David Baillie

Former student honours teacher with endowment

January 24, 2008

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For most professors, watching a former student’s career success is reward enough. But David Baillie, a professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, has received an even greater tribute from one of his students — a university endowment fund in Ballie’s name.

Terrance Snutch, an SFU alumnus and founder of Neuromed Pharmaceuticals, and his wife Mary Gilbert have donated $50,000 to SFU to recognize Baillie’s outstanding contributions to graduate student training. The university is matching the donation to establish the $100,000 David L. Baillie Graduate Fellowships in Molecular and Cellular Biology. The awards will provide financial support for SFU students pursuing PhD degrees in molecular biology and biochemistry.

“We wanted to recognize professor David Baillie’s unparalleled contributions to graduate training in the field of molecular and cellular genetics,” says Snutch, who graduated from SFU with a PhD in 1984 and is now a professor and Canada Research Chair with the Michael Smith Laboratories at UBC.

“Dr. Baillie has trained an entire generation of Canadian scientists who have gone on to make numerous and significant contributions across a wide area of the basic and biomedical sciences. We felt that there would be no more appropriate recognition of Dr. Baillie’s combination of talent, scientific brilliance and enthusiasm for graduate training than to found a graduate fellowship program in his honour.”
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