Dr. Strynadka received her B.Sc (Hons. Biochemistry) and PhD (Biochemistry) degrees at the University of Alberta where she studied macromolecular xray crystallography within the MRC group in Protein Structure and Function. She initiated her independent laboratory in 1997 and is currently Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of British Columbia. Her group uses multi-disciplinary structural biology tools to study membrane protein assemblies involved in bacterial viability and pathogenicity, including those involved in cell wall biogenesis and membrane transport. The goal of her research is to use this atomic information to guide design of novel antibiotics and vaccines to treat bacterial infections. Dr. Strynadka’s research program has been well recognized internationally and she currently holds several awards including HHMI Senior International Scholar, Canada Research Chair Tier 1 in Antibiotic Discovery and Fellow of the Royal Societies of Canada and London.