World renowned expert in proteomics at UBC Dentistry wins international research society award


Dr. Christopher Overall, professor and Canada Research Chair in Protease Proteomics and Systems Biology, received the Proteomass Scientific Society Award 2017. In a statement from the Society, the award is for “his outstanding contribution in pioneering the understanding of the processes that explain the architecture of living organisms.”

Dr. Christopher Overall (2nd L) stands next to Dr. Juan J. Calvete (2nd R) from the Instituto de Biomedicina de Valencia CSIC in Spain; they are flanked by Drs. Jose Luis Capelo (L) and Carlos Loderio Espino (R), both from the University of Lisbon.

Overall is an international leader in proteomics recognized for his seminal contributions to the field of degradomics, the systems level investigation of protein turnover by proteolysis, the term he coined, and in developing ‘polymers for proteomics’. His focus has been on understanding the role of matrix metalloproteinases in various diseases and pathologies, most particularly in infection, inflammation and cancer. Overall has UBC appointments in the Department of Oral Biological and Medical Sciences, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the Centre for Blood Research.

He received the award during the 5th International Congress on Analytical Proteomics which took place in Costa de Caparica, Portugal, from July 3 to 6, 2017, where he was also a plenary speaker. His presentation topic was titled “Quantitative Proteomics and Systems Biology Analysis of Proteolytic Networks in vivo. Deciphering Human Disease Mechanisms.”

The Proteomass Scientific Society, administrated by the Bioscope Group at the New University of Lisbon in Portugal, is a research collaboration whose article contributions are accrued to participating partner institutions (35) across Europe, North and South America, and Australia.