Prof. John Honek wins national chemistry award

Monday, January 6, 2014

John HonekThe Canadian Society for Chemistry has awarded Professor and Chemistry Department Chair John Honek the 2014 Bernard Belleau Award for his contribution to medicinal chemistry.

His research focuses on how enzymes function and interact with small molecules such as drugs and substrates. A better understanding of the chemical mechanisms that enzymes use to catalyze reactions is important for the design of effective therapeutic drugs.

Honek’s interests in biological chemistry also extend to bionanotechnology as well as the creation of new nanomaterials and nanostructures. His research in this area may be used to develop new nano-sized drug carriers and nano-devices.

Honek will give a lecture when he receives this honor during the 97th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in Vancouver, British Columbia in June.

Congratulations Prof. Honek for winning this distinguished award!