Dr. Jörg Gsponer appointed interim Head, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

A message from Dermot Kelleher, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Vice-President, Health.

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Jörg Gsponer has been appointed interim Head, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, effective to June 30, 2024.

Dr. Gsponer is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Using advanced computational methods to explore genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic data, his research aims to better understand cellular processes in cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. He has made significant contributions to the field of computational biochemistry, and was awarded a Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award for Overall Excellence in recognition of his work.

Dr. Jörg Gsponer

As interim Head, Dr. Gsponer will provide strategic leadership to the department, helping foster excellence and innovation in education, research and service.

Dr. Gsponer’s appointment follows the leadership of Dr. Leonard Foster, who was appointed Head in 2018 following interim leadership from 2016. During his time as Head, Dr. Foster recruited nine new faculty to the Department and established new partnerships with BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the Edwin S. H. Leong Centre for Healthy Aging. He also led and supported a variety of equity, diversity and inclusivity initiatives, including the establishment of one of the first departmental EDI committees in the Faculty. I would like to thank Dr. Foster, who was recently appointed Director, Life Sciences Institute, for his leadership and outstanding contributions while in this role.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Gsponer on his interim appointment.