Formerly the Maxxam Award

Sponsored by the University of Windsor

University of Windsor

The Ricardo Aroca Award is presented to a scientist residing in Canada who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of analytical chemistry while working in Canada.

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Daniel Figeys

The 2021 winner of the Ricardo Aroca Award is:

Daniel Figeys, MCIC
University of Ottawa
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Daniel obtained a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in chemistry from the Université de Montréal. He obtained a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Norman Dovichi. He did his postdoctoral studies at the University of Washington in Molecular Biotechnology with Dr. Ruedi Aebersold. Daniel was previously Senior Vice-President at MDS-Proteomics and more recently co-founder of MedBiome. Daniel is a Professor and a Distinguished Research Chair in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Immunology at the University of Ottawa. He is the co-founding director of the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica-University of Ottawa Joint Center in Systems and Personalized Pharmacology and a Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) President’s International Fellow. He was the founding director of the Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology. His research focuses on the development and applications of mass spectrometry based bioanalytical technologies to study human health. More recently, his laboratory has been developing technologies and bioinformatic tools to study the human microbiome.

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Past Winners


Xing-Fang Li, FCIC

University of Alberta
Society: CSC

John Headley

Environment Canada
Society: CSC

Lars Konermann

Western University
Society: CSC

Diane Beauchemin

Queen's University
Society: CSC

Michael A. Quilliam, FCIC

National Research Council Canada
Society: CSC

David D. Y. Chen

University of British Columbia
Society: CSC

Sergey Krylov

York University
Society: CSC

Jim Luong

Dow Chemicals Canada ULC
Society: CSC