Michael Kerr received his BSc in 1985 from the University of Waterloo where he worked as a research assistant under the supervision of Victor Snieckus. He then moved to the laboratories of Marcus Tius at the University of Hawaii where he was awarded a PhD in 1991. This was followed by two years of post-doctoral study under the guidance of K.C. Nicolaou at the Scripps Research Institute. Kerr began his independent career in 1993 as an assistant professor at the primarily undergraduate Acadia University and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 1998. In 1999, he moved to the more research intensive environment at The University of Western Ontario where he is currently full professor of chemistry. Kerr`s research focuses on the development of new methods related to heterocyclic chemistry and the application of these methods to the total synthesis of complex targets.