Melanie O'Neill Young Investigator Award in Biological Chemistry

Sponsored by the Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Division of the CSC and Simon Fraser University, the Melanie O'Neill Young Investigator Award in Biological Chemistry is presented to a scientist residing in Canada who has made a distinguished contribution to biological chemistry while working in Canada.

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The 2017 winner of the Melanie O'Neill Young Investigator Award in Biological Chemistry is:


Katherine Ryan
University of British Columbia

Katherine Ryan received her PhD in at MIT with Catherine Drennan in X-ray crystallography, and then carried out postdoctoral studies in natural products biosynthesis with Bradley Moore at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In 2011, she established her independent group at the University of British Columbia to study the pathways and enzymes used to construct natural products. She received a CIHR New Investigator Award in 2014 and a Sloan Research Fellowship in Chemistry in 2016.