Nominee: Hans-Joachim Wieden
Brief Biosketch provided for the nominee:
Dr. Hans-Joachim (HJ) Wieden is Professor of Physical Biochemistry in the Department of Microbiology and Associate Vice-President Partnerships, Knowledge Mobilisation and Innovation at the University of Manitoba. Prior to moving to the University of Manitoba in 2021 he was the founding Director of the Alberta RNA Research and Training Institute (ARRTI) at the University of Lethbridge and held a University of Lethbridge Board of Governors Research (Tier I) Chair in Biomolecular Design and Function. Research in his group ranges from the rational design of biological (RNA) nano-machines, over designing and reprogramming of genetic circuits, to the development of novel the ribosome targeting antibiotics. He has been mentoring student research groups participating in the international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition for over 13 years. As part of his research program he is interested in policy development and the societal impact of emerging biotechnology’s with a particular focus on biosecurity and dual-use. Dr. Wieden is the current president of the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSMB).
Justification provided for the nominee:
Long-standing interest in RNA and ribosomes; Long standing leader in the Canadian RNA field