Andrei K. Yudin, University of Toronto

Presented by Kaine Villeneuve, Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Canada) Inc. (right)

Andrei K. Yudin received his undergraduate degree at the Moscow State University in 1992. He subsequently worked in the laboratories of G. K. S. Prakash and George A. Olah at USC, where he received his PhD in 1996. Following postdoctoral training in the laboratory of K. Barry Sharpless at the Scripps Research Institute, Yudin started his independent career at the University of Toronto in 1998. He became an associate professor in 2002, which was followed by promotion to the rank of a full professor in 2007. Since January 2015, Yudin has served as the chair of the board for Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. He is an internationally renowned scholar who has created new molecules that serve as powerful tools used for chemical synthesis. His concept of “forced orthogonality” has enabled the development of entirely new classes of compounds, previously thought to be too unstable to be used as practical reagents. He has also been active in translating these fundamental discoveries into applications that impact the fields of chemistry, biology and medicine. Yudin has been recognized with a number of awards. Most recently, he became a fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.