André M. Beauchemin, Professor
CCRI & Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences
André Beauchemin was born in Quebec city on August 6, 1974. He obtained his BSc chemistry from the Université Laval, graduating in 1996 (working with Prof. J. Boukouvalas). He then studied at the Université de Montréal under the guidance of Prof. André B. Charette, obtaining his Ph. D. in 2001. His graduate efforts culminated in a thesis for which he was awarded the Governor General’s GoldMedal in 2002. He also co-authored a comprehensive book chapter on the Simmons-Smith reaction in Organic Reactions. His post-doctoral appointment was at Harvard University, under the guidance of Prof. David A. Evans, working toward the total synthesis of the marine natural product azaspiracid 1. Throughout his studies, André has been supported by NSERC, from summer internships at Merck Frosst to a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University.
In August 2004, André started as an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa and was promoted to associate professor in 2010 and full professor in 2015. From August to December 2013, André was a visiting professor at ETH Zürich. Over the years André received a CSC Enantioselective Synthetic Research Program Grant (2005), an University of Ottawa Excellence in Education Award (2008), a Early Researcher Award (Ontario, 2009), a New Directions Grant from the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society (2010), an AstraZeneca Award in Chemistry (2011), a Discovery Accelerator Supplement by NSERC (2011), a University of Ottawa Research Chair (2012-2016) and the Boehringer Ingelheim Research Excellence award (2015). Generous financial support and stimulating academic and industrial collaborations have helped the group develop various novel approaches to bioactive nitrogen-containing molecules using inexpensive reagents and catalysts.
Outside the lab, André enjoys good food, wine and Scotch, outdoor activities, spending time with his family and friends. André is married to Karine, and has two boys full of energy (Charles and Nicolas) who like visiting the lab and playing with group members at our annual group barbecue!