Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Doctoral Research Award

Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd., the Boehringer Ingelehim (Canada Doctoral Research Award is presented to a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant whose PhD thesis in the field of organic or bio-organic chemistry was formally accepted by a Canadian university in the 12–month period preceding the monition deadline and whose doctoral research is judged to be of outstanding quality.

The 2013 winner of the Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Doctoral Research Award is:


Jefferson Chan
University of California (For research carried out at Simon Fraser University under Advisor Andrew J. Bennet)

Jefferson Chan received his BSc in chemistry in 2006 from the University of British Columbia while working as an undergraduate researcher in David M. Perrin’s laboratory. Shortly after, Chan began his doctoral studies with  Andrew J. Bennet at Simon Fraser University where his thesis research included the mechanistic elucidation hydrolysis reactions catalyzed by viral and bacterial neuraminidases and the development and application of a NMR-based technique to measure competitive kinetic isotope effects. In recognition of this work, he was awarded the Barbara Ferrier Chemistry Research Award, Varian Canada Inc. Award, Bruker Prize in Chemical Spectroscopy and the SFU Dean of Graduate Studies C Convocation Medal. After completing his PhD in 2011, Chan joined  Christopher J. Chang’s research group at University of California at Berkeley as a human frontier science program postdoctoral fellow where his current research efforts are aimed towards building a toolbox of fluorescent copper sensors to study the role of biological copper.