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Dr. Jefferson Chan Receives Dean's Convocation Medal

June 13, 2012

The central theme of Dr. Chan's research is the study of the mechanism of enzymes known as sialidases.

Using a specially equipped nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, Chan and his supervisor, Professor Bennet, sped up the scientific search for molecules that can disrupt the chemical workings of these enzymes which are central to the infectivity of the virus. The data gathered from these experiments enabled them to construct a blueprint for the design of drug molecules that slow the spread of the flu virus by blocking the action of viral sialidases.

During his time at Simon Fraser University, Dr. Chan has co-authored 10 peer-reviewed publications, written a book chapter, mentored 5 undergraduate researchers and won over 15 awards and scholarships, including the Barbara Ferrier Chemistry Research Award, the Bruker Prize in Chemical Spectroscopy, and a Faculty of Science Excellence in Teaching Award.

Notably, Dr. Chan was awarded a prestigious Human Frontier Science Program Cross Disciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship for undertaking his post-doctoral research in the Chemistry Department at the University of California Berkeley with the Chris Chang Group. Ultimately, Dr. Chan plans to establish his own laboratory as the principal investigator.

On behalf of SFU, we congratulate Dr. Chan on his outstanding achievements which are being recognized with an award of the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal as SFU's most outstanding graduate student from the Faculty of Science.

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