Origin of Life Fellowship – Simons Foundation Collaboration

Dr. Claudia El Nachef and Prof. André Beauchemin have been awarded a prestigious Life Sciences-Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life (SCOL) Fellowship from the Simons Foundation to fund their study of prebiotic chemistry. They are the only researchers in Canada  to be selected for this fellowship.

“The purpose of the Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life is to advance our understanding of the processes that led to the emergence of life.

The collaboration aims to support creative, innovative research on topics including the astrophysical and planetary context of the origins of life, the development of prebiotic chemistry, the assembly of the first cells, the advent of Darwinian evolution, and the earliest signs of life on the young Earth.”



CGSA BBQ – Beauchemin + Giorgi

We teamed up with the Giorgi group on Thursday to host a BBQ for the Chemistry Graduate Student Association. Thanks to everyone who came out for lunch!

Nous avons fait équipe avec le groupe de Giorgi jeudi pour tenir le BBQ de l’association des étudiants gradués de chimie. Merci à tous!

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Congratulations André!

André is the winner of the 2015 Boehringer Ingelheim Research Excellence Award!!

Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc., the Boehringer Ingelheim Research Excellence Award is presented to a scientist residing in Canada who has made a distinguished contribution to medicinally relevant organic or biophysical chemistry while working in Canada.

See his award lecture this June at the 98th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CSC 2015) in Ottawa!

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Hydrazide Bonanza : Amphoteros Oct 2013

“André’s lab at the University of Ottawa has been pushing the frontiers of synthesis with some imaginative use of heteroatom-heteroatom bonds as platforms for atom transfer chemistry.”

What’s she building in there? : Chemistry as Art by Tyler Shendruk June 2012

“By designing an organic catalyst that uses the same tethering method as enzymes, Macdonald tackled this notoriously difficult transformation. The tethering molecule directed the approach of the reactants so intelligently that the interaction barrier was reduced and the reaction could occur at room temperature…”