Joel H. Weiner

University of Alberta, Canada


Joel H. Weiner was born in Montreal, Canada, and attended McGill University receiving his B.S. degree with honors in biochemistry in 1968. He received his Ph.D. degree in biochemistry, in 1972, at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, NY, USA, under the supervision of Dr. Leon Heppel, where he investigated the role of periplasmic binding proteins in bacterial transport. He was a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow with Nobel Laureate, with Dr. Arthur Kornberg at the Department of Biochemistry, Stanford University, where he investigated the mechanism of single-stranded DNA replication and the function of DNA unwinding proteins. In 1976, Dr. Weiner was appointed an Assistant Professor and a Medical Research Council (MRC) Scholar at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. He has remained at the same department and is presently a Professor of biochemistry, an Adjunct Professor of medical microbiology and immunology, and a Canada Research Chair in Membrane Biochemistry. Dr. Weiner has published over 180 research papers in the area of bacterial membrane protein structure and function, anaerobic electron transport, bacterial antibiotic resistance, and heavy metal resistance. Dr. Weiner is the past Director of the Medical Research Council Group in the Molecular Biology of Membranes. Dr. Weiner has organized several international meetings and was the President of the XIX International Congress of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Weiner was the Associate Dean of Research, at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta (1993–2005). Dr. Weiner was a Member of the MRC Council (1996–2000) and the Council of Scientists of the Human Frontiers Science Program (1998–2001). He has served as the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Genetics, since 2000. In addition, Dr. Weiner has served on many boards and committees involved in Canadian science policy.

Biography Updated on 23 February 2011

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