Christopher Overall honoured as a leader in the field of matrix biology

April 26, 2012

Dr. Christopher Overall

Dr. Christopher Overall

Christopher Overall, Professor in the UBC Faculty of Dentistry and Associate Member in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, received the Barry Preston Award from the Matrix Biology Society of Australia and New Zealand (MBSANZ).

Dr. Overall, a Canada Research Chair in Metalloproteinase Proteomics and Systems Biology, researches a family of enzymes known as matrix metalloproteinases, and the way they regulate cells and the immune system.

Overall’s laboratory is the only one in Canada—and one of only a few in the world—that is studying the new field of “degradomics” to understand the role of matrix metalloproteinases. This systems biology approach is revealing new roles for proteases in vivo, new diagnostic indicators of disease, and new drug targets to treat disease.

The Barry Preston Award is presented by the MBSANZ annually to a senior researcher in the matrix field. The awardee is an outstanding leader distinguished by a sustained record of achievement, commitment to mentoring new researchers and exceptional communication skills.

Overall will receive the award at the Barry Preston Lecture on September 5, 2012, during the MBSANZ Annual Meeting from September 5 to 8, 2012, in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia. Overall is also scheduled to give the Barry Preston Lecture.

For more information about the Barry Preston Award, click here.

Visit The Overall Lab website here.