Leonard Foster

University of British Columbia - Canada
Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Undergraduate studies at Simon Fraser University, in Burnaby, Canada, and University of Toronto with a doctoral degree in cell biology and biochemistry. In the University of Southern Denmark he studied MS and proteomics with Matthias Mann. In 2005 he took up his current position at UBC. Dr. Foster’s research interest revolve around the application of MS-based proteomics to study host-pathogen interactions. His program applies technology to two general areas of biology: the biochemical and physiological interactions between honey bees and their pathogens and bacterial pathogens of humans. Leading a Canada-wide team of scientists, he has recently moved into trying to apply proteomics to guide selective breeding for a disease-resistant behavior in honey bees; their preliminary results suggest that this has been successful. On the human health side, his research focuses on understanding human pathogens and means by which we might better control them. In particular, he has developed, with other collaborators at UBC, potential vaccines for Chlamydia and Salmonella bacteria. In the eleven years that he has been an independent investigator at UBC, Dr. Foster has published 130 papers and he has trained more than thirty undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral fellows. He remains very active in outreach and extension and frequently engages the public on various aspects of human health and honey bee biology.