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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
September 18, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence
Dr. Arthur Szabo, Professor Emeritus, Chemistry

Dr. Arthur Szabo

Professor Emeritus, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Contact Information
Email: aszabo@wlu.ca
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.2122
Fax: 519-746-0677


Academic Background
BSc (Queen's), MA (Toronto), PhD (Toronto)
Biography

Arthur G. Szabo is a Professor of Chemistry and former Dean of the Faculty of Science (2000 - 2007) at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Prior to that, he was at the University of Windsor, in Windsor, Ontario, beginning in 1994. While at Windsor he served as Director of the School of Physical Sciences, Director of the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, Head of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Professor of Biochemistry. From 1967 to 1993 he was a research officer at the National Research Council in Ottawa. When he left to move to Windsor in 1993, he was a Senior Research Officer in the Institute for Biological Sciences.

Dr. Szabo was born in Toronto. After graduation from Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, he studied chemistry and mathematics at Queen's University, Kingston, where he received an Honours BSc. Subsequently he received MA and PhD degrees in organic chemistry from the University of Toronto. During this time he held an NRC bursary and studentship and a Shell Canada fellowship. He pursued postdoctoral studies in organic photochemistry at the University of Southampton as an NRC overseas postdoctoral fellow.

Dr. Szabo has published more than 140 research articles and has earned an international reputation for his work on fluorescence studies of protein structure and function. He was awarded the John Labatt Lecture Award from the Canadian Society of Chemistry in 1993, for outstanding achievement in biochemistry. During the course of his career he has been awarded research grants totalling more than $1.5 million, from NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council), the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Bayer-Red Cross, and NATO. He has been a visiting scientist or visiting professor at the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Centre Biophysique Moleculaire, Orleans, France, Consejo Superior di Investigaciones Cientificas, Madrid, Spain, University of Parma, Parma, Italy, and the University of Sao Paolo, Sao Paolo, Brazil. He has served as a member and chair of NSERC grant selection committee 32, Cell Biology, and is currently a member of the College of Reviewers in the Canada Research Chair program.

Dr. Szabo is an associate editor of the journal Biochemistry and Cell Biology, and was a founding associate editor of the Journal of Fluorescence. He was chair of the Canadian Society for Chemistry annual conference and exhibition in Windsor in 1997. He has supervised the research work of 9 PhD students, 10 MSc students, and 14 postdoctoral fellows, several summer students and four-year honours students. He has had numerous productive collaborations with other scientists and with industrial research groups. He is frequently called upon to review manuscripts from scientific journals and research grant proposals submitted to national and international agencies.