Derek Wilson, Vice-President

Derek J. Wilson Started his scientific career by studying drama and vocal performance in the Arts York high school program in Markham, Ontario. Shunning the fame and fortune he would inevitably have garnered as a broadway superstar, Derek enrolled in the biochemistry program at Trent University in Peterborough where he did his undergraduate thesis in protein folding under Dr. Steven Rafferty. This was followed by a bioanalytical mass spectrometry-oriented PhD at the University of Western Ontario under the gentle tutelage of Dr. Lars Konermann, who is very tall and also german. After first breaking a very expensive stopped-flow instrument, the PhD went well. There were awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and 7 academic papers. This lead to an NSERC-funded post-doctoral stint at Cambridge under the stellar Prof. Chris Dobson, in which Derek was at best partially successful in learning biophysical Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). Just before he left for that post-doc, he was interviewed at York and, amazingly, they decided to hire him! His research group at York focuses on the development and application of Mass Spectrometry and Microfluidics to challenging problems in biochemistry, including the underpinnings of enzyme catalysis and the molecular origins of neurodegenerative disease. His fundamental work is supported by NSERC, the Alzheimer's Society of Canada and the Krembil Foundation with application development partnerships with Sanofi Pasteur, Sciex and Apotex among other companies.

Contact info:

Derek Wilson
Associate Professor, Chemistry
York University
Director, Centre for Research in Mass Spectrometry
Manager, Mass Spectrometry Enabled Science and Engineering

Toronto, ON Canada

1-416-736-2100 xt 20786

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