Dr. Strynadka is a UBC Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Strynadka received her Ph.D. degree in structural biology in 1990 from the University of Alberta, where she conducted postdoctoral research in the Department of Biochemistry and the Department of Microbiology. Since forming her own group in 1997, she has been named a Medical Research Council of Canada Scholar, a Canadian Institute of Health Research Scientist, a Burroughs Wellcome New Investigator in the Pharmacological Sciences, a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Senior Scholar, and a Canada Council of the Arts National Killam Fellow. She was also awarded a Canada Research Tier 1 Chair in Antibiotic Discovery. She also received the NSERC Doctoral Thesis Prize, the CFI New Opportunities Award, the Merck Frosst Prize, the UBC Killiam Research Prize, and the Steacie Prize of the National Research Council of Canada. She has been a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada since 2006. This is her fifth HHMI award.
RESEARCH ABSTRACT SUMMARY:
Natalie Strynadka uses a multidisciplinary structural biology approach to study the molecular details and function of membrane protein assemblies that play key roles in antibiotic resistance and bacterial pathogenicity. Her goal is to use this information to guide design of novel antibiotics and vaccines to treat bacterial infections.
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