Professor, Chemistry

Research interests: protein folding, dynamics, function, engineering and design


Professor Meiering grew up in Guelph, Ontario and Bocholt, Germany. She graduated with a BSc degree in Honours Chemistry, Physics Option in 1988 from the University of Waterloo.  She completed her PhD in 1992 at the University of Cambridge with her thesis on the influence of active site residues on the folding and function of barnase, with supervisor Professor Sir Alan Fersht in the Department of Chemistry.  She then worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology.  Her postdoctoral research was on the activity and drug binding of dihydrofolate reductase analyzed by multidimensional heteronuclear NMR in the group of Professor Gerhard Wagner. 

In 1996, Professor Meiering joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo, where she currently holds the position of Full Professor.  She won a John Charles Polanyi Award and a University Research Chair.  Her professional activities include serving on the Editorial Board for Protein Engineering Design and Selection, the ALS Society of Canada Scientific Advisory Board, CIHR Grant Review Committee, NIH Grant Review Panel, and a wide range of other internal and external committees and roles, including as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Director of the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology University of Waterloo, as well as Chair of the Proteins Gordon Research Conference and Executive Council Member of The Protein Society. 


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA 1992-1996
  • PhD in Biological Chemistry, University of Cambridge, England, 1992
  • BSc in Honours Chemistry, Physics Option, University of Waterloo, Canada, 1988

Elizabeth Meiering

    University of Waterloo