such as hydrogen peroxide and the oxides of nitrogen (NOx). Her group is actively investigating the chemical physiology of peroxide and NOx redox signaling in yeast and in red blood cells. Use of these physiologically well characterized cells as chemical test tubes is shedding new light on the biochemistry of peroxide- and NOx-controlled protein functions.
Her work has been published in over 120 peer-reviewed publications and presented in over 120 invited lectures nationally and internationally, and has received funding from NSERC, CIHR, FRQ-NT and the private sector. English was elected a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada in 2014. She has served the chemistry community extensively in peer review as a member of NSERC and CIHR panels.