Alisdair B. Boraston received his BSc. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1993. He obtained his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology under the supervision of Professors Doug Kilburn and Tony Warrren at UBC in 2000 then, after a brief post-doctoral research appointment in the UBC Biotechnology Laboratory, he spent 1.5 years in England training as an NSERC-funded Post-Doctoral Fellow in the York Structural Biology Laboratory, University of York, UK, under the supervision of Professor Gideon Davies. In 2003, he began a position in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at The University of Victoria as an Assistant Professor and was ultimately promoted to Professor in 2014. Group research interest is in structural glycobiology and its application to the analysis of protein-carbohydrate interactions in enzymes that modify carbohydrates or proteins that non-catalytically bind them. One major area of investigation is molecular pathogenesis whereby the roles of bacterial proteins in recognizing and/or modifying host glycans during infection are examined. A second key topic of study is the enzymatic breakdown of marine and terrestrial plant cell walls by microbes and how the unique building blocks of these polymerized sugars are funneled through novel metabolic pathways. Recognitions include an EWR Steacie Memorial Fellowship (2012) and he held the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Molecular Interactions (2003-2013).
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