Christopher Overall named as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada


Dr. Christopher Overall

Dr. Christopher Overall has been named a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in the Life Science Division. It is the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences in Canada. He is one of nine UBC faculty members that have been named Fellows in 2018. Five more have been named as new Members.

Christopher Overall is best known for proteomic method development for discovery of protease substrates in vivo, so establishing the field of degradomics. He has leveraged these techniques to reveal new biological roles for proteases and their aberrations in disease. In generating clinically relevant knowledge on how proteases dampen disease-fighting defence systems in inflammatory and immunodeficiency diseases to restore homeostasis, degradomics revolutionized understanding of protease function and drug targeting. He is a professor and Canada Research Chair in Protease Proteomics and Systems Biology and holds UBC appointments in the Faculty of Dentistry Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences, and in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Centre for Blood Research, both in the Faculty of Medicine.

About the Award

This award recognizes Canadian scholars, artists, and scientists, peer-elected as the best in their field.

The fellowship of the RSC comprises distinguished men and women from all branches of learning who have made remarkable contributions in the arts, the humanities and the sciences, as well as in Canadian public life.

To read more about Christopher Overall and to see all 14 UBC elected RSC members, see the announcement on UBC Research + Innovation. To see the official class of 2018 announcement, see the RSC website’s newly elected Fellows and College members.