Natalie Strynadka, Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, is one of 13 researchers to receive Senior International Research Scholar (SIRS) awards from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).
Dr. Strynadka employs a multidisciplinary structural biology approach to study the molecular details and function of membrane protein assemblies that play key roles in antibiotic resistance and bacterial pathogenicity. Her goal is to use this information to guide design of novel antibiotics and vaccines to treat bacterial infections.
Dr. Strynadka is the Canada Research Chair in Antibiotic Discovery and Medicine. She has also been named a Medical Research Council of Canada Scholar, a Canadian Institute of Health Research Scientist, a Burroughs Wellcome New Investigator in the Pharmacological Sciences, a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Senior Scholar, and a Canada Council of the Arts National Killam Fellow.
The SIRS awards support outstanding biomedical scientists working outside the United States who have made significant contributions to fundamental research in the biological sciences. Each HHMI senior international research scholar will receive a grant of $100,000 per year over five years, and will present their research at scientific meetings held at HHMI.