Recognizing research excellence

UBC Professors elected Fellows of The Royal Society and the Royal Society of Canada

Dr. Natalie Strynadka

Dr. Natalie Strynadka

Dr. Robert Brunham

Dr. Robert Brunham

Dr. Natalie Strynadka, Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society. The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering and medicine.

Dr. Strynadka is a pioneer in the study of proteins and protein assemblies essential to bacterial pathogenicity and antibiotic resistance. Her agenda-setting dissection of the membrane assemblies involved in infection, virulence and bacterial cell wall synthesis is having major impact in the development of therapeutic agents; both antibiotics and vaccines.

“I could not be more honoured by my election to the Royal Society, truly a direct reflection of the creative collective of trainees, research assistants and collaborators with whom I have had the pleasure to explore and visualize the detailed molecular underpinnings of protein complexes essential to infectious disease and human health.”

Professor Emeritus, Dr. Robert Brunham, the former Head of the Division of Infectious Disease and former Executive and Scientific Director of the B.C. Centre for Disease Control has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. The fellowship of the RSC comprises distinguished Canadian men and women from all branches of learning who have made remarkable contributions in the arts, the humanities and the sciences.

Dr. Brunham’s research centres on the immunology and epidemiology of sexually transmitted diseases and on the origins of emerging infectious diseases. Much of his research has dealt with chlamydia. He has made seminal contributions to defining the clinical features of infection in women, evaluating the impact of screening and treatment control programs, determining the underlying mechanisms of immunity, and discovering protective antigens suitable for vaccine development. He has analyzed the impact of public health efforts to control chlamydia, deduced that the strategy is arresting the development of immunity, and developed the rationale that a vaccine will be essential to chlamydia control.

“It is an unexpected honour to be elected as a 2015 fellow to the Royal Society of Canada, which was founded in part by Sir William Osler, Canada’s greatest physician,” Dr. Brunham says. “Among this year’s new fellows are some of Canada’s most influential humanists, artists and scientists. I am humbled that my contributions to research on the control and prevention of infectious diseases is among such awe-inspiring company.”


This story is an excerpt from the chapter titled “Recognizing Research Excellence” in the 2014/15 Research Annual Report.

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