W.A.E. McBryde Medal

Sponsored by AB Sciex, the W.A.E. McBryde Medal is presented to a young scientist working in Canada who has made a significant achievement in pure or applied analytical chemistry.

The 2014 winner of the W.A.E. McBryde Medal is:

Lars Konermann, MCIC
Western University

Lars Konermann is a professor of chemistry at Western University. He holds a Canada Research Chair in biophysical protein mass spectrometry. His laboratory explores the area of protein folding and dynamics, employing a range of mass spectrometry-based approaches that include the use of rapid mixing techniques, hydrogen exchange, and covalent labeling. Another field of interest is the mechanism of electrospray ionization. Konermann is cross-appointed to the Department of Biochemistry. He received his PhD (Dr er nat) in 1996 for photosynthesis research that he performed at the Max Planck Institute in Mülheim (Germany) under the supervision of A. R. Holzwarth. His fascination with protein mass spectrometry developed during a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia with D. J. Douglas (Vancouver, 1996-1998). Konermann is recipient of the 2003 Fred Beamish Award, the 2011 UWO Florence Bucke Award, the 2013 CSMS Fred Lossing Award, the 2013 ETP Ken Standing Award, as well as several teaching awards. Konermann chaired the 2011 Gordon Conference on “Biological Molecules in the Gas Phase and in Solution”, and he is chair of the Lake Louise Tandem Mass Spectrometry Workshop.

The 2013 winner of the W.A.E. McBryde Medal was:

Aaron Wheeler, MCIC
University of Toronto

Aaron Wheeler completed his PhD in chemistry in 2003, working with Dick Zare at Stanford University and then spent two years as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Since 2005, Wheeler has been the Canada Research Chair of Bioanalytical Chemistry at the University of Toronto, with a primary appointment in the chemistry department and cross-appointments at the Institute for Biomaterials and Bioengineering and the Banting and Best Department of Medical Research. Wheeler's research interests range broadly from clinical analysis to cell-based assays to proteomics, with a central theme of developing microfluidic tools to solve laboratory problems. He has been recognized internationally with a number of awards, including the Heinrich-Emanuel-Merck Prize and the American Chemical Society Arthur F. Findeis Award, and he is currently on the Editorial board of Lab on a Chip.


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