Lecture topic: Dealings with Adversity
Dr. Steven C. Mosimann is currently an Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Lethbridge. He earned a Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry; 1988) and completed a Ph.D. (Biochemistry; 1995) at the University of Alberta while specializing in macromolecular single-crystal X-ray diffraction in the laboratory of Michael James. Following his Ph.D., he completed post-doctoral fellowships applying single-crystal X-ray diffraction to rational drug-design projects at the University of Alberta (Picornavirus protease inhibitors; 1996) and the University of British Columbia (Neisseria glycosyl synthase inhibitors; 1997-1999).
He accepted a position at the University of Lethbridge (2000) and was awarded an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Position (University of Lethbridge; 2001). He has established and maintained a nationally funded Protein Biophysics Laboratory studying the atomic resolution structure and function of biologically significant enzymes. Along the way, he has been an active member of the Canadian Synchrotron User Group participating in multiple provincial and national initiatives leading to the establishment of the first synchrotron beamline stations at the Canadian Light Source (2005; 2008) and the development of the Ph.D. program (Sciences) at the University of Lethbridge.
Born and raised in the Edmonton area, his father was a tradesman and his mother was a homemaker, who eventually started and maintained a small business until she retired. Following a typical small-town childhood, he attended high school in the town of Spruce Grove. He spent time working in Egypt before returning to Alberta and marrying his high-school girlfriend. Together, they raised two sons and still share the joys and sorrows of life.