Dave Palmer has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. His doctoral thesis studying cyclodextrins was completed under the co-supervision of Professor Greg Thatcher and Professor Erwin Buncel. His postdoctoral work in enzymology was carried out in the laboratory of Professor John Gerlt in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, studying enzymes related to enolase. He became an Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan in 1999, and is now Professor and Head of Chemistry. His research involves organic synthesis, reaction kinetics, molecular biology, and biophysical chemistry concentrated on enzyme structure-function relationships. Of particular interest are enzymes considered antimicrobial targets, enzymes that produce carbohydrate-based antibiotics, and the bioorganic chemistry of inositol derivatives. Dr. Palmer was Chair of the Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Division of the Canadian Society for Chemistry for 2005-2006, and is a co-founder the Western Canadian Medicinal Chemistry Workshop (WCMCW).
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