Mario Pinto was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and received his BSc and PhD in chemistry from Queen’s University. He is currently professor of chemistry and vice-president, research at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Pinto is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the CIC, and has received numerous awards for his research, leadership and community service.
Pinto is a pioneer in the field of chemical biology, having developed novel NMR/molecular modeling protocols for the study of bioactive ligand conformations when bound to proteins, the syntheses of enzyme inhibitors as agents against Type-2 diabetes, viruses and mycobacteria, and bacterial vaccines.
Pinto has tirelessly promoted chemistry as the central science and has advocated for an ecosystem of pathways from ideas to invention, to innovation and commercialization. He has promoted an awareness of chemistry in public schools, inspired young scientists, and secured a leadership role for SFU internationally.
Pinto actively serves on several regional and national grant selection panels and Societies. He was elected as vice-president of the Canadian Society for Chemistry in 2009 and its president in 2010. Underscoring Pinto’s work is a dedication to revitalizing dialogue to advance research and innovation through collaboration.