BSc Hons (Bio Chem, Env Toxicology), 2000
Andrew Scholte, Ph.D. received his Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) in Biochemistry from Simon Fraser University in 1999, where he studied under the supervision of Professor Andrew Bennet. The title of his honours thesis was Synthesis and Biological Activity Studies of 5-Thioglucopyranosyl Pyridinium Salts. In January of 2000, Andrew moved to the University of Alberta and completed his doctoral studies in the research laboratories of Professor John Vederas. His doctoral thesis concentrated on the investigations of the biosynthesis of isoprenoids. During his graduate studies, Dr. Scholte and fellow graduate students established the Banff Symposium on Organic Chemistry. In January of 2006, Andrew moved to Boston College to tenure his NSERC postdoctoral fellowship with Professor Marc Snapper. There he developed new tandem ruthenium-catalyzed metathesis oxidation reactions. In 2008, he accepted a position as a research scientist at Genzyme in the Drug and Biomaterial R&D division. In 2012, he was promoted to a Staff Scientist II where he is currently involved in the discovery of novel treatments for a variety of critical diseases.
In his spare time, Andrew is an avid runner and is a founding member of the Genzyme Running Team. Every year, Genzyme employees participate in the Boston Marathon raising awareness about Rare Diseases. Andrew also organizes a Canadian ex-patriot group in Boston which has over 800 members. Andrew enjoys connecting with fellow Canadians and through this group has been fortunate to meet the Canadian Ambassador to the US, Gary Doer, Governor General David Johnston, former deputy Prime Minister John Manley and Canadian Consulate General Patrick Binns.
To read more about Andrew, please visit: http://www.sfu.ca/science/alumni/inspiring-alumni/profiles/andrew-scholte.html