25th Anniversary
Celebration of
Michael Smith's
Nobel Prize


Celebrating Dr. Michael Smith

The 25th Anniversary Celebration of Michael Smith’s Nobel Prize is presented by UBC’s Michael Smith Laboratories in partnership with the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre.

Nobel Laureate, Dr. Michael Smith (1932-2000), will be remembered as a great humanitarian who was passionate about research and science. Michael was awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in developing site-directed mutagenesis. This research opened the door to entirely new fields such as genetic engineering and synthetic biology. This symposium honours his legacy and includes an impressive lineup of talks.

Monday, Oct 1, 2018 – Scientific Symposium

The scientific symposium focuses on future trends in biotechnology research and education. The day will begin with a panel of Smith’s friends sharing a historical perspective on his wide-reaching contributions. Scientific talks include an outstanding set of speakers from:

  • Dr. Feng Zhang (MIT, 2018 Michael Smith Lecturer, Gairdner Award Recipient),
  • Dr. Janet Rossant (University of Toronto, Gairdner and L’Oreal-UNESCO Award Recipient),
  • Dr. Molly Shoichet (University of Toronto, L’Oreal-UNESCO Award Recipient),
  • Dr. Natalie Strynadka (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UBC),
  • Dr. Marco Marra (Director, Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre),
  • Dr. Brett Finlay (Michael Smith Laboratories, UBC),
  • Dr. Joerg Bohlmann (Michael Smith Laboratories, UBC),
  • Dr. Christian Kastrup (Michael Smith Laboratories, UBC),
  • Dr. Véronique Lecault (AbCellera Biologics Inc.), and
  • Ph.D student, Linda Horianopoulos



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Missed the event?

We blogged all about it! Read our news post reviewing the full 25th Anniversary Celebration of Michael Smith’s Nobel Prize, including both the symposium and the youth outreach day.

Day 1: Symposium  Day 2: Youth Outreach Day