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Yvan Guindon, C.M., C.Q., PhD, FRSC, FAAAS

  • Director, Bioorganic Chemistry research unit
  • Full IRCM Research Professor
  • Full Research Professor, Department of Chemistry, Université de Montréal
  • Adjunct professor, Department of Chemistry, McGill University

Dr. Guindon is interested in the synthesis of molecules that hold potential as therapeutic agents. He and his team are developing new methodologies for synthesizing and perfecting reactions that involve free radicals as reaction intermediaries. These new tools are then applied to the preparation of complex molecules of biological interest. New families of nucleoside analogues have been conceptualized and approaches to synthesizing them are in progress. The molecules are evaluated for their antiviral and anti-tumoural effects. Natural polypropionate-type products are also targeted for their antibacterial effects.

Other affiliations

  • Member of the Management Advisory Board, Alberta Glycomics Centre

Awards and honours

  • Knight, Ordre national du Québec
  • Member, Order of Canada
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Canada
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2012 Alfred Bader Award, Canadian Society for Chemistry
  • Recipient, 2006 Lionel-Boulet Prix du Québec

Degrees and relevant experience

  • PhD in chemistry, Université de Montréal (1981)
  • Diploma in administrative sciences (DSA), HEC (1983)
  • Vice-President, Research and Development, Bio Mega/Boehringer-Ingelheim,
  • Senior director, Chemistry Department, Merck-Frosst Canada (1979-1987)
  • President, RSC: The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada
  • CEO and Scientific Director, IRCM (1994-2004)

Dr. Yvan Guindon's complete biography (PDF).

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